A 17-13 Navy rally over Army made for an instant classic, and a fake snap conversion late in the game had fans talking after the game was over.
This 122nd version game of the storied matchup came with its fair share of passing, and fans of both teams were shocked.
But a fourth-down play late in the fourth quarter was unexpected to everyone, including senior linebacker Diego Fagot. USA Today reported on the incident.
As Navy lined up to punt from its own 34-yard line, punter Riley Riethman didn’t get the ball. Instead, the 6-foot-3, 240-pound linebacker got it. The senior lined up to defend against Army’s attempt to stuff the kick, but he got the ball. Fagot turned the botched play into a four-yard run, and the Midshipmen got an unexpected first down to extend the drive. Navy led 14-13 at that point.
Crucial Play A Bad Snap, But Converted
Navy coach Ken Niamutlolo said the fake snap conversion play in a heated moment during the game was “a mistake.”
Niumatalolo added, “Sometimes, you gotta get lucky, and players make plays, and he made a great play.”
Like former pro punter and sports show host Pat McAfee, many posted to Twitter in shock. But the conversation devolved into the player’s last name, of course.
Senior NFL reporter Albert Breer also weighed in on the broken play, amazed at the senior’s quick thinking and skill.
Some waged to think Fagot would have had an easier time if he had a better move to cut inside. But that’s sports.
One Twitter fan named Martin Murray-Brown said, “probably the best heads up play ever,” while another Navy fan remarked that it was “better to be lucky than good.”
After the game, a CBS sideline reporter asked Fagot about the play, and he was still in shock.
“I wasn’t expecting it,” Fagot said. “I didn’t know it was coming. I reacted and played football. I attribute that to God.”
In another post-game moment, Fagot had a little fun with Army in his comments. Navy came into the game with a 3-8 record while the 8-4 Golden Knights thought they’d have a cakewalk.
He said, “I can’t say enough about how they [Army] think they are the last of the hard. That’s just not the case. They are our little brothers.”
Corso Can Wear Robe Proudly
ESPN GameDay analyst and former Navy defensive backs coach Lee Corso talked about his former school before the game.
Corso was at the school from 1966 to 1968 and talked about a Navy robe he got 54 years ago Navy beat Army in Philadelphia. The man said he got it during a bet.