Photo Story: Rutgers 31, Navy 24 (part I)

Navy fell to Rutgers on Saturday in Annapolis in a hard-fought game.'s Alison Althouse was there and captured these images. (FIRST HALF)

Navy's buttons for the game.

Navy Co-Captains, Noah Copeland (#34) and Parrish Gaines (#2) walk out for the coin toss.

Bringing in the flags were, L-R, Quinton Singleton (#36), Jake Zuzak (#64) and Paul Quessenberry (#45).

Navy's Austin Grebe (#43) kicks off to start the game.

Rutgers #34 (Paul James) rushes for 4 yards before fumble is forced by Jordan Drake (Navy #13) and ultimately recovered by Navy's Quincy Adams (#5). Navy starts their drive at the Rutgers 25.

Geoffrey Whiteside (Navy #29) rushes around the end for 19 yards before being pushed out of bounds at the 1yard line by RU #21 (Lorenzo Waters).

Keenan Reynolds (Navy #19) keeps for the 1 yard rushing TD, clock 13:47.

After Nick Sloan (Navy #6) puts the ball through the uprights for the PAT, the score is now Navy 7, Rutgers 0.

Austin Grebe (Navy #43) kicks off 65 yards to the RU 0 for a touchback.

Rutgers #10 (Gary Nova) completes the pass to RU #1 (Janarion Grant) before being stopped for a loss of 1 yard by Brendon Clements (Navy #1).

Parrish Gaines (Navy #2) hones in on Rutgers #10 (Gary Nova), holding him to a short 6 yard gain, leaving Rutgers with a 3-5 situation.

Rutgers #99 (Tim Gleeson) punts 45 yards to Navy21 to end the Rutgers drive.

Quinton Singleton (Navy #36) rushes for 13 yards to the RU 41 and a Navy First Down before being stopped by Rutgers #50 (Quentin Gause).

Pass to Jamir Tillman (Navy #4) is complete for a 10 yard gain but stopped by Rutgers #2 (Gareef Glashen).

Pass complete to Brendan Dudeck (Navy #81) but isn't enough for the first down. Possession turns over to Rutgers on the RU 23 after a missed field goal attempt.

Rutgers pass by #10 (Gary Nova) is incomplete in the Knights second series of the game.

Rutgers #34 (Paul James) gains 12 yards before being caught by Navy's Chris Johnson (#46).

Navy's Parrish Gaines (#2) stops Rutgers #32 (Justin Goodwin) for a 4 yard loss at the 50 yard line.

Navy's James Britton (#51) and Kwazel Bertrand (#17) combine to hold Rutgers #34 (Paul James) to a 5 yard gain to the Navy 45.

Rutgers #1 (Kyle Federico) completes the PAT after the Knights' #34 rushes for a 38 yard TD run. Score is now tied, Navy 7, Rutgers 7 (clock 03:45 in the first quarter).

Rutgers #32 (Justin Goodwin) rushes for 2 yards and tries in vain to avoid being tackled by Chris Johnson (Navy's #46).

Rutgers #32 (Justin Goodwin) has his number called again, and gains 2 yards, but is stopped short by Navy's Parrish Gaines (#2) and Will Anthony (#90) as the first quarter ends. Score at the end of the First Quarter: Navy 7, Rutgers 7

Field Goal attempt by Rutgers #1 (Kyle Federico) is successful as the second quarter begins. Score is now Navy 7, Rutgers 10 (Clock 14:53)

After a 15 yard penalty, Keenan Reynolds (Navy #19) connects with Jamir Tillman (#4) for 17 yards, for another Navy First Down, when he is stopped by Rutgers #2 (Gareef Glashen).

Navy's Pablo Beltran (#11) punts 62 yards to the RU 0 for a touchback.

Pass to Rutgers #4 (Leonte Carroo) is complete but Navy's Brendon Clements (#1) has the stop at the Navy 46.

When a brother goes down with an injury, the remaining players show their solidarity.

Rutgers #6 (Desmon Peoples) rushes for 6 yards but gets stopped at the Navy 38 by Chris Johnson (Navy #46) with help from George Jamison (Navy #42).

Rutgers pass to #4 (Leonte Carroo) is complete, but he's caught first by Navy's Quincy Adams (#5) and eventually brought down by Kwazel Bertrand (#17). Pictured also is Navy's George Jamison (#42), who stands ready to assist.

Navy is unable to stop Rutgers #10 (Gary Nova) from rushing that final yard for a touchdown. Clock 07:08 in the second quarter.

With the good PAT by Rutgers #1 (Kyle Frederico), the score is now Navy 7, Rutgers 14.

(Navy #19) Keenan Reynolds' pass is incomplete to Brendan Dudeck (Navy #81).

Ryan Williams-Jenkins (Navy #24) rushes for 13 yards before being pushed out of bounds by Rutgers #24 (Dre Buggs) at the Navy 44.

Reynolds' pass is complete to Ryan Williams-Jenkins (Navy #24) for 17 yards, a first down Navy on the Rutgers 41, and the stop by Rutgers #21 (Lorenzo Waters).

Never underestimate the importance of a clean center-to-quarterback handoff.

Reynolds' 27 yard pass to Brendan Dudeck (Navy #81) is complete to the RU7 and gets Navy within striking distance.

Navy's Keenan Reynolds (#19) calls his own number and rushes the 2 yards for a Navy Touchdown. Clock is 03:50.

Navy's Nick Sloan (#6) kicks the PAT through the uprights to make the new score Navy 14, Rutgers 17.

Navy's kicker, Austin Grebe (#43) isn't just a special teams player, as evidenced by his tackle on Rutgers return by #1 (Jamarion Grant) with an assist from Lorentez Barbour (Navy #15).

Rutgers' pass is complete to RU #19 (Andrew Turzill) and gets the Knights to the Navy 47.

Rutgers #32 (Justin Goodwin) makes the final push to score a TD for the Knights from the Navy 1 yard line. Clock 00:27.

Rutgers #1 (Kyle Federico) scores the PAT, making the score now Navy 14, Rutgers 24.

Noah Copeland (Navy #34) gets the handoff from Keenan Reynolds (Navy #19), then has a 1 yard loss to close out the first half.

All photos by Alison Althouse for Top Stories