After a UMass interception of Hampton, the Minutemen drove to the Navy 37. Quarterback Liam Coen found J.J. Moore for a 37-yard scoring pass giving Massachusetts a 14-7 lead with 2:31 remaining in the initial quarter.
Navy got its biggest gain of the game when Matt Hall scampered 53-yards to make the score 14-14 at the half. In that drive the Mids covered 80 yards in just 6 plays.
After a holding call stalled a Minutemen drive at the Navy 20, UMass re-took the lead when kicker Chris Koepplin connected on a 37-yard field goal. With 4:55 remaining in the third quarter Massachusetts led, 17-14.
On the ensuing kickoff after the UMass field goal, Navy's Reggie Campbell electrified the crowd of over 30,000 with a 72-yard return to the Minutemen 27. Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada took over as Navy's quarterback and scored Navy's winning touchdown from 19-yards to culminate a 3-play drive.
Trailing 21-17, UMass tried desperately to regain the lead but could only manage a field goal. Chris Koepplin made his second field goal of the day, this time from 36 yards, to make the final score Navy 21 Massachusetts 20.
Photos by Ed Kujat.