Saturday's game started off well for the Midshipmen as their defense was able to force its first three-and-out series of the season. After a short punt and 17-yard return by Mario Washington, Navy only needed seven plays to go 35 yards with Ricky Dobbs scoring on a 13-yard run to put the Mids ahead 7-0. It would be the only time either team found the end zone the entire game as both defenses dominated the rest of the way.
Ironically, the next score would come on a defensive play. With just over five minutes to play in the first half, Navy faced a 2nd and nine from its Air Force's 37-yard line when Anthony Wright stepped in front of a Dobbs pass and ran it back 67 yards for a touchdown. It was Dobbs only errant pass on the day but it was a costly one.
On Navy's final drive of the first half, it appeared as they were going to have to punt after failing to convert a third and long, however Air Force's Chris Thomas commited a personal foul which kept the drive alive. The Mids would capitalize as Buckley connected from 47 yards - a career long - to put Navy up 10-7 at the intermission.
The second half was a lot like the first with both defenses dominating. However on Air Force's second possession of the third quarter, which featured a key fourth down conversion, the Falcons managed to tie the score at 10 on a 27-yard Soderberg field goal.
Navy answered the Falcons (3-2) on their next drive, which also featured a fourth down conversion, as they went 52 yards in 14 plays with Buckley connecting on 37-yard field goal.
After both teams traded turnovers, then punts, Air Force got the ball back with 3:32 left to play and down by three. The Falcons were able to convert a fourth and ten on the drive courtesy of a 11-yard pass from Tim Jefferson to Kevin Fogler. On the next play, it appeared Navy had sealed the game as Wyatt Middleton intercepted Jefferson; however the Mids were called for roughing the passer and the Falcons got the ball at Navy's 29-yard line. Four downs later, Soderberg sent the game into overtime, the first time ever for a Commander-In-Chief's Trophy game, with a 39-yard field goal.
For the game, Dobbs led all rushers with 92 yards on 23 carries. Air Force's John Falgout led all defenders with 13 tackles.