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Reynolds & Co. enter Navy's final act of dramatic year
Reynolds & Co. enter Navy's final act of dramatic year

A little more than a month into the season, Navy had lost to all three Football Bowl Subdivision opponents it had played, and the closest result in any of those beatings was 12-0 at home to San Jose State. Then came a road game against Air Force, which had won the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for two straight years and appeared on the way to another when it carried an eight-point lead late into the fourth quarter. So when Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo recently reflected on the state of the team, he paused at some length to come up with an appropriate narrative of how the Midshipmen qualified for a ninth bowl appearance in 10 years. "I don't know what the word is,"...

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