The game was over, and it was time for Navy to celebrate its 13th straight victory over Army.
After the Midshipmen stood respectfully for Army's alma mater, defensive ends Paul Quessenberry and Will Anthony hoisted Ken Niumatalolo on their shoulders to give the winningest football coach in Navy history a free ride in the wake of a 17-10 triumph Saturday.
Niumatalolo (56-35) broke a tie with George Welsh for most wins at Navy. He also became the first to win his first seven games against Army (4-8).
Asked about his awkward jaunt aboard the two players, Niumatalolo said, "I tried to get down. I have so much respect for Army, I didn't want to upstage anyone."
The streak remained intact because of Navy's unrelenting defense and quarterback Keenan Reynolds' versatility.
After Army turned a blocked punt into a touchdown in the first quarter, the Midshipmen used the passing of Reynolds to pull even at halftime. Navy (7-5) then took a 10-7 lead before Reynolds scored from the 1 with 12:07 left to put the Mids in control. Reynolds ran 26 times for 100 yards and completed six of eight passes for 77 yards and a TD.
As the clock ticked down the final seconds, the thousands of Midshipmen in attendance jumped, yelled and cheered from their perch in the end zone. And soon after that, Niumatalolo went airborne.
The 13-game run by Navy is the longest in the history of a series that began in 1890. Navy leads the series, 59-49-7.