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2021 marks PressBox’s fifth annual Best Of edition celebrating the top people, performances and moments of the year.

Best Close Call

If I asked you which opponent in the regular season put up the best fight against Cincinnati en route to the College Football Playoff, would you remember?

You might guess it was Indiana from the Big Ten or even mighty Notre Dame. But you’d be wrong.

The Bearcats’ closest game this season came against Navy in Annapolis in late October. Despite being just 1-5 at the time, the Midshipmen fought hard (as they did all season), even recovering an onside kick late in the game that gave them the ball with a chance to tie.

They’d come up short, losing 27-20. But after trailing by as many as 17 points in the second half, the Mids had much to be proud of.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Navy Athletics

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Issue 272 December 2021 / January 2022

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