Kale Pearson threw three touchdown passes, including a short strike to seal the game with 35 seconds remaining, as Air Force held off Navy 30-21 on Saturday, a significant step in the Falcons' bid to claim the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for the first time since 2011.

Pearson put Air Force (4-1) ahead for good on a 3-yard TD pass to Garrett Griffin in the third quarter. But Navy (2-4) rallied late and pulled to within a field goal. Air Force recovered the onside kick, and Pearson found Garrett Brown on fourth-and-2 from the 13 to clinch the win.

Navy's Keenan Reynolds had a late TD pass, along with a 10-yard TD run in the second quarter. His run gave him 49 career scores, tying him with Ricky Dobbs for most in school history.