Play it again -- Rutgers 41, Navy 24

September 08, 2007|By KEN MURRAY

What went right

For much of the game, Navy's defense contained Rutgers' big playmakers -- tailback Ray Rice and wide receiver Tiquan Underwood. Except for turnovers, the offense was able to move the ball and control the clock.

What went wrong

The Midshipmen lost two defensive starters, free safety Jeff Deliz and inside linebacker Clint Sovie, in the first quarter to injuries, and poor field position contributed to an early14-0 deficit. Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada threw three interceptions, two in the end zone, to squander scoring opportunities.

Defining moment

After Navy had closed to within 27-17 early in the fourth quarter, Rutgers quarterback Mike Teel hit Kenny Britt with a perfectly thrown 53-yard touchdown pass with 9:05 left to ice the decision.

What it means

Despite the loss of two key players, Navy's defense made a big push in this game. Outside of Kaheaku-Enhada's interceptions, the offense moved the ball well against Rutgers' swarming defense. It was a closer game than the score indicated.

Up next

The Midshipmen play Ball State of the Mid-American Conference in their home opener next Saturday at 5 p.m. Ball State (0-1) plays at Eastern Michigan today.

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