play it again

August 31, 2008|By Don Markus

Navy 41, Towson 13

What went right (for Navy):: Despite playing without starting quarterback Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada, the Navy offense had 558 rushing yards - including a school-record 348 by senior slotback Shun White - and even had a 38-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jarod Bryant (right) to backup slotback Bobby Doyle.

What went wrong (for Towson):: After closing an early 14-0 deficit to 21-13 late in the first half, Towson allowed the Midshipmen to finish the half with a 31-yard field goal as time expired. Doyle's touchdown catch to open the second half was only the start of the troubles for the Tigers.

Defining moment:: After coming out of the game with leg cramps in the fourth quarter, White returned and capped his record-breaking performance with a 73-yard touchdown run in which he started down the right sideline and cut across the field.

What it means:: For Navy, the first win in the head coaching career of Ken Niumatalolo shows that the offense can be proficient without Kaheaku-Enhada, who was sidelined with a hamstring injury. Towson showed it could play with a Football Bowl Subdivision team - at least for a half.

Up next:: The Midshipmen play at Ball State on Friday night. The Tigers host Morgan State in the home opener at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday.

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