Play It Again

October 05, 2008|By Don Markus

What went right

Navy returned two blocked punts for touchdowns, and Matt Harmon made all four of his field-goal attempts, from 35, 48, 44 and 32 yards. In all, special teams accounted for 26 of Navy's points, and good kickoff coverage to start the second half led to its other touchdown.

What went wrong

Shun White continues to struggle without Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada at quarterback. White's numbers have gone down dramatically the past few weeks, and the senior slotback had only 5 rushing yards on three carries. He fumbled for the third time this season.

Defining moment

With Navy leading 23-20 with a little more than four minutes left in the third quarter, Air Force quarterback Shea Smith appeared to convert a fourth-and-three from the Navy 37-yard line. But Shea's knee was ruled down just shy of the first-down marker at the 34. The Midshipmen took over and wound up with a field goal.

What it means

Barring Army beating Air Force and Navy later in the season, the Commander in Chief's Trophy will remain in Annapolis for the sixth straight year. If Army loses to Air Force but beats Navy, the Midshipmen will still retain the trophy.

Up next

Navy is off Saturday before playing Pittsburgh at home Oct. 18. After losing their season opener to Bowling Green, the Panthers have won four straight, including a 26-21 win over 10th-ranked South Florida on Thursday night in Tampa.

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