Score – Navy: 35 Delaware: 10
Navy kept the ship rolling with another impressive performance and win over Delaware. It was another example of the formula that has worked so well for the Naval Academy over the years – establish the running game on offense and limit the big plays on defense.
Keenan Reynolds had another solid game and the backfield behind him was extremely balanced and effective. Noah Copeland and Darius Staten both put up big numbers and were able to find the endzone against Delaware’s helpless defense.
Similar to last week, Navy got off to a fast start and set the tone with touchdowns on its first two offensive possessions. The first was on a seven yard touchdown run from Noah Copeland and the second came on a five yard touchdown run by Darius Staten.
It was also the second straight week that Navy’s defense showed significant improvement from the past two seasons. Delaware was committed to throwing the ball and Blue Hens quarterback Trent Hurley was coming off a very strong performance but the Midshipmen held him to 164 yards passing on 40 attempts and forced him into three interceptions.
This game really couldn’t have turned out much better for Navy fans. The team played well early and erased any chance Delaware thought it might have at winning the game and then pulled away for a very comfortable win.
Navy: Chris Ferguson - 2 interceptions
Chris Ferguson is one of the leaders of the Navy defense and he showed it with his play against Delaware. He came up with two big interceptions and helped force Trent Hurley into a miserable day.
Navy: Darius Staten – 29 rushes, 149 yards, 1 td
When the defense committed to stopping Keenan Reynolds in the triple option, it simply opened up more opportunities for Darius Staten. He took advantage in a big way with 149 yards and one touchdown on 29 carries, proving that Navy’s rushing attack is much more than just Reynolds.
The Midshipmen now get a week off before traveling to Western Kentucky in what could be a very tricky game. The Hilltoppers are coached by Bobby Petrino, who is regarded as one of the best offensive minds in college football. It will be interesting to see which team’s unique offense gives the opposing defense more problems.
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