Score – Navy: 17 Duke: 10
For whatever reason, NCAA Football 14 appears to think very highly of the Navy defense. For the fourth time this season, the Midshipmen held the opponent to under 17 points – and this was against one of the best offensive coaches in college football in David Cutcliffe.
In something no one would ever predict, the Navy defense is ranked fourth in the nation in yardage allowed and the Midshipmen have the third best scoring defense in the nation. I need to check my game because that seems like some sort of ridiculous glitch.
Whatever the cause is, it doesn’t matter because the Naval Academy continues to win games.
In what was a relatively boring game, Navy was efficient and kept the Duke offense off the field with excellent game management by Keenan Reynolds and the offense. Navy possessed the ball for over 40 minutes and had over 460 yards of total offense while Duke could manage only 220 yards of total offense. Navy had 272 yards rushing while Duke had 272 total yards!
Keenan Reynolds continued to play mistake-free football and used his dual-threat ability to keep the Duke defense off-balance for much of the game. He threw for 147 yards and also ran for 86 yards and one touchdown.
Navy had a 17-0 lead late in the third quarter before Duke could get on the scoreboard and the Blue Devils had trouble moving the ball at all in the fourth quarter when trying to mount a comeback.
It was a very complete game for the Naval Academy. They ran the ball, were efficient on third down, and kept Duke from creating any sort of big plays. And that formula led to victory once again.
Keenan Reynolds – Passing: 12/30, 147 yards | Rushing: 13 rushes, 86 yards, 1 TD
Keenan Reynolds was everything Navy fans want in their quarterback. He protected the football while still being aggressive and making plays when the offense needed him to. The added threat of Reynolds making plays with his arm prevented Duke from being completely committed to stopping the run.
At 5-0, all of Navy’s goals for the season are in great shape and the Midshipmen are one of the surprise teams in college football. They now head to Toledo in what will be a tough environment against the 4-2 Rockets. Toledo already upset Florida earlier this season in the simulation and would love to be the first team to beat Navy this year. A win would make the Mids bowl eligible, which is unbelievable considering we’re only halfway through October.