Navy jumped out to an early lead and then finished strong with an impressive win to open the season at Indiana. The Midshipmen quickly grabbed a 17-0 lead in the first half and completely controlled the line of scrimmage against the Hoosiers, who struggled to get anything going offensively.
Indiana tried to climb back into the game in the second half but Navy slammed the door shut on any possible comeback with three touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
The Hoosiers had no answer for Navy’s option attack, as the Midshipmen racked up 366 yards and five touchdowns on the ground through 62 carries. Navy was also very efficient on third down, going seven-for-13 on third-down opportunities.
Most impressive was Navy’s defensive effort to shut down the high-scoring Indiana offense. The Navy secondary held Indiana to only 190 yards passing and forced Indiana quarterback into two interceptions. Wide receiver Shane Wynn had a huge day for Indiana with 14 receptions for 171 yards but no other Hoosier receiver caught more than one pass.
Keenan Reynolds – It was a perfect start to the sophomore season of the talented Navy quarterback. Reynolds was unstoppable on the ground, rushing for four touchdowns and 166 yards on 29 carries. He also kept the Indiana secondary honest by completing six passes. It was a mistake-free game for Reynolds and a very promising start to the 2013 season.
Darius Staten – It was a steady diet of Keenan Reynolds and Darius Staten in Navy’s triple option offense. Although he was unable to get in on the touchdown bonanza, Staten was very effective for the Midshipmen, rushing for 157 yards on 22 carries. He was unable to break any runs for big yardage, but it was his steady production that helped wear down the Hoosier defense in the 4th quarter.
The 2013 season really couldn’t have started any better for Navy. To be able to go on the road and beat a Big Ten team in dominant fashion is a very promising sign for the future. Now, the Midshipmen should be able to build on that momentum in their home opener against Delaware. And if Keenan Reynolds can continue to play at a high level, Navy becomes a very dangerous team for any opponent.
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