Navy Report Card: Indiana

Navy (4-3) defeated Indiana 31-30 on Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium. GoMids.com's D.T. Yates grades the Mids' performance in every critical team area.

Passing Offense: B
Quarterback Keenan Reynolds' first completion of the night went for 11 yards to Brandon Turner. The freshman stood firm in the pocket and an added on a roughing the passer penalty that put the Mids on the Indiana 9-yard line. Reynolds would complete one more pass in the first half for 14 yards to senior Gee Gee Greene.

Trailing 30-21 in the fourth quarter the coaches would call on the plebe again and he did not disappoint. Reynolds orchestrated 16-play drive and completed 4 for 6 completion attempts for 46 passing yards. That drive ended in a field goal that pulled the Mids to within 6 points with 5:30 left on the clock.

After forcing the Hoosiers to a three-and-out, Reynolds was only asked to throw twice but made both count. On the second play of the drive, he connected with Greene for a 21-yard gain that put the Mids in Indiana territory. On third-and-3, on the Indiana 4, Reynolds found Matt Aiken open in the end zone for the game winning score.

In his second start, Reynolds completed 8 for 13 attempts for 96 yards and a touchdown. Greene, Aiken, and Turner tallied 2 receptions each for the Midshipmen.

Rushing Offense: B+
After turning the ball over on downs on their first drive, Reynolds marched the Mids down with 5 rushes for 24 yards capped by a 2-yard scoring romp that put the Mids first points on the board.

Greene led the Midshipmen with 88 rushing yards on 15 carries; the senior slotback's long carry of the night came on his last touch. Greene reeled off a 22-yard gain to bring the Mids deep into Hoosier territory. Darius Staten and fullback Noah Copeland added rushes to pull Navy to the Indiana 4 before Miller's game winning touchdown pass.

Staten's long run of the day went for 17 yards for his first career touchdown to give the Mids their first lead of the night at 21-20. The junior finished with 3 carries for 23 yards and a score. Snelson added career-high 53 yards on 7 carries averaging 7.6 yards per carry.

Passing Defense: C
Early on Navy did not have an answer for Hoosier quarterback Cameron Coffman; he completed 18 of 22 pass attempts for 171 yards passing in the first half but was held without a touchdown pass.

Navy linebacker Jordan Drake had a 24-yard interception return that cut Indiana's lead to 17-14 with three minutes remaining in the first half. The pick was the first of Drake's career. The sophomore led the Midshipmen with a career-high 8 tackles.

Freshman safety Kwazel Bertrand came into the game with 2 career tackles and started his first game with a career-high 7 tackles and 2 pass break ups. Sophomore cornerback Parrish Gaines intercepted Coffman with 01:38 left in the game to ensure Navy the victory. Hoosier receivers Shane Wynn and Kofi Hughes led Indiana with 7 catches a piece while each gaining over 70 yards receiving.

Rushing Defense: C
Indiana running back Stephen Houston led the Hoosiers with 82 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown run. Sophomore D'Angelo Roberts rushed for 50 yards and a score on 9 carries. Freshman Tevin Coleman added 7 carries for 29 yards and a touchdown.

The Hoosiers were able to run for 173 yards rushing and 3 scores, while averaging 4.3 yards per rush attempt. Outside linebacker Keegan Wetzel led the team with 8 tackles, including 3 for a loss.

Tra'ves Bush did a good job knocking the ball free to force a fumble on Houston but he was able to recover it for the Hoosiers. Two plays later, Indiana freshman Tevin Coleman scored on a 3-yard run that would be the Hoosiers last of the night.

Linebacker Matt Warrick and Bush added 6 tackles, and a pass break up each.

Special Teams: C+
Placekicker Nick Sloan hit his only field goal attempt of the night from 18 yards out to pull Navy within 6 points. Sloan is now a perfect 7 of 7 from field goal range this season.

Junior slotback Marcus Thomas' first return of the night went for 18 yards sticking Navy inside it's 20. Thomas returned the next kickoff for 28 yards on Navy's first scoring drive; he did not have another return on the day.

Pablo Beltran did not allow the Hoosiers a punt return on the night. The senior punter averaged 42 yards per punt, with a long kick of 59 yards and one pinned inside the 20. Shawn Lynch was not allowed a punt return for the Mids.

Tevin Coleman had a 27-yard kickoff return that started the Indiana out at the 31-yard line.

Coaching: B
Going for it on fourth-and-2 midfield set the Hoosiers up with great field position to march down for their first touchdown of the night.

Navy defensive coordinator and secondary coach Buddy Green did a tremendous job in first half adjustments. After an impressive first half with 18 completions, Coffman was held to 7 for 11 for 73 yards passing.

Navy moved up to an overall record of 4-3 after starting out 1-3. The coaches did a superb job in their first victory over a Big Ten team since 1979 when Navy defeated Illinois 13-12.

Head coach Ken Niumatalolo has continued to show the Mids home field advantage at Navy. Niumatalolo now has a 17-7 record in games played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Niumatalolo also moved up to second all-time for most wins by a Navy coach in their first five years with a 36-24 record. The head coach needs just two wins to move in front of Paul Johnson (2002-05) who holds a 37-25 record.

In a huge improvement from the first few games of the season, Navy was flagged for just two penalties for 10 yards.

Overall: B
This Navy squad fought hard in the second half to come back against a Hoosier team that suffers its fourth close loss of the season.

Navy was outgained 353-417 in total yards by the Hoosiers. The Midshipmen converted 6 of 12 third-down conversions and dominated the second half of play. Navy was able to score touchdowns on 3 of 4 of its red zone chances, coming away with a field goal on the other trip.

Indiana converted 7 of 13 of its third-down conversions and was 2 for 2 on fourth-down. The Hoosiers were 6 of 6 in red zone chances with 3 touchdowns and 3 field goals.

Next up, the Midshipmen take a trip to Greenville, N.C., to face an East Carolina team that's currently third in Conference USA with a 5-3, 4-1 record.

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