Three Keys Revisited - Navy vs Delaware

If this is the kind of performance we can expect from the Mids when Keenan Reynolds is given the green light to throw the ball then sign me up. In a young season where upsets by FCS schools have been all the rage, Navy was having none of it with a ruthlessly efficient beat down of an FCS program back on the way up. Here is how the keys broke down.

If this is the kind of performance we can expect from the Mids when Keenan Reynolds is given the green light to throw the ball then sign me up. In a young season where upsets by FCS schools have been all the rage, Navy was having none of it with a ruthlessly efficient beat down of an FCS program back on the way up. The Mids never let Delaware get into their rhythm and broke out the pass in a way that hasn't been seen in decades. Here is how the keys broke down.

1) Win the turnover battle - Pass

Navy again was brilliant in controlling the game by not turning over the ball. It is often said that in football you lose more games than you win, so by taking the turnover battle 3-1 the Mids put themselves in great position to go on and secure a victory. The first interception of the day by D.J. Sargenti was especially important as it gave the Mids the field position and momentum to punch in the ball for their second touchdown of the day and a 17-0 lead which already felt unassailable. Throw in a turnover on downs and a second interception and three of the first four Delaware drives ended in positive plays for the Navy defense.

2) Break tackles - Pass

Navy threw more than expected at an overmatched Delaware defense with highly positive results. In what was described by Ken Niumatalolo as a "complete win" the Mids rumbled for 352 yards on the ground attacking both inside and outside the hash marks and keeping the defense guessing. No less than twelve Mids had at least one rushing attempt on the day, and that cycle of backs allowed the fresh Navy ball carries to rip through arm tackles and take advantage of poor pursuit angles to their fullest extent.

3) Don't overlook the opponent – Pass

Probably the most pleasing aspect of the day was how Navy approached this game. From the opening kickoff until the final whistle anyone who was on the field was playing with 100 percent commitment and desire. It is easy to look at the schedule and check out of games against lower standing opposition, especially when you are up 30-7 early in the second half. Navy, though, did nothing of the sort and saw this game as a way to improve on everything they do for more difficult challenges in the future. If Navy can take this level of commitment and execution into the rest of the schedule then the Mids are going to be a very difficult team to beat... and that goes for anyone on the schedule.

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