Three Keys Revisited - Navy at Toledo

This is another one of those that will sting for a while. Navy traveled to Toledo hoping to get the season back on track after the no show at Duke. Unfortunately, two overtimes later the Mids have another mark in the loss column and it came in one of the most painful and frustrating ways possible.

This is another one of those that will sting for a while. Navy traveled to Toledo hoping to get the season back on track after the no show at Duke. Unfortunately, two overtimes later the Mids have another mark in the loss column and it came in one of the most painful and frustrating ways possible. I am not going to say much beyond this about the end of the game, but kicking an extra point at any level of football should be automatic.

Here is a look back at the three keys.

1) Play with better intensity - Pass

There were definitely areas of Navy's game where you could find problems, but this week intensity really wasn't one of them. Though there was an alarming drop off in defensive production in the second half, the Mids for the most part attacked Toledo with everything they have. The biggest problems right now seem to be the physical and mental errors which are causing more penalties than normal and allowing breakaway runs on missed tackles and assignments. The other issue that has to be fixed is that the bend but don't break defense is just breaking far too often. It is hard to hold a team to field goals when they are breaking 40+ yard runs in a series.

2) Improved offensive scoring numbers - Pass

After averaging just seven points in the first two losses Navy at least scored a ton on Saturday. You score 31 points on the road in regulation you expect to win. You score 44 points total on the road and you expect to win. The Navy offense rushed up and down the field at will on their way to 419 yards rushing on the day. Navy, though, was destroyed by the one offensive mistake where a Keenan Reynolds' fumble was scooped up by the Toledo defense and returned 68 yards for a score. Navy doesn't right now have the ability to overcome mistakes like that and they must not happen next week against Pittsburgh.

3) Stop David Fluellen - Fail

The Mids were able to bottle up Fluellen to a point, but in the third quarter the Toledo running game came on strong. Fluellen first scored on a 44-yard run, before his backup Kareem Hunt took one 52 yards for a score himself. Fluellen was eventually stopped by Navy, when he went off with a back injury, but for the day the platoon of Rocket backs went for 321 yards and four touchdowns at seven yards per carry. Knowing that this was a run centered offense with a quarterback who is not going to beat you the Mids should have done a better job of containing the backs and really making Toledo earn their yards.

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