Three Keys Revisited - Navy vs Hawaii

Navy took down Hawaii 42-24 in a back and forth game in which the Mids never trailed but never really pulled away to a comfort zone until late. The win leaves the 5-4 Mids just one win away from bowl eligibility for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons and with plenty of opportunities to get that victory over the next few weeks.

Navy took down Hawaii 42-24 in a back and forth game in which the Mids never trailed but never really pulled away to a comfort zone until late on. The win leaves the 5-4 Mids just one win away from bowl eligibility for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons and with plenty of opportunities to get that victory over the next few weeks.

Let's look back at the three keys to see how Navy made the win happen.

1) Sound pass defense - Fail

To be honest Hawaii did pretty much everything they wanted through the air on Saturday as Sean Schroeder completed an outlandish 88 percent of his passes with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Hawaii was even able to put together an 18-play, 99-yard, no-huddle drive to cut the lead to 28-21 bridging the third and fourth quarters. The one positive for Navy was that though there were a lot of completions they managed to stop the huge catch and run plays as Schroeder's 29 completions tallied 246 yards. The pass defense needs to be better than it was this weekend as the season moves forward.

2) Keep the penalty and mistake count low - Pass

When you win the penalty count by committing just 4-35 yards and your opponent goes 10-82 yards you are going to be in good shape. When that is added to a +2 in the turnover column, while not committing a single turnover no less, then you are going to be in better shape. When all this is compounded by Hawaii committing a brainless roughing the passer penalty nullifying their only interception of the game and you then complete that drive with a touchdown, then you are going to be very difficult to beat. Navy played smart, assignment sound football and let the Warriors beat themselves.

3) Run the ball - Pass

Keenan Reynolds stat line from Saturday is just ridiculous. The super sophomore had 18 carries for 226 yards and four touchdowns. His 67 yard rushing score was the longest play so far this year for the Mids, and he was a couple of missed blocks or nearly broken takes away from making that stat line explode. The team on the day had 383 yards on the ground while rushing for over six yards per carry. If the Navy machine gets rolling like that they can beat just about anyone in the country.

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