The Midshipmen amassed 580 yards of offense but still lost to
The end came for the Mids as Jake Hogue kicked a 24-yard
field goal on
It was the second turnover of the game for the Mids who have now given the ball away to its opponents seven times in their first three contests of the season.
"We didn't make the plays we needed to win the game," said Navy coach Paul Johnson. "In overtime, we couldn't have asked them to line up any better with the play we called. I think he might have scored if he got the ball. But we fumbled it and they went down and scored."
Bryant, who took responsibility after the game for the miscue, had started the second half and overtime period in place of the injured Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada who hobbled into the locker room at halftime with two sprained ankles. Before departing the game Kaheaku-Enhada had compiled 117 yards rushing including an 80-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter.
"It was frustrating with it being in front of the Brigade," said Bryant. "I think everyone knows morale is kind of low here right now. A win like this could have turned that around."
Fullback Eric Ketanni led the Mids rushing attack with 126 yards on the
ground which included a 71-yard touchdown run that put Navy ahead 31-24 with
7:17 left to play in regulation.
Bryant would then march the Mids right down the field to give Navy a
chance to win the game in regulation, but
Navy's offensive and special teams' miscues, in the end, were the
difference in the game, but the Mids defense struggled to stop
Spencer's injury now leaves cornerback Rashawn King as the lone remaining healthy defender who had any significant playing time prior to this season for Navy.
The Midshipmen will now call upon a familiar foe to help end a two-game losing streak.
In both 2005 and 2006 Navy was able to beat Duke to avoid a three-game losing streak.
In 2005, Navy started the season 0-2 before reeling off
four straight victories beginning with a 28-21 win over the Blue Devils, and in
2006, Navy beat Duke 38-13 after losing back-to-back games to