NAVY 41 Indiana 35.

2013 NAVY FOOTBALL NO 1                                    Observations from an Old Poolie

September 7, 2013. Navy 41 Indiana 35. On a hot and humid night in Bloomington, Ind. Before over 47, 000, Navy's football team came to play stunning Indiana with a 6 point win. It was an emotional week for Coach Kenny Niumatalolo as his mother Lamala passed away on Thursday. The Midshipmen honored Lamala by wearing heart-shaped stickers bearing the initials LN on their shoulder pads.
 Navy kicked off. The defense held and Indiana punted to the 12. Navy used 8 running plays to score and lead 7-0. The Midshipmen stopped the Hoosiers after a failed fourth down try. The Midshipmen needed 7 plays to lead 14-0. After a Navy interception they settled for a FG. Navy 17 -0 early in the second quarter. Indiana changed QBs and scored on a pass to close to 17-7.
Navy used five plays to score: Navy 24 Ind. 7. Navy stayed on the ground with the slot backs gaining valuable yards. Indiana scored just before the half: Navy 24 Indiana 14.
 Navy took the kick-off, marched 75 yards to lead 31-14. Indiana came back to close to 31-21.
Another 75 yard drive by Navy. Navy 38 Indiana 21.The Hoosiers closed to 38-28. Navy kicked another FG to lead 41-28 with over 7 minutes left. The Hoosiers came back to make it 41-35. Indiana tried an on-sides kick but it went out bounds.. With 3:53 on the clock Navy gained 9 yards. The Coach decided to go for it on fourth down. QB Reynolds gained two. The Midshipmen ran out the clock.
 Navy gained 444 yards on the ground. Reynolds had 127 yds, Staten gained 106 on 9 carries.
Reynolds was 2-4 passing for 71 yards. Indiana, the Big Ten leader in offence, had a total of 481 yards – 363 through the air.
 Navy was a13 point underdog. Several youngsters on defense stepped up and had a good game.
 Next week Navy hosts Delaware at 3:30 in Annapolis. Delaware beat Jacksonville St 51-35 and Delaware St. 51-35. They always play hard against Navy.
 Army lost to Ball St. 40-14. Utah St. defeated Air Force 52 – 20 in Colorado Springs.

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