NAVY Soared to a Strong Victory Over Air Force Saturday in Annapolis
After an Air Force punt, Kaheaku-Enhada broke loose for 78 yards to put the Midshipmen up 31-20 with 9:18 left. The runs turned the tide in a game that saw the teams trade the lead through the first three quarters.
“I am excited for our players. They did a tremendous job. They really hustled out there,” Navy coach Paul Johnson said. “Playing for the trophy is really important to us; it’s one of our goals.” A win over Army on Dec. 1 would give Navy the trophy.
The nation’s top rushing team, Navy produced 302 rushing yards — and 381 yards total — with its triple-option attack. The Falcons out gained the Midshipmen with 474 yards, but were held without a score three times inside Navy’s 20-yard line.
Zerb Singleton rushed for 65 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown, and Kettani had 58 yards for Navy. Reggie Campbell scored Navy’s first touchdown on a 37-yard run for a 7-3 lead, and Singleton’s run put the Midshipmen ahead 14-10 at the half. Washington had career highs with four catches and 79 yards.
“In our offense, you never know who is going to get the ball,” Kaheaku-Enhada said. “That’s the triple option.” Joey Bullen’s 29-yard field goal staked Navy to a 17-13 lead before Chad Hall’s 5-yard run put Air Force ahead 20-17 late in the third.
Carney completed 18 of 23 passes and ran for 63 years. Hall had career highs with 8 catches for 108 yards, and he scored both Falcon touchdowns — both on the ground. Jim Ollis had 73 yards rushing, but his fourth-quarter fumble allowed Navy to run some time off the clock and protect its 11-point lead.
The Falcons’ Ryan Harrison hit field goals of 28 and 21 yards, but he also missed from 41 and 32. The latter miss was one of three missed opportunities deep in Navy territory. Ollis was dropped for a loss on fourth down at Navy’s 4 in the second quarter, and the Falcons later had to punt after three penalties pushed them back from the Navy 15.
“We had some scoring opportunities that were absolutely left on the field,” Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said. Carney said the failure to execute in the red zone proved to be the difference.
“When you get inside the 10 three or four times and come away with three points, it’s frustrating,” he said. “We felt we were in control of the game offensively the whole game. We really felt like we left 24 or 31 points out there.