Indiana Drops 41-35 Contest to Navy
Sep 7, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Indiana fell behind Navy early and could never quite catch up, losing to to the Midshipmen and it's rushing attack, 41-35.
Keenan Reynolds rushed for 127 yards and three touchdowns, leading Navy to a 41-35 season-opening victory Saturday at Indiana.
The Midshipmen (1-0) played almost flawlessly, finishing with 444 yards rushing, no turnovers, five penalties and only three carries for negative yards.
Navy scored on its first three possessions, taking a 17-0 lead. Reynolds scored on runs of 1, 2 and 1 yard as the Midshipmen fended off Indiana's rallies.
Navy opened the game with 29 consecutive runs, churning out 212 yards in roughly 1 1/2 quarters. The strategy allowed the Midshipmen to do two things: put points on the board and keep Indiana's high-flying offense on the sideline.
Geoffrey Whiteside ran for 31 yards on Navy's first offensive play and 18 two plays later. Eventually, Reynolds scored on his first 1-yard TD run to make it 7-0. Then, after stopping Indiana on a fourth-down try at the Hoosiers' 34-yard line, Chris Swain scored on a 3-yard run to make it 14-0.
Navy settled for a 23-yard field goal on its next possession and, after Nate Sudfeld threw a perfect 45-yard TD pass to Kofi Hughes, answered with another long scoring drive that Noah Copeland capped with a 3-yard TD run to make it 24-7.
Indiana answered with a 6-yard TD pass from Sudfeld to a wide-open Ted Bolser with 1:37 to go, making it 24-14 at the half.
Reynolds opened the scoring with a 2-yard TD run in the third quarter.
Indiana's Tevin Coleman cut the lead to 31-21 with a 7-yard score, but Navy used nearly seven minutes on a 13-play, 75-yard drive that ended Reynolds' third scoring run of the night.
Navy sealed the win with a 33-yard field goal midway through the fourth, though Indiana broke its school record for most points in a two-game span when Bolser caught a 15-yard TD pass from Sudfeld late in the fourth quarter.
Darius Staten also ran nine times for 106 yards for Navy, which threw only five passes.
Sudfeld finished 31 of 42 with 363 yards.
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