Just back from the Navy-Northern Illinois game. Solid performance today for the Mids as they turn back the Huskies, 35-24. Navy’s vaunted triple option attack was just that today as they ran left, right, up the middle and just through the porous Northern Illinois defense.
There’s nothing fancy here, just good ol’ fashioned option football. Navy coach Paul Johnson does a great job of sticking with what works, yet he always seem to be one or two steps ahead of the defense and adept at making changes.
Speaking of defense, Navy’s much-maligned unit played well today and came up with some big stops especially in the fourth quarter.
If you haven’t been to a Navy game, it’s truly a unique atmosphere. Start with the beautiful and cozy stadium (35,000 capacity). Not a bad seat in the house. Plenty of tradition starting with the “March on of the Brigade Midshipmen”, The Great Annapolis Tailgate, the F-18 flyover, the Mids doing push-ups after every score and the firing of the cannons.
The fans are very knowledgeable and friendly, plus they have a great sense of the tradition and Naval Academy lore.
How can you not root for this team? Next year at this time, many of the Navy seniors will be in Iraq and Afghanistan in combat positions. For this group the Dec. 1 game vs. Army at M&T Bank Stadium will be their final football game. No dreams of playing on Sundays in the future. Just a sense of honor and duty that lies ahead.
Navy goes for five straight wins vs. the Cadets, and their fifth straight Commander in Chief trophy on Dec. 1. They will finish the season at the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego on Dec. 20.