Navy at Troy

September 8, 2010

avoid complacency: Last week, the Midshipmen came out flat in their 24-17 victory over Florida Atlantic, and it took freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds’s 48-yard run to jump-start the team. Another slow beginning this week could doom Navy on the road against Troy, which is averaging just more than 30 points per game and has scored at least 37 points two of the last three weeks. The Trojans have the 15th-ranked offense in the country and are averaging nearly 490 yards per game.

LIMIT BIG PLAYS: Navy’s defense has been thriving this season by keeping opponents from long gains and needs to do so again against one of the country’s top passing attacks. Troy is ranked 15th nationally in passing, and quarterback Corey Robinson has thrown for 2,199 yards and nine touchdowns with a completion percentage of 63.4. Wide receivers Chip Reeves and Eric Thomas, meantime, have combined for 91 receptions for 1,325 yards and 11 touchdowns.

MIX IT UP: Navy, in search of its first six-game winning streak since 1979, is ranked seventh in the country in rushing at 268.3 yards per game, and the triple option continues to be a difficult scheme for opponents to prepare for given how few teams use it. But Reynolds provides another dimension with a strong and accurate arm, and his eight touchdown passes this season are five short from matching Navy’s single-season record. Play-action has been particularly effective for the Midshipmen, who are ranked 29th in passing efficiency.

— Gene Wang

3:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium, Troy, Ala.

Internet: ESPN3.com. Radio: WFED (820, 1500 AM), WNAV (1430 AM).

Records: Midshipmen 6-3; Trojans 4-5.

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