ANNAPOLIS – Navy almost took a 10-7 halftime lead after a quick drive late in the second quarter.
Instead, Temple’s Jamal Schulters blocked a 37-yard field goal attempt, and things stay tied here at the intermission.
Here’s five things that stood out during the first half as Navy chases bowl eligibility in its final game in Annapolis this season.
1. Big play containment. Navy managed only two plays of at least 10 yards on its first three drives, and then matched it on back-to-back plays just before the break. The Owls have avoided getting burned by one or two bungled plays, and that needs to continue.
2. Third downs. Temple is 4-for-6 in converting third downs, though it did fumble after getting the first down on its final try of the first half. But just look at the yards converted from in the first half: 8, 13, 11 and 9. That will eventually burn Navy if third-down letdowns continue.
3. Injuries. Just passing along Navy’s in-game injury report. Linebacker Trey Grissom (right shoulder stinger) is out for the rest of the game. Defensive end Jabaree Tuani (ankle) will come back. Right tackle Matt Molloy (concussion) is done for the day.
4. Return of Kaipo. Senior quarterback Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada is back after a three-game absence because of a lingering hamstring injury. Kaipo has eight carries for 34 yards and a score, and is also 3-for-3 for 19 yards and has played reasonably well.
5. Missed chances. Temple should have had at least three points (if not a touchdown) near the end of the half, but fumbled it inside the 10. Navy had a Matt Harmon field goal blocked on the half’s final play, snapping a string of 13 consecutive conversions for the senior.
Temple gets the ball to start the second half. More to come.