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Mids go penalty-free for second time since 2003

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Here’s a link to today’s dead-tree edition follow off Navy’s 40-17 victory over Delaware to start the season.

A noticeable trend in the game: No penalties for the Midshipmen, only the second time that’s happened since 2003.

“It’s something we harp on a lot in practice,” fullback Alexander Teich said. “We pay the price when we do mess up. It’s ingrained in everyone’s head, and everyone was dialed in.”

Here’s a look at a chart filed with that story that includes Navy’s single-digit penalty yardage outings over the last eight-plus seasons:

0: vs. Notre Dame, 2010 (W, 35-17)
0: Delaware, 2011 (W, 40-17)

1: vs. Army, 2008 (W, 34-0)

2: at East Carolina, 2010 (W, 76-35)

4: at Notre Dame, 2005 (L, 42-21)

5: vs. Army, 2003 (W, 34-6)
5: vs. Army, 2007 (W, 38-3)
5: Southern Methodist, 2008 (W, 34-7)

6: at Ball State, 2008 (L, 35-23)

7: Massachusetts, 2006 (W, 21-20)

Unsurprisingly, Navy was 8-2 in those games.

Patrick Stevens

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