Re-checking the game day predictions heading into Navy’s 34-7 loss Saturday at Penn State …
1. Graham Vickers will become the first Navy offensive lineman since at least 2004 to start at three different positions.
CORRECT. The junior got the nod at right tackle, as expected, to further establish himself as one of Navy’s most versatile offensive linemen in recent memory.
2. Navy will not have 20 pass attempts.
INCORRECT. Technically, it is true. Navy didn’t finish with exactly 20 pass attempts. But the point of the prediction was to say the Mids would have at least 20 throws. They had 23, a byproduct of falling into a 14-0 hole in the first nine minutes and a 20-0 deficit at the break.
3. Navy’s fullbacks will account for more than eight carries.
CORRECT. Prentice Christian and Noah Copeland both had seven carries, and reserve Maika Polamalu had one rush to give that prong of the triple option 15 of Navy’s 60 rushing attempts.
4. Penn State will set a season-low in passing attempts.
CORRECT. The Nittany Lions had averaged 45.5 throws in their first two games, with a low of 43. They needed only 21 pass attempts to dispatch the Mids.
5. Penn State will win, but not handily.
PARTIALLY CORRECT. The scoreboard said it was a rout. Navy’s advantages in total yards and first downs suggests this should have been a lot closer. Four turnovers, three inside the Penn State 30, doomed the Mids to their lopsided loss.
PENN STATE 3.5-for-5