It was surprising enough to watch Navy commit four turnovers in back-to-back games to start the season.
But flipping through history for Friday’s dead-tree edition look at the Midshipmen’s troubles through two games, it was startling to see Navy had actually won the last four times it had four turnovers before this month.
Also notable: The Mids hadn’t pieced together back-to-back four-turnover games since early in the 2002 season – the first year of Paul Johnson’s tenure, when the Mids struggled (to put it mildly) to run their new coach’s triple-option offense efficiently. Well, at least until they played Army.
Anyway, in the interest of sharing those findings, here’s a look at Navy’s worst turnover days in the Johnson/Ken Niumatalolo era:
6: at Boston College, 2002 (L, 46-21)
5: Northwestern, 2002 (L, 49-40)
4: Duke, 2002 (L, 43-17)
4: at Wake Forest, 2002 (L, 30-27)
4: Tulane, 2003 (W, 35-17)
4: Kent State, 2005 (W, 34-31)
4: Massachusetts, 2006 (W, 21-20)
4: vs. Army, 2010 (W, 31-17)
4: vs. Notre Dame, 2012 (L, 50-10)
4: at Penn State, 2012 (L, 34-7)