ANNAPOLIS – Despite the low score – San Jose State takes a 3-0 lead over Navy into the locker room – there’s been plenty to discuss about the Midshipmen after the first half …
* Pablo Beltran. The sophomore punter has been outstanding, averaging 52.0 yards on four punts. That includes three punts of more than 50 yards (57, 55, 53), and San Jose State has not started with better field position than its 34. Beltran’s enjoyed a strong season, and he’s Navy’s MVP of the half.
* Matt Warrick. The senior linebacker intercepted San Jose State’s David Fales in the final minute of the half to put a halt to a San Jose State drive. He has picks in back-to-back weeks for the Mids.
* Penalty-free. After back-to-back games with seven penalties, Navy did not draw a flag in the first half.
* Trey Miller’s turnovers. The junior quarterback has just one today, but he did cough up a fumble inside the San Jose State 10. It was Navy’s only credible scoring opportunity in five possessions and leaves Miller with nine giveaways on his own in four games. His ball security issues remain an issue.
* Pass protection. Miller’s taken three sacks in the first half, further complicating Navy’s opportunities on offense. Miller is 2-for-5 for 27 yards passing.
* Injuries. While linebacker Obi Uzoma returned after being shaken up, both slotback John Howell (right leg) and safety Tra’ves Bush (concussion) were lost for the day early in the fourth quarter.