ANNAPOLIS | Navy’s latest loss left it down two veteran starters and facing even more concerns about turnovers.
Just as importantly, the Midshipmen’s quarterback situation seems a bit murky after an underwhelming September.
Junior quarterback Trey Miller lost a fumble, was intercepted and was pulled in the fourth quarter of Navy’s 12-0 loss to San Jose State as the Mids remained winless against major-college opposition this season.
Navy is off to its first 1-3 start since 2002 and managed only 144 yards, its fewest since an 82-yard performance against Connecticut that same season. It was Navy’s first shutout loss since 2006.
Austin Lopez matched a school record with four field goals for the Spartans (4-1), who won for the first time in seven all-time games in the Eastern time zone. San Jose State recorded its first shutout since 2003, when it opened the season with a 29-0 rout of Grambling.
Miller’s fumble inside the Spartan 10 ended a promising opening drive for Navy, which would punt on its next five possessions. That streak ended when Miller was intercepted in the third quarter to set up San Jose State’s third field goal.
Miller has 10 turnovers (seven fumbles, three interceptions) in four games, while Navy has 12 as a team. The Mids had only 15 giveaways all of last season.
Freshman Keenan Reynolds entered in Miller’s stead after San Jose State took a 12-0 lead, and he took the Mids down to the Spartan 30 before a failed fourth down.
Making matters worse, Navy played almost the entire game without slotback John Howell (right leg) and safety Tra’ves Bush (concussion), who were injured early in the first quarter. Cornerback Quincy Adams also left the game with an undisclosed injury late in the third quarter, though he appeared to be woozy after making a tackle.