The Washington Times - September 30, 2012, 11:23AM

There are any number of ways to assess Navy’s poor offensive performance Saturday.

There was the two first downs in the middle two quarters.

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There was the one solitary gain of more than 15 yards.

There were the three plays in the red zone all afternoon.

But the final total yards figure – 144 – said plenty about the Midshipmen’s 12-0 loss to San Jose State.

It also stands out in recent history as well. Since Paul Johnson’s arrival and installation of the triple-option in 2002, only once has Navy managed a worse offensive day.

That was in ‘02 against Connecticut. While the 2002 Huskies weren’t marauders, Johnson inherited a winless team and went 2-10 in his debut.

The case can be made Saturday’s loss was more troubling even if the data wasn’t quite so ugly:

FEWEST TOTAL YARDS, NAVY 2002-2012

OpponentYearYards     
Result
Connecticut200282L, 38-0
San Jose State
2012144L, 12-0
Rutgers2006161L, 34-0
Georgia Southern   
2010193W, 13-7
Rice2002205L, 17-10
at Texas Christian
2003207L, 17-3
Air Force
2009209W, 16-13 (OT)    
at Pittsburgh
2009218L, 27-14
at Notre Dame
2011229L, 56-14
vs. Notre Dame
2008     
242L, 27-21

Patrick Stevens