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Help also came from Navy’s new full-time kicker. Jon Teague connected from 54 yards – breaking the program record of 52 yards set by Todd Solomon in 1984 – less than a minute before halftime to provide a 19-7 cushion at the break.

Proctor put it away from there, looking very much like a man who has run the triple option since early in his high school career. He capped Navy’s first drive of the third quarter with a 27-yard scoring scamper to make it 26-7.

On his final snap – just out of a timeout – he exploited a defense accustomed to trying to stop the run all day, tossing it over a weary safety’s head and into Santiago’s hands. Seconds later, Teague’s point after attempt bumped Navy to 40 points on the button.

The Mids had done exactly what their quarterback had asked. And he’d looked superb in helping make it happen.

“It was the first game as the man, the go-to guy, and it’s just real nice as an athlete to get that monkey off your back,” Proctor said. “We did that today, and it really felt good.”