For all the talk about how Arizona State would handle Navy's triple-option offense, the real mismatch turned out to be when the Sun Devils had the ball.
Cody Peterson didn't settle in at a position in his first two years at Navy. And injury problems arose wherever he moved.
Brandon Turner hadn't witnessed a Navy football season end quite like last year's did.
Noah Copeland sputtered through his first two starts, bottled up as Navy's offense managed a combined 17 points in losses to Notre Dame and Penn State.
Navy couldn't have expected much more from Keenan Reynolds' freshman season.
Navy wide receiver Brandon Turner pleaded in the second half to somehow get him the ball.
Always kidding, always joking, Navy wide receiver Brandon Turner put on his most serious face recently as he approached Danny O'Rourke, his old position coach.
Brye French never met Brendan Looney, but he heard stories about the former Navy football and lacrosse player. French, himself a two-sport athlete, attended Looney's funeral along with the rest of his lacrosse teammates.
Still digesting his team's 1-3 start, Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo stepped onto a practice field just a short walk from the banks of the Severn River in early October.