Brandon Jones blocked a go-ahead 34-yard field goal attempt by Jon Teague with 4:43 to play and Rutgers won its fourth straight game, a 21-20 victory over struggling Navy on Saturday.
Five games into the season, Rutgers is full of surprises.
Navy entered Saturday's game having just hurdled the haunting memory of the botched extra point attempt that handed them a one-point loss against Air Force a week earlier. After another seemingly benign field goal kick went awry against Southern Miss, they'll have to do it all over again this week.
Accepting a second straight loss to Air Force won't be easy for Navy as it moves forward in its season.
Navy endured a year of misery after losing to Air Force last season.
Football coaches are fastidious sorts, quick to offer a reminder of details great and small.
Not even cancer can keep former NFL coach Buddy Ryan from being in the stands when his twin sons coach against each other Sunday night in the prime-time opener between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets.
Navy football coach Ken Niumatalolo believed the one thing he didn't know entering his team's opener was how a bunch with inexperience scattered across the starting lineup would handle the tension of a real game.
There once was a time when Navy would have been delighted with a 9-4 season that ended with a bowl game and included wins over Notre Dame and Army.