The last meeting between Navy and Wake Forest included a decidedly un-Riley Skinner-like performance.
The Demon Deacons’ quarterback committed five turnovers in that 24-17 loss, and you don’t need a degree from Pigskin Prep to know that sort of performance is immensely difficult to overcome.
Coach Jim Grobe mentioned today some of those just happened to be good plays by Navy. At the same time, some of the errors were also uncharacteristic Skinner miscues.
So with a rematch with Navy looming on Saturday’s EagleBank Bowl, I asked Skinner (once I was done collecting some material for a dead-tree edition story on Wake wideout D.J. Boldin) what it’s like getting a second shot at the Midshipmen.
“Just to know for me personally that I was probably the main reason we lost that game, it makes you want to go out there and play your heart out for the guys,” Skinner said. “It’s the last game for a a lot of the seniors, and it definitely left a bad taste in our mouth after the last game. It’s a good opportunity to finish the season, hopefully with a win.”
That would seem to indicate the rematch was a welcome thing initially. But it turns out Skinner’s reaction was one of respect for the 8-4 Midshipmen before an embrace of a second shot.
“At first, we were like ‘We don’t want to play Navy because they’re such a tough team to prepare for, especially for our defense,” Skinner said. “But then after awhile, we got that itch of wanting to play them again. We’re really excited the way it worked out.”
—- Patrick Stevens