Checking back on Saturday’s predictions for Navy’s visit to East Carolina …
1. Keenan Reynolds will remain turnover-free.
INCORRECT. Reynolds tossed his first career interception early in the second quarter, and did so in the red zone no less. It led to a 96-yard, game-tying drive for the Pirates. Reynolds would account for five touchdowns and a end-of-half kneeldown on his six remaining possessions.
2. Navy will have a 100-yard rusher.
CORRECT. It seems odd to think Gee Gee Greene did not have a 100-yard rushing day before Saturday. Well, now he does after a 14-carry, 131-yard day against the Pirates. Greene leads Navy with 511 rushing yards and is up to 1,757 rushing yards for his career.
3. East Carolina’s Justin Hardy will visit the end zone.
CORRECT. Hardy caught a 9-yard touchdown pass in the first half, but otherwise had a quiet day. The Pirates’ top receiver had six catches for 31 yards, fine work by the Mids despite allowing the score.
4. Look for another TFL from Keegan Wetzel.
CORRECT. How about 2.5 more from the outside linebacker, who now has 11 for the first eight games. After an injury-plagued junior year, Wetzel is playing as well as anyone on Navy’s roster and is tied for 30th nationally in tackles for loss per game.
5. Navy will win.
CORRECT. Navy secured its first perfect October since 1996 and has effectively erased the grumbling and concerns created from a 1-3 start. The Midshipmen are a victory from bowl eligibility and get two of their next three at home before finishing against Army in Philadelphia. None of the Mids’ final four opponents have a winning record, though Troy is 4-4.
EAST CAROLINA: 4-for-5
—- Patrick Stevens