Time to look back on the pregame predictions heading into Navy’s 28-21 defeat of Air Force …
1. Trey Miller will not have a first-quarter turnover.
CORRECT. Miller had an exceptionally sharp first quarter, rushing seven times for 55 yards without fumbling it once. He did not attempt a pass in the quarter.
2. Miller will commit at least one turnover on the day.
INCORRECT. Until an ankle sprain forced him from the game, it was about as good a day as anyone could hope for from the junior. He rushed 18 times for 110 yards, completed all three of his short passes and didn’t come close to committing a turnover.
3. Matt Aiken will make his first catch of the season.
CORRECT. The junior, coming off a knee injury and making his season debut, hauled in an 11-yard reception from Miller.
4. Bo Snelson will set a career-high in rushing.
INCORRECT. The senior started at slotback in place of the injured John Howell but did not have a carry against the Falcons.
5. Air Force will win.
INCORRECT. The Falcons rolled up 507 yards of total offense … and still lost. Why? Three lost fumbles, two missed field goals and a stuffed fourth-down try near midfield early in the second half combined. Navy’s offense wasn’t nearly as imposing as Air Force’s, but it played almost mistake-free. The watchword of the day for the Mids? Opportunistic.
AIR FORCE: 2-for-5
—- Patrick Stevens