Navy familiar with bad breaks this season

October, 24, 2011
And you thought Notre Dame was the victim of so many bad breaks.

Navy, the Irish's opponent this Saturday, is 2-5. It is in the middle of a five-game losing streak that has featured four games decided by three points or less -- a total of eight points covering four defeats.

The latest wrong turn in a Midshipmen season that has seen so many came in Saturday's 38-35 home loss to East Carolina, which ended with Jon Teague's 42-yard field goal bouncing off the right upright when time expired … which came two plays after Matt Aiken's seemingly good 33-yard touchdown catch was ruled incomplete and upheld … which came two quarters after starting quarterback Kriss Proctor left the game with a left-elbow injury -- and yes, he's a southpaw.

That loss came one week after blowing a 10-point second-half lead at Rutgers, which won by one point thanks in large part to a blocked field goal attempt with less than five minutes to play.

Two weeks earlier, Navy came back from an 18-point second-half deficit against Air Force to force overtime … where the Midshipmen lost by one thanks, again, in large part to a blocked extra point in overtime. That one came from the 35-yard line after Proctor received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after his one-yard touchdown run.

In Navy's game before that, in an attempt to go 3-0 and beat a top-10 team for the first time since 1984, the Midshipmen had a pass picked off in the fourth quarter, sealing a 24-21 loss at then-No. 10 South Carolina.

The losing continued from then on.

Proctor is a longshot to return Saturday, meaning sophomore Trey Miller will likely make his first career start. Miller completed 5 of 12 passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns Saturday.

For two teams ready to take out the frustrations of seemingly mounting bad breaks, this Saturday probably cannot come soon enough.

Matt Fortuna | email

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