ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- When starting quarterback Brian Hampton
didn't get the job done, Navy head coach Paul Johnson went to
backup KaipoNoa Kaheaku-Enhada.
Kaheaku-Enhada wasn't much better, but he was good enough to
lead Navy (2-0) to two touchdowns in the 21-20 win over
Massachusetts on Saturday.
Navy's offense fumbled seven times, losing four, and threw an
interception, setting up three scores for Massachusetts.
Navy gained just 289 yards, its lowest total since a 2004 loss
to Notre Dame, and was bogged down largely by the poor execution of
"We were very fortunate we won the game. Anytime you put the
ball on the ground as much as we did, you are fortunate to win,"
Johnson said. "I'm frustrated by our offense. It's as bad of an
offensive team as I have coached. I am concerned about the lack of
"We have some real researching to do," he added.
After Hampton turned the ball over on an interception and lost
15 yards on an errant pitch, Kaheaku-Enhada replaced him in the
He led Navy on a six-play, 80-yard drive that ended with Matt
Hall's 53-yard run and tied the game at 14 going into the half.
Alternating series with Hampton in the second half,
Kaheaku-Enhada scored on a 19-yard run to put the Mids ahead 21-17
with 3:18 left in the third quarter.
Liam Coen completed 17 of 29 passes for 187 yards for
Massachusetts (1-1) and hit J.J. Moore for a 37-yard touchdown that
gave it a 14-7 lead. Steve Baylark gained 84 yards on 21 carries.
Hampton's poor play continued into the second half, as he
re-entered the game to open the half and fumbled on Navy's first
series losing 15 yards.
Kaheaku-Enhada turned the ball over on the next series, fumbling
while being tackled. That fumble set up a 37-yard go-ahead field
goal by Chris Koepplin. In the fourth quarter, both quarterbacks
fumbled the ball, one led to another field goal by Koepplin that
closed the score to 21-20 with 5:55 to play.
Massachusetts had its share of miscues as well.
A touchdown return on the opening kickoff was called back by a
penalty and so was a 3-yard scoring pass from Coen to Tim
Washington, forcing the Minutemen to settle for Koepplin's go-ahead
field goal. Navy's defense came up with two big turnovers.
An interception by Dujuan Price of a halfback pass from Justin
Montgomery stopped one Massachusetts drive at the 3-yard line. A
fumble recovery by Tyler Tidwell with less than four minutes left
allowed Navy to go back on offense and hold the ball until just 35
"There are a couple of plays you wish you could take back.
Turnovers turned the game around," Baylark said.
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