September 2, 2014
by Boxer Journal
Baltimore, MD – On Saturday, Navy took a 7-6 halftime lead into the locker room at M&T Bank Stadium. Unfortunately for the Mids (0-1) they later departed the same locker room with a 34-17 loss to the #5 Ohio State Buckeyes.
Navy, behind junior quarterback Keenan Reynolds, kept the game close through three quarters. A trio of mistakes, one offensive, one defensive, and one on special teams, were all seized upon by the Buckeyes (1-0) and helped the large number of OSU fans in attendance leave a much happier group for the long return drive to Columbus.
Ohio State took the first lead of the game on a 46-yard field goal by kicker Sean Nuernberger. Navy came back to take the lead on a DeBrandon Sanders 1-yard touchdown plunge early in the second quarter. Nuernberger hit a second field goal in the second to make it 7-6, Navy.
With just five ticks left in the first half, Navy’s Nick Sloan missed a short 36-yard field goal that would have lifted the Mids going into the locker room and given them a four-point advantage.
Early in the third the Buckeyes’ Darron Lee returned a fumble off an errant Navy option pitch 61 yards for a score to put the game at 13-7, OSU. Two minutes later Keenan Reynolds and the Mids responded when the Tennessee native plunged over from one-yard to reclaim the lead, 14-13.
The defensive secondary of Navy next yielded the third and ultimately final strike of the game. Buckeye quarterback J.T. Barrett hit Devin Smith on an 80-yard bomb when Smith drifted several yards past his nearest Navy defender.
Despite Sloan later hitting a 32-yarder, Ohio State tacked on two fourth quarter scores to ensure the Buckeyes victory.
Ohio State returns to the field this Saturday to face Virginia Tech (1-0) in the Buckeyes’ home opener on Saturday. Navy heads to Philadelphia to face Temple (1-0).