D.J. Sargenti grabbed the first interception of his career on the third play of the second quarter of Navy’s 51-7 thrashing of Delaware on Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. But the senior inside linebacker confessed afterward that he doesn’t remember much about the interception.
“I’ll be honest, this is only my second game I’ve ever started here, and I kind of blacked out when I caught it,” Sargenti said, eliciting laughter from teammates Cody Peterson and Brendon Clements and assembled reporters. “They were like, ‘Why did you run out of bounds?’ I was like, ‘I really don’t remember it.’ I was kind of nervous.”
Sargenti and the rest of the Midshipmen defense contained the Blue Hens. Although Delaware gained 336 yards, its offense ventured into Navy’s red zone just once and crossed midfield four other times in 11 total possessions.
“We got some big stops, some big turnovers,” Midshipmen coach Ken Niumatalolo said, referring to the two interceptions and one fumble the defense recovered. “We bend a little bit, but they just keep playing. That’s kind of who we are. We’re never going to outsize guys. We’re guys that are just going to keep lining up. You might bloody our mouth, but we’re going to wipe our mouth and come back and keep playing. That’s who we are. We’ve just got to keep playing.”
Senior inside linebacker Cody Peterson, who finished with a game-high 12 tackles, spoke about the defense's approach.
“It’d be nice to get off the field on the first set of downs,” he said. “But we stayed strong. When they get a first down, we just keep working and eventually, someone will step up and make a play, and we’ll get off the field when we get a stop.”