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TEXAS STATE (3-6) at NAVY (6-4)

When: Saturday, 3:30 p.m.


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Site: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis

TV: CBS Sports Network

Radio: 1090 AM, 1430 AM

Series: First meeting

Navy offense vs. Texas State defense: After getting off to slow starts but managing to beat both Indiana and Florida Atlantic at home during a five-game winning streak, a sluggish first quarter led to a 21-0 deficit and ultimately a 41-31 defeat at Troy last week. Freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds, who played virtually mistake-free as a major catalyst in the season’s turnaround, fumbled a chance at an early touchdown after a 70-yard run, but he still managed to bring the Midshipmen as close at 31-28 in the third quarter. But another fumble by Reynolds while back to pass ended the comeback. Reynolds had his second straight game with big yardage (a combined 289 yards) and three touchdowns (all on the ground) while senior slotback Gee Gee Greene broke his career-best for yards (150 yards on 16 carries) for the second time in three weeks. In its first season as a Football Bowl Subdivision team, Texas State is not officially ranked statistically because of a provisional status but would be near the bottom for rushing defense (211.7 yards a game) and total defense (495.2). After upsetting Houston in the opener, the Bobcats have lost six of eight, including the last three, and surrendered 30 points or more in all but one of the games. They lost 62-55 last week to No. 18 Louisiana Tech.             

Navy defense vs. Texas State offense: The Midshipmen will have to stop someone they are very familiar with – former teammate Marcus Curry, who resigned from the academy after his sophomore year and is now the leading rusher (529 yards and 9 TDs on 84 carries) for the Bobcats. Navy has had problems with spread offenses, most recently in last week’s 41-31 loss at Troy that ended the winning streak. Senior quarterback Shaun Rutherford (129 for 200 for 1454 yards and 11 TDs (5 INTs) has seven receivers with at least 10 receptions, led by Andy Erickson (33 catches for 426 yards and 3 TDs). Rutherford also likes to run (119 carries for 518 yards and 4 TDs). The Midshipmen will have to do a better job containing Rutherford than they did a week ago against Troy, when the Trojan quarterbacks combined for 415 yards passing.

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