Ken Niumatalolo, usually one of the more reserved coaches in college football, went off script in the Navy football team’s 42-14 thrashing of South Alabama on Saturday night.
Almost midway through the third quarter, the Midshipmen set up to punt on fourth-and-6 from their own 40-yard line. But junior punter Pablo Beltran faked the punt and instead threw to sophomore defensive end Will Anthony for a 15-yard gain and a first down.
But officials flagged Navy for an ineligible player downfield. The penalty was initially assessed to junior defensive end Chris Nurthen, but he was in the backfield with Beltran.
Niumatalolo asked for clarification, and later said officials...