Navy coach Paul Johnson hopes Friday night's 30-19 victory against Temple proves beneficial to his team this week.
"We found a way to win," Johnson said. "We hope to learn from it. We had a lot of young guys playing who had never been in a game before. I hope to see a lot of improvement from that game to our next game. They'll learn a lot from having played meaningful minutes."
Johnson could see the mistakes - two fumbles, missed tackles, and, perhaps most annoying, players dropping their blocks while the offense was trying to run a pitch out of the option.
"We run the option a full 30 minutes in practice every day," Johnson said. "It's mind-boggling how we could do that - turn the guy loose like that."
As Johnson looked toward Rutgers (1-0), he identified the Scarlet Knights as "a huge challenge" this week, saying they are deserving of their No. 16 ranking.
"They handled us pretty good last year," he said, recalling the 34-0 loss. "And our football team is not close to what we were a year ago."
Temple showed him that.