What went right
The Navy offense got its ground attack going, producing 521 yards, the third-highest rushing total in school history.
What went wrong
In key moments, Navy stopped itself. A fumble at Ball State's 15-yard line kept the Mids from taking an early lead. A fumble in overtime led to the loss. Defensively, the Mids are even younger than they were at the beginning of the season, with freshman Wyatt Middleton starting at free safety and sophomore Ross Pospisil starting at inside linebacker. Senior linebacker Irv Spencer had to leave the game with a sprained ankle, and so did starting quarterback Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada.
Backup quarterback Jarod Bryant started the second half and gave the Mids a chance to win, working the clock perfectly to set up a potential game-winning field goal on the final play of regulation. But the kick was blocked, and Ball State took advantage of an overtime fumble by Bryant, who waited too long to attempt a pitch.
What it means
Hard times ahead. Batten down the hatches.
The Mids (1-2) will take on Duke (1-2), which ended its 22-game losing streak last night with a 20-14 win over Northwestern. Navy handled the Blue Devils with ease a year ago, winning on the road, 38-13.