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Eight months of prep ends with 17-point loss

Eight months of prep ends with 17-point loss

Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo didn't celebrate very long after his team's bowl win over Middle Tennessee State last December.

The preparation — at least mentally — had already started for the 2014 season opener against Ohio State in Baltimore.

"It heightens everything you do, I couldn't even enjoy our bowl game," Niumatalolo recalled Saturday. "As soon as you win the bowl game, you're thinking the next game you're playing is Ohio State, everything you do you've got to take it to the [n]th degree, the way you eat, the way you stretch, the way you meet."

In some ways, losing to the fifth-ranked Buckeyes, 34-17, before a pro-Buckeye crowd of over 57,000...