Navy Vs. Rutgers: Midshipmen Lose Fourth Straight Game, Fall 21-20 To Scarlet Knights

The Naval Academy lost their second one point game in the past three weeks, losing to Rutgers 21-20 after having a go-ahead field goal blocked late in the game.

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Navy Vs. Rutgers: Midshipmen Lose Another Tight Contest, Fall 21-20 To Scarlet Knights

The Navy Midshipmen (2-4) blew a ten point third quarter lead on their way to a 21-20 loss to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (5-1) Saturday afternoon at High Points Solution Stadium in Piscataway, NJ. The loss was Navy's fourth straight, and second in the last three weeks by just one point. This is the Midshipmen's longest losing streak since 2002.

Navy's fate was sealed when kicker Jon Teague had his 34-yard field goal attempt blocked with just under five minutes left in the game. Brandon Jones of Rutgers was untouched on the play, and had no problem getting his hands on Teague's kick attempt.

The top rushing team in the land, Navy was held to 162 yards rushing, over two hundred yards below their average of 366 yards on the ground per game this season.

Rutgers skills position players had a good day, as receiver Mohamed Sanu caught ten balls for 100 yards, running back Jawan Jamison had 101 yards rushing on 22 carries with a touchdown and quarterback Gary Nova threw for 271 yards and two scores.

Navy next faces the East Carolina Pirates next Saturday, 3:30 p.m. at Navy Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.

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Navy Vs. Rutgers Time, TV Schedule, Announcers And More

Two teams headed opposite directions clash when the struggling Navy Midshipmen visit the surging Rutgers Scarlet Knights this Saturday, Oct. 15. Here's the lowdown on the game:

Who: Rutgers Vs. Navy

Where: High Point Solutions Stadium

When: 2:00 PM EST

TV Information: Dave Popkin and Adam Archuleta have the call on ESPN3.com.

Spread: Rutgers by 3.5.

Last game: The Midshipmen fell flat against the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles and lost, 63-35, for their third straight defeat. Elsewhere, the Scarlet Knights earned their third straight victory by pummeling the Pittsburgh Panthers, 34-10.

Last season: The two teams didn't play last season. Navy last met Rutgers in 2008 and prevailed, 23-21, thanks to a Matt Harmon field goal late in the fourth quarter. However, Rutgers hasn't lost to Navy at home since 1999.

We'll be following the lead-up to this game in this StoryStream. For a view from behind enemy lines, try On the Banks.

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College Football Odds, Navy Vs. Rutgers: Struggling Navy Is Four-Point Underdog

On Saturday, the Navy Midshipmen (2-3) head to Piscataway, NJ to battle the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (4-1, 2-0). Navy's three straight defeats, in conjunction with the Scarlet Knights' three-game winning streak and homefield advantage, conspire to make the Midshipmen the underdogs. The oddsmakers gave a 3.5-point edge to Rutgers when the line opened, according to SB Nation partner Oddsshark, but seem to have soured on Navy in the days since. The line has moved to four points in most places, and to as high as 4.5 points.

The Midshipmen's season started strongly enough, as they took their first two games by a combined score of 80-31. However, Navy began to unravel after a 24-21 defeat to the South Carolina Gamecocks, then ranked No. 10 in the nation, on Sep. 17. After a bye week, Navy dropped a one-point decision to the Air Force Falcons and then followed that up with a 28-point loss against the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles. To be fair, Navy was without top running back Alexander Teich due to suspension, but his absence does not account for why Navy yielded 63 points and 584 yards of total offense.

Given that Navy may soon receive an invitation to join the Big East, this game could serve as a preview of future conference battles.

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Navy Vs. Rutgers: Alexander Teich Returns From One-Game Suspension

Alexander Teich was suspended in Navy's last game against Southern Miss, but the fullback will be back in the lineup when the Naval Academy heads up to New Jersey to face the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers this weekend, according to Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times.

“I think he put so much pressure of the Air Force game on himself that he did some things that were uncharacteristic for him,” Niumatalolo said. “But he’s paid his price and it’s over with. … If some people heard why I suspended him, I guarantee you no one in the country suspended him for what he did.”

Almost sounds like he is bragging there. But in all seriousness, Teich seemed pretty broken up about the suspension, so I'm sure whatever they saw fit to suspend him for is probably something of the past. Navy is going to have a pretty tough time handling Rutgers this weekend, and any help they can get will probably be welcome.

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Navy Vs. Rutgers: Midshipmen Look To Rebound On Road

The Naval Academy looks to improve to 3-3 on the season this weekend when they head North to face Rutgers on the road.

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