Kaheaku-Enhada and Navy rout Temple; Army up next
ANNAPOLIS, Md. » For Navy, it was one final opportunity to beat up on another team before the "biggest game of the year."
For Temple, it was a fitting end to a long and frustrating season.
Kapolei graduate Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada ran for 116 yards and two touchdowns in the decisive first half, and the Midshipmen rolled to their third straight lopsided victory yesterday, 42-6 over the woeful Owls.
Navy (8-3) amassed 298 yards of offense in building a 35-0 halftime lead. Kaheaku-Enhada finished with 140 yards rushing and completed three passes for 35 yards, and Shun White ran for 114 yards and two scores on only seven carries.
Over the past three weeks, Navy has outscored Duke, Eastern Michigan and Temple by a combined 129-40 score. The Midshipmen will next face Army on Dec. 2.
"Getting a win like this says a lot about our team," White said.
If Navy gets off to the same start against Army that it did against Temple, the Midshipmen can pretty much count on winning a fourth straight Commander-In-Chief's Trophy -- awarded to the team with the best record in games between the major military academies.
"We had focus and intensity and got off to a great start," Navy coach Paul Johnson said. "We clearly lost focus in the third quarter there a little bit. That part was disappointing, but there were a lot of positives. Now we get ready for the biggest game of the year in two weeks."
Temple (1-11) closed its first season under coach Al Golden with three straight losses. Temple was outscored 496-131 this year, but its victory over Bowling Green last month enabled the struggling program to avoid a second straight winless season.
Navy took control immediately after the opening kickoff. The Midshipmen stopped Temple on a three and out, then covered 77 yards in nine plays to go up 7-0. Kaheaku-Enhada ran for 34 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown carry.
Kaheaku-Enhada scored on a 3-yard run late in the quarter for a 14-0 lead.
Navy's next march produced another touchdown. Kaheaku-Enhada opened the drive with a 49-yard run after being flushed from the pocket. Four plays later, White scored from the 11 to make it 21-0 with 12:18 left in the half.
Utah 17, Air Force 14
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. » Louie Sakoda's 37-yard field goal as time expired lifted the Utes to a victory over the Falcons.
The Utes started the winning drive with 3:55 remaining and drove to the Air Force 20, where Sakoda split the uprights after two Air Force timeouts for the Utes' third straight win.
Air Force must beat UNLV and TCU on the road to avoid its third consecutive losing season.