Navy was hoping to have quarterback Will Worth available for this game, and it appears with good reason.
The Midshipmen have struggled without him and currently trail Temple in the fourth quarter.
Navy has a number of players available to fill his place though. In practice, Navy is capable of fielding several teams at once, as their full roster consists of 161 total players. That results in the backup quarterback, Zach Abey, getting plenty of reps in practice. That doesn’t equate game time experience, though.
The Midshipmen currently trail by 17 points and are already in their two-minute drill. Needing points fast Navy has resorted to throwing the ball far more often than they like. Their option offense much prefers to pitch the ball behind the line and beat their opponent to the edge to move the ball.
Temple has been able to snuff out the option all afternoon and continues to have a step on Navy, even when expecting the pass. A loss for Navy means that Western Michigan is likely headed to the Cotton Bowl.