Offensively challenged for all but its opening drive, the Navy football team failed to score any points for the first time in six years in a 12-0 home loss to San Jose State on Saturday.
After Spartans place kicker Austin Lopez booted a career-long 43-yard field goal — his fourth of the game — for the final points with 7 minutes 46 seconds left, Midshipmen Coach Ken Niumatalolo replaced ineffective junior quarterback Trey Miller with freshman Keenan Reynolds. Navy finished with just 144 yards, the second-fewest yards for Navy since it installed the triple-option offense in 2002.
Navy (1-3) remained winless against Football Bowl Subdivision opponents this season and has scored a combined 17 points in those games. The Midshipmen’s lone victory came last weekend against Virginia Military Institute, a Football Championship Subdivision program.
“Right now we’re as low as you can be,” said Niumatalolo, adding he would consider a change at starting quarterback for next Saturday’s game at Air Force.