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Navy defense shoulders blame in Air Force loss despite visible improvement

There’s only so much the Navy defense can do. And yet, the group was united with the other side of the ball in its loss to Air Force on Saturday.

One unit improved while the other did not. After an woeful defensive performance against Marshall last week, the Midshipmen defense held the Falcons to just one first-down conversion for most of the first two quarters.

The first significant offensive play for Air Force came late in the second quarter — a 15-yard rush — before the visitors eventually made it into the end-zone.

Considering Navy’s defense allowed 49 points against Marshall seven days ago, surrendering one first-half touchdown seemed like progress.