Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 9/22/12
Trey Miller ran for 116 yards and three touchdowns, Noah Copeland rushed for 126 yards and Navy beat Virginia Military Institute 41-3 Saturday for its first win of the season. Navy (1-2) scored the game's final 41 points to improve to 9-0 against VMI (1-3) in a rivalry that dates back to 1898. Miller lost two fumbles in the first quarter and fumbled three times overall, but the quarterback scored on runs of 7, 1 and 40 yards and directed an offense that amassed 510 yards, including 403 on the ground. Coming off a 50-10 loss to Notre Dame and a 34-7 setback at Penn State, Navy cranked up the defense. The Midshipmen yielded 222 yards and linebacker Matt Warrick scored on a 7-yard interception return with 6:50 left. VMI, a Football Championship Subdivision school, has been outscored 88-9 over the last two weeks in losses to Richmond and Navy. Keydets quarterback Eric Korndenbrock hurt his back while being tackled in the first quarter and did not return until VMI's second series after halftime. Kordenbrock went 9 for 16 for 78 yards and two interceptions, and backup A.J. Augustine was 7 for 15 for 54 yards. Augustine, a redshirt junior, had previously thrown only three passes in his college career. Navy led by only 10 points in the third quarter before Miller directed a 66-yard drive that ended with his second TD. In the fourth quarter, Miller broke loose in the secondary and vaulted over VMI cornerback James Fruehan on a 40-yard score that made it 27-3. Earlier in the game, Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo scolded Miller after his second fumble of the game and eighth turnover of the season. Although backup Keenan Reynolds began taking snaps on the sideline, Niumatalolo stayed with Miller. Miller rewarded Niumatalolo's confidence with a steady performance over the final three quarters. Despite committing two turnovers - both on fumbles by Miller - Navy more than doubled VMI's offensive yardage (257-110) in taking a 13-3 halftime lead. Navy's first possession ended with Miller mishandling a snap and losing the ball at the VMI 35. The Keydets then moved 41 yards in 10 plays before Jeff Sexton kicked a 42-yard field goal. On the subsequent drive, the Midshipmen had a first down at the VMI 3 but had to settle for a field goal - their lone first-quarter score this season. Two plays after the kickoff, Kordenbrock got sandwiched between two tacklers after throwing a second-down pass. He remained on the turf for several minutes before being helped to the sideline. Near the end of the quarter, Miller lost another fumble after Shawn Lynch returned a punt 40 yards to the VMI 14. Miller fumbled again during Navy's next series, but teammate Josh Cabral recovered the loose ball. The Midshipmen finally got into the end zone late in the first half, moving 77 yards to take the lead for good. One play after Gee Gee Greene ran 36 yards on a third-and-5, Miller scored from the 7.
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