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Navy opens season Saturday at Indiana

Posted on 07 September 2013 by WNST Staff

2013 Navy Football Game Specifics
Game 1 Navy (0-0) at Indiana (1-0)
Date and Kickoff Sept. 7, 2-13 at 6:00 pm ET
Location Bloomington, Ind. | Memorial Stadium (52,929)
Television Big Ten Network
TV Talent Eric Collins (play-by-play), Jon Jansen (analyst), Antwaan Randle El (sideline)

Setting the Stage

• Navy and Indiana will meet for the fourth time on the gridiron when they square off on Saturday evening at Memorial Stadium (52,929). Kickoff is set for 6:00 pm.

• This will be Navy’s first trip to Bloomington since 1986.  Navy is 0-2 all-time against IU in Bloomington, losing 38-35 in 1985 and 52-29 in 1986. The starting quarterback for Navy in both of those games was Bill Byrne, the Naval Academy’s current Commandant of Midshipmen.  The Mids won last year’s game in Annapolis, scoring 10 points over the final 5:30 to capture a 31-30 victory.

• Saturday’s game will be televised nationally by the Big Ten Network with Eric Collins, Jon Jansen and Antwaan Randle El on the call. Collins handled the play-by-play duties for Navy’s 34-19 victory over New Mexico in the 2004 Emerald Bowl when the Mids set an NCAA record for the longest drive in plays (26) and time (14:26). Collins also called Navy’s 16-0 victory over Northern Illinois in 2008, which was the first-career start for former Navy quarterback greatRicky Dobbs.

• The Navy Football Tailgate Show on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM will air at 4:00 pm with Joe Miller live from Bloomington and Graham Whaples back in the 1430 WNAV studio in Annapolis.

• The Navy Football Pregame Show with Pete Medhurst, Omar Nelson and Joe Miller will get underway at 5:00 pm, followed by game action beginning at 6:00 pm on the Navy Radio Network.

• Following the contest, Miller and Medhurst will recap the day’s events in a 60-minute postgame show live on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM and WFED 1500 AM.

• The tailgate show, the pregame show, the game and the postgame show are available over the internet to Navy All-Access subscribers.

 

Scouting Indiana

• Indiana is 1-0 after thrashing Indiana State, 73-35, last Thursday night in Bloomington.  The 73 points scored by the Hoosiers are the most at Memorial Stadium and the second most in school history.

• The Hoosiers produced a balanced attack, rushing for 313 yards and three touchdowns and throwing for 319 yards and six touchdowns.

• Sophomore Tevin Coleman rushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, while sophomore quarterback Nate Sudfeld completed 12 of his 17 pass attempts for 219 yards and four touchdowns. Sudfeld’s favorite target was senior tight end Ted Bolser, who caught six passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns.

• Freshman linebacker T.J. Simmons led the Indiana defense with nine tackles, while freshman linebacker David Cooper had eight tackles.

Navy vs. the Big Ten

• Navy is 27-42-3 (.396) all-time against teams currently in the Big Ten Conference.

• The Mids went 1-1 against the Big Ten last year, defeating Indiana, 31-30, and losing at Penn State, 34-7.

• After Saturday’s game, Navy’s next Big Ten opponent on the schedule is Ohio State on Aug. 30, 2014, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.  The Mids will also play host to Rutgers at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium next year in Rutgers’ first year in the Big Ten.

The Last Time … 

Navy 31, Indiana 30 Oct. 20, 2012 | Annapolis, Md.

Navy scored 10 points over the final 5:30 to come from behind and shock Indiana, 31-30, in front of 33,441 fans on Homecoming at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

It was the first win by Navy over a Big Ten opponent since winning at Illinois in 1979 and the first win over a Big Ten opponent in Annapolis since defeating Purdue in 1926.

Indiana had taken a 30-21 lead with 12:18 remaining in the game on a three-yard touchdown run by Tevin Coleman.

The Mids took the ensuing kickoff and moved 74 yards on 16 plays, but had to settle for an 18-yard field goal by freshman kicker Nick Sloan after freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds was stopped on third-and-goal from the one.

The Navy defense stood tall on Indiana’s next possession and forced a three-and-out giving the Mids the ball back with 4:58 remaining.

Reynolds calmly led Navy on a nine-play, 72-yard drive with senior slot back Gee Gee Greene coming up big on the drive with a 21-yard catch and a 22-yard run.

On third-and-goal from the Indiana three, Reynolds hit a wide open Matt Aiken in the end zone for the touchdown.  Sloan came on to make the extra-point and Navy led 31-30 with 2:02 left.

Following an incompletion on first down, Indiana quarterback Cameron Coffman was intercepted by sophomore cornerParrish Gaines setting off a wild celebration.

Sophomore outside linebacker Jordan Drake had the play of the day for the Mids, intercepting Coffman in the second quarter and returning it 24 yards for a touchdown, pulling the Mids to within 17-14.

Thomas Set To Break Kickoff Return Records

• Senior Marcus Thomas needs just one kickoff return this year to set the school record for most kickoff returns in a career with 81. He is currently tied with Reggie Campbell (2004-07) for first (80).

• Meanwhile, Thomas is second all-time in kickoff return yards with 1,774, just 131 yards behind Campbell.

 

All In The Family

• Navy has five sets of brothers on its 2013 roster, which is tied with Wisconsin and Army for the most sets of brothers on one team in the FBS this season.

• The brother tandems include freshmen Kendrick (SB) and Kenneth (QB) Mouton from Naples, Fla.; sophomore Blaze(C) and senior Wave (S) Ryder from Kaneohe, Hawai’i; freshman Myles (SB) and sophomore Chris (FB) Swain from Macon, Ga.; freshman Nnamdi (OLB) and junior Obi (OLB) Uzoma from Wake Forest, N.C. and freshman Will (QB) and junior Joe (LB) Worth from Valrico, Fla.

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Navy/Indiana to air on Big Ten Network

Posted on 06 May 2013 by WNST Staff

HOOSIERS TO HOST THREE BTN PRIMETIME GAMES

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Three of Indiana Football’s eight 2013 home games will air in primetime on BTN, it was announced Monday afternoon. The Hoosiers season opener against Indiana State on Thursday, Aug. 29, will kick off at 7 p.m. ET.

The Navy game on Saturday, Sept. 7, is slated for a 6 p.m. start and the Sept. 21 Missouri game is set for an 8 p.m. kick.

This season marks the second time in school history the program will host eight games (2008). IU is 2-0 in Thursday season openers at Memorial Stadium, defeating Eastern Kentucky in 2009 and Towson in 2010.

Navy makes its first trip to Bloomington since 1986. The Hoosiers have won both meetings between the two programs at Memorial Stadium.

Indiana faces Bowling Green for the first time on Sept. 14 and wraps up the non-conference schedule against Missouri. IU is 6-2-2 all-time against the Tigers, including a 20-10 home victory the last time the two teams met on Sept. 26, 1992.

Following a bye week, the Hoosiers open Big Ten play against Penn State on Oct. 5. Indiana will then host Minnesota (Nov. 2) and Illinois (Nov. 9) before closing out the regular season and battling Purdue for the Old Oaken Bucket on Nov. 30.

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Coppin visits #1 Indiana Saturday night

Posted on 30 November 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – The Coppin State men’s basketball team will travel to Bloomington, Ind., to take on top-ranked Indiana on Saturday in Assembly Hall in the Eagles first-ever meeting with the number one ranked team in the nation.

Coppin State, which has faced 48 ranked teams in its history, has played five games against teams ranked fourth in the nation, which stood as its highest-ranked opponent to date. The Eagles met Kansas in 1994, Missouri in 2003, Oklahoma in 2009 and Connecticut in 2010 and 2011 who were all ranked fourth at the time of the game.

The Eagles will bring a 1-5 record into the game after having lost to Loyola 67-51 on Wednesday in the Physical Education Complex.

Coppin State has been led offensively by freshman Patrick Cole and senior Troy Franklin and defensively by junior Michael Murray. Cole leads the Eagles averaging 15.3 points per game, while Franklin is averaging 12.8 points per game. The two also rank one-two in assists, steals and three-point baskets. Murray has posted five consecutive double-figure rebounding games and four consecutive double-doubles to lead the CSU defensive effort.

Indiana, which is undefeated at 7-0, is paced by all-America Cody Zeller who is averaging 15.9 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. The Hoosiers have five players averaging in double figures and are averaging 87.9 points per game.

The Hoosiers routed No. 13 North Carolina 83-59 in their latest game and have allowed only one opponent to score more than 61 points on them this season.

The game, which can be seen on the Big Ten Network, will tip at 7:30 p.m.

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Navy welcomes Big Ten foe Indiana for Homecoming Saturday

Posted on 19 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Game 7 Navy (3-3) vs. Indiana (2-4)
Date and Kickoff Oct. 20, 2012 at 3:30 pm ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)
Television CBS Sports Network
TV Talent Grant Boone (play-by-play), Todd Christensen (analyst), Sheehan Stanwick Burch (sideline)


Setting the Stage

• Navy and Indiana will meet for the third time on the gridiron when they square off Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000).  Kickoff is set for 3:34 pm and the presenting sponsors for Saturday’s game are SAIC and Verizon Wireless.
• This will be the first meeting between the two schools since 1986 when Indiana won 52-29 in Bloomington.  Navy is scheduled to open up the 2013 season in Bloomington on Sept. 7.
• Indiana’s trip to Annapolis will mark the first Big Ten team to play at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium since 2002 when Northwestern defeated Navy, 49-40.
• Saturday is Homecoming for Navy.  Navy is 38-24 all-time on Homecoming, but have lost two straight and five of the last six on Homecoming.  Last year, Navy lost to East Carolina, 38-35.  Navy’s last win on Homecoming came in 2009 when the Mids edged Wake Forest, 13-10.
• Saturday’s game will be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network with Grant Boone, former Oakland Raider Pro Bowl tight end Todd Christensen and Sheehan Stanwick-Burch calling the action.

Game Day Festivities
• Pregame festivities will get underway at approximately 1:00 pm with the Navy Football Team Walk.  Originating at the Blue Angel in the southwest corner of the stadium, the team will make its way down the sidewalk and through NavyFest before walking up the drive to the stadium.  Fans are encouraged to line up on both sides of the sidewalk to cheer for the team.
• The March-On of the Brigade of Midshipmen will take place at 3:09 pm.  The march-on will be broadcast live for Navy All-Access subscribers.
• Saturday’s fly-over will be two F-18′s and will take place at 3:31 pm. The pilots are based out of China Lake, Calif.
• Legendary Navy cross country coach Al Cantello will be honored at the second timeout in the first quarter.  Cantello is in his 50th year coaching at the Naval Academy and his 45th as the head men’s cross country coach. Since his arrival, the Midshipmen have been one of the most consistent men’s cross country programs, both regionally and nationally.  In 44 seasons at the helm of the cross country program, Cantello boasts a 241-69-1 career record.  Last season, Cantello led the Mids to their fourth consecutive Patriot League Championship, while garnering conference coach of the year accolades for the fourth straight season.
• Between the first and second quarter, the Naval Academy Athletic Association will honor the Navy women’s basketball team.  Head coach Stefanie Pemper guided the Mids to their second straight Patriot League title and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2012.  Navy defeated Holy Cross in the championship game, 57-48, as sophomore Jade Geif was named the Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive season.  The Mids fought valiantly before falling to Maryland, 59-44, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Scouting Indiana
•    The Hoosiers are 2-4 on the year with victories over Indiana State (24-17) and Massachusetts (45-6) and hard luck losses to Ball State (41-39), Northwestern (44-29), Michigan State (31-27) and Ohio State (52-49).
• Indiana is the only team in the country not to lose a fumble this year and its two turnovers are the fewest in the country.
•    Quarterback Cameron Coffman has been solid in replacing injured starter Tre Roberson, completing 108 of his 172 passes for 1,076 yards with seven touchdowns and one interception.
•    Shane Wynn is Coffman’s favorite target with 31 catches for 294 yards and five touchdowns. Cody Latimer has 27 catches for 431 yards and two touchdowns.
•    Stephen Houston has rushed for 368 yards and six touchdowns on 63 carries, while D’Angelo Roberts has carried the ball 50 times for 183 yards and two touchdowns.
•    On defense, Adam Replogle leads the Hoosiers with 41 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss and three sacks, while David Cooper has 39 tackles and four tackles for a loss.
•    Indiana ranks 71st in the country in rushing offense (160.0), 15th in passing offense (313.0), 27th in total offense (473.0) and 32nd in scoring offense (35.5).
• The Hoosiers rank 109th in rush defense (221.2), 77th in pass defense (242.7), 103rd in total defense (463.8) and 92nd in scoring defense (31.8).

The Last Time …
Indiana 52, Navy 29    Sept. 20, 1986 | Bloomington, Ind.
• Indiana capitalized on four Navy turnovers and made good use of five big plays on offense to hand the Midshipmen a 52-29 defeat.
• The five key plays for the Hoosiers netted them 222 yards of offense and they added a 59-yard interception return that went for a touchdown.  The Mids fumbled the ball over on their second play from scrimmage in the game, with Indiana halfback Damon Swezy breaking loose for a 59-yard TD run on the next play.
• John Berner’s seven-yard run pulled the Mids even, but Indiana added a field goal late in the first period and then erupted for 28 second-quarter points, 21 of them the result of turnovers.
• Navy bounced back in the third period with 19 points, as tailback Chuck Smith scored from the four and from the one.  But the Hoosiers stemmed the comeback with a touchdown of their own, a 33-yard run by quarterback Dave Kramme.

Navy Vs. The Big 10
• Navy is 26-42-3 (.387) all-time against teams currently in the Big 10 Conference.
• The Mids lost earlier this year to Penn State, 34-7.  Navy last beat a team from the Big 10 in 1979 when Navy beat Illinois, 13-12.
• Navy is scheduled to play at Indiana on Sept. 7, 2013, and will play host to Ohio State on Aug. 30, 2014, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Navy Quick Hitters
• Opening the year against Notre Dame in Dublin and at Penn State was the toughest opening two games in school history.
• In the last 40 years, Navy has started the year with two opponents from BCS conferences just eight times and only twice (2005 and 1982) did the Mids go on to have a winning record.
• Navy last beat a team from the Big 10 in 1979 when Navy beat Illinois in Champaign, 13-12.
• Navy has been the dominant Service Academy over the last decade going 18-2 against Army (10-0) and Air Force (8-2), winning seven-consecutive Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies from 2003-09 and going to eight straight bowl games from 2003-10.
• Navy will join the BIG EAST for football only starting in 2015.
• The Navy defense has given up just 49 points over the last four games (16 quarters plus one overtime), allowing three points to VMI, 12 to San Jose State, 21 to Air Force and 13 to Central Michigan.  It is the fewest points Navy has allowed over a four-game stretch since 1981 when the Mids surrendered a combined 46 points to Yale (23), Air Force (13), Boston College (10) and William & Mary (0).
• Since 2003, Navy has won 18 games against schools from a BCS conference.  The 18 wins against BCS schools during that time period are the most in the country by a non-BCS school.  Navy’s wins against BCS schools have come against Vanderbilt (`03, `04), Duke (`04, `05, `06, `07), Rutgers (`04, `08), Stanford (`06), Connecticut (`06), Pitt (`07), Notre Dame (`07, `09, `10), Wake Forest (`08, `09, `10) and Missouri (`09).
• Navy’s three losses this season (Notre Dame, Penn State and San Jose State) have come at the hands of opponents that are a combined 14-4 (.778) on the year.  Notre Dame (6-0) is currently ranked fifth in the country, while Penn State (4-2) is receiving votes in the AP Poll (it is ineligible for the USA Today/Coaches Poll).  San Jose State (4-2) was receiving votes before being knocked off by Utah State, 49-27, last week.
• For the seventh year in a row, the Naval Academy finished in the top five in the country for graduating NCAA student-athletes on the FBS level.  Navy graduated 100 percent of its student-athletes in six of the 20 NCAA sports reported.  Overall, 96 percent of Navy’s student-athletes that enrolled from 2000-03 graduated.
• Senior outside linebacker Keegan Wetzel scored a perfect 1600 on his SAT and is believed to be the only current FBS player in the country to accomplish such a feat.  He carries a 3.89 GPA in systems engineering and is an Academic All-America candidate and a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete-of-the-Year candidate.  Wetzel has also been a force on the field for the Midshipmen, recording 28 tackles, a team-high 5.5 tackles for a loss and a team-high four sacks.  He has also recovered a fumble and broken up a pass.
• Over the last 11 years, Navy has consistently been one of the nation’s top rushing teams, never finishing lower than sixth.  The Mids are currently 14th in the country in rushing (233.3).
• Navy has played 11 true freshmen this year, which is tied for the 15th most in the country.
• Navy has had 15 players make their first career starts this fall, which is tied for the fourth most in the country.
• Keenan Reynolds is the first freshman to start at quarterback for Navy since Jim Kubiak started five games in 1991. Reynolds won his first-career start, 31-13 over Central Michigan.
• Sophomore punter Pablo Beltran is off to a great start in 2012, averaging 45.5 yards per punt (22 punts). He stands 10th in the country in punting, while Navy is 16th in the country in net punting (40.7).
• Freshman Nick Sloan is one of just 16 true freshman kickers starting in the FBS this year.  He is 6-for-6 on field goals and 13-for-13 on extra-points.  He is one of four kickers in the FBS that has yet to miss a kick (field goal or extra point).
• Navy owns a 6-3 record all-time in overtime games, winning six of its last seven.
• Navy is tied for 94th in the country in red zone offense, scoring on just 13 of 18 chances.  Five of the 13 scores have been field goals.  The Mids are 7-7 in the red zone the last two games (4-4 against Air Force and 3-3 against Central Michigan).
• The Mids are ranked 25th in the country in red zone defense, allowing 13 scores on 18 opportunities.  Six of the 13 scores have been field goals.
• Navy owns a 78-43 (.645) record over the last 10 years after posting a 3-30 (.091) mark from 2000-02.  The 78 wins are tied for the 22nd-most wins in the country during that span.
• Senior guard Josh Cabral and slot back Gee Gee Greene have started 31 consecutive games for the Midshipmen, while senior linebacker Matt Warrick has started 20 straight games.
• Navy is 28-4 (.875) under Ken Niumatalolo when scoring first and 7-20 (.259) when the opponent scores first.
• Under Niumatalolo, the Mids are 22-3 (.880) when leading after the first quarter and 13-21 (.382) when trailing or tied after the first stanza.
• The Mids are 18-5 (.783) under Niumatalolo when rushing for 300 yards or more and 17-19 (.472) when the offense is held under 300 yards rushing.
• Navy has turned the ball over 12 times this season (nine lost fumbles and three interceptions) after committing just 15 turnovers in 2011 (nine lost fumbles and six interceptions).  Junior quarterback Trey Miller has been responsible for 10 of Navy’s 12 turnovers (seven fumbles and three interceptions) with five of those turnovers coming inside the opponent’s 30-yard line.
• The Navy offense has lost nine fumbles this year after losing just nine fumbles in 12 games a year ago.  The Mids are tied for the sixth most lost fumbles in the country.
• Indiana is the only team in the country not to lose a fumble this year and its two total turnovers are the fewest in the country.
• Navy ranks 99th in the country in third down offense, converting just 25 of 52 tries (.347).  The Mids are 11-17 (.647) on fourth down, which ranks 31st in the country.
• The Navy defense ranks 100th in third down defense, giving up 34 conversions in 73 attempts (.466).  The Mids held Central Michigan to 2-10 (.200) third down conversions last week.
• Opponents, however, are just 2-for-8 (.250) when going for it on fourth down against the Navy defense, which ranks as the 15th best fourth down defense in the country.
• Navy owns a 16-7 (.696) record in games played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium under Niumatalolo and is 19-17 (.528) away from home.
• Niumatalolo holds Navy coaching records for most wins in the first two seasons (18), three seasons (27) and four seasons (32) of a career.  His 35 wins in five seasons is tied with Wayne Hardin for second-most.

Reynolds Leads Mids To 31-13 Victory Over Central Michigan
• Freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds threw for 134 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 59 more yards to lead Navy to a 31-13 victory over Central Michigan.
• Reynolds, who was the first freshman to start at quarterback at Navy since Jim Kubiak in 1991, is the first Navy quarterback to throw three touchdowns since Chris McCoy against Colgate in 1991.
• Navy won the coin toss and elected to receive with Reynolds promptly driving the Mids 74 yards on eight plays.  On the first play of the game he hit senior slot back Bo Snelson down the middle for 26 yards and on the final play of the drive he hit senior wide receiver Brandon Turner with a 23-yard touchdown strike to put the Mids up 7-0.
• After a Central Michigan field goal, Reynolds led Navy on a 66-yard drive, this time hitting senior slot back Gee Gee Greene with a 19-yard touchdown pass to make the score 14-3.
• Central Michigan cut Navy’s lead to 17-13 thanks to a touchdown right before the end of the half, followed by a field goal on the first drive of the third quarter.  Navy, however, answered with an 11-play, 61-yard drive that ate up 5:29 on the clock as senior fullback Prentice Christian scored his first career touchdown from two yards out to push the Mids’ lead to 24-13.
• After the Navy defense held the CMU offense to a three-and-out, Reynolds hit Greene with a 41-yard touchdown pass on the first play to make the score 31-13.
• Sophomore fullback Noah Copeland led the Mids in rushing with 70 yards on 15 carries, while Christian tacked on 64 yards on 13 carries.
• The Navy defense was sensational all night, playing perhaps its best game of the year against the high-powered Chippewa attack.
• Navy held Central Michigan to 221 yards of total offense, including just 70 on the ground.  CMU managed just 12 first downs against the Mids.
• Sophomore corner Parrish Gaines led Navy with seven tackles and a tackle for a loss, while senior safety Tra’ves Bushrecorded six tackles.  Senior outside linebacker Keegan Wetzel was in on five tackles, two tackles for a loss, a sack and a pass break-up, while senior defensive end Wes Henderson recorded four tackles, two tackles for a loss, a sack and a pass break-up.

Looking For Three-Straight Wins
• Navy will be looking to win its third consecutive game for the first time since the end of the 2010 season when the Midshipmen won four in a row to end the regular season (76-35 over East Carolina, 38-37 over Central Michigan, 35-19 over Arkansas State and 31-17 over Army) .

Keeping The Opponents Off The Scoreboard
• The Navy defense has given up just 49 points over the last four games (16 quarters plus one overtime), allowing three points to VMI, 12 to San Jose State, 21 to Air Force and 13 to Central Michigan.
• It is the fewest points Navy has allowed over a four-game stretch since 1981 when the Mids surrendered a combined 46 points to Yale (23), Air Force (13), Boston College (10) and William & Mary (0).

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