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Army, Navy to meet for 114th time Saturday in Phildelphia

Posted on 13 December 2013 by WNST Staff

2013 Navy Football Game Specifics
Game 12 Army (3-8) vs. Navy (7-4)
Date and Kickoff Dec. 14, 2013 at 3:10 pm ET
Location Philadelphia, Pa. | Lincoln Financial Field (68,532)
Television CBS
TV Talent Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

Setting the Stage 

• Army and Navy will meet on the gridiron for the 114th time when the two square off on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field (68,532) in Philadelphia.  Kickoff is set for 3:10 pm.
• A victory by Navy would give the Mids the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the second consecutive year and for the ninth time in the last 11 seasons.  Navy has won the trophy 13 times overall.  Should Army win the contest, Navy, last year’s Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy winner, would retain the trophy since all three Service Academy teams would have split their games against each other (Navy beat Air Force and Air Force beat Army). When all three teams split, the previous year’s winner keeps the trophy but they do not visit the White House.
• Navy enters the contest looking to defeat Army for a series-record 12th straight year.  Prior to Navy’s historic run, the longest winning streak in the series, which was first played in 1890, was five games (by both teams).  Navy has outscored Army, 366-125, during its 11-game winning streak.  The Mids have not only won 11-straight from the Black Knights, but have won 13 of the last 14 and 14 out of the last 16 games.  Army’s only wins over the last 16 years came in 2001 (27-16) and in 1998 (34-30).
• Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo is trying to become just the second coach in school history to start his coaching career at Navy with a 6-0 record against Army.  Paul Johnson turned in a 6-0 mark against West Point from 2002-07.
• CBS Sports Network will air the Army-Navy Preview Show presented by USAA on Friday, Dec. 13 at 6:30 pm, as the show looks ahead to the Army-Navy game with news and analysis.
•    CBS Sports Network will air two special editions of INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL on Saturday prior to the game.  INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL ARMY-NAVY MARCH ON presented by USAA (12:00-1:30 pm, ET) and INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL ARMY-NAVY TAILGATE presented by USAA (1:30-2:30 pm, ET).  Hosts Adam Zucker and Brent Stover will be joined at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia by analysts Randy Cross, Aaron Taylor and Houston Nutt, as well as special guests from the academies. The MARCH-ON SPECIAL features the March-On of the Brigade of Midshipmen and Corps of Cadets as they march onto Lincoln Financial Field, while ARMY-NAVY TAILGATE previews the game with in-depth news and analysis.
•    CBS Sports kicks off its coverage at 2:30 pm with COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY, followed by the 114th playing of the Army-Navy game at 3:00 pm with Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson calling the action.
• Westwood One has the national radio rights and will broadcast the game nationally with John Tautges, James Lofton and Lewis Johnson on the call.  Westwood One will also air a one-hour pregame show starting at 2:00 pm.
• The Navy Football Tailgate Show on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM will air at 1:00 pm with Graham Whaples, Wiley Baker, Chloe Gunther and Joe Miller.
• The Navy Football Pregame Show with Pete Medhurst, Omar Nelson and Joe Miller will get underway at 2:00 pm, followed by game action at 3:10 pm on the Navy Radio Network.
• Following the contest, Miller, Medhurst and Whaples will recap the day’s events in a 60-minute postgame show live on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM and WFED 1500 AM.

Game Day Festivities
• The March-On of the Corps of Cadets will take place at 12:16 pm.
• The Brigade of Midshipmen will march on at 12:46 pm.
• The exchange of Cadets and Midshipmen will take place at 2:46 pm.
• The Army Glee Club will sing the National Anthem at 3:00 pm.
• The ceremonial coin toss will take place at 3:04 pm.  The silver dollar that was to be flipped by President John F. Kennedy at the 1963 Army-Navy game in Philadelphia will be used for the coin toss 50 years later at the 2013 Army-Navy game.  Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on Nov. 22, 1963, eight days before he was scheduled to participate in the ceremonial coin toss on Nov. 30 in Philadelphia at the Army-Navy game.  Though fans had been anticipating the Army-Navy game for months, it would have been cancelled had it not been for the late president’s family insisting that President Kennedy would have wanted it played. Following a one-week postponement, Army-Navy would take place on Dec. 7.  The game was a classic with Navy (9-1) edging Army (7-3), 21-15, thanks to three touchdowns by Navy fullback Pat Donnelly.  Army had the ball at the Navy two-yard line when time ran out.  A week after the win, an envelope showed up in the mailbox of Navy captain Tom Lynch. When he opened it, he found a silver dollar.  Accompanying the coin was a letter from Secretary of the Army Cyrus Vance telling Lynch he wanted him to have the coin.  On Saturday, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will have the honor of flipping that same coin.
• At the conclusion of the game, the losing team will sing its alma mater in front of its respective student body with the winning team standing amongst them.  The two teams will then move across the field where the winning team will sing its alma mater in front of its student body with the losing team respectfully standing amongst them.  It is the greatest tradition in all of sports.

The Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy
• The Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy is presented annually to the winner of the football competition among the three major service academies — Army, Navy and Air Force — and is named in honor of the President of the United States.
• Navy has dominated of late, winning the trophy a Service Academy record seven-consecutive years from 2003-09 and winning a Service Academy record 15 straight games against Air Force and Army in the process.
• Navy has won the trophy a total of 13 times: 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012.
• When there is no clear-cut winner,  the trophy remains with the winner of the previous year’s competition.  • The three-sided trophy stands two-and-a-half-feet tall and is engraved with the academy seals.  Reproductions of the three mascots — the Army Mule, the Navy Goat and the Air Force Falcon — are ensconced on the respective sides of this bauble.  The trophy is sponsored by the West Point Association of Graduates, the Naval Academy Alumni Association and the Air Force Association of Graduates.
• The year in which the trophy is won is engraved on AA plate gracing the respective academy’s side of the trophy.

Service Academy Dominance
• Navy has been the dominant Service Academy over the last decade plus, winning 20 of the last 22 meetings (.909) against Air Force and Army.  The Mids have posted a 90-49 (.647) record since 2003, won eight CIC Trophies in the last 10 years and have gone to 10 bowl games in the last 11 years.

Dominant Era in Army-Navy History
• Navy’s 17-13 victory over Army in 2012 was its 11th consecutive win over the Black Knights, the longest streak in series history by either team.
• The Mids have won those 11 in a row against Army by outscoring the Black Knights, 366-125 (33.3-11.4).  Navy has also won 13 of the last 14 and 15 of the last 17 games against West Point.

Scouting Army
• Army owns a 3-8 heading into Saturday’s game against Navy.  The Black Knights have earned victories over Morgan State (28-12), Louisiana Tech (35-16) and Eastern Michigan (50-25), while losing to Ball State (40-14), Stanford (34-20), Wake Forest (25-11), Boston College (48-27), Temple (33-14), Air Force (42-28), Western Kentucky (21-17)  and Hawai’i (49-42).
• Army is led on offense by junior running back Terry Baggett, who has carried the ball 130 times for 1,072 yards (8.2 ypc) and eight touchdowns. The Black Knights are second in the country in rushing, averaging 323.6 yards per game.
• Junior quarterback Angel Santiago has carried the ball 161 times for 638 yards and nine touchdowns, while completing 41 of his 83 pass attempts for 557 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman A.J. Schurr came off the bench and played exceptionally well against Hawai’i, rushing for four touchdowns and throwing for 122 yards as he rallied Army from a 28-7 deficit to a 28-28 tie.
•    Freshman wide receiver Xavier Moss has had an impressive rookie campaign with 30 catches for 418 yards and a touchdown.
•    Thomas Holloway leads the Army defense with 59 tackles and 2.5 tackles for a loss, while Geoffery Bacon has 55 stops. Army’s defense is 34th in the country in passing yards allowed, giving up just 214.5 yards per game. Mike Ugenyi has forced three fumbles, which is ranked 23rd nationally.
•    Army is ranked sixth in the country in fewest penalties per game (3.73) and sixth in fewest penalty yards per game (30.91).
•    The Black Knights have done an excellent job of taking care of the football this year, turning it over just 14 times which is 13th best in the country.

Navy To Play Middle Tennessee State IN Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
•    Navy (7-4) will play Middle Tennessee State (8-4) in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Monday, Dec. 30 in Ft. Worth, Texas. Kickoff is set for 10:45 am (11:45 am in Annapolis) at Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of Texas Christian University and will be televised nationally by ESPN and broadcast nationally by ESPN Radio.
• The Armed Forces Bowl is Navy’s 19th bowl game all-time and the school’s 10th in the last 11 years.  This will be the fifth time that Navy has played in the state of Texas for a bowl game and the first since the Mids 35-13 rout of Missouri in the 2009 Texas Bowl in Houston. Navy has also played in the 2003 EV1.net Houston Bowl (lost to Texas Tech, 38-14), the 1964 Cotton Bowl in Dallas (lost to Texas, 28-6) and the 1958 Cotton Bowl in Dallas (beat Rice, 20-7).
• The bowl game will mark the first meeting between Navy and Middle Tennessee State.  The Blue Raiders will enter the game having won their final five contests and scoring 40 or more points in four of their final five games.
• Texas and Tennessee are two of Navy’s most highly-recruited areas as the Midshipmen have 19 players from Texas and 10 from Tennessee.
• Tickets for the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl are on sale now at: http://bit.ly/1bqibUX
• Ticket prices are $30 (Lower Level & Upper Level End Zone), $40 (Upper Level Sideline), and $50 (Lower Level Sideline). The only way to sit with the Navy contingent is to buy your tickets through the Navy Ticket Office.
• Fans can also purchase tickets to sponsor midshipmen and enlisted personnel and their families for $50 per ticket. Donated tickets are 100% tax deductible.
• The Naval Academy class that donates the most tickets receives a 30 percent discount on football season tickets for 2014 for every member that donates four or more tickets.  Any individual that donates 10 tickets or more will receive a 30 percent discount on the 2014 season ticket package regardless of class affiliation. Be sure to donate in your correct ticket account that signifies you as a USNA Alumni.

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Navy QB Reynolds honored by Touchdown Club of Columbus

Posted on 05 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Navy Quarterback Keenan Reynolds Named The Touchdown Club Of Columbus, Ohio Male Athlete Of The Year

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Navy sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds has been named the Male Athlete of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Columbus, Ohio.  Reynolds will be honored on Saturday, February 8 at the 59th annual Touchdown Club of Columbus Award.  Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M won the award last year.

Reynolds has led Navy to a 7-4 record with games still remaining against Army on Dec. 14 and the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 30.  He has rushed for 1,124 yards and 26 touchdowns on the year.  He needs one more rushing touchdown to tie and two to break the NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback set by Ricky Dobbs (Navy, 2007) and Collin Klein (Kansas State, 2011).

Reynolds is averaging 14.2 points per game, which leads the country for all players, and is responsible for 18.7 points per game (11th best in the country).

Reynolds has been responsible for a school record 204 points already this season (passing and rushing touchdowns) and his 36 career rushing touchdowns stands third on Navy’s  career list.

Reynolds has also been deadly threw the air, completing 63 of his 114 pass attempts for 1,028 yards with eight touchdowns and two interceptions.  He is just the fourth quarterback in school history to rush and pass for more than 1,000 yards in a single season.

Reynolds ran for seven touchdowns in Navy’s last game, a 59-52 triple overtime victory over San Jose State, which tied the NCAA record for most rushing touchdowns in a game against an FBS opponent.

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Navy QB Reynolds named ECAC Offensive Player of the Week

Posted on 27 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Division I Bowl Subdivision

Offensive Player of the Week

Keenan Reynolds – US Naval Academy
Sophomore, Quarterback, Antioch, Tenn

Reynolds carried the ball 36 times for 240 yards and seven touchdowns, while completing 4-6 passers for 46 yards and a touchdown in Navy’s 58-52 triple overtime victory over San Jose State.  The seven rushing touchdowns is an NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback.  His eight total touchdowns sets a Navy school record.  He also became the fourth player in school history to rush for 1,000 and pass for 1,000 yards in a single-season and he now has 26 rushing touchdowns on the season, which leads the country for all players and is just one off the NCAA record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in NCAA history.  On Reynolds final five carries of the game he rushed for 82 yards and three touchdowns. He had 25-yard touchdown runs on the first play of the first overtime and first play of the third overtime, which was the game-winner.

Defensive Player of the Week

Khalil Mack – University at Buffalo
Senior, Linebacker, Fort Pierce, Fla.

Mack had a team-high eight tackles, three sacks and three forced fumbles in Buffalo’s 44-7 win at Miami. Two of his forced fumbles were recovered by the Bulls and both were turned into touchdowns. His third forced fumble was scooped up by teammate Okoye Houston and returned 60 yards for a touchdown. In the game, Mack broke the NCAA record for career forced fumbles with 16 career forced fumbles, surpassing the previous record of 14.

Special Teams Player of the Week

Nate Freese – Boston College
Senior, Placekicker, Strongsville, Ohio

Freese converted a 52-yard field goal – his third field goal of the game – as time expired to lift Boston College to a 29-26 win at Maryland. His 52-yard field goal matched his career long against Wake Forest in October 2011, and he improved to 3-for-4 in career field-goal attempts of 50 yards or more. Freese, who is now 17-for-17 in field goal attempts on the season, also converted a 35-yard PAT following a penalty in the fourth quarter, and averaged 43.4 yards per punt in the win over the Terps.

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Navy QB Reynolds, LB Sargenti picks up weekly FBS independent honors

Posted on 25 November 2013 by WNST Staff

FOOTBALL BOWL SUBDIVISION INDEPENDENT PLAYERS OF THE WEEK NAMED

Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds, Navy linebacker DJ Sargenti and Notre Dame placekicker/punter Kyle Brindza have been named FBS Independent Players of the Week, for games played through Saturday, Nov. 23.  Reynolds is cited on Offense, Sargenti is recognized on Defense, and Brindza is honored on Special Teams.  Reynolds’ third award this season is the fourth of his career, while Brindza is honored for a second time this season and fifth time overall.  Sargenti is a first-time honoree.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Navy QB Keenan Reynolds

A sophomore from Antioch, Tenn., Reynolds carried the ball 36 times for 240 yards and an NCAA-record seven touchdowns, while completing four of six passes for 46 yards and a touchdown, in Navy’s 58-52 triple-overtime win at San Jose State.  Reynolds became the fourth player in Navy history to rush for 1,000 and pass for 1,000 yards in a single season, while his 26 rushing touchdowns on the season leave him one away from tying the NCAA single-season record.  Reynolds recorded 25-yard touchdown runs on the opening play of the first and third overtime periods—the last of which was the game-winner for the Midshipmen.

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Navy LB DJ Sargenti

A senior from Ridgefield, N.J., Sargenti registered a career-high 18 tackles, and set personal single-game marks with 10 solo tackles and two tackles for a loss, in Navy’s 58-52 triple-overtime victory at San Jose State.  Sargenti’s performance was his third double-digit tackle effort of the season.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Notre Dame PK/P Kyle Brindza

A junior from Canton, Mich., Brindza connected on all three of his field goal attempts, including a 51-yarder midway through the fourth quarter of Notre Dame’s 23-13 home win over BYU.  Brindza was also 2-for-2 on PATs in frigid conditions at Notre Dame Stadium.  Brindza is now 12-for-13 in game-winning, game-tying, overtime or fourth-quarter lead-extending field goals over his career. With his 51-yard field goal, Brindza now has a school record five career field goals of at least 50 yards.  Against BYU, Brindza also punted twice, with a long of 44 yards, and kicked off six times, recording a single touchback.

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Navy looks for seventh win Friday night at San Jose State

Posted on 21 November 2013 by WNST Staff

2013 Navy Football Game Specifics
Game 11 Navy (6-4) at San Jose State (5-5 / 4-3 Mountain West)
Date and Kickoff Nov. 22, 2013 at 6:30 pm PT / 9:30 pm ET
Location San Jose, Calif. | Spartan Stadium (30,456)
Television ESPN2
TV Talent Carter Blackburn (play-by-play), Danny Kanell (analyst) and Allison Williams (sideline)


Setting the Stage

• Navy and San Jose State will meet for the third time on the gridiron when the two square off on Friday night at Spartan Stadium (30,456) in San Jose.   Kickoff is set for  6:30 pm local time, 9:30 pm in Annapolis.
• Friday’s game will be televised nationally by ESPN2 with Carter Blackburn (play-by-play), Danny Kanell (color) and Allison Willliams (sideline) on the call.

Navy Tops South Alabama 42-14 To Become Bowl Eligible
•    (AP) – Darius Staten made his final home appearance a memorable one with a career-high 127 yards on seven carries with a touchdown to lead Navy to a 42-14 victory over South Alabama.
• The Mids, who scored 22 consecutive points in the second half, finished undefeated at home for the first time since 2004.
• South Alabama’s Ross Metheny completed 18 of 27 passes for 160 yards with two touchdown passes to Shavarez Smith, who had five receptions for 65 yards.
• Brandon Bridge replaced Metheny at quarterback and put together a 20-play, 89-yard drive that was stalled at the Navy 4 when Kendall Houston was stuffed by Cody Peterson on fourth-and-2 with 11:12 left in the game. Navy then put the game away on the next possession on a 45-yard touchdown pass from Keenan Reynolds to Matt Aiken.
• Navy backup quarterback Tago Smith added another 24-yard scoring run with 2:17 left for the 42-14 lead. The Mids racked up 519 total yards, with 351 coming from the rushing attack.
• Navy opened an early 3-0 lead on its first possession with a 37-yard field goal by Nick Sloan. The Jaguars then responded with a 14-play, 78-yard scoring drive, capped by a 4-yard pass from Metheny to Smith.
• Staten then gave Navy a 10-7 lead with 13:24 left in the half with a 17-yard touchdown run. After being helped by a roughing the passer penalty on Navy’sChris Johnson, South Alabama went ahead again when Metheny and Smith teamed up for a 22-yard touchdown.
• The shootout continued on the next possession as Navy scored again on a 7-yard run by Shawn White, who carried three defenders into the end zone. The Mids increased the lead to 20-14 with 34 seconds remaining in the half on a 21-yard field goal by Sloan.

Navy Qualifies For Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
•    Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced after Saturday’s victory over South Alabama that the Naval Academy has qualified to play in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Monday, Dec. 30 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas against a projected opponent from the Mountain West. Kickoff is set for 10:45 am in Fort Worth (11:45 am in Annapolis) and will be televised nationally by ESPN.  This will be Navy’s 10th bowl game in the last 11 seasons.
• This will be Navy’s fifth trip to Texas for a bowl game and the first since Navy’s 35-13 rout of Missouri in the 2009 Texas Bowl in Houston. Navy also played in the 2003 EV1.net Houston Bowl (lost to Texas Tech, 38-14), the 1964 Cotton Bowl in Dallas (lost to Texas, 28-6) and the 1958 Cotton Bowl in Dallas (beat Rice, 20-7).
• Tickets for the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl are on sale now at:  http://bit.ly/17zldT1
• Tickets can also be purchased starting Monday morning at 9 a.m. by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY or at the Ricketts Hall Ticket Office.
• Ticket prices are $30 (Lower Level & Upper Level End Zone), $40 (Upper Level Sideline), and $50 (Lower Level Sideline). The only way to sit with the Navy contingent is to buy your tickets through the Navy Ticket Office.
• Fans can also purchase tickets to sponsor midshipmen and enlisted personnel and their families for $50 per ticket. Donated tickets are 100% tax deductible.
• The Naval Academy class that donates the most tickets receives a 30% discount on football season tickets for 2014 for every member that donates four or more tickets.  Any individual that donates 10 tickets or more will receive a 30% discount on the 2014 season ticket package regardless of class affiliation. Be sure to donate in your correct ticket account that signifies you as a USNA Alumni.
• “We strongly encourage Navy fans to buy their bowl tickets directly from the Naval Academy Athletic Association,” said Gladchuk. “It is very important for this game and for future Navy bowl considerations for our fans to purchase tickets through the NAAA. If you can’t make it to the game, we ask that Navy fans buy tickets for our midshipmen and enlisted personnel which will allow us to create the usual pageantry of Navy football.”
• Anthony Travel is the official Naval Academy Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl travel agency. Travel packages include hotel accommodations at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel (Navy team hotel). Visit http://bit.ly/1csCTT5 and search Navy Bowl or call (888) 632-6951 to make your reservations.

Scouting San Jose State
• The Spartans enter Friday’s game with a 5-5 record and in need of one victory in the next two games to become bowl eligible.  San Jose State owns victories over Sacramento State (24-0), Hawai’i (37-27), Colorado State (34-27), Wyoming (51-44) and UNLV (34-24).  Its losses have come at the hands of Stanford (34-13), Minnesota (43-24), Utah State (40-12), San Diego State (34-30) and Nevada (38-16).
• San Jose State is led by senior quarterback David Fales, who is a probable first-round draft pick.  Fales has completed 60 percent of his passes (233-386) for 3,202 yards with 22 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Fales is 12th in the country in completions per game (23.3), eighth in passing yards per game (320.2) and 14th in total offense per game (317.6).
• The Spartans are 11th in the country in passing offense, averaging 325.4 yards per game and are 22nd in the country in passing yards per completion, averaging 13.7.
•    Senior wide receiver Chandler Jones has been Fales’ favorite target as he has caught 64 passes for 1,109 yards and 11 touchdowns.  Jones is fifth in the nation in touchdown catches (11) and seventh in receiving yards per game (110.9).  His 6.4 catches per game ranks 25th best in the country.
•    Freshman running back Jarrod Lawson has carried the ball 124 times for 646 yards with three touchdowns.
•    Senior linebacker Keith Smith is one of the top linebackers in the country. He has recorded 137 tackles and eight tackles for a loss on the year and his 13.7 tackles per game is No. 1 in the country.  Smith is averaging 6.9 solo tackles per game, which stands third in the country (just behind Navy’s Cody Peterson). Freshman linebacker Christian Tago has recorded 74 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss and three sacks.
•    Senior corner Bene Benwikere has picked off five passes and broken up 10 more passes on the year. He is ranked seventh in the country in interceptions per game (0.6) and fourth in the country in passes broken up per game (1.7).
•    Sophomore kicker Austin Lopez is one of the top kickers in the country, making 19 of his 23 field goal attempts and all 28 of his extra-point attempts.  Lopez is second in the country in field goals per game, averaging 1.9 per contest.
•    San Jose State has lost just five fumbles on the year, which ranks 18th in the country.

Navy vs. The Mountain West
•    Navy is 22-34 (.393) all-time against teams currently residing in the Mountain West Conference and is 2-0 this year with victories over Air Force and Hawai’i.  Navy will play a fourth Mountain West Conference team on Dec. 30 in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.
•    The Mids have played six – Air Force, Colorado State, Hawai’i, New Mexico, San Diego State, San Jose State  – of the 12 teams that make up the Mountain West.

Niumatalolo Passes Paul Johnson For Third At Navy In Career Wins
• Ken Niumatalolo has led the Midshipmen to a 46-30 (.605) record in his six seasons as the head coach.  He is third all-time at Navy in career wins.
• Niumatalolo holds Navy coaching records for most wins in the first two seasons (18), three seasons (27), four seasons (32), five seasons (40) and sixth seasons (46) of a career.
• Niumatalolo is the first Samoan head football coach on the collegiate level and the second Polynesian head coach in FBS history (Larry Price, who was the head coach at Hawai’i from 1974-76, was the first).
• Niumatalolo was recently selected as a member of the inaugural class for the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame.

Celebrating Navy’s Seniors
• The Class of 2014 has compiled a 28-20 (.583) record over four seasons in Annapolis, qualified for three bowl games and won two Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies.
• With a victory over Army on Dec. 14, the senior class would win its third Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy in four years.
• Navy’s 22 seniors include:  wide receiver and co-captain Matt Aiken, wide receiver Casey Bolena, nose guard Travis Bridges, nose guard Barry Dabney, corner Albrey Felder, punter Justin Haan, wide receiver Brantley Horton, defensive end Michael Huf, wide receiver Shawn Lynch, guard Eric Mahler, wide receiver Hayden Maples, defensive end Evan Palelei, linebacker and co-captain Cody Peterson, safety Wave Ryder, outside linebacker DJ Sargenti, slot back Darius Staten, offensive guard Thomas Stone, slot back Marcus Thomas, linebacker Michael Tuimavave, offensive tackle Matthew Van Halanger, offensive tackle Graham Vickers and offensive tackle Sam Womack.

The Red Zone    
• Navy has scored on 40 of its 45 possessions (.889) in the red zone this year, scoring 33 touchdowns (.733), kicking seven field goals, missing two field goals, taking a knee to end the game in Navy’s 51-7 victory over Delaware and losing it on downs.  The Mids are ranked 25th in the country in red zone offense.
• The opposition has scored on 27 of its 35 red zone opportunities (.771), scoring 25 touchdowns (.714), kicking two field goals, throwing two interceptions, stopped on downs tweice, took a knee once (Duke) and missed three field goals. Navy is ranked 30th in the country in red zone defense.

Inside Linebackers Cleaning Up On Tackles
•    Navy senior inside linebackers Cody Peterson and DJ Sargenti have been all over the field for the Navy defense this season.
• Peterson, the Mids’ defensive captain, is No. 2 in the country in solo tackles per game, averaging 7.4 per contest, and is tied for eighth nationally in total tackles, averaging 10.6 per contest.
•    Sargenti, who had never even recorded a tackle prior to this year and wasn’t moved to inside linebacker (was a QB as a freshman and OLB as a sophomore and junior) until the start of fall practice, is 39th in the country in solo tackles, averaging 5.3 per game, and 95th in total tackles averaging 7.9 per contest.

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Navy looks to get bowl eligible Saturday against South Alabama

Posted on 15 November 2013 by WNST Staff

2013 Navy Football Game Specifics
Game 10 Navy (5-4) vs. South Alabama (3-5, 1-3 Sun Belt)
Date and Kickoff Nov. 16, 2013 at 3:30 pm ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)
Television CBS Sports Network
TV Talent Brad Johansen (play-by-play), Randy Cross (analyst), Sheehan Stanwick-Burch (sideline)

Setting the Stage
• Navy and South Alabama will meet for the first time on the gridiron when the two square off on Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000) in Annapolis.   Kickoff is set for  3:30 pm.
• Saturday’s game will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Brad Johansen (play-by-play), Randy Cross (color) and Sheehan Stanwick-Burch (sideline) on the call.

Game Day Festivities
• Pregame festivities will get underway at approximately 1:15 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 3:04 pm.
• Navy’s 22 senior football players will be honored in a pregame ceremony starting at 3:21 pm.
• Between the first and second quarters, the Navy men’s indoor track & field team will be honored for winning the 2013 Patriot League Championship.
•    At halftime, the senior cheerleaders will be recognized, there will be a performance by Cheerleaders of America and the Naval Academy D&B will perform.
• Between the third and fourth quarters, the men’s and women’s swimming teams will be honored for winning the 2013 Patriot League Championship.
• Following the game, Navy’s alma mater, the Navy Blue & Gold, will be played as the team will stand at attention in front of the Brigade of Midshipmen.  It is one of the best traditions in college sports.

Reynolds Has Record Day In Navy’s 42-28 Victory Over Hawai’i
•    (AP) – Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds ran for four touchdowns, including one for 67 yards, and threw for another as the Midshipmen (5-4) kept the Rainbow Warriors winless with a 42-28 victory.
• Sean Schroeder completed 29 of 33 passes for 246 yards with three touchdowns, while running back Joey Iosefa rushed for 191 yards and a touchdown on a school-record 35 carries for Hawai’i (0-9).
• Reynolds also finished with a career-high 226 yards on 28 carries. He now has 18 rushing touchdowns on the season, one behind Colorado State running back Kapri Bibbs for most in the nation.
• With the game tied at 14, an interception by Hawaii’s John Hardy-Tuliau was nullified by a roughing-the-passer penalty on the first drive of the third quarter. Three plays later, Navy fullback Quinton Singleton made them pay with a 12-yard touchdown run.
• Reynolds then scored from 6 yards to increase the lead to 28-14 with 4:39 left in the third quarter. Hawai’i went to a no-huddle offense and put together an 18-play, 99-yard drive, capped by a 6-yard run by Iosefa to pull within a touchdown.
• On the ensuing drive, however, Reynolds ran 67 yards to increase the margin back to 35-21. It was the longest play of the season for Navy.
• But Hawai’i would not go quietly and cut the margin again on a 6-yard pass from Schroeder to Clark Evans, who set a career high with nine catches. Once again, Reynolds answered with a 21-yard scoring run to put the game away with 1:36 left.
• The Rainbow Warriors concluded a 10-day road trip that covered 9,863 miles, six time zones and a 47-10 loss to Utah State. Hawai’i entered the game as one of five winless teams in the FBS.
• After Hawaii’s Donnie King Jr. fumbled a punt on his own 26, Reynolds foundGeoffrey Whiteside in the corner of the end zone on the next play for a 7-0 lead with 10:08 left in the first quarter. Hawai’i tied the game with 6:21 left in the half on a 40-yard pass from Schroeder to Keith Kirkwood.
• Navy retook the lead 14-7 on a 1-yard run by Reynolds, but the Rainbow Warriors knotted the score again on an 8-yard pass from Schroeder to Evans with 45 second left in the second quarter.
• With the victory, Navy (5-4) is just a win away from qualifying for a bowl game for the 11th time in 12 years.

Scouting South Alabama
• South Alabama enters Saturday’s game with a 3-5 record that includes victories over bowl-bound Tulane (41-39) and Western Kentucky (31-24). South Alabama also beat Kent State, 38-21.
• Incredibly, South Alabama is just 12 points away from being 8-0.  The Jags have lost to Southern Utah (22-21), Tennessee (31-24), Troy (34-33), Texas State (33-31) and Arkansas State (17-16).
•    The Jags are led by quarterback Ross Metheny, who has completed 136 of his 220 pass attempts for 1,817 yards with nine touchdowns and six interceptions.  Metheny is also South Alabama’s second-leading rusher, running for 359 yards and eight touchdowns on 77 carries.
•    Junior running back Jay Jones leads the South Alabama rushing attack with 437 yards and three touchdowns on 83 carries.
•    Junior Wes Saxton leads the South Alabama passing attack with 496 yards on 39 catches, while Shavarez Smith has 29 catches for 551 yards and two touchdowns.
•    Senior linebacker Enrique Williams leads the defense with 73 tackles, four tackles for a loss and a sack, while junior corner Qudarius Ford has 57 tackles, an interception and five pass break-ups.
•    South Alabama has lost just three fumbles on the year, which is ranked sixth in the country; allows only 17.3 yards per kickoff return, which is ranked fifth in the country; and has lost just 11 turnovers on the year, which is ranked 19th in the country.
•    Individually, T.J. Glover is ranked 16th in the country in kickoff returns (27.2), while defensive end Alex Page ranks 19th in tackles for a loss per game (1.4).

Navy vs. The Sun Belt
•    Navy is 5-2 (.714) all-time against teams from the Sun Belt.
•    The Mids have played four of the eight teams that make up the Sun Belt, having played Arkansas State (1-0), Texas State (1-0), Troy (1-1) and Western Kentucky (2-1).
•    Navy lost to Western Kentucky earlier this year, 19-7.

Navy To Celebrate Senior Day
• Navy’s 22 seniors will be honored in a pregame ceremony.  The Class of 2014 has compiled a 27-20 (.574) record in its four seasons in Annapolis, qualified for two bowl games and won two Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies.
• With a victory on Saturday over South Alabama, the senior class will clinch its third bowl game in four years.
• With a victory over Army on Dec. 14, the senior class will win its third Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy in four years.
• Navy has won 10 straight games on Senior Day.  The Mids’ last loss came back in 2002 when Navy lost to Connecticut in a monsoon, 38-0.
• The 22 seniors that will be honored on Saturday include:  wide receiver and co-captain Matt Aiken, wide receiver Casey Bolena, nose guard Travis Bridges, nose guard Barry Dabney, corner Albrey Felder, punter Justin Haan, wide receiver Brantley Horton, defensive end Michael Huf, wide receiver Shawn Lynch, guard Eric Mahler, wide receiver Hayden Maples, defensive end Evan Palelei, linebacker and co-captain Cody Peterson, safety Wave Ryder, outside linebacker DJ Sargenti, slot back Darius Staten, offensive guard Thomas Stone, slot back Marcus Thomas, linebacker Michael Tuimavave, offensive tackleMatthew Van Halanger, offensive tackle Graham Vickers and offensive tackle Sam Womack.

One More Win Sends Navy To The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
• Navy needs one more victory to become bowl eligible and to accept an invitation to play in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 30 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Ft. Worth, Texas against a team from the Mountain West Conference.
•    It would be Navy’s 10th bowl game in the last 11 years. Prior to 2003, Navy had been to nine bowl games in the previous 122 seasons.

Undefeated At Home
• A victory over South Alabama would give Navy an undefeated record at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for the first time since 2004.
• That 2004 team, which finished 10-2 and beat New Mexico in the Emerald Bowl, went 6-0 at home with victories over Duke, Northeastern, Vanderbilt, Rice, Delaware and Rutgers.

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Navy QB Reynolds, LB Peterson pick up weekly Independent honors

Posted on 11 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds, Navy linebacker Cody Peterson and New Mexico State punter Cayle Chapman-Brown have been named FBS Independent Players of the Week, for games played through Saturday, Nov. 9. Reynolds is cited on Offense, Peterson is recognized on Defense, and Chapman-Brown is honored on Special Teams. Reynolds’ second award this season is the third of his career, while Peterson and Chapman-Brown are first-time honorees.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Navy QB Keenan Reynolds
A sophomore from Antioch, Tenn., Reynolds rushed 28 times for a career-high 226 yards and a career-best four touchdowns, while completing four of his eight passes for 59 yards and a score, in Navy’s 42-28 home-field victory over Hawai’i. Reynolds’ 226 rushing yards are the third most by a Navy quarterback, and the most by a Midshipmen signal-caller since 1997; his four rushing touchdowns are tied for the third-most in school history. With 18 rushing scores on the season, Reynolds ranks second nationally among FBS players, and third on Navy’s all-time single-season tally.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Navy LB Cody Peterson
A senior from Olympia, Wash., Peterson tied his career high with 14 tackles, including eight solo stops, in Navy’s 42-28 win over Hawai’i at Annapolis, Md. Peterson has recorded double-digit tackle totals in six consecutive games, and nine times in his Navy career. He currently ranks second nationally in FBS solo tackles per game, at 7.3 per contest.

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

New Mexico State P Cayle Chapman-Brown
A senior from Sydney, Australia, Chapman-Brown punted seven times for a 51.9-yard average, with a long kick of 58 yards, in New Mexico State’s 48-34 home loss to Boston College. Four of Chapman-Brown’s punts were downed inside the BC 20-yard line, with three of his kicks pinning the Eagles inside their 15-yard line.

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Navy welcomes winless Hawaii to Annapolis Saturday

Posted on 08 November 2013 by WNST Staff

2013 Navy Football Game Specifics
Game 9 Navy (4-4) vs. Hawai’i (0-8, 0-6 Mountain West)
Date and Kickoff Nov. 9, 2013 at 3:30 pm ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)
Television CBS Sports Network
TV Talent Brad Johansen (play-by-play), Randy Cross (analyst), Sheehan Stanwick-Burch (sideline)

Setting the Stage
• Navy and Hawai’i will meet for the third time on the gridiron when the two square off on Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000) in Annapolis, Md. at 3:30 pm. Saturday’s game is presented by Navy Mutual Aid Association.
• Saturday’s game will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Brad Johansen (play-by-play), Randy Cross (color) and Sheehan Stanwick-Burch (sideline) on the call.

Game Day Festivities
• Pregame festivities will get underway at approximately 1:15 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 3:10 pm.
• Between the first and second quarters the Navy men’s indoor track & field team will be honored for winning the 2012 Patriot League Championship.
•    At halftime, the 2003 Houston Bowl team will be recognized, followed by a performance by the Drum & Bugle corps.
• Following the game, Navy’s alma mater, the Navy Blue & Gold, will be played as the team will stand at attention in front of the Brigade of Midshipmen.  It is one of the best traditions in college sports.

Scouting Hawai’i
• Hawai’i is 0-8 on the year and is coming off a 47-10 loss to Utah State. The Rainbow Warriors were put at a significant disadvantage in that game when the team did not get to Logan, Utah until 12 hours before kickoff due to the shooting at LAX, which grounded their flight from Los Angeles to Logan.
• Prior to the Utah State game, Hawai’i had been playing its best football losing close encounters with Colorado State (35-28), UNLV (39-37), San Jose State (37-27) and to undefeated Fresno State (42-37). Hawai’i has also lost to Nevada (31-9), Oregon State (33-14) and USC (30-13).
•    Hawai’i’s strength is its passing game led by senior quarterback Sean Schroeder, who has completed 126 of his 224 pass attempts for 1,699 yards with 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Hawai’i is averaging 294.4 passing yards per game, which is the 22nd-best passing attack in the country.
•    Junior Scott Harding is the team’s leading receiver, with 41 catches for 429 yards, while senior Chris Gant has caught 32 passes for 610 yards and five touchdowns.
•    The Hawai’i running game is led by freshman Steven Lakalaka, who has rushed for 349 yards and three touchdowns on 90 carries.
•    The Hawai’i defense is led by senior linebackers Art Laurel (58 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss and four pass break-ups) and Brenden Daley (57 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss).  Freshman safety Trayvon Henderson has intercepted three passes.  Hawai’i is averaging 9.3 tackles for a loss per game, which is the second most in the country.  Laurel is 18th in the country in tackles for a loss per game, averaging 1.4.

Navy vs. The Mountain West
•    Navy is 21-34 (.382) all-time against teams currently residing in the Mountain West Conference.
•    The Mids have played six – Air Force, Colorado State, Hawai’i, New Mexico, San Diego State, San Jose State  – of the 12 teams that make up the Mountain West.

Mids Lose A Heartbreaker At Notre Dame
•    (AP) – Navy’s triple-option offense had Notre Dame flummoxed and flailing for most of the game.
•    In need of one stop with 68 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Jaylon Smith and Eilar Hardy combined to snuff out a reverse by Navy’s Shawn Lynch on fourth-and-4 in Irish territory, and Notre Dame held on, 38-34.
• The Midshipmen ran for 331 yards, 207 in the first half. On Navy’s final drive, it ran the ball four straight plays for 18 yards and had it second-and-5 from the Notre Dame 32.
• Keenan Reynolds, who had run for three touchdowns and thrown for another, tossed a pitch just out of reach ofDeBrandon Sanders on the Mids’ final drive. Sanders fell on the ball at the 41 for a 9-yard loss. Reynolds completed a 10-yard pass to Casey Bolena to set up a fourth down.
• Reynolds pitched the ball to Lynch on a reverse and for a moment it appeared he had room, but Smith quickly closed the gap and with the help from Hardy tackled Lynch for no gain.
• Navy had no turnovers, no penalties and held the ball for 37:36 while the Irish had it just 22:24.
• Notre Dame improved to 11-1 in November in four seasons under Kelly and clinched its fourth consecutive winning season, the first time that’s happened since 1995-98.
• The bright spot for Notre Dame was the play of freshman running back Tarean Folston, who scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard plunge and rushed for 144 yards on 18 carries, with 116 yards in the second half. He had rushed for only 116 yards on 22 carries before Saturday.
• Notre Dame finished with 506 yards total offense, averaging 9 yards per play, the most for the Irish since 1998. Tommy Rees threw touchdown passes to TJ Jones and Ben Koyack, George Atkinson III scored on a 41-yard run and Cam McDaniel added a TD. Rees was 12-of-20 passing for 242 yards with two interceptions.
• Reynolds completed six of nine passes for 88 yards, including two key passes that gave Navy its final lead. First he threw an 18-yard pass to Marcus Thomas to the Notre Dame 49. After three running plays, Reynolds then found a wide open Matt Aiken for a 34-yard score.
• The Midshipmen finished with 419 yards total offense and had 27 first downs, the most ever by a Navy team against Notre dame.
• Chris Swain led Navy with 85 yards and Quinton Singleton had 77 yards.

Coaching Against The Alma Mater
• Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo and offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper will be facing their alma mater on Saturday.  It’s the second time the pair will face their alma while coaching at the Academy, as the Mids lost at Hawai’i, 24-17, in 2009.
• Niumatalolo is a 1989 graduate of Hawai’i where he lettered for three years as a quarterback and was part of the Rainbow Warriors’ first bowl team in 1989.  He was hired as a full time assistant by his alma mater in 1992 and spent three seasons coaching on the offensive side of the ball before leaving with then Hawai’i offensive coordinator Paul Johnson took the offensive coordinator job at Navy under Charlie Weatherbie.
• Jasper is a 1994 graduate of Hawai’i where he was a three-year letterwinner for the Rainbow Warriors (1991-93) at slot back and quarterback.  He helped lead Hawai’i to its first Western Athletic Conference title in 1992 as the Rainbow Warriors compiled an 11-2 record under head coach Bob Wagner, who ironically is now a resident of Annapolis.  Jasper came to Navy as a graduate assistant with Johnson and Niumatalolo in the spring of 2004.
Hawai’i Natives
• Navy has four players from the state of Hawai’i on its football roster.
• The brother tandem of senior safety Wave and sophomore center Blaze Ryder are from Kaneohe (Kamehameha High School), sophomore outside linebacker Kikau Pescaia hails from Honolulu (Kamehameha High School) and freshman kicker D.J. Grant-Johnson is from Hilo (Kamehameha-Hawai’i).

Honoring The Houston Bowl Team
• At halftime of Saturday’s game, Navy will honor the 2003 Houston Bowl team.  It is the team that jump-started Navy’s unprecendented run of nine bowl games in 10 years and eight Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies in 10 years.
• Entering the 2003 season, the Mids had not been to a bowl game since 1996, had not had a winning record since 1997 and had not won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy since 1981.  The Mids were coming off a 2-10 campaign and had recorded a combined 3-30 mark over the previous three years.
• Navy posted an 8-5 record in 2003, including a memorable 28-25 victory over Air Force in Washington, D.C.  The Mids went on to win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy with a 34-6 shellacking of Army.  The MIds also owned victories over VMI (37-10), Eastern Michigan (39-7), Vanderbilt (37-27), Rice (38-6), Tulane (35-17) and Central Michigan, 63-34.  The Mids lost to Texas Tech, 38-14, in the Houston Bowl.
• The team captains were Craig Candeto and Eddie Carthan.

Inside Linebackers Cleaning Up On Tackles
•    Navy senior inside linebackers DJ Sargenti and Cody Peterson have been all over the field for the Navy defense this season.
• Peterson, the Mids’ defensive captain, is No. 2 in the country in solo tackles per game, averaging 7.3 per contest, and is tied for 12th in the country in total tackles, averaging 10.5 per game.
•    Sargenti, who had never even recorded a tackle prior to this year and wasn’t moved to inside linebacker (was a QB as a freshman and OLB as a sophomore and junior) until the start of fall practice, is 57th in the country in solo tackles, averaging 5.0 per game, and is 130th in total tackles averaging 7.4 per contest.

Disciplined Football
• Navy is No. 1 in the country in fewest penalties per game (2.75) and in fewest penalty yards per game (23.13 yds/gm). Since 2008, Navy has never finished lower than second in either category.
• Navy has had zero penalties in a game seven times since 2002, including twice this year (Delaware and Notre Dame).

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Navy visits Notre Dame for 87th meeting in series history Saturday

Posted on 01 November 2013 by WNST Staff

2013 Navy Football Game Specifics
Game 8 Navy (4-3) at Notre Dame (6-2)
Date and Kickoff Nov. 2, 2013 at 3:30 pm ET
Location South Bend, Ind. | Notre Dame Stadium (80,795)
Television NBC
TV Talent Dan Hicks (play-by-play), Mike Mayock (analyst) and Alex Flanagan (sideline)

Setting the Stage
• Navy and Notre Dame will meet for the 87th time when the two square off on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium (80,795) in South Bend, Ind. at 3:30 pm.
• Saturday’s game will be televised by NBC with Dan Hicks (play-by-play), Mike Mayock (color) and Alex Flanagan (sideline) on the call.

Sloan’s 30-yard Field Goal Leads Navy To Upset Win Over Pitt
•    (AP) – One week after missing an extra point in the second overtime that cost his team, Navy kicker Nick Sloan redeemed himself against Pittsburgh.
• Sloan booted a 30-yard field-goal as time expired that gave the Midshipmen a 24-21 victory over the Panthers.
• Navy (4-3) snapped a two-game losing streak and needs just two wins to become eligible for a bowl game.
• Navy finally got into a rhythm in the second half and put together their most impressive drive of the game to take a 14-13 lead with 14:28 left in the game.
• Reserve fullback Quinton Singleton’s 9-yard scoring run capped the 16-play, 91-yard scoring drive that took 8:15 off the clock. The teams traded touchdowns in the fourth quarter before Sloan kicked the game-winner.
• Tom Savage completed 20 of 27 pass attempts for 203 yards and two touchdowns for Pitt (4-3).
• Pittsburgh’s Devin Street caught nine passes for 96 yards with a touchdown and became the school’s all-time leading receiver.
• Trailing 14-13 midway through the fourth quarter, Savage threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to freshman Tyler Boyd to give the Panthers a 20-14 lead. Street then caught a short pass for the 2-point conversion.
• Navy responded on the ensuing possession and tied the game on a 10-play, 71-yard drive capped by a 2-yard run by quarterback Keenan Reynolds with 3:53 left in the game.
• The Midshipmen then forced a 3-and-out on the Panthers’ next possession and got the ball at Pitt’s 49. Navy ran 11 plays to set up Sloan’s game-winning kick.
• Navy entered the game ranked sixth in the nation with 304.2 rushing yards per game, and managed 220 against the Panthers.

Scouting Notre Dame
• Notre Dame owns a 6-2 record and is coming off a 45-10 destruction of Air Force.  The Irish have won three straight games since a 35-21 loss to Oklahoma.  Notre Dame’s only other loss was a 41-30 defeat at the hands of Michigan.  Meanwhile the Irish have victories over Temple (28-6), Purdue (31-24), Michigan State (17-13), Arizona State (37-34) and USC (14-10).
•    Navy won three out of four from Nore Dame from 2007-10, but has dropped the last two games by a combined score of 116-24.
•    The Irish are led on offense by senior quarterback Tommy Rees, who has completed 136 of his 246 pass attempts (.553) for 1,944 yards with 20 touchdowns and just six interceptions.  His favorite targets are senior wide receiver TJ Jones (44 catches for 631 yards and six touchdowns), junior wide receiver DaVaris Daniels (30 catches for 463 yards and four touchdowns) and junior tight end Troy Niklas (20 catches for 328 yards and five touchdowns).  Freshman wide receiver Corey Robinson (five catches for 101 yards and a touchdown) is the son of Navy basketball and NBA great David Robinson.
•    Junior running back Cam McDaniel leads the Notre Dame rushing attack with 417 yards and two touchdowns on 91 carries, while junior running back George Atkinson III has rushed for 381 yards and two touchdowns on 70 carries.
•    Defensively, senior Carlo Calabrese leads the Irish with 55 tackles, five tackles for a loss and a fumble recovery, while senior linebacker Dan Fox has recorded 49 tackles, three tackles for a loss, an interception and a fumble recovery.
• The Irish have lost just two fumbles all year, which ranks fourth nationally.  They are ranked 11th nationally in passing yards per completion (14.49), 12th in turnovers lost (8), 13th in sacks allowed (0.88 per game),  20th in kickoff returns (24.76) and 20th in fourth down defense (.308).
•    Individually, Rees ranks seventh in passing TD’s (20) and 12th in passing yards per completion (14.29), while Atkinson III ranks 20th in kickoff returns (27.3).

Navy Quick Hitters
• Since 2003, Navy has won 21 games against schools from a BCS conference. The 21 wins against BCS schools during that time period, which have come against 10 different schools, are the most in the country by a non-BCS school during that time frame.
• Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo is just the third coach in school history to start his coaching career at Navy with a 5-0 record against Army.  Paul Johnson turned in a 6-0 mark against West Point (2002-07), while 2013 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Wayne Hardin won his first five games (1959-63) before losing on his sixth try.
• Navy has been dominant against the other two Service Academies, winning 20 of the last 22 contests (.909) dating back to the 2002 Army-Navy game. Over that time period, the Mids are 11-0 against Army and 9-2 against Air Force.
• The Mids own an 87-48 (.644) record over the last 11 years after posting a 3-30 (.091) mark from 2000-02. The 87 wins are the 23rd most in the country over that time period.
• Niumatalolo has led the Midshipmen to a 44-29 (.603) record in his six seasons as the head coach and is fourth all-time at Navy in career wins.  Additionally, he holds Navy coaching records for most wins in the first two (18), three (27), four (32) and five seasons (40) of a career.
• Niumatalolo joins Eddie Erdelatz (1956-57) and Hall of Fame coach Wayne Hardin (1960-61) as the only coaches in school history to beat Notre Dame in back-to-back years. Hardin is the only Navy coach to beat Notre Dame three times.
• Niumatalolo led Navy to a 23-21 win over No. 19 Notre Dame in South Bend on Nov. 7, 2009.  It marked the first time since 1936 that an unranked Navy team defeated a ranked Notre Dame squad.
• Sophomore Keenan Reynolds owns a 10-5 (.667) career record as the starting quarterback with wins over Central Michigan, Indiana (2x), East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Texas State, Army, Delaware, Air Force and Pitt and losses to Troy, Arizona State, Western Kentucky (left with an injury in the second quarter and up 7-3), Duke and Toledo.
• Reynolds has led Navy to four fourth-quarter comeback wins over his career  (Air Force in 2012, Indiana in 2012, Army in 2012 and Pitt in 2013).
• Reynolds is the first Navy quarterback to win his first four career starts since senior Bob Powers, who won his first six starts in 1979. Reynolds was also the first freshman in series history (113 games) to win Army-Navy MVP honors last fall.

Career Starts
• Junior guard Jake Zuzek is Navy’s most experienced player on offense with 20 career starts, while junior centerTanner Fleming has started 18 times.  Senior wide receiver Matt Aiken has started 17 games, while sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds has started 15 career games.  Junior fullback Noah Copeland has made 14 starts, while senior wide receiver Shawn Lynch has started 13 times.
• Defensively, junior safety Parrish Gaines leads the way with 25 career starts (24 at corner, one at safety), while junior safety Chris Ferguson has made 21 starts.  Junior outside linebacker Jordan Drake and seven defensive end Evan Palelei have made 20 career starts, while senior linebacker Cody Peterson has started 15 times and senior safety Wave Ryder has made 12 starts.  sophomore corner Kwazel Bertrand has started in 11 games, while senior nose guard Barry Dabney has started 10 games.

Starting Streaks
• On offense, junior guard Jake Zuzek has started 20 consecutive games, while junior center Tanner Fleming has started 17 straight contests and sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds has made 15 consecutive starts.
• On defense, junior safety Parrish Gaines has made a start in 25 straight games (24 at corner, 1 at safety), while junior outside linebacker Jordan Drake and senior defensive end Evan Palelei have made 20 straight starts. Senior linebackerCody Peterson has started 15 consecutive games.

Close Calls
• Dating back to the 2011 Army-Navy game, Navy has won seven of its last eight games decided by eight points or less.  The Mids are 2-1 this season in close encounters after beating Indiana, 41-35, in the season opener, losing to Toledo, 45-44 in double overtime, and beating Pitt, 24-21.
• The Mids are 20-14 (.588) under head coach Ken Niumatalolo in games decided by eight points or less.

Fast Starts
• Navy has outscored the opposition 38-9 in the first quarter this season.
• The Mids have scored a touchdown on the first drive in four of its seven games (Indiana, Delaware, Western Kentucky, Toledo).
• The defense has not given up a first-quarter touchdown all year, surrendering just three field goals.

The Red Zone    
• Navy has scored on 28 of its 32 possessions (.875) in the red zone this year, scoring 23 touchdowns (.719), kicking five field goals, missing two field goals and taking a knee to end the game in Navy’s 51-7 victory over Delaware.
• The opposition has scored on 19 of its 23 red zone opportunities (.826), scoring 18 touchdowns (.783), kicking a field goal, throwing an interception, stopped on downs once, took a knee once (Duke) and missed a field goal.

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Navy hopes to bounce back Saturday with Homecoming visit from Pitt

Posted on 25 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Game 7 Navy (3-3) vs. Pitt (4-2, 2-2 ACC)
Date and Kickoff Oct. 26, 2013 at 1:00 pm ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)
Television CBS Sports Network
TV Talent Brad Johansen (play-by-play), Randy Cross (analyst), Sheehan Stanwick-Burch (sideline)

Setting the Stage
• Navy and Pitt will meet for the 39th time when the two square off on Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000) in Annapolis at 1:00 pm.
• Saturday is Homecoming for Navy.  The Mids are 39-24 all-time on Homecoming.  Navy snapped a two-game losing skid on Homecoming thanks to a 31-30 come-from-behind victory over Indiana a year ago. The Mids have dropped five of the last seven Homecoming games.
• Saturday’s game will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Brad Johansen (play-by-play), Randy Cross (color) and Sheehan Stanwick-Burch (sideline) on the call.

Game Day Festivities
• Pregame festivities will get underway at approximately 10:30 a.m. 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 12:40 pm.
• Between the first and second quarters there will be a Verizon Wireless/Yellow Ribbon Fund recognition.
•    At halftime, the Naval Academy Drum & Bugle Corps will play and there will be a performance by the silent drill team.
•    The three-time defending Patriot League Champion Navy women’s basketball team will be honored between the third and fourth quarters.
• Following the game, Navy’s alma mater, the Navy Blue & Gold, will be played as the team will stand at attention in front of the Brigade of Midshipmen.  It is one of the best traditions in college sports.

Scouting Pitt
• Navy faces another talented opponent this week in the Pitt Panthers (4-2).  Pitt owns victories over New Mexico (49-27), Duke (58-55), Virginia (14-3) and Old Dominion (35-24), while its losses have come at the hands of undefeated and national championship contender No. 3-ranked Florida State (41-13) and to a one-loss Virginia Tech squad (19-9) that is ranked 19th in the country.
•    The Mids will face another terrific running back in junior Isaac Bennett, who is coming off a 30-carry, 240-yard, three-touchdown performance against Old Dominion.  Bennett, who shares time with freshman James Conner, leads the Panthers in rushing with 450 yards and five touchdowns on 77 carries (5.8 yds/carry).
•    Senior quarterback Tom Savage has completed 88 of his 155 pass attempts for 1,343 yards with 11 touchdowns and six interceptions. Savage’s favorite targets are freshman Tyler Boyd (31-491, 4 TDs) and senior Devin Street (26-549, 3 TDs).  Street, with 177-career catches, is two receptions shy of the Pitt school record.
•    Junior linebacker Anthony Gonzalez paces the Panher defense with 41 tackles, three pass break-ups, 1.5 tackles for a loss and an interception, while senior strong safety Jason Hendricks has recorded 40 tackles, two tackles for a loss, one interception and one forced fumble.
• Senior defensive tackle Aaron Donald is one of the best defensive lineman in the country.  His 26.5 career sacks are the most in the country among active players and he already has an incredible eight sacks and 12.5 tackles for a loss in six games this year.
•    Pitt ranks ninth in the country in yards per completion (15.2), 19th in tackles for a loss (7.5 per game) and 23rd in fewest fumbles lost (3).
•    Individually, Donald is ranked No. 1 in sacks per game (1.3) and tackles for a loss per game (2.1), Savage is seventh in passing yards per completion (15.3), Street is 15th in receiving yards per game (109.8), Matt Yoklic is 17th in yards per punt (43.9) and Boyd ranks 24th in all-purpose yards per game (134.3).

Navy vs. THE ACC
•    Navy has played the teams currently in the ACC fairly tough, posting a 128-131-8 (.494) record overall.
•    The Mids have posted winning records against Duke, Maryland, NC State, Viriginia and Virginia Tech.
•    The Mids lost to Duke earlier this year, 35-7.

Mids Look To Avoid Three-Game Losing Streak
• Dating back to 2003, Navy has had just one losing streak longer than two games.
•    In 2011, the Mids started the year 2-0 before dropping six consecutive games (at South Carolina, Air Force, Southern Miss, at Rutgers, East Carolina and at Notre Dame).  Navy finished the year with a 5-7 record. That is the only season in the last 10 that Navy has not made a bowl game.
•    On six other occasions dating back to 2003, the Mids have lost two games in a row but found a way to win the next game.
•    In 2005, Navy started the year with losses to Maryland in Baltimore (23-20) and at home to Stanford (40-38) before winning at Duke, 28-21. That team went on to post an 8-4 record including a win over Colorado State in the Poinsettia bowl.
•    In 2006, Navy lost to Rugers (34-0) and to Notre Dame in Baltimore (38-14) in back-to-back games before winning at Duke (38-13), which spurred a four-game winning streak to end the regular season, as Navy finished 9-4 and played in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
•    In 2007, Navy had a pair of two-game losing streaks as the Mids lost at Rutgers (41-24) and to Ball State (34-31 in OT) at the start of the year before bouncing back to beat Duke at home, 46-43. Later in the year, the Mids lost at home to Wake Forest (44-24) and Delaware (59-52) before winning at Notre Dame for the first time since 1963, 46-44, in triple overtime.  That win over Notre Dame was the start of a four-game winning streak to end the regular season as Navy finished 8-5 and played Utah in the Poinsettia Bowl.
•    In 2008, Navy started 1-2 , defeating Towson 41-13 in the opener before dropping games at Ball State (35-23) and at Duke (41-31).  The Mids, however, would rally to upset a heavily-favored Rutgers squad 23-21 and went on to post an 8-5 record and a berth in the EagleBank Bowl against Wake Forest.
•    In 2012, the MIds started the year by losing to Notre Dame in Ireland (50-10) and at Penn State (34-7) before coming back to beat VMI, 41-3.  Navy finished last year with an 8-5 record and played Arizona State in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

Mids Lose Heartbreaker To Toledo
•    (AP) – Toledo, relying on a pair of freshmen after its top rusher went down, ran for 316 yards against Navy in a thrilling 45-44 double overtime victory.
• Terrance Owens tossed a 20-yard touchdown to Bernard Reedy — his first TD pass of the day — and Jeremiah Detmer kicked the extra point, allowing Toledo to survive after it gave up a late fourth quarter lead.
• Navy (3-3) piled up 419 yards rushing, but Toledo managed to match the Mids’ formidable triple-option time after time.
• Toledo’s David Fluellen controlled things on the ground early on and finished with 154 rushing yards on 19 carries before being taken into the locker room at the beginning of the fourth with an injured back.  Fluellen extended his streak of six straight 100-yard games.
•    Freshman Kareem Hunt took over for the Rockets in the fourth quarter. His 19-yard touchdown put Toledo up 31-21 with 12:10 to play. Hunt ended up with 128 yards rushing on 15 carries. He also scored on a 52-yard run in the third quarter.
• Navy came back in the fourth quarter with a pair of impressive drives.
• The Midshipmen put together a 96-yard drive that was capped off by Reynolds’ 3-yard touchdown run, pulling Navy within 31-28 with just under five minutes left.
• Navy got the ball quickly after forcing Toledo to punt and drove 43 yards to set up Sloan’s field goal that sent the game into overtime. The kick was a yard shy of his career long.
• Toledo freshman Damion Jones-Moore scored on a 1-yard touchdown to give Toledo a 38-31 lead in the first overtime.
• Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds scored on 1-yard keeper to send the game into a second overtime.
• The winning play came after Navy’s Geoffrey Whiteside scored on a 9-yard touchdown to give Navy a 44-38 lead. ButNick Sloan missed the extra point.
• Sloan had just sent the game into overtime with a 40-yard field goal on the final play in regulation.
• Owens, who had struggled much of the game, found Reedy wide open in the end zone on Toledo’s second play of the second overtime.
• Reynolds completed just 5 of 12 passes for Navy, but he ran for three short touchdowns.
• Noah Copeland led Navy on the ground with 153 yards rushing.
• Navy had little trouble moving the ball against the Rockets in the first half, but twice the Midshipmen drove inside Toledo’s 30-yard-line without getting any points. They were stopped on downs the second time they had the ball and Sloan later missed a 38-yard field goal in the second quarter.
• Toledo’s only touchdown of the first half came on a Navy turnover.
• Reynolds fumbled on a keeper and Toledo defensive end Jayrone Elliott picked it up in the middle of a pile, racing 68 yards for a touchdown to give Toledo a 10-7 lead with 13:08 left in the second quarter.

Record Setting Day    
• Despite the loss to the Rockets, the Mids set school records for total plays with 106 (previously 105 vs. Air Force in 2011, a game the Mids also lost in overtime on a missed extra-point) and rush attempts with 93 (previously 80 vs. Rice in 2009 and Air Force in 2011).
• The Mids just missed setting a school record for first downs with 35. The record of 36 was set on Nov. 11, 2000, in a loss at Tulane.

Getting The Fullbacks Going    
• The Mids finally got the fullbacks going in the Toledo game as junior Noah Copeland (153 yds) and sophomore Chris Swain (62 yds) combined for 215 yards on 41 carries.  The previous high out of the fullback position this year came against Duke when they rushed for 87 yards on 20 carries.
• Copeland had the best game of his career the Mids’ loss to the Rockets, finishing with a career-high 153 yards rushing. It was his first 100-yard day of the year and third of his career. His previous high was 126 yards set last year against VMI.
• Copeland is Navy’s first back to go over 150 yards since Gee Gee Greene rushed for 150 yards in a loss at Troy last year and it’s the most yards rushing by a Navy player since Keenan Reynolds rushed for 159 yards last year against Florida Atlantic.
• Copeland also had his first-career touchdown reception against Toledo, catching a 20-yard pass from Reynolds.

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