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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 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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ESPN announces SportsCenter to broadcast Friday from Navy

Posted on 04 November 2013 by WNST Staff

The Naval Academy is pleased to host ESPN on Friday, November 8 for the network’s annual SportsCenter Veterans Day broadcast tribute.

The SportsCenter program will include live interviews with USNA leaders, taped features of midshipmen in various activities throughout the Yard, and live broadcasts of noon meal formation and noon meal in King Hall.  This national broadcast provides a great opportunity for USNA to showcase to the American public the importance of our mission and the excellence of the Brigade, faculty and staff.

ESPN will locate its broadcast set in T-Court.  The SportsCenter anchors are Hannah Storm and Kevin Negandi.  SportsCenter programming will begin Friday at 9:00 AM and run through 7:30 PM (ET), and will include approximately two live broadcasts every hour from the USNA set.

The Commandant’s Staff will coordinate the attendance of midshipmen, but they are not authorized to miss class to visit the set.  The following broadcast schedule is provided for your information.   A full broadcast schedule will be available later this week so that you know when to tune-in to catch all of the taped segments, too.

 

9:00 AM - LIVE opening of program by Hannah Storm from the broadcast set outside T-Court and Kevin Negandhi from the Rotunda.

10:30 AM - LIVE interview with Commandant of Midshipmen on the set in T-Court. 

11:00 AM - LIVE interview with Superintendent inside Memorial Hall. (Memorial Hall will be restricted to visitors during this time.)

12:00 NOON - LIVE coverage of noon meal formation including on-set interview with Deputy Commandant describing event.

12:15 PM - LIVE coverage of noon meal in King Hall including possible interview with a midshipman at lunch.

2:00 PM - LIVE interview with Navy head football coach Niumatalolo on the set in T-Court.     

          

3:00 PM-6:00 PM - SportsCenter will re-broadcast various segments shown earlier in day.


6:00 PM - LIVE discussion by anchors in T Court of previously taped “Why I’m here” interviews with midshipmen.  May also include taped feature with New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick discussing his time at USNA.

6:20 PM - LIVE discussion by anchors in T Court of ESPN commentator Tom Rinaldi’s essay on “Annapolis.”  TBD taped highlights Women’s Soccer game played earlier in day, and a quick scene from the Marine Corps Birthday Ball.

7:10 PM - LIVE goodbye and wrap-up by anchors of day’s coverage.

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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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Navy makes first visit to Toledo since 2001 Saturday

Posted on 18 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Game 6 Navy (3-2) at Toledo (3-3, 2-1 Mid-American)
Date and Kickoff Oct. 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm ET
Location Toledo, Ohio | Glass Bowl (26,248)
Television ESPNews
TV Talent Ryan Ruocco (play-by-play), Pete Najarian (analyst)


Setting the Stage

• Navy and Toledo will meet for the fourth time on the gridiron when they square off on Saturday at the Glass Bowl (26,248) in Toledo at 12 noon.
• Saturday’s game will be televised by ESPNews with Ryan Ruocco (play-by-play) and Pete Najarian (color) on the call.

Scouting Toledo
• Toledo owns a deceiving 3-3 record with losses to Florida (24-6), Missouri (38-23) and Ball State (31-24), who are a combined 16-3 (.842) on the year.  Missouri is 6-0 and ranked No. 14 in the country, Florida is 4-2 and ranked No. 22 and Ball State is 6-1, which includes a three-touchdown victory over Virginia.
•    Toledo’s wins include Eastern Washington, who won the FCS National Championship a year ago and defeated Oregon State (the Beavers’ only loss this year) in the season opener, and blowout victories over Central and Western Michigan.
•    The Toledo offense is led by one of the top running backs in college football, senior David Fluellen.  Fluellen has rushed for 846 yards and nine touchdowns on 129 carries.  He ranks third in the country in rushing touchdowns and is fifth in rushing yards per game (141.0).
•    Quarterback Terrance Owens has completed 103 of 169 pass attempts (.609) for 999 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions.  He is completing 60.9 percent of his passes.  Owens’ favorite target is Bernard Reedy, who has 43 catches for 413 yards and two touchdowns.  Reedy ranks 14th in the country in receptions per game.
•    The Toledo offensive line has given Owens all day to throw as it ranks No. 1 in the country in pass sacks allowed, giving up just three sacks in six games.
•    The Toledo defense is led by junior linebacker Junior Sylvestre and sophomore linebacker Trent Voss.  Sylvestre has recorded 59 tackles, three tackles for a loss, recovered three fumbles and picked off a pass, while Voss has been in on 46 tackles with 3.5 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
•    The Rockets are ranked 12th nationally in turnovers gained (15), 24th in turnovers lost (seven) and eighth in turnover margin (+1.3).
Navy vs. THE MAC
•    Navy is 16-9 (.640) all-time against teams that are currently in the Mid-American Conference.
•    The Mids have had the most success against Kent State, posting a 5-0 record against the Golden Flash, while Ball State has given the Mids the most trouble, beating Navy in all thre meetings.

Mids Seek 4-2 Start For First Time Since 2010
• Navy is looking to start its season with a 4-2 record for the first time since 2010.
•    That year, the Mids started off with a disappointing 17-14 loss to Maryland and then, after edging Georgia Southern (13-7) and defeating Louisiana Tech (37-23), the Mids lost to Air Force, 14-6.  Navy, however, would bounce back to win seven of its final eight regular-season games including a 35-17 victory over Notre Dame and a 76-35 victory over East Carolina.  Navy lost the season finale in the Poinsettia Bowl, 35-14, to San Diego State.

Feast Or Famine
•    Over the last two years the Mids have posted an 11-7 (.611) record, going 8-5 in 2012 and 3-2 so far in 2013.
•    During that time period, the Mids are scoring 33.5 points per game in the 11 wins (369 points) and just 12.9 points in the seven losses (90 points).
•    The defense is allowing 17 points per game in the 11 wins (187 points) and 36.1 points per game in the seven losses (253 points).
•    The fewest points the Navy offense has scored in a win over the last two years is 17 against Army in 2012, while eight times the Mids have scored 28 or more.  Navy has scored 10 points or less in five of the seven losses over that same period.
•    The defense has given up 30 or more points in five of the seven losses, but just twice in the 11 wins.

Mids want To Pass On Their Own Terms    
• With Keenan Reynolds at quarterback, the Mids have wanted to go to the air more than they have in the past as Navy has not had a quarterback, outside of Ricky Dobbs, who can throw it as well as Reynolds.
• With that being said, the Mids still want to pass on their own terms and not be forced to throw when the defense is expecting it.  Navy still must have success running the football to make the passing game effective and in games where Navy is forced to throw, it has not had nearly as much success.
• Dating back to 2003, Navy is 18-1 (.947) when throwing the ball 0-5 times in a game and 43-13 (.768) when throwing the ball 6-10 times in a game.  As a whole, they are 61-14 (.813) when throwing the ball 10 or fewer times.
•    Conversely, Navy is 25-33 (.431) when throwing the ball 11 times or more, including a 5-13 (.278) mark when throwing the ball 16 times or more.

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Navy looks for 4-1 start Saturday at Duke

Posted on 11 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Game 5 Navy (3-1) at Duke (3-2, 0-2 ACC)
Date and Kickoff Oct. 12, 2013 at 12:30 pm ET
Location Durham, N.C. | Wallace Wade Stadium (33,941)
Television Raycom Sports -ACC Network
TV Talent Steve Martin (play-by-play), Dave Archer (analyst), Rachel Baribeau (sideline)


Setting the Stage

• Navy and Duke will meet for the 40th time on the gridiron when they square off on Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium (33,941) in Durham. The game is scheduled to kick off at 12:30 pm.
• Saturday’s game will be televised by Raycom Sports / ACC Network with Steve Martin (play-by-play), Dave Archer (color) and Rachel Baribeau (analyst) on the call.
• You can find a list of affiliates carrying Saturday’s game by going to: http://raycomsports.com/theacc/matchCenters/view/321(.) The game will also be available on ESPN3, ESPN GamePlan and at www.theACC.com(.)

Looking To Go 4-1 For First Time Since 2006
• Navy is looking to start its season with a 4-1 record for the first time since 2006.
•    In 2006, the Mids defeated East Carolina (28-23), Massachusetts (21-20) and Stanford (37-9) to start the year 3-0 before falling to Tulsa, 24-23, in overtime.  The Mids bounced back from the Tulsa loss by beating Connecticut 41-17 and Air Force 24-17.  They went on to post a 9-4 record and played Boston College in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

Injuries
•    Starting slot back Geoffrey Whiteside (ankle) is expected to return after missing the Western Kentucky and Air Force games.
•    Starting safety Wave Ryder (head) is probable after leaving the Air Force game in the first quarter.
•    Starting guard Thomas Stone (knee) is out after leaving the Western Kentucky game in the first quarter.
•    Starting tackle Graham Vickers (head) is out for the year.
•    Projected starting slot back Colin Osborne is out for the year with a torn ACL in his right knee. Osborne injured his knee early in the fall and had surgery on September 12.

Scouting Duke
•    The Blue Devils enter Saturday’s game with a 3-2 record having beaten North Carolina Central (45-0), Memphis (28-14) and Troy (38-31).  Their losses were against Georgia Tech (38-14) and Pitt (58-55).
• Duke features a balanced attack on offense and is ranked 46th in the country in rushing (193.0 yds/gm) and 47th in passing (258.6 yds/gm).  It is 43rd in total offense (451.6 yds/gm) and 36th in scoring offense (36.0 pts/gm).
•    Quarterback Brandon Connette has completed 75 of his 117 pass attempts for 1,022 yards with 11 touchdowns and six interceptions.  Connette’s favorite target is Biletnikoff Award finalist Jamison Crowder, who has caught 37 passes for 530 yards and two touchdowns.  Meanwhile, Jeal Duncan (47-247, 2 TDs) and Josh Snead (39-245) lead the Duke rushing attack.
•    Connette is ranked 23rd in the country in total touchdown passes and sixth in points responsible for per game (20.4).  Crowder is 16th in receiving yards, 16th in receptions per game (7.4) and 19th in receiving yards per game (106.0).
•    Duke’s defense ranks 76th against the run (167.6 yds/gm), 69th in pass defense (232.4 yds/gm), 64th in total defense (400.0 yds/gm) and 76th in scoring defense (28.2 pts/gm).
•    Jeremy Cash leads the Duke defense with 51 tackles and five tackles for a loss.  Kenny Anunike has 6.5 tackles for a loss. Cash is ranked 15th in the country in tackles, averaging 10.2 tackles per game.
•    The Blue Devils are ranked fourth nationally in net punting (42.76) and eighth in punt returns (17.0)
•    Crowder ranks fifth in the nation in punt returns, averaging 19.3 yards per return, and has returned a nation’s-best two punts for touchdowns.  Punter Will Monday ranks 15th in the country in punting, averaging 44.9 yards per punt.

Navy vs. The ACC
•    Navy has played the teams currently in the ACC fairly tough, posting a 128-130-8 (.496) record overall.
•    The Mids lead their respective series against Duke, Maryland, NC State, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Reynolds, Defense Carry Navy To 28-10 Victory Over Air Force
•    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Keenan Reynolds ran for 126 yards and three touchdowns, and Navy used a strong second half to beat Air Force, 28-10.
• A record crowd of 38,225 filled Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for this pivotal matchup. The previous 16 winners of this game have gone on to win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, awarded annually to the service academy with the best record in games involving Air Force, Navy and Army.
• Navy (3-1) has won the trophy eight of the last 10 years and now the Midshipmen are poised to do it again after outscoring Air Force 21-0 in the second half.
• Reynolds returned from a concussion to rush for a team-high 126 yards and throw for another 54 (6-for-10).
• The Falcons led at halftime and got a solid performance from a defense that had allowed an average of 48.75 points in its previous four games, but the offense was limited to a season low in points.
• After amassing 202 yards in offense in the first half, Air Force got only 111 over the final 30 minutes.
• Navy opened the second half with a 75-yard drive that ended with a 38-yard touchdown run by Demond Brown for a 14-10 lead.
• A series of punts followed until Air Force fullback Broam Hart was stuffed for no gain by Kwazel Bertrand on fourth-and-2 from the Navy 34 on the second play of the fourth quarter.
• Reynolds then directed a 66-yard march in which he twice converted third downs, once on a 17-yard run and the other with a 12-yard completion. On the 11th play of the drive, he ran in from the 2.
• Air Force’s next three possessions ended in turnovers. After the second one, an interception by Chris Johnson, Reynolds ran in from the 10 with 4:37 remaining.

The Red Zone    
• Navy has scored on 17 of its 19 possessions (.894) in the red zone this year, scoring 14 touchdowns, kicking three field goals, missing a field goal and taking a knee to end the game in Navy’s 51-7 victory over Delaware.
• The opposition has scored on nine of its 11 red zone opportunities (.818), scoring nine touchdowns, throwing an interception and missing a field goal.

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.
•    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 currently ranked fifth in the nation in solo tackles per game (6.8 tackles per contest).
• Peterson, the Mids’ defensive captain, is ranked 12th nationally in solo tackles, averaging 6.5 per game.

Defense Stepping Up
•    The Navy defense is ranked 22nd in the country in scoring defense, allowing just 17.8 points per game.
• The Mids have held all four opponents well below their scoring average.

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Navy coach Niumatalolo named to Polynesian football Hall of Fame

Posted on 09 October 2013 by WNST Staff

POLYNESIAN FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME HISTORIC INAUGURAL CLASS ANNOUNCED

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Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Inaugural Enshrinement Ceremony to be held January 23, 2014 in Honolulu, Hawai’i.

 

October 9, 2013 (Honolulu, HI) – The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced its Inaugural Class today. Seven Inductees were selected from a list of 25 Finalists who had been determined earlier by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

 

The Inaugural Class includes Kurt Keola Gouveia (Hawaiian ancestry), Olin George Kreutz (Hawaiian ancestry), Kevin James Mawae(Hawaiian ancestry), Tiaina Baul “Junior” Seau, Jr. (Samoan ancestry), Jack Thompson (Samoan ancestry), Herman John Wedemeyer(Hawaiian ancestry) as player inductees and Ken Niumatalolo (Samoan ancestry) as a coach inductee.

 

Inductees will be honored on January 23, 2014 (prior to the NFL Pro Bowl) at the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame’s Inaugural Enshrinement Ceremony to be held at the Hawai’i Convention Center in Honolulu. ESPN SportsCenter Anchor Neil Everett and former NFL player, Philadelphia TV News Anchor Vai Sikahema will serve as Masters of Ceremonies.

 

The Selection Committee was comprised of former college head football coaches Dick Tomey (Chairman), LaVell EdwardsRon McBride, ESPN Sportscaster Neil Everett, NFL player personnel expert Gil Brandt and Honolulu TV Sportscaster Robert Kekaula.

 

INAUGURAL INDUCTEES

 

KURT KEOLA GOUVEIA (Player)

Linebacker … Brigham Young University … Led his high school team to three consecutive State Titles and named Player of the Year (Offense & Defense), first in Hawai’i history … Hawai’i Sports Hall of Fame … 1984 NCAA Champion … Washington Redskins (1986-1994 & 1999), Philadelphia Eagles (1995), San Diego Chargers (1996-1998) … 13 seasons … Selected by Redskins in 8th Round, 213th player overall (1986 NFL Draft) … Two time Super Bowl Champion (1987, 1991) … Born September 14, 1964 in Honolulu, HI.

 

OLIN GEORGE KREUTZ (Player)

Center … University of Washington … All-State and SuperPrep All-American … Hawai’i Sports Hall of Fame … First Team All-Pac 10 … Morris Trophy winner (1997) … Consensus All-American (1997) … Chicago Bears (1998-2010), New Orleans Saints (2011) … 14 seasons … Selected by Bears in 3rd round, 64th player overall (1998 NFL Draft) … Six Pro Bowls (2001-2006) … Four times named All-Pro (2001, 2004-2006) … 2000s NFL All-Decade Team … Born June 9, 1977 in Honolulu, HI


KEVIN JAMES MAWAE (Player)

Center … Louisiana State University … LSU Sports Hall of Fame … Seattle Seahawks (1994-1997), New York Jets (1998-2005), Tennessee Titans (2006-2009) … 16 seasons … Selected by Seahawks in 2nd round, 36th player overall (1994 NFL Draft) … Six Pro Bowls (1999-2004) … Eight times named All-Pro (1998-2002, 2004, 2007 & 2008) … Ed Block Courage Award (2009) … 2000s NFL All-Decade Team … All-Time Jets Four Decade Team … First Polynesian to serve as NFLPA President (two terms) … Born January 23, 1971 in Savannah, GA.

 

TIAINA BAUL “JUNIOR” SEAU, JR. (Player)

Linebacker … University of Southern California … Unanimous First Team All-American … San Diego Chargers (1990-2002), Miami Dolphins (2003-2005), New England Patriots (2006-2009) … 20 seasons … Selected by Chargers in 1st round, 5th player overall (1990 NFL Draft) … 12 Pro Bowls (1991-2002) … 10 times named  All-Pro (1991-2000) … Walter Payton Man of the Year Award Winner & AFC Player of the Year (1994) … 1990s NFL All-Decade Team … Chargers 40th & 50th Anniversary Teams … Chargers Hall of Fame … Number 55 is retired by Chargers … Born January 19, 1969 in San Diego, CA … Died May 2, 2012.

 

JACK THOMPSON (Player)

Quarterback … Washington State University … Three times named All Pac-10  … Named First Team, Second or Honorable Mention All-American three times … Finished Ninth in 1978 Heisman Trophy voting … Graduated as most prolific passer in NCAA History (7,818 yards) … Led NCAA in nine different offensive categories (1976) … Cincinnati Bengals (1979-1982), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1983-1984) … Six seasons … Selected by Bengals in 1st round, 3rd player overall (1979 NFL Draft), highest Polynesian ever selected … Number 14 is retired by WSU … Nicknamed The Throwin’ Samoan … Born May 19, 1956 in Tutuila, American Samoa.

 

HERMAN JOHN WEDEMEYER (Player)

Halfback … Saint Mary’s College … Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame … Consensus All-American … Finished Fourth in 1945 Heisman Trophy voting … First Polynesian to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (1979) … Los Angeles Dons (AAFC) 1948, Baltimore Colts (AAFC) 1949 … Two seasons … Selected by Dons in 1st round, 9th player overall (1947 AAFC Draft) … Led AAFC in punt return yardage (1948) … Later starred as Sergeant/Detective “Duke” Lakela in television series Hawaii Five-O … Nicknamed Squirmin’ HermanFlyin’ Hawaiian & The Hula Hipped Hawaiian … Born May 20, 1924 in Hilo, HI … Died January 25, 1999.

 

KEN NIUMATALOLO (Coach)

Head Football Coach, United States Naval Academy (2007-present) … Seven seasons, 70 games … Regular season record: 43-27 … Five Bowl Appearances … First person of Samoan ancestry to be named a collegiate Head Coach and winningest Polynesian FBS Head Coach in history … 40 wins in first 5 years are most in Navy History … First Service Academy coach to win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy in his first two years as Head Coach …  Attended the University of Hawai’i … Born May 8, 1965 in Laie, HI.

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Navy hosts Air Force Saturday in first leg of C-i-C Trophy series

Posted on 04 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Game 4 Navy (2-1) vs. Air Force (1-4)
Date and Kickoff Oct. 5, 2013 at 11:30 am ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)
Television CBS Sports
TV Talent Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Steve Beuerlein (analyst), Evan Washburn (sideline)


Setting the Stage

• Navy and Air Force will meet for the 46th time on the gridiron when they square off on Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. Saturday’s game, presented by USAA, is slated for an 11:40 a.m. kickoff.
• A record crowd is expected for the game.  The current stadium record is 37,970 for Pitt on Oct. 18, 2008.  Seating capacity for Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is 34,000, however, it does not include standing-room only tickets that have been sold.
• This is the first leg in the battle for the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy between the three Service Academies (Air Force, Army, Navy).  The team that wins both Service Academy games wins the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy and will take a trip to the White House to meet the  President of the United States, Barack Obama.  If all three teams produce a 1-1 record, the previous year’s winner (Navy) would retain the trophy, but does not make the trip to the White House.  Navy has won the trophy in eight of the last 10 years.
• Saturday’s game will be televised nationally by CBS with Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Steve Beuerlein (color) and Evan Washburn (sideline) calling the action.

Game Day Festivities
• Pregame festivities will get underway at approximately 9:00 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 11:16 a.m.
• The exchange of Midshipmen and Cadets who are spending a semester at their Service Academy rival will take place at 11:31 a.m.
• Between the first and second quarters there will be a recognition of the Navy’s 238th Birthday. Saturday marks a week-long celebration that will culminate on Oct. 13.
• The USAA Field Goal Challenge will take place at halftime where select fans will win a concession voucher.
• Fans will receive a commemorative Navy photo on the concourse at Gate E compliments of USAA.  Photos from the game can be shared using #AFvsNAVY13.
• The first 10,000 fans will also receive a commemorative poster celebrating the 1963 Cotton Bowl team.
•    At halftime, the 1963 Cotton Bowl team will be recognized on the 50th anniversary of the greatest team to play at Navy.  That team finished 9-2 and was ranked No. 2 in the country.  The Mids owned victories over West Virginia, William & Mary, Michigan, VMI, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Maryland, Duke and Army.  The Army game was played a week later than it was supposed to after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  The Mids lost in the Cotton Bowl to No. 1 Texas, 28-6.  Roger Staubach won the Heisman Trophy that year, the second and last Navy player to win college football’s highest honor (Joe Bellino won it in 1960). Staubach ran for 418 yards and eight touchdowns, while throwing for 1,474 yards and seven touchdowns in that magical season.
•    Also at halftime, the coach of the 1963 team, Wayne Hardin, will be recognized for being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.  Hardin is the 24th person affiliated with the Naval Academy to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and the third head coach, joining Gil Dobie (17-3 at Navy from 1917-19) and George Welsh (55-46-1 at Navy from 1973-81). Hardin will officially be inducted at the 56th National Football Foundation’s Annual Awards Dinner on December 10th, 2013, at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City and officially enshrined in the summer of 2014 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Ga.  Hardin compiled a record of 38-22-2 as Navy’s head coach from 1959-64, including a 5-1 mark against Army and a 3-3 record against Notre Dame.  He coached two Heisman Trophy winners in Joe Bellino (1960) and Roger Staubach (1963) and led Navy to two New Year’s Day bowl games.  The 1960 team compiled a record of 9-2 and was ranked No. 4 in the country under the direction of Hardin and earned victories over Boston College, Washington, SMU, Air Force, Notre Dame, Virginia and Army before losing to Missouri, 21-14, in the Orange Bowl.  In 1963, the Midshipmen rose to No. 2 in the national rankings with a 9-2 record before losing to No. 1 Texas, 28-6, in the Cotton Bowl.
• Between the third and fourth quarter, the 2013 Navy women’s lacrosse team will be recognized.  The Mids finished the 2013 campaign with a 19-2 record, won a fourth-straight Patriot League Tournament title and won an NCAA Tournament game for the first time in school history.
• Following the game will be the playing of both the Air Force and Navy alma maters.  The losing team’s alma mater will be played first, followed by the winning team.

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.  Air Force lost to both Army (41-21) and Navy (28-21 OT) last year to surrender the trophy after holding it for two years (2010, `11)..
• 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 amassed an 85-46 (.649) overall record in the last 11 years, while Air Force is 69-60 (.535) and Army is 34-91 (.272).  The Mids are 18-2 against the other two Service Academies since 2003 and have won 19 of its last 21 Service Academy games dating back to the 2002 Army-Navy game.

Scouting Air Force
•    Air Force owns a 1-4 record, having played a tough schedule.  Its lone win was against Colgate of the Patriot League, 38-13.
• The Falcons have lost to conference foes Utah State (52-20), Boise State (42-20), Wyoming (56-23) and Nevada (45-42).
•    Sophomore quarterback Karson Roberts was impressive in his first career start last Saturday night against Nevada. Roberts rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries as he helped lead the Falcons to 453 yards of total offense and 42 points.
•    Fullback Broam Hart is the Falcons’ leading rusher with 292 yards and three touchdowns on 62 carries.  Running back Jon Lee has rushed for 278 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries.
•    Sam Gagliano leads the Air Force receiving corps with eight catches for 112 yards and one touchdown, while Ty MaCarthur has seven catches for 99 yards.
•    The Falcon defense is led by Joey Nichol (53 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss) and Steffon Batts (37 tackles, 3 pass breakups).

Navy vs. The Mountain West
•    Navy is 20-34 (.370) 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.

Looking To Go 3-1 For The First Time Since 2006
• Navy is off to a 2-1 start for the third time in the last four seasons and will be looking to go 3-1 for the first time since 2006.
• The Mids were 2-1 in 2011 before losing at home to Air Force in overtime (35-34). The Mids ended up losing six in a row en route to a disappointing 5-7 season.
• In 2006, the Mids defeated East Carolina (28-23), Massachusetts (21-20) and Stanford (37-9) to start the year 3-0 before falling to Tulsa, 24-23, in overtime.  That Navy team went on to post a 9-4 record and played Boston College in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

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Navy looks for 3-0 start Saturday at Western Kentucky

Posted on 27 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Game 3 Navy (2-0) at Western Kentucky (2-2)
Date and Kickoff Sept. 28, 2013 at 2:00 pm ET / 1:00 pm CT
Location Bowling Green, Ky. | Houchens Industries / L.T. Smith Stadium (22,113)
Television ESPNEWS
TV Talent Mark Neely (play-by-play), Ray Bentley (analyst)


Setting the Stage

• Navy and Western Kentucky will meet for the third time on the gridiron when they square off at Houchens Industries / L.T. Smith Stadium (22,113) in Bowling Green, Ky. on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 2:00 pm Eastern, 1:00 pm in Bowling Green.
• This will be the first meeting between the two schools since 2011 when Navy defeated Western Kentucky, 40-14, in Bowling Green.
• Saturday’s game will be televised nationally by ESPNEWS with Mark Neely (play-by-play) and Ray Bentley (analyst) calling the action.

Navy Looking To Go 3-0 For The First Time Since 2006
• Navy is off to a 2-0 start for the second time in the last three seasons and will be looking to go 3-0 for the first time since 2006.
• The Mids were 2-0 in 2011 before dropping a heartbreaking 24-21 game at South Carolina.  The next week Navy lost at home to Air Force in overtime (35-34) and ended up losing six in a row en route to a disappointing 5-7 season.
• In 2006, the Mids defeated East Carolina (28-23), Massachusetts (21-20) and Stanford (37-9) to start the year 3-0 before falling to Tulsa, 24-23 in overtime.  That Navy team went on to post a 9-4 record and played Boston College in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

Injuries
•    Starting corner Kwazel Bertrand will miss his third consecutive game with a left knee injury.  Bertrand injured his knee the week before the season-opener.  He is expected to be back for the Air Force game.
•    Projected starting slot back Ryan Williams-Jenkins is expected to play in his first game this year.  Williams-Jenkins tore the ACL in his left knee during spring practice and had surgery on April 9.  Remarkably, in less than six months Williams-Jenkins has returned to the practice field and is ready to see his first action of the year.
•    Projected starting slot back Colin Osborne is out for the year with a torn ACL in his right knee. Osborne injured his knee early in the fall and had surgery on September 12.
Scouting Western Kentucky
•    The Hilltoppers, who are 2-2, are coming off a 58-17 destruction of Morgan State.  Western Kentucky knocked off in-state rival Kentucky, 35-26, in the opener before losing to Tennessee (52-20) and South Alabama (31-24) in back-to-back games.
• Western Kentucky is averaging 227.2 yards per game on the ground and 246.5 yards through the air.  Meanwhile, the WKU defense is giving up 195.5 yards per game on the ground and 187.5 through the air.
• Senior running back Antonio Andrews is one of the best running backs the Mids will see all year.  He leads the Hilltopper offense with 545 rushing yards on 65 carries (8.4 yds/carry) and six touchdowns and has 10 catches for 119 yards (11.9 yds/catch).  Andrews destroyed Morgan State last Saturday, rushing for 213 yards and five touchdowns on 17 carries.
•    Western Kentucky has played four quarterbacks this year, with Junior Brandon Doughty starting three of the four games.  Doughty has completed 78 of his 122 pass attempts (63.9) for 830 yards with five touchdowns and eight interceptions.  Freshman Todd Porter started against Morgan State and completed five of his 10 pass attempts for 76 yards and an interception.
•    Junior Willie McNeal and freshman Nicholas Norris lead the WKU receiving corps. McNeal has 15 catches for 207 yards, while Norris has 14 catches for 169 yards and three touchdowns.
•    Senior linebacker Xavius Boyd leads the WKU defense with 45 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks.  Junior safety Jonathan Dowling has recorded 27 stops, recovered a fumble and forced two fumbles, while senior linebacker Andrew Jackson has 28 tackles and 1.5 tackles for a loss.

Navy vs. The The Sun Belt
•    Navy is 55-17-1 (.760) 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 (2-0).

Time To Prepare
• The Mids are 10-12 (.455) under Niumatalolo with more than one week to prepare.
• In 2008, the Mids were 3-3 with more than one week to prepare, beating Towson, Northern Illinois and Army and losing to Pitt, Notre Dame and Wake Forest.
• In 2009, the Mids were 2-2 with more than one week to prepare, beating Army and Missouri and losing to Ohio State and Hawai’i
• In 2010, the Mids were 1-3 with more than one week to prepare, beating Army and losing to Maryland, Air Force and San Diego State.
• In 2011, the Mids were 2-1 with more than one week to prepare, beating Delaware and Army and losing to Air Force.
• In 2012, the Mids were 1-3 with more than one week to prepare, beating Army and losing to Notre Dame, Penn State and Arizona State.
• This season, the Mids are 1-0 with more than one week to prepare, beating Indiana.

Mids Putting Points on the board
• A week after scoring 41 points at Indiana, Navy hung 51 points on Delaware.  The 51 points are the most in a Navy home opener since 1975 when the Mids defeated Connecticut, 55-7.
• Navy’s 92-combined points in the first two games of the season are the most by a Navy team to start the season since 1975 when the Mids opened the year by scoring a combined 97 points against Virginia (42-14) and Connecticut (55-7).
• Navy is averaging 46.0 points per game this season, the ninth-best scoring average in the country.

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