Check out Luke Jones’ blog for a recap of Maryland’s loss to NC State; and here are the official recaps or AP recaps of the rest of the day’s action. Navy accepted a bid to the Texas Bowl following their win over Notre Dame. The Midshipmen already had an agreement to play in the game December 31 in Houston. I will post a recap of Morgan State’s loss to Norfolk State later as well.
Navy upset Irish for 2nd time in 3 years, 23-21
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Navy did it to Notre Dame again – and this loss to the Midshipmen is even more costly.
Craig Schaefer sacked Jimmy Clausen in the end zone with 60 seconds left Saturday and Navy held on for a 23-21 victory, its second straight at Notre Dame Stadium.
No. 19 Notre Dame (6-3) scored with 24 seconds left on a 31-yard pass from Jimmy Clausen to Golden Tate to cut the lead to two, but the ensuing onside kick went out of bounds.
The win sends Navy into the Texas Bowl and effectively ends any hope Notre Dame (6-3) had for a Bowl Championship Series berth.
Ricky Dobbs threw a 52-yard touchdown pass and ran for another and fullback Vince Murray added a 25-yard TD run for Navy, which ended an NCAA-record 43-game losing streak to the Irish two years ago. But that was against a team that finished 3-9.
This Notre Dame team was positioned to make a run at its first BCS bid since 2006 – Charlie Weis’ second season as Irish coach – if it could run the table.
The Midshipmen last won two straight in South Bend in 1961 and 1963.
The last time an unranked Navy team beat a ranked Notre Dame team was 1936, the first year of the poll, when the Midshipmen won 3-0.
Navy outrushed the Irish, playing without leading rusher Armando Allen Jr. because of an ankle injury, 348 yards to 60. Murray ran for 158 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, becoming the first Navy running back to rush for 100 yards for four straight games since Napoleon McCallum in 1983.
Dobbs, who played only seven plays in the last two games because of a knee injury, added 102 yards on 31 carries and completed 2 of 3 for 56 yards.
Navy held the Irish scoreless on three drives into the red zone. The Middies stopped them on four plays from inside the 5 in the first half. They forced a fumble by Clausen at the 1 to end the third quarter. Finally, linebacker Ram Vela intercepted a pass by Clausen at the 5 in the fourth quarter after it bounced off receiver Michael Floyd’s back.
Clausen was 37 of 57 yards passing for 452 yards, all career highs. The 37 completions are a school record and the yardage is the fourth best in school history. Heisman Trophy-worthy numbers, but with Notre Dame down a touchdown with less than a two minutes left, Clausen was sacked on consecutive plays. The last one gave Navy its final two points and all but sealed the victory.
Floyd, playing his first game after breaking his collarbone in September, matched his career high with 10 catches for 141 yards. Tate had nine catches for 132 yards.
Navy jumped to a 14-0 lead, scoring on its first two possessions.
After a Notre Dame turnover, Dobbs carried nine times for 42 yards on a 12-play, 51-yard drive, scoring on a fourth-and-goal from the 1.
Murray gave the Middies a 14-0 lead on the first play of the second quarter, racing up the middle untouched for a 25-yard score.
The Irish appeared ready to make a game of it when Robert Hughes scored on a 1-yard run with 3:57 left in the third quarter to cut the lead to 14-7. But Navy answered three plays later when Dobbs threw a 52-yard scoring pass to Greg Jones for the first TD catch of his career.
The Irish managed to cut the lead to 21-14 when Floyd caught a 12-yard TD pass from Clausen with 4:46 left in the game. The game appeared over when Schaefer sacked Clausen with 60 seconds left. But Tate recovered the onside kick by Nick Tausch to give the Irish once last chance and they converted it for a score, but they will lament the points they left behind.
Tausch, who had made a school-record 14 straight field goals, missed a 41-yard attempt wide left and a 30-yard try wide right.
Tribe Beats Tigers 31-0
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Fifth-ranked William & Mary took advantage of a struggling Towson offense to record a 31-0 shutout of the Tigers in a Colonial Athletic Association contest Saturday afternoon in Zable Stadium.
The loss dropped the Tigers, who suffered their first shut out since the beginning of the 2006 season, to 2-7 overall and 1-5 in the league. The Tribe improved to 8-1 for the first time in 23 years and moved to 5-1 in the CAA.
“We have such inconsistency with our people up front that it creates the large degrees of inconsistency we have on offense,” said Towson head coach Rob Ambrose of all the injuries the Tigers have been suffering on the line. “Obviously we need better play from the quarterback position – that’s no secret. When you see some of the mistakes we make as a coach you have no choice but to change quarterbacks.”
Towson’s bright spots came on defense where the Tigers sacked the Tribe’s A.J. Archer five times. The Tigers played the Tribe tougher in the second half, holding William & Mary to seven points until the final minute.
The Tigers’ deepest penetration came in the fourth quarter. With Tommy Chroninger and Jeremy Jayne alternating at quarterback the Tigers moved from their own 10 yard line to the William & Mary nine. But it ended because the Tribe’s Terrell Wells intercepted Chroninger at the one yard line to squelch the threat with 8:08 remaining in the contest.
Brian Pate started the scoring with a 39-yard field goal after the Tribe’s opening 11-play drive stalled at Towson’s 21.
While the Tigers couldn’t find the right gear on offense the Tribe moved methodically down field. An 18-play drive that ate up 7:05 off the clock produced a 10-0 lead on R.J. Archer’s eight-yard scamper. Later in the second quarter the Tribe drove 92 yards on eight plays with Jonathan Grimes capping it off on a two-yard run to take a 17-0 lead into halftime.
Archer gave the Tribe a 24-0 lead when he tossed a 25 yard touchdown to wide receiver Eric Robertson as the third quarter was winding down.
The Tribe tallied its last points with 1:01 left in the contest.
W&M outgained the Tigers 396 to 201 in total offense. Tremayne Dameron rushed for 49 yards on 11 carries. Jayne was 9 of 16 passing for 86 yards. Hakeem Moore was Towson’s top receiver with 4 catches for 54 yards
Danzel White and Danny Collins shared high tackle honors for the Tigers with 12 each. . Grimes led the Tribe with 91 yards rushing.
The Tigers are back in action again next Saturday afternoon when they host the Football Championship Subdivision’s 4th-ranked team, Villanova, at 1:00 p.m. in Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Hopkins Powers Past F&M, 51-13, in First-Place Showdown
BALTIMORE, MD – There was no margin for error for the Johns Hopkins football team entering Saturday’s showdown with visiting Franklin & Marshall. The Blue Jays controlled their own fate in the race for the Centennial Conference title and the league’s automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Playoffs, but a second league loss in three weeks would have been crippling to their title and playoff hopes.
Johns Hopkins, the preseason favorite to win the league title, wasted little time taking control of this one as the Blue Jays led 10-0 at the end of the first quarter and 20-6 at the half before putting the game away in the third quarter of what became a 51-13 victory over the Diplomats. The Blue Jays, who can secure the automatic bid to the NCAAs with a win next week at McDaniel, outgained F&M 507-259, scored on eight of their nine possessions, held the Diplomats to -20 yards rushing, came up with six sacks and two interceptions and never let the high-octane Diplomat offense get on a roll in their biggest win in the series since a 42-0 victory in 1959.
The Blue Jays (7-2, 6-1 Centennial) stopped the Diplomats on downs to open the game and needed just over four minutes to go 76 yards and capped their opening drive with a one-yard touchdown run by senior Andrew Kase (Wyomissing, PA/Wyomissing). As it turned out, Kase was just getting started on another record-breaking day.
Junior Alex Lachman (Livingston, NJ/Livingston) sandwiched 35 and 38-yard field goals around an 18-yard touchdown pass from John Harrison (Flourtown, PA/La Salle College HS)) to Michael Deutch (Sussex, NJ/Vernon) to stake the Blue Jays to a 13-6 lead early in the second quarter. The TD pass was the Centennial Conference-record 27th of the year for the F&M quarterback.
Franklin & Marshall (7-2, 5-2) had a chance to swing momentum in its favor after the Diplomats downed a punt at the Blue Jay one-yard line midway through the second quarter. But it was the Blue Jays who turned in a momentum-changing drive as 11 plays, 99-yards and exactly five minutes later, sophomore Hewitt Tomlin connected with junior tight end Brian Hopkins (Rocky River, OH/St. Ignatius) on a 25-yard touchdown pass to push the lead to 20-6. Kase carried six times for 52 yards on the drive, which included a pair of third-down conversions deep in Blue Jay territory.
Any hopes of an F&M comeback were dashed in the third quarter as the Blue Jays tacked on 17 unanswered points to push the lead to 37-6 entering the final quarter. A 28-yard Lachman field goal was followed by touchdown runs of five and 12 yards by Kase.
Franklin & Marshall pieced together a nifty six-play, 67-yard drive late that Harrison polished off with a four-yard touchdown pass to Jay Ridinger (Lititz, PA/Manheim Township) on the first play of the fourth quarter, but a 32-yard touchdown run by freshman Jonathan Rigaud (Pembroke Pines, FL/Pembroke Pines) and a one-yard run by sophomore Nick Fazio (McMurray, PA/Peters Township) closed the scoring for the Blue Jays, who topped the 50-point mark for the second straight week. This is the first time JHU has scored 50 or more points in back-to-back games since 1967.
Kase once again led the Blue Jays as he totaled 198 yards rushing and three touchdowns to lead a ground game that amassed 287 yards and five scores. Kase’s 198 yards pushed him past 4,000 career rushing yards. He is already JHU’s career rushing leader and became just the fourth running back in Maryland state history and the seventh in Centennial Conference history to top the 4,000-yard mark. He now has 4,132 career rushing yards, a mark that ranks fifth in Centennial Conference history.
Tomlin was an efficient 12-of-17 for 220 yards and the one touchdown pass to Hopkins. His big play of the game came midway through the third quarter with the Blue Jays holding a 23-6 lead. After the Blue Jay defense forced a turnover, Tomlin connected with junior Tucker Michels (Allendale, NJ/Northern Highlands) on a 74-yard pass play that gave JHU a first down inside the F&M 10-yard line. Two plays later Kase scored from five yards out to make it 30-6.
While the offense was rolling up a season-high 507 yards of total offense, it was the Blue Jay defense that was the difference. F&M entered the game averaging 32.4 points and 375.5 yards of total offense, but managed just the 13 points and 259 yards of total offense. Senior Colin Wixted (Lafayette Hill, PA/St. Joe’s Prep) led the Blue Jays with eight tackles on the day, while classmate Devin Hewlett (Clarks Summit, PA/Abington Heights) counted four tackles, two sacks, an interception and a pass breakup to his credit on senior day at Homewood Field. In all, 4.5 of JHU’s six sacks and both of the interceptions were recorded by seniors who were playing their last regular season game at Homewood.
Playing without the benefit of a rushing attack that ever got on track, Harrison was under heavy pressure throughout the game, but was still 27-of-41 for 275 yards with the two touchdowns and two interceptions. Nine different players registered at least one reception for F&M with Deutch’s eight catches and 95 yards leading the way. Jeffrey Liberatore (Lafayette, Hill, PA/La Salle College HS)) totaled a game-high 12 tackles, while Shane Gray (State College, PA/State College) added 11 for F&M, which saw its hopes for an outright Centennial Conference title dashed with the loss.
Johns Hopkins will close the regular season next Saturday at McDaniel (5-4, 3-4). A win over the Green Terror will give the Blue Jays no worse than a share of the Centennial Conference title and the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Playoffs. Dickinson, which currently stands at 8-1 overall and 6-1 in the Centennial, can grab a share of the title as well with a win next week against Ursinus, but wins by both the Red Devils and Blue Jays would give the automatic bid to Johns Hopkins based on a 23-12 win for JHU at Dickinson earlier this season.