Rutgers 34, Navy 0
Oct. 14, 2006
Rutgers at Navy
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Oct. 14, 2006
Attendance: 36,918 (Stadium Record)
A stadium-record 36,918 fans watched Rutgers and Navy battle this afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium ... the previous record was set on Oct. 11, 1997, when 36,172 fans watched Air Force squeak past the Mids, 10-7.
The last time the Midshipmen were shut out was Nov. 16, 2002, when Connecticut handed the Mids a 38-0 loss.
The 34-point margin is the largest margin of victory by a Navy opponent since Connecticut defeated the Mids' 38-0 in 2002.
Navy is now 36-20 in Homecoming games, snapping a two-game winning streak ... the Mids' last loss on Homecoming was in 2003, a 21-17 loss to Delaware ... the 34-point margin ties as the worst loss on Homecoming since Boston College defeated Navy, 49-15, in 1968.
Today's loss is just the fourth by the Mids at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in the last four years ... the Mids are 16-4 over that period ... they have won 14 of their last 17 contests.
Navy amassed just 161 yards of total offense ... its the fewest total yardage by the Midshipmen since Connecticut held them to 82 yards on Nov. 18, 2002.
The Mids' 113 yards on the ground is their worst ground gain since their 111 yards rushing in a losing 17-10 effort against Rice on Oct. 12, 2002.
Navy entered the game having been sacked seven times this season ... Rutgers sacked the Midshipmen seven times this afternoon.
Navy punted the ball 20 times going into today's contest and today were forced to punt 11 times.
Navy senior quarterback Brian Hampton (Scott Air Force Base, Ill.) suffered a knee injury with 5:41 remaining in the opening quarter.
Navy was 6 for 7 on fourth down conversions heading into the contest ... the Mids were 1 for 3 today.
Senior Jeremy McGown (Houston, Texas) came up with his second-career interception and the second of `06 with 3:08 left in the third quarter.
Navy's longest rush of the afternoon was a 20-yard scamper by Rob Caldwell (St. John, Ind.) on a fake punt with 10:52 remaining in the game ... it was his first-collegiate rush.
The Mids managed just nine first downs in the contest, the fewest since Connecticut held Navy to three in 2002.
Sophomore QB Jarod Bryant (Hoover, Ala.) completed two of his 10 passes on the afternoon, the first two completions of his career ... his 22-yard completion to Zerbin Singleton (Decatur, Ga.) was the longest play of the day for the Mids.
Sophomore slot back Shun White (Memphis, Tenn.) returned his first-collegiate kickoff for 16 yards.
Tiquan Underwood's two touchdown receptions marked the first time the Mids have given up a pair of touchdowns to one player since last year's Poinsettia Bowl when Dustin Osborn (Colorado State) came up with a pair.
Rutgers blocked two Navy punts on the afternoon ... the last time Navy had a punt blocked was on Sept. 25, 2004, when Vandy's Norva McKenzie recorded a block.