Delaware Upsets Navy 59-52
Adam Ballard (file photo)
Oct. 27, 2007
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -Joe Flacco threw four touchdown passes and Omar Cuff rushed for four scores to lead Delaware to a wild 59-52 upset of Navy on Saturday.
The Blue Hens (7-1), one of the top teams in the Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA), rolled to 581 total yards against the Midshipmen (4-4), who play in top tier of Division I football.
The 59 points is the most scored by the Blue Hens since a 59-42 win over Villanova on Nov. 18, 2000. It was also the most points Navy has allowed since a 65-19 loss to N.C. State in 2002. It was the most combined points scored in a Navy football game since 1919, when Navy beat Colby 121-0.
Flacco completed 30 of 41 passes for a career-best 434 yards.
Cuff rushed for 141 yards and set a single-season touchdown record for the Hens as he scored on three 1-yard runs and iced the win with a 37-yard score with 2:02 to play. He has 28 touchdowns, 24 rushing, for the season.
Cuff's 168 points is also a single-season school record.
Flacco's scoring passes went to Kervin Michaud for 11 and 13 yards, Mark Duncan for 23 yards and Aaron Love for 34 yards. Michaud had eight catches for 96 yards and Robbie Agnone had seven catches for 133 yards.
Navy rushed for 342 yards and had 506 yards total offense.
Navy's starting quarterback Kaipo-Nao Kaheaku-Enhada rushed for 72 yards and scored short TD runs in the first quarter to give Navy a 14-7 lead. He was replaced in the third quarter after Delaware scored two straight touchdowns to take a 42-35 lead.
Jarod Bryant, Kaheaku-Enhada's backup, ran for 25 yards and was 3-for-3 for 77 yards. His 51-yard pass to Zerb Singleton set up Navy's last touchdown, which made it 52-49 with 4:25 left.
Reggie Campbell's 74-yard kickoff return to open the second half set up a short scoring drive capped by Kettani's 1-yard run and giving the Mids a 35-28 lead. Joey Bullen's 29-yard field goal with 31 seconds left for Navy made it 59-52.