Navy Runs Away From ECU, 76-35
Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs pitches the ball.
Nov. 6, 2010
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -Ricky Dobbs ran for a touchdown and threw for two more scores as Navy beat East Carolina 76-35 on Saturday, setting a school single-game scoring record while handing the Pirates their ugliest loss under first-year coach Ruffin McNeill.
Alexander Teich ran for 157 yards and a score for the Midshipmen (6-3), who trailed only briefly in the first quarter on the way to becoming bowl eligible for the eighth straight season. Dobbs also ran for 100 yards, giving the Midshipmen a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game for the first time this season.
Dominique Davis threw five TD passes for the Pirates (5-4), who absorbed their first home loss under McNeill. The 76 points set Navy's single-game record for the modern era while also ranking as the most by an East Carolina opponent in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
Navy finished with 521 yards rushing, the most by any opponent in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium and the second-most allowed by the Pirates behind West Virginia's 536 yards in 2002. It was also the second-most points allowed by East Carolina in any game, trailing Guilford's 79 points in November 1932.
Navy led just 28-21 at halftime with both offenses - Navy's triple-option and East Carolina's pass-heavy spread - moving the ball effectively. But while the Midshipmen kept plugging away, East Carolina came undone by losing three fumbles in four offensive snaps to give Navy all the help it needed.
The Midshipmen converted the first into a field goal, then Dobbs found Aaron Santiago for an easy 29-yard touchdown pass on the first play after Jon Williams lost the ball on a handoff from Davis. Then, after Davis lost a fumble, Gee Gee Greene scampered untouched around the left side on a fourth-and-short to push the lead to 45-21 with 8:52 left in the quarter.
With that comfortable lead, Navy could relentlessly run the ball the rest of the day and focus on melting the clock. The mistake-prone Pirates, meanwhile, could only watch the game slip further and further out of reach.
By the time the fourth quarter arrived, Navy had run for 387 yards and scored 55 points while the normally rowdy Dowdy-Ficklen was three-quarters empty as a chilly rain began to fall.
And the Midshipmen weren't finished, setting the stadium's opponent scoring record when reserve Kriss Proctor scored on a 23-yard keeper to make it 69-35 with 7:43 to play. That broke the previous mark of 63 points set by Louisville in 1998.
Navy scored on all but two possessions. Its previous modern-era scoring record in a game was 74 points against North Texas in 2007.