Nov. 14, 2009
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP)--Ricky Dobbs ran for five touchdowns, moving within one of tying the single-season NCAA record for a quarterback, and Navy defeated Delaware 35-18 on Saturday.
Dobbs leads the nation with 22 touchdowns and needs one more rushing score to tie the record held by Florida's Tim Tebow (2007) and Air Force's Change Harridge (2002).
Jon Stiefsky kicked a school-record four field goals for Delaware (6-4).
Navy (8-3) has already accepted a bid to the Texas Bowl.
Dobbs, who set up his third score with a career-long 46-yard run, finished with 100 yards on 26 carries. He also completed 4 of 6 passes for 78 yards, setting up two scores through the air.
After gaining just 105 yards on 22 first-half plays and trailing 9-7 at the break, Navy had 215 yards in the second half. The Midshipmen ran 51 times for 242 yards for the game.
Alexander Teich, subbing for starting fullback Vince Murray, set up Dobbs' fourth score with a 22-yard run and finished with 57 yards on seven carries.
Delaware moved the ball well on offense, outgaining the Mids 370-320 with 22 first downs to their 16, but couldn't do any better than Stiefsky's four field goals until a late fourth-quarter touchdown.
Pat Devlin completed 17 of 29 passes for 194 yards, but had no completion longer than 22 yards. The Hens' only score came on Jerry Butler's 1-yard run with 6:29 left.
Stiefsky converted field goals of 47, 39 and 25 yards in the first half, the last coming on the final play of the half, to give the Hens a 9-7 lead.
Navy opened the second half with the ball and drove 64 yards to a 1-yard score by Dobbs for a 14-9 lead.
Delaware followed with a drive inside the Navy 10, but settled for Stiefsky's 25-yard field goal. The kick gave Stiefsky a school and stadium record, the Hens still trailed 14-12 with 3:33 left in the period.