Navy Football Travels to Indiana for 2013 Opener
Sep 2, 2013
Setting the Stage
Navy and Indiana will meet for the fourth time on the gridiron when they square off on Saturday evening at Memorial Stadium (52,929). Kickoff is set for 6:00 pm.
This will be Navy's first trip to Bloomington since 1986. Navy is 0-2 all-time against IU in Bloomington, losing 38-35 in 1985 and 52-29 in 1986. The starting quarterback for Navy in both of those games was Bill Byrne, the Naval Academy's current Commandant of Midshipmen. The Mids won last year's game in Annapolis, scoring 10 points over the final 5:30 to capture a 31-30 victory.
Saturday's game will be televised nationally by the Big Ten Network with Eric Collins, Jon Jansen and Antwaan Randle El on the call. Collins handled the play-by-play duties for Navy's 34-19 victory over New Mexico in the 2004 Emerald Bowl when the Mids set an NCAA record for the longest drive in plays (26) and time (14:26). Collins also called Navy's 16-0 victory over Northern Illinois in 2008, which was the first-career start for former Navy quarterback great Ricky Dobbs.
The Navy Football Tailgate Show on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM will air at 4:00 pm with Joe Miller live from Bloomington and Graham Whaples back in the 1430 WNAV studio in Annapolis.
The Navy Football Pregame Show with Pete Medhurst, Omar Nelson and Joe Miller will get underway at 5:00 pm, followed by game action beginning at 6:00 pm on the Navy Radio Network.
Following the contest, Miller and Medhurst will recap the day's events in a 60-minute postgame show live on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM and WFED 1500 AM.
The tailgate show, the pregame show, the game and the postgame show are available over the internet to Navy All-Access subscribers.
Indiana is 1-0 after thrashing Indiana State, 73-35, last Thursday night in Bloomington. The 73 points scored by the Hoosiers are the most at Memorial Stadium and the second most in school history.
The Hoosiers produced a balanced attack, rushing for 313 yards and three touchdowns and throwing for 319 yards and six touchdowns.
Sophomore Tevin Coleman rushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, while sophomore quarterback Nate Sudfeld completed 12 of his 17 pass attempts for 219 yards and four touchdowns. Sudfeld's favorite target was senior tight end Ted Bolser, who caught six passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns.
Freshman linebacker T.J. Simmons led the Indiana defense with nine tackles, while freshman linebacker David Cooper had eight tackles.
Navy vs. the Big Ten
Navy is 27-42-3 (.396) all-time against teams currently in the Big Ten Conference.
The Mids went 1-1 against the Big Ten last year, defeating Indiana, 31-30, and losing at Penn State, 34-7.
After Saturday's game, Navy's next Big Ten opponent on the schedule is Ohio State on Aug. 30, 2014, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The Mids will also play host to Rutgers at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium next year in Rutgers' first year in the Big Ten.
The Last Time ...
Navy 31, Indiana 30 Oct. 20, 2012 | Annapolis, Md.
Navy scored 10 points over the final 5:30 to come from behind and shock Indiana, 31-30, in front of 33,441 fans on Homecoming at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
It was the first win by Navy over a Big Ten opponent since winning at Illinois in 1979 and the first win over a Big Ten opponent in Annapolis since defeating Purdue in 1926.
Indiana had taken a 30-21 lead with 12:18 remaining in the game on a three-yard touchdown run by Tevin Coleman.
The Mids took the ensuing kickoff and moved 74 yards on 16 plays, but had to settle for an 18-yard field goal by freshman kicker Nick Sloan after freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds was stopped on third-and-goal from the one.
The Navy defense stood tall on Indiana's next possession and forced a three-and-out giving the Mids the ball back with 4:58 remaining.
Reynolds calmly led Navy on a nine-play, 72-yard drive with senior slot back Gee Gee Greene coming up big on the drive with a 21-yard catch and a 22-yard run.
On third-and-goal from the Indiana three, Reynolds hit a wide open Matt Aiken in the end zone for the touchdown. Sloan came on to make the extra-point and Navy led 31-30 with 2:02 left.
Following an incompletion on first down, Indiana quarterback Cameron Coffman was intercepted by sophomore corner Parrish Gaines setting off a wild celebration.
Sophomore outside linebacker Jordan Drake had the play of the day for the Mids, intercepting Coffman in the second quarter and returning it 24 yards for a touchdown, pulling the Mids to within 17-14.
Thomas Set To Break Kickoff Return Records
Senior Marcus Thomas needs just one kickoff return this year to set the school record for most kickoff returns in a career with 81. He is currently tied with Reggie Campbell (2004-07) for first (80).
Meanwhile, Thomas is second all-time in kickoff return yards with 1,774, just 131 yards behind Campbell.
All In The Family
Navy has five sets of brothers on its 2013 roster, which is tied with Wisconsin and Army for the most sets of brothers on one team in the FBS this season.
The brother tandems include freshmen Kendrick (SB) and Kenneth (QB) Mouton from Naples, Fla.; sophomore Blaze (C) and senior Wave (S) Ryder from Kaneohe, Hawai'i; freshman Myles (SB) and sophomore Chris (FB) Swain from Macon, Ga.; freshman Nnamdi (OLB) and junior Obi (OLB) Uzoma from Wake Forest, N.C. and freshman Will (QB) and junior Joe (LB) Worth from Valrico, Fla.