Mids Set For First Road Test Saturday at Western Kentucky
Sept. 5, 2011
Setting the Stage
Navy and Western Kentucky meet for just the second time when the two programs collide on Saturday at 7:00 pm Eastern, 6:00 pm Central at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green, Ky.
Western Kentucky will be handing out American flags upon entrance to the stadium as part of a 9/11 remembrance. The pregame will also feature a fly-by.
ESPN3 will broadcast Saturday's contest with Shawn Kenney (play-by-play) and Eddie Robinson, Jr. (analysis) calling the action. ESPN3 is available nationwide, but you must subscribe to a participating high speed internet service provider. ESPN3 is also provided for free on college campuses all over the country.
The Navy Football Tailgate Show on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM will air at 5:00 pm with Pete Medhurst live in Bowling Green and Joe Miller and Wylie Baker in the WNAV studios in Annapolis.
The Navy Football Pregame Show with Bob Socci, Omar Nelson and Pete Medhurst will get underway at 6:00 pm, followed by game action beginning at 7:00 pm on the Navy Radio Network and Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 134).
Following the contest, Joe Miller and Pete Medurst will recap the day's events in a 60-minute postgame show live on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM and WFED 1050 AM.
Senior quarterback Kriss Proctor will be looking for his third-straight start in which he eclipses the 100-yard rushing mark. In his only start of 2010, he rushed for 201 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in Navy's 38-37 win over Central Michigan. In last weekend's opener against Delware, he rushed for 176 yards and three TDs on 22 carries in a 40-17 rout. Over his last two starts, Proctor has rushed for 377 yards (188.5 yds/gm) on 42 carries (8.97 yds/carry) and four TDs, while completing six of 12 passes for 79 yards and a TD.
Navy was not whistled for a penalty in the Delaware game. It was the second time in two years the Mids had not been penalized in a game (Notre Dame in 2010). Last season, the Mids were ranked No. 2 nationally in fewest penalties per game and No. 1 in fewest penalty yards per game.
A win over Western Kentucky would give head coach Ken Niumatalolo his 29th-career win, which would be the most in school history for a coach in his first four years at Navy. He is currently tied with Paul Johnson, who posted a 28-21 record in his first four seasons.
Navy-Western Kentucky Series History
Navy won the only meeting in the series, 38-22 in Annapolis in 2009.
This will be Navy's first trip to Bowling Green and just the second time the Mids have played football in the great state of Kentucky in school history. Navy lost to Louisville in 1993.
The Last Time ...
Navy 38, Western Kentucky 22 Sept. 26, 2009 | Annapolis, Md.
Junior quarterback Ricky Dobbs rushed for 143 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries, while completing four of his five pass attempts for 100 yards and one touchdown to lead Navy to a 38-22 victory over Western Kentucky.
Dobbs scored on runs of 29, two, one and one yards, as he equalled his career-high in touchdowns and also tied the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium record. His touchdown pass was a 29-yard strike to Cory Finnerty with 2:26 left in the first half that gave Navy a 17-14 lead.
He is the first Navy quarterback to rush for more than 100 yards and pass for more than 100 yards since Oct. 10, 2007, when Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada rushed for 122 yards and passed for 166 yards in Navy's 48-45 double overtime victory over Pitt.
Sophomore placekicker Jon Teague split the uprights for a 31-yard field goal on his first collegiate attempt.
Sophomore slot back Marcus Curry rushed for 70 yards on just five carries that featured Navy's longest run of the season, a 45-yard jaunt. Meanwhile junior fullback Vince Murray turned in a career-high 54 yards rushing on 12 carries. Senior slot back Bobby Doyle contributed 104 yards of total offense, rushing for 33 yards on three carries and catching three passes for 71 yards.
Junior safety Emmett Merchant led the Navy defense with nine tackles, while sophomore safety Kwesi Mitchell was in on a career-best eight stops. Senior linebacker Tony Haberer and junior safety Wyatt Middleton each came up with interceptions, while junior nose guard Shane Bothel recovered a fumble.
Scouting Western Kentucky
The Hilltoppers gave Kentucky fits last Thursday night before falling, 14-3. The Hilltopper defense held the Wildcats to 190 yards of total offense (93 rushing, 97 passing).
Tailback Bobby Rainey is one of the top running backs in the country, earning Honorable Mention All-America honors last year from Sports Illustrated. In 2010, he averaged 137.4 yards per game on the ground which was the third-best average in the country behind Oregon's LaMichael James (144.3) and Connecticut's Jordan Todman (141.3).
Rainey led the nation in carries last year with 340 and rushed for over 100 yards on nine occasions, including seven games of more than 150 yards. He ran for a career-high 248 yards against Middle Tennessee. Rainey carried the ball 28 times for 105 yards against the Wildcats and had 14 carries for 99 yards against the Mids two years ago.
Linebacker Andrew Jackson was impressive against Kentucky, recording 12 tackles, two tackles for a loss and a sack.
Mids Rout Delaware In Opener
Senior quarterback Kriss Proctor rushed for 176 yards and three touchdown on 22 carries, including a 75-yard touchdown run on the third play from scrimmage, to lead Navy to a 40-17 victory over Delaware in front of 34,117 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Proctor put the Mids up 7-0 on the opening drive when, on third-and-five, he kept on the option and raced down the left sideline. Junior slot back Bo Snelson threw a key block to spring him for the final 20 yards.
Junior linebacker Matt Brewer forced a fumble that was recovered by senior outside linebacker Mason Graham on Delaware's second series and the Mids took advantage, marching 61 yards on eight plays. Senior slot back Aaron Santiago ran it in from 13 yards off a nice pitch by Proctor to give the Mids a 13-0 lead. The PAT was blocked.
Senior Jon Teague gave Navy a 16-0 lead when he capped off a 17-play, 75-yard drive with a 36-yard field goal.
After a Delaware touchdown cut Navy's lead to 16-7, Teague increased the Mids' lead once again, this time with a school-record 54-yard field goal with 25 seconds left in the half.
The Navy defense forced a punt on Delaware's first possession of the third quarter and the offense put the final nail in the Blue Hens' coffin with a 78-yard, seven-play drive that was capped off by a Proctor 27-yard touchdown run.
The Mids would score two more times in the fourth quarter as Proctor scored on a one-yard run and, after senior safety Kwesi Mitchell picked off a Delaware pass, Proctor hit Santiago with a 12-yard touchdown pass to give Navy a 40-10 lead.
Navy rushed for 391 yards and piled up 437 yards of total offense. The Navy defense forced four Delaware punts and two turnovers.
Brewer finished with a game-high seven tackles, a tackle for a loss and two forced fumbles, while Mitchell had six stops and two pass break-ups to go with his interception. Senior defensive end Jabaree Tuani was his usual disruptive self with five tackles and two pass break-ups.
Navy has proven to be awfully tough with the lead under head coach Ken Niumatalolo.
The Midshipmen are 23-2 over the last four years when scoring first. Navy is 17-3 when leading after the first quarter, 18-3 when leading at the half and 23-0 when leading after three quarter under Niumatalolo's direction.
Teague Boots School Record Field Goal
Navy senior kicker Jon Teague booted a school-record 54-yard field goal against Delaware in the opener with 25 seconds left in the half to give Navy a 19-7 halftime lead. It also tied a stadium record. Delaware's Steve Leo hit a 54-yard field goal against Navy in 1992.
Teague's previous long was 38 yards against East Carolina in 2010.
Navy Football Getting It Done Academically And Militarily
19 football players were named to the Superintendent's, Academic Dean or Commandant's List for the spring 2011 semester.
Slot back Aaron Santiago (3.73 GPA in Systems Engineering), outside linebacker Keegan Wetzel (4.0 GPA in Honors Systems Engineering) and graduated punter Kyle Delahooke (3.40 GPA in Political Science) earned their way onto the Superintendent's List.
To qualify for the Superintendent's List, midshipmen must earn a semester GPA of 3.4 or higher with no grade of D, F or incomplete in any course. They must get an A in conduct, an A in military performance and an A or B in Physical Education and the Physical Readiness Test.
Short snapper Brian Ackerman (3.93 GPA in Economics), guard John Dowd (3.82 GPA in Mechanical Engineering), safety Jerad Fehr (3.65 GPA in Oceanography), linebacker John Michael Nurthen (3.50 GPA in Systems Engineering), center Kahikolu Pescaia (3.41 GPA in Systems Engineering), kicker Stephen Picchini (3.65 GPA in Systems Engineering), kicker Jon Teague (3.83 GPA in Oceanography), fullback Delvin Diggs (3.73 GPA in Oceanography), graduated offensive tackle Jeff Battipaglia (3.47 GPA in Economics) and graduated kicker Joe Buckley (3.73 GPA in Honors Economics) were named to the Dean's List.
To qualify for the Dean's List, midshipmen must earn a semester grade point average of 3.4 or higher with no grade of D, F or I in any course, a B in conduct, a B in military performance and a C or better in Physical Education and in the Physical Readiness Test.
Wide receiver Hal Bowron (2.94 GPA in General Engineering), slot back Gee Gee Greene (3.31 GPA in Political Science), nose guard Jared Marks (3.06 GPA in General Science), outside linebacker Eric Stein (3.33 GPA in International Relations) graduated slot back JJ Cosh (3.38 GPA in Economics) and graduated defensive back Jason Wright (3.38 GPA in Oceanography) were named to the Commandant's List.
To qualify for the Commandant's List you must earn a semester grade point average of 2.9 or high, earn an A in conduct, an A or B in aptitude, an A or B in PE and an A or B in the PRT.
Linebacker Jake Juriga (4.0 GPA in Honors Systems Engineering) would have qualified but had football related injuries that kept them out of physical education.