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Navy and Southern Miss Meet for the First Time Saturday at NMC Memorial Stadium

Alexander Teich rushed for 148 yards on 35 carries against Air Force last week.

Oct. 3, 2011

2011 Navy Football Game Specifics
Game 5 Navy (2-2) vs. Southern Miss (4-1)
Date and Kickoff Oct. 8, 2011 at 3:30 pm ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)
Television CBS Sports Network
TV Talent Tim Brant (play-by-play), Randy Cross (analyst), Kaylee Hartung (sideline)
Video Streaming Navy All-Access
Radio WNAV (1430 AM, 99.9 FM; Annapolis) | WBAL (1090 AM; Baltimore) | WFED (1500 AM, 1050 AM; Washington, D.C. / Northern Virginia) | WTRI (1520 AM; Frederick) | WXTG (102.1 FM; Virginia Beach, Va.) | WXTG (1490 AM; Hampton Roads) | Satellite Radio (Sirius Ch. 134)
Radio Talent Bob Socci (play-by-play), Omar Nelson (analyst), Pete Medhurst (sideline)
Game Notes Navy | Southern Miss
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Setting the Stage
• In what will be the inaugural meeting, Navy will take on Southern Miss on Saturday at 3:30 PM at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000).
• Tickets are still available by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY or at  Tickets are also available on game day in the North end zone ticket booth.  
•    The presenting sponsor for the Southern Miss game is Navy Mutual.
• CBS Sports Network will air the national broadcast on Saturday with Tim Brant (play-by-play), Randy Cross (analysis) and Kaylee Hartung (sideline) calling the action.  
• The Navy Football Tailgate Show on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM will air at 1:30 pm with Pete Medhurst, Joe Miller and Wylie Baker live from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• The Navy Football Pregame Show with Bob Socci, Omar Nelson and Medhurst will get underway at 2:30 pm, followed by game action at 3:30 pm on the Navy
    Radio Network and Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 134).  
• Following the contest, Miller and 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.

Pregame Festivities
• Pregame festivities will get underway at approximately 1:00 pm with the Navy Football Team Walk.  Originating at the Blue Angel in the southwest corner of the stadium, the team will make its way down the sidewalk and through NavyFest before walking up the drive to the stadium.  Fans are encouraged to line up on both sides of the sidewalk to cheer for the team.
• The March-on of the Brigade of Midshipmen will take place at approximately 3:09 pm.
• Two Boeing F/A-18 C Hornets from the "Ragin' Bulls" of Strike Fighter Squadron 37, NAS Oceana will handle the fly-by on Saturday.
• The 1981 Liberty Bowl team will be honored at halftime.  Coached by George Welsh, Navy posted a 7-4-1 record in 1981, beating Air Force, 30-13, and tying Army, 3-3.  The Mids also owned victories over The Citadel (17-7), Eastern Kentucky (24-0), Boston College (25-10), William & Mary (27-0), Syracuse (35-23) and Georgia Tech (20-14).  The team captains were Eddie Meyers and Tim Jordan, who were both selected to play in the Hula Bowl All-Star Game. Meyers was also selected to play in the Japan All-Star Game.  Linebacker Ted Dumbauld was a First-Team Academic All-American and the Thompson Trophy recipient, while Meyers was awarded the NAAA Sword for Men.

Saturday's Storylines
• A win would give Navy a 3-2 record for the fifth-straight year and for the sixth time in the last seven years.  A loss would drop the Mids to 2-3, their worst start since 2002 when Navy started 1-4 en route to a 2-10 record.
• Head coach Ken Niumatalolo's 29 wins in three-plus seasons are the most by a Navy coach in his first-four years.
• The Mids are fourth in the nation in rushing offfense, averaging 352.3 yards per game.  Additionally, they are seventh in pass defense (159.0), 11th in punt returns (15.7 yds / return) and 21st in turnover margin (+0.8)
• Navy has made 15 trips inside the red zone in its four games, scoring 13 times (.867), including 10 touchdowns (.667).
• Dating back to last year, Navy has scored on 48 of its last 52 drives in the red zone (.923), with 42 (.808) of those scores resulting in touchdowns.
• The Navy defense has allowed 10 red zone scores in 14 opportunities (.714) this season, with nine of the scores resulting in touchdowns (.643).  
• Junior slot back Gee Gee Greene is 108 yards away from 1,000-career rushing yards.
• Since 2003, Navy is 25-7 (.781) following a loss.  The Mids are 11-3 (.786) under Niumatalolo following a loss.  Navy has not lost three-straight games since 2002 when the Mids lost 10-straight.
• Navy owns a 36-11 (.766) record at home since 2003, including a 14-4 (.778) mark under Niumatalolo.
• Navy is 24-3 under Niumatalolo when scoring first (losses in 2008 against Wake Forest in the EagleBank Bowl, 2009 vs. Temple and at No. 10 South Carolina this season).  The Mids are 18-3 when leading after the first quarter, 19-3 when leading at the half and 24-1 (only loss at 10 South Carolina) when leading after three quarters.

Scouting Southern Miss
• The Golden Eagles are off to a 4-1 start with victories over Louisiana Tech (19-17), Southeastern Louisiana (52-6), Virginia (30-24) and Rice (48-24).  Their only loss was at Marshall, 26-20.
• Southern Miss is ranked No. 2 in the country in tackles for a loss per game (8.8), 11th in rushing defense (81.6), 12th in pass efficiency defense (101.5), 21st in total defense (302.0) and 23rd in net punting (39.2)
• Quarterback Austin Davis leads a balanced attack as the Golden Eagles are averaging 198.8 yards per game on the ground and 255 yards through the air.  Davis has completed 110 of his 183 pass attempts for 1,275 yards with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions.
• Kendrick Hardy is the top running back for Southern Miss, rushing for 426 yards and two touchdowns.  Ryan Balentine leads the receiving corps with 24 catches for 323 yards and three touchdowns.
• The Golden Eagles will be without leading tackler Korey Williams, who suffered a season-ending knee injury two weeks ago against Virginia.
• Ronnie Thornton is the second-leading tackler for Southern Miss, recording 33 stops and 3.5 tackles for a loss.  James Collins has recorded an incredible nine tackles for a loss, while Cordarro Law has 8.5.  Four of Law's tackles for a loss have come from sacks.  Law has 40.5-career tackles for a loss, which are the most in the country by an active player.

Navy Rallies From 18 Down In  The Fourth, But Suffers OT Loss To Air Force
• Tim Jefferson scored a one-yard touchdown and Parker Herrington kicked the extra-point to give Air Force a 35-34 overtime victory over Navy in front of 37,506 fans at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• Herrington's extra-point was the game-winner thanks to a controversial unsportsmanlike conduct penalty called by back judge David Vaughan of the Big 12 Conference against Navy quarterback Kriss Proctor after Proctor had scored a touchdown on Navy's first possession in overtime. Jon Teague, who was pushed back 15 yards on his extra-point try, kicked the ball low and it was blocked by Alex Means.
• It was a topsy-turvy game with the Falcons dominating the first quarter and Navy dominating the fourth.
• Air Force jumped out to a 14-0 lead with touchdowns the first two times it had the ball.  Jefferson hit Ty MacArthur with a 52-yard touchdown pass on Air Force's first possession and then Jefferson scored from the two on the Falcons second possession.
• The Mids cut the lead to 14-3 on their second drive, moving 61 yards in 10 plays, but Navy bogged down in the red zone and had to settle for a 25-yard field goal.  
• The Navy defense, however, could not stop Air Force as the Falcons answered with an eight-play, 75-yard touchdown drive with tailback Asher Clark scoring from 23 yards out to give Air Force a 21-3 lead.
• Navy moved the ball back down the field on an impressive 18-play, 74-yard drive, but once again couldn't score a touchdown in the red zone when Proctor was dropped for a loss of two on third-and-four from the Air Force seven.  Teague compounded matters by missing a 26-yard field goal.
• The Mids made it 21-10 early in the third quarter when Proctor scored on a two-yard run and it looked like momentum had swung Navy's way when, three plays later, Wesley Cobb was hit by Jared Marks and fumbled. The ball was recovered by Jabaree Tuani and Navy took over at the Air Force 38.
• After picking up a first down, Proctor missed a read and was dropped for a loss of four yards and then slot back Bo Snelson was called for intentional grounding on a halfback pass to short circuit the Navy drive.
• The Falcons looked to have put the final nail in Navy's coffin with an eight-play, 89-yard drive that was finished off by Clark's six-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter to give Air Force a 28-10 lead.
• Navy, though, moved 62 yards on 14 plays with Proctor scoring from the seven to cut Air Force's lead to 28-17.
• After the Navy defense held Air Force to a three-and-out, the Mids went 73 yards in 16 plays with Teague making a 37-yard field goal to make the score 28-20 with 2:04 left.
• With two timeouts left Navy had to go for the onside kick and Teague pulled off a beauty as the ball took a perfect bounce into the hands of Navy wide receiver Brandon Turner giving Navy the ball at the Air Force 41.
• The Mids quickly moved down the field and scored with just 19 seconds left on a five-yard touchodwn pass from Proctor to junior slot back Gee Gee Greene, who made a beautiful one-handed catch.  Navy had to go for two to tie the game and Proctor did a masterful job of running the double option, pitching to fullback Alexander Teich at the last second and Teich dove inside the left pylon to tie the game at 28.
• Air Force won the toss and elected to go on defense first.  Teich picked up a first down on third-and-one and then Proctor picked up another on fourth-and-two. On the next play Proctor took it in from the one to give Navy a six-point lead.
• After the play, Proctor was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct as he said something to AF safety Jon Davis.  The 15-yard penalty moved the extra-point back to the 18-yard line and Alex Means blocked Teague's PAT try.  
• Five plays later Jefferson scored the tying touchdown and Herrington's PAT gave the Falcons the win.
• Navy dominated the game statistically, outrushing (334-223) and outgaining (466-359) the Falcons.  Navy had the ball for 40:46 compared to Air Force's 19:14.
• Teich led Navy with 148 yards on 35 carries, while Proctor had 134 yards and three touchdowns on 37 carries.  Proctor completed 14 of his 24 pass attempts for 132 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Brye French led the Navy defense with six tackles and a tackle for a loss, while Matt Brewer, Matt Warrick and Jared Marks had five tackles each.  

Lots Of Points
• The 69-combined points by Navy and Air Force were the most in series history.
• The 35 points scored by Air Force are the most points scored by the Falcons against Navy since 2002 when the Falcons won, 48-7.
• The 34 points scored by Navy are the most points the Mids have scored against Air Force since 1978 when Navy defeated Air Force, 37-8.

Mids Set Two School Records Against The Falcons
• Navy set school records for offensive plays (105) and rushes (80) in the Mids' 35-34 overtime loss to Air Force.
• The NCAA record for the most offensive plays by one team in a game is 115 set by Northwestern against Auburn in the 2010 Capital One Bowl.  Northwestern lost that game, 38-35.

Bouncing Back
• Since 2003, Navy owns a 25-7 (.781) record in games following a loss.  The Mids are 11-3 (.786) under Niumatalolo following a loss.  
• Prior to their losses against South Carolina and Air Force, the Mids had not lost two-straight games in three years.  
• The Mids have not lost three-straight since 2002.  

The Red Zone
• Navy has made 15 trips inside the red zone in its four games this season, scoring 13 times (.867), including 10 touchdowns (.667).
• Dating back to last year, Navy has scored on 48 of its last 52 drives in the red zone (.923), with 42 (.808) of those scores resulting in touchdowns.
• The Navy defense has allowed 10 red zone scores in 14 opportunities (.714), with nine of the scores resulting in touchdowns (.643).  
• The Mids are currently tied for 15th in the country in red zone defense.

The Key to Victory:  30 Points
• The Mids own a 49-7 (.875) record over the last nine years when scoring 30 or more points in a game.   
• Navy is 19-3 (.864) under Niumatalolo when scoring 30 or more points.
• The Mids scored 30 or more points seven times in 2003 (7-0), four times in 2004 (4-0), seven times in 2005 (6-1), five times in 2006 (5-0), 11 times in 2007 (8-3), six times in 2008 (5-1), six times in 2009 (6-0), seven times in 2010 (6-1) and three times so far in 2011 (2-1).
• Navy is 10-20 (.667) over the last nine years when allowing 30 or more points in the game.  
• The Mids gave up 30 or more points three times in 2003 (1-2), once in '04 (0-1), five times in '05 (2-3), twice in '06 (0-2), eight times in '07 (3-5), three times in '08 (0-3), twice in '09 (1-1), four times in 2010 (2-2) and once so far in 2011 (0-1).

Forcing Turnovers
• The Navy defense has done a great job of forcing turnovers in its four games, coming up with five fumbles and four interceptions.  
• Last year, Navy forced 23 turnovers in 13 games
• Navy's five fumble recoveries on the year are tied for the 25th most in the country.  Last year, Navy finished tied for third in the country in fumble recoveries with 16.    
•    The Mids are tied for 21st in the country in turnover margin, averaging +0.8 per game.
• Over the last two seasons, Navy is 8-0 when winning the turnover battle.



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