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Navy and Rice Rekindle Series Saturday in Houston

Navy senior Jordan Stephens

Navy senior Jordan Stephens

Oct. 5, 2009

Game Specifics
Date and Kickoff Oct. 10, 2009 at 3:30 pm ET
Location Houston, Texas | Rice Stadium (47,000)
Television CBS College Sports
TV Talent Jason Knapp (play-by-play), Akbar Gbaja-Biamila (analyst)
Video Streaming None
Radio WNAV (1430 AM; Annapolis) | WBAL (1090 AM; Baltimore) | WFED (1500 AM, 820 AM; Washington, D.C.) | WZAA (1050 AM; Washington, D.C.) | WTRI (1520 AM; Frederick) | WXTG (102.1 FM; Virginia Beach, Va.) | WXTG (1490 AM; Hampton Roads) | SIRIUS Channel 156 | XM Channel 104
Radio Talent Bob Socci (play-by-play), Omar Nelson (analyst), Pete Medhurst (sideline)
Game Notes Navy | Rice
Live Stats GameTracker / www.NavySports.com

Setting the Stage
• Meeting for the 12th time, Navy (3-2) and Rice (0-5) are set to square off on Saturday in Houston in a contest that will be broadcast on CBS College Sports as part of Military Appreciation Week on the network.
• Jason Knapp (play-by-play) and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila (analyst) will call the action from Rice Stadium (47,000) beginning at 3:30 pm. (Eastern).
• The Navy Football Radio Network will provide more than six hours of coverage starting at 1:30 pm with its pregame show on 1430 WNAV (Annapolis) hosted by Pete Medhurst, Joe Miller and Wiley Baker.
• The Navy Football Pregame Show will get underway at 2:30 pm with Bob Socci, Omar Nelson, and Pete Medhurst setting the scene from Houston, followed by game action beginning at 3:30 pm. Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 156) will also carry the Navy broadcast.
• Following the contest, Pete Medhurst and Joe Miller will recap the day's events in a 60-minute postgame show live on 1430 WNAV.
• Part of a triple header, CBS College Sports will also broadcast the Vanderbilt at Army contest beginning at 12 noon (ET) and TCU at Air Force at 7:30 pm (ET).
• Leading into the triple header, CBS College Sports will air a special one-hour SALUTE TO THE ARMED FORCES at 11:00 am (ET).
• Each game will feature a special pregame presentation, highlighted by team captains from Army, Navy and Air Force presenting legendary service academy football alumni Pete Dawkins, Joe Bellino and Chad Hennings, respectively, with a football and an American flag that originated with our service men and women overseas. Dawkins, Bellino and Hennings will also be part of the network's pregame show and visit the broadcast booth during the first quarter of their game.

Saturday's Storylines
• Since 2002, Navy owns a 3-4 record the week following its annual matchup against Service Academy foe Air Force.
• Navy is vying for a record fifth-straight NCAA rushing title this year. Prior to Navy's current streak of four in a row, no team had ever won the rushing title more than twice in a row.
• Rice is the fifth team Navy has faced this fall who played in a bowl game last season.
• Navy's offense will be looking to bounce back after being held to just 209 yards of total offense against Air Force, its lowest total since 2006 (161 yards against Rutgers).
• Navy has won 33 of its last 36 games when scoring first. The Mids have lost seven of the last eight games when the opposition scores first.
• Navy is 40-5 in the triple option era (since 2002) when leading at halftime.
• Navy is 14-9 in the triple option era in games decided by six points or less.
• Navy has won 29-consecutive games when holding the opposition to 20 or fewer points.

CBS College Sports Presents Armed Forces Appreciation Week
• Part of a triple header, CBS College Sports will also broadcast the Vanderbilt at Army contest beginning at 12 noon (ET) and TCU at Air Force at 7:30 pm (ET).
• Leading into Saturday's triple header, CBS College Sports will air a special one-hour "Salute to the Armed Forces" at 11:00 am (ET).
• Each game will feature a special pregame presentation, highlighted by team captains from Army, Navy and Air Force presenting legendary service academy football alumni Pete Dawkins, Joe Bellino and Chad Hennings, respectively, with a football and an American flag that originated with our service men and women overseas. Dawkins, Bellino and Hennings will also be part of the network's pregame show and visit the broadcast booth during the first quarter of their game.
• CBS College Sports presents "Armed Forces Appreciation Week" beginning Monday thru Sunday. Programming includes classic service academy football games, vignettes about great moments in academy football, features on current and former players and original programming.
• On Friday from 7:00-7:30 pm, CBS College Sports debuts an original 30-minute special, "Inside Academy Football", which chronicles the daily routines of three football players, one from each service academy, exploring how their sport intersects, enriches and informs their lives as officers-in-training for the United States military.
• To access the full week-long programming schedule, go to www.cbscollegesports.com .
• CBS College Sports is also offering all cable and satellite affiliates and video providers a free preview of the Network from Monday thru Sunday. The free preview allows affiliates to open its signal to digital customers, providing more fans with an opportunity to watch the game broadcast and the special "Armed Forces Appreciation Week" programming.
• In addition, the American Forces Network will simulcast CBS College Sports Network's programming on Saturday, from 11:00 am - 11:00 pm to U.S. military installations overseas, which includes 175 countries and U.S. territories.

Scouting The Owls
• Rice is off to a 0-5 start against a very tough schedule. Saturday's contest against Navy marks the Owls' fifth-consecutive game played against an opponent who earned a bowl berth a year ago.
• Rice has lost to UAB (44-24), Texas Tech (55-10), Oklahoma State (41-24), Vanderbilt (36-17) and Tulsa (27-10).
• The Owls are ranked 73rd in passing offense (199.8 yds/gm), 104th in the rushing offense (99.8 yds/gm), 108th in total offense (299.6 yds/gm) and 111th in scoring offense (17.0 pts/gm).
• The Rice defense is ranked 88th in rushing defense (164.2 yds/gm), 115th in total defense (459.2 yds/gm), 117th in pass defense (295.0 yds/gm) and 118th in points per game (40.6).
• Punter Kyle Martens in No. 4 in the country (46.5 yds/ punt) and Andrew Sendejo is No. 6 in punt returns (18.2 yds/return).

The Last Time ...
Navy 41, Rice 9 Oct. 22, 2005 | Rice Stadium | Houston Texas

Tyler Tidwell recorded eight tackles, four tackles for a loss and two sacks to pace a defense that recorded six sacks and 12 tackles for a loss as Navy steadily pulled away for a 41-9 victory over Rice in front of 12,714 fans at Rice Stadium. The nine points were the least amount of points scored by the Rice offense since scoring six against Navy in 2003.
• Jake Biles added 11 tackles, Rob Caldwell had 10 stops and David Mahoney recorded nine tackles, three tackles for a loss, a sack, a fumble recovery and a pass break up, as the defense played its best game since shutting out Tulsa last year.
• Offensively, the Mids were led by junior fullback Matt Hall, who rushed for 91 yards and two touchdowns on six carries. Brian Hampton, Trey Hines and Karlos Whittaker also scored touchdowns for the Midshipmen. Whittaker's touchdown run in the third quarter was his fifth of the year, the most in school history by a freshman.

Navy vs. Conference USA
• Navy is 20-26-1 (.436) all-time against teams currently in Conference USA.
• Navy will also face Conference USA member SMU a week from Saturday, Oct. 17, in Dallas.

Defense, Buckley's Three Field Goals Leads Navy To An Overtime Victory Over Air Force
• The Navy defense completely shut down the nation's top rushing offense, while junior kicker Joe Buckley drilled three field goals, including a 38-yarder in overtime, to lead Navy to a 16-13 victory over Air Force in front of a sellout crowd of 37,820 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• The win was the seventh straight for Navy over the Falcons and it was the first OT game in Service Academy history.
• Air Force entered the game averaging 319 rushing yards per game, but was held to 183 yards by an aggressive Navy defense.
• Senior linebacker Ross Pospisil recorded a team-high 12 tackles and recovered a fumble, while junior safety Wyatt Middleton recorded eight stops and broke up two passes. Senior linebacker Tony Haberer (8 tackles, 2 tackles for a loss), senior defensive end Matt Nechak (7 tackles), sophomore defensive end Jabaree Tuani (7 tackles, 1 forced fumble), senior corner Blake Carter (7 tackles), senior outside linebacker Clint Sovie (7 tackles) and junior safety Emmett Merchant (interception) all had big games for the Mids.
• Air Force's 13 points came off an interception return for a touchdown by Anthony Wright and two field goals set up by a bad punt (27 yards) and a questionable late hit call by the Big 12 officials that wiped out a Middleton interception and would have ended the game in regulation.
• The Falcons managed just 240 yards of total offense, which are the fewest yards Air Force has gained against Navy since 1998 (236).
• The Navy offense struggled all day, managing just 173 yards on the ground and 209 yards of total offense.
• Junior quarterback Ricky Dobbs rushed for 92 yards on 23 carries, including a 13-yard touchdown run on Navy's first series.
• Junior fullback Vince Murray added a career-high 67 yards on 22 carries.
• Buckley hit a career-long 47-yard field goal with eight seconds left in the half to give Navy a 10-7 lead, drilled a 37-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to give Navy a 13-10 lead and then hit the game-winner from 38 yards in overtime.

Service Academy Dominance, Mids Go For Trophy Record in 2009
• With a 16-13 overtime victory against Air Force last Saturday, Navy established a new record for consecutive service academy wins by claiming its 14th straight.
• Navy's 14-game service academy winning streak dates back to the 2002 Army-Navy game. Over the course of the run, the Mids have outscored the opposition, 457-218 (32.6 - 15.6).
• With wins over both Air Force and Army in 2008, Navy earned its sixth consecutive Commander-In-Chief's Trophy, tying the record for consecutive trophies won set by Air Force from 1997-02.
• The Mids can win a record seventh-straight CIC Trophy with a victory over Army on Dec. 12.
• Navy owns a 54-27 (.667) record over the last seven years and have proven to be the dominant service academy team over that time span.

Converting In The Red Zone
• Navy has scored on 13 of its 16 attempts (.813) inside the red zone, with 12 of the 13 scores resulting in touchdowns (.923).
• Meanwhile, the defense has given up just 14 scores on the opposition's 19 attempts inside the red zone (.737), with only nine of those scores resulting in touchdowns (.474).

Disciplined Football
• Navy ranks No. 1 in the country in fewest penalty yards per game (24.0) and fewest penalties per game (2.8).
• Last year, Navy finished second in both penalty yards per game (26.77) and penalties per game (3.2).

Keeping The Football
• Navy has kept the football an average 33:29 per game, which is the seventh-best time of possession in the country.

 

 

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