Mids to Meet Duke for the First Time Since 2010
Oct. 7, 2013
Setting the Stage
Navy and Duke will meet for the 40th time on the gridiron when they square off on Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium (33,941) in Durham. The game is scheduled to kick off at 12:30 pm.
Saturday's game will be televised by Raycom Sports / ACC Network with Steve Martin (play-by-play), Dave Archer (color) and Rachel Baribeau (analyst) on the call.
You can find a list of affiliates carrying Saturday's game by going to: http://raycomsports.com/theacc/matchCenters/view/321(.) The game will also be available on ESPN3, ESPN GamePlan and at www.theACC.com(.)
The Navy Football Tailgate Show on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM will air at 10:30 am (ET) with Graham Whaples and Joe Miller.
The Navy Football Pregame Show with Pete Medhurst, Omar Nelson and Joe Miller will get underway at 11:30 am (ET), followed by game action at 12:30 pm (ET) 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.
Looking To Go 4-1 For First Time Since 2006
Navy is looking to start its season with a 4-1 record for the first time since 2006.
In 2006, the Mids defeated East Carolina (28-23), Massachusetts (21-20) and Stanford (37-9) to start the year 3-0 before falling to Tulsa, 24-23, in overtime. The Mids bounced back from the Tulsa loss by beating Connecticut 41-17 and Air Force 24-17. They went on to post a 9-4 record and played Boston College in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
Starting slot back Geoffrey Whiteside (ankle) is expected to return after missing the Western Kentucky and Air Force games.
Starting safety Wave Ryder (head) is probable after leaving the Air Force game in the first quarter.
Starting guard Thomas Stone (knee) is out after leaving the Western Kentucky game in the first quarter.
Starting tackle Graham Vickers (head) is out for the year.
Projected starting slot back Colin Osborne is out for the year with a torn ACL in his right knee. Osborne injured his knee early in the fall and had surgery on September 12.
The Blue Devils enter Saturday's game with a 3-2 record having beaten North Carolina Central (45-0), Memphis (28-14) and Troy (38-31). Their losses were against Georgia Tech (38-14) and Pitt (58-55).
Duke features a balanced attack on offense and is ranked 46th in the country in rushing (193.0 yds/gm) and 47th in passing (258.6 yds/gm). It is 43rd in total offense (451.6 yds/gm) and 36th in scoring offense (36.0 pts/gm).
Quarterback Brandon Connette has completed 75 of his 117 pass attempts for 1,022 yards with 11 touchdowns and six interceptions. Connette's favorite target is Biletnikoff Award finalist Jamison Crowder, who has caught 37 passes for 530 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, Jeal Duncan (47-247, 2 TDs) and Josh Snead (39-245) lead the Duke rushing attack.
Connette is ranked 23rd in the country in total touchdown passes and sixth in points responsible for per game (20.4). Crowder is 16th in receiving yards, 16th in receptions per game (7.4) and 19th in receiving yards per game (106.0).
Duke's defense ranks 76th against the run (167.6 yds/gm), 69th in pass defense (232.4 yds/gm), 64th in total defense (400.0 yds/gm) and 76th in scoring defense (28.2 pts/gm).
Jeremy Cash leads the Duke defense with 51 tackles and five tackles for a loss. Kenny Anunike has 6.5 tackles for a loss. Cash is ranked 15th in the country in tackles, averaging 10.2 tackles per game.
The Blue Devils are ranked fourth nationally in net punting (42.76) and eighth in punt returns (17.0)
Crowder ranks fifth in the nation in punt returns, averaging 19.3 yards per return, and has returned a nation's-best two punts for touchdowns. Punter Will Monday ranks 15th in the country in punting, averaging 44.9 yards per punt.
Navy vs. The ACC
Navy has played the teams currently in the ACC fairly tough, posting a 128-130-8 (.496) record overall.
The Mids lead their respective series against Duke, Maryland, NC State, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
Reynolds, Defense Carry Navy To 28-10 Victory Over Air Force
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Keenan Reynolds ran for 126 yards and three touchdowns, and Navy used a strong second half to beat Air Force, 28-10.
A record crowd of 38,225 filled Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for this pivotal matchup. The previous 16 winners of this game have gone on to win the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy, awarded annually to the service academy with the best record in games involving Air Force, Navy and Army.
Navy (3-1) has won the trophy eight of the last 10 years and now the Midshipmen are poised to do it again after outscoring Air Force 21-0 in the second half.
Reynolds returned from a concussion to rush for a team-high 126 yards and throw for another 54 (6-for-10).
The Falcons led at halftime and got a solid performance from a defense that had allowed an average of 48.75 points in its previous four games, but the offense was limited to a season low in points.
After amassing 202 yards in offense in the first half, Air Force got only 111 over the final 30 minutes.
Navy opened the second half with a 75-yard drive that ended with a 38-yard touchdown run by Demond Brown for a 14-10 lead.
A series of punts followed until Air Force fullback Broam Hart was stuffed for no gain by Kwazel Bertrand on fourth-and-2 from the Navy 34 on the second play of the fourth quarter.
Reynolds then directed a 66-yard march in which he twice converted third downs, once on a 17-yard run and the other with a 12-yard completion. On the 11th play of the drive, he ran in from the 2.
Air Force's next three possessions ended in turnovers. After the second one, an interception by Chris Johnson, Reynolds ran in from the 10 with 4:37 remaining.
The Red Zone
Navy has scored on 17 of its 19 possessions (.894) in the red zone this year, scoring 14 touchdowns, kicking three field goals, missing a field goal and taking a knee to end the game in Navy's 51-7 victory over Delaware.
The opposition has scored on nine of its 11 red zone opportunities (.818), scoring nine touchdowns, throwing an interception and missing a field goal.
Inside Linebackers Cleaning Up On Tackles
Navy senior inside linebackers DJ Sargenti and Cody Peterson have been all over the field for the Navy defense this season.
Sargenti, who had never even recorded a tackle prior to this year and wasn't moved to inside linebacker (was a QB as a freshman and OLB as a sophomore and junior) until the start of fall practice, is currently ranked fifth in the nation in solo tackles per game (6.8 tackles per contest).
Peterson, the Mids' defensive captain, is ranked 12th nationally in solo tackles, averaging 6.5 per game.
Defense Stepping Up
The Navy defense is ranked 22nd in the country in scoring defense, allowing just 17.8 points per game.
The Mids have held all four opponents well below their scoring average.