Midshipmen Play Host to Temple on Senior Day
Senior Matt Harmon kicked three field goals, including a 43-yarder, in last year's win over Temple
Oct. 27, 2008
Game 9: Navy (5-3) vs. Temple (3-5)
Saturday, Nov. 1 • 3:30 p.m. • Annapolis, Md. • Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000) • CBS College Sports Network
• CBS College Sports Network — Tom Hart (play-by-play), Trev Alberts (analyst)
Radio / Internet:
• Navy Radio Network — Bob Socci (play-by-play), Omar Nelson (analyst), John Feinstein (analyst), Pete Medhurst (sideline)
• Sirius Radio — Channel 122
• XM Radio — Channel 108
• All home Navy football games are available via the internet at www.NavySports.com
• Gametracker on NavySports.com
Navy-Temple Game Data
• Navy (5-3) will play host to Temple (3-5) on Saturday in what will be the final home came for 33 Navy seniors. The seniors and their families will be honored in a pregame ceremony.
• A win by the Midshipmen would give them six wins and punch their ticket to the Dec. 20 EagleBank Bowl to be played at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC against a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
• Saturday’s contest will be nationally televised by CBS College Sports Network in high definition. The network's HD telecasts will also be simulcast on the MOJO HD channel to Comcast digital customers with HD service throughout much of Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, West Virginia, Delaware, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
• Tom Hart (play-by-play) and Trev Alberts (color) will call the action from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000) beginning at 3:30 p.m.
• The Navy Football Radio Network will provide more than six hours of coverage starting at 1:30 p.m. Eastern 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 p.m. with Bob Socci, Omar Nelson, John Feinstein and Pete Medhurst setting the scene from Annapolis, followed by game action beginning at 3:30 p.m. Sirius Radio will carry the Navy broadcast on channel 122, as well “The Best of Sirius” on XM Channel 108.
The Navy Radio Network includes of the following ...
• WNAV 1430 AM (Annapolis) | WBAL 1090 AM (Baltimore)
• WFED 1050 AM, 1500 AM, 820 AM (Washington DC)
• WTRI 1520 AM (Frederick)
• WXTG 102.1 FM (Va. Beach) | 1490 AM (Hampton Roads)
• Get the insider news by tuning in to the Navy Football Pregame Show with Bob Socci, Omar Nelson, John Feinstein and Pete Medhurst. The pregame show includes feature news on “This Date in Navy History” presented by Navy Federal Credit Union, “The Coaches Corner” presented by General Dynamics, “Keys to the Game” presented by Toyota, “Today in College Football” presented by BAE Systems, as well as interviews with head coach Ken Niumatalolo and select players.
• New to this year’s radio line-up is a 60-minute postgame show on 1430 WNAV. Recapping the day’s events will be Pete Medhurst and Joe Miller live from the Superintendent’s tent in the southwest corner of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• Pregame festivities will get underway Saturday at 1:15 p.m. with the Navy Football Team Walk.
• Originating at the Blue Angel in the southwest corner of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial 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 3:06 p.m., followed by the senior day festivities beginning at 3:22 p.m.
• Saturday’s fly-over features a Navy C-130T Hercules, the Navy’s largest cargo aircraft. The C-130 is flown exclusively by five Navy Reserve squadrons. This aircraft is flown by the “Capital Express” of VR-53, a squadron based nearby at Andrews Air Force Base. VR-53 flies passengers and cargo worldwide in support of our Sailors and Marines at home and deployed overseas
• The Pilots of the aircraft are Cmdr. Karin Kulinski, Commanding Officer of VR-53 and USNA Class of 1989 and Lt. Cmdr. Rob Stanley, USNA Class of 1998. The Flight Engineer is Chief Lonnie Gilbreath and the Loadmaster is Chief Nick Goldstein. Members of VR-53 are currently detached to Atsugi, Japan in support of our Pacific Forces, and will be deploying next month to the Persian Gulf. Ladies and gentlemen, the Capital Express and the mighty Hercules!
Navy Receives Votes in AP Poll
• Navy received two votes in this week's Associated Press Top 25 Poll.
• Navy has not been ranked in the top 25 since the end of the 2004 season when the Mids (10-2) finished 24th in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls.
• Ball State (8-0), who defeated Navy 35-23 on Sept. 5, is ranked 18th in the country. Meanwhile, Navy opponents Pitt (Navy lost 42-21), Notre Dame (The Mids face the Irish on Nov. 15) and Air Force (Navy won 33-27) are also receiving votes.
Honoring the Class of 2009
• On Saturday, Navy will honor its 33 senior players and their families in a pregame ceremony.
Navy’s senior class: Co-captain Jarod Bryant (Hoover, Ala.), Tyree Barnes (Hampton, Va.), Ketric Buffin (Rowlett, Texas), Jeff Deliz (Clinton Township, Mich.), Jerry Feehery (Wallingford, Pa.), Anthony Gaskins (West Orange, N.J.), Sander Gossard (Harrington Park, N.J.), Ryan Griffith (Columbia, Md.), Matt Harmon (Greenville, S.C.), Alex Horne (Lexington, N.C.), Corey Johnson (Anderson, Ind.), Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada (Kapolei, Hawai’i), Eric Kettani (Kirtland, Ohio), Rashawn King (Raleigh, N.C.), John Maddox (Manasquan, N.J.), Andrew McGinn (Marietta, Ga.), Ricky Moore (North Beach, Md.), Casey Nichols (The Woodlands, Texas), Artie Pauls (Chicago, Ill.), Chad Peterson (Armwood, Fla.), Scott Reider (LaPorte, Ind.), Will Scarle (Tampa, Fla.), Curtis Sharp (Columbia, S.C.), Greg Shinego (Port St. Lucie, Fla.), Jared Smearman (Carthage, N.C.), Kevin Snyder (Burtonsville, Md.), Greg Sudderth (Lilburn, Ga.), Joe Taylor (Montross, Va.), Joey Taylor (Carrollton, Texas), T.J. Thiel (Plymouth, Minn.), Mike Von Bargen (Reading, Ohio), Michael Walsh (Newtown, Pa.) and Shun White (Memphis, Tenn.).
• The senior class has the potential to go down in the record books as one the greatest in school history depending on the outcome of its final five games.
• The Class of 2009 has compiled a 30-16 (.652) record, won three-straight Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies and has participated in three-straight bowl games.
• With wins in their final five games (Temple, Notre Dame, Northern Illinois, Army and a possible bowl game), the senior class would tie the Class of 2007 and ‘08 for the second-most wins in school history (35), would win four-straight Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies (joining the classes of 2007 and ‘08), would own two victories over Notre Dame (first time since the Class of 1964 beat Notre Dame three times) and would have two bowl wins.
• Navy clinched a fifth-straight winning season a year ago by defeating Northern Illinois, 35-24.
• It marked the first time Navy has strung together five-straight winning seasons since 1978-82.
• If the Mids can win at least seven games this year, it will be the first time since 1952-61 (10 in a row) that they have put together six-straight winning seasons.
• Additionally, a win by the Midshipmen on Saturday would secure a bid to play a team out of the Atlantic Coast Conference in the EagleBank Bowl slated for Dec. 20 at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC.
• Temple enters Saturday’s contest with a 3-5 record that very easily could be 5-3.
• The Owls have defeated Army (35-7), Miami of Ohio (28-10) and Ohio (14-10), while losing to Connecticut (12-9 in overtime), Buffalo (30-28 on the last play of the game), Penn State (45-3), Western Michigan (7-3) and Central Michigan (24-14).
• Temple is ranked 110th nationally in rushing offense (98.3), 104th in passing offense (152.9), 118th in total offense (251.1) and 115th in scoring offense (16.8). The Owls are ranked 67th nationally in rush defense (142.6), 64th in pass defense (209.0), 61st in total defense (351.6) and 25th in scoring defense (18.1).
• The Owls are the nation’s leader in kickoff returns, averaging 29.0 yards per return.
• Travis Shelton is ninth in the country in kickoff returns, averaging 29.7 yards per return.
Navy Vs. the Mid-American Conference
• The Midshipmen are 16-13 (.552) all-time against current members of the Mid-American Conference.
• Temple is the second MAC opponent Navy has faced this year. Undefeated and nationally-ranked Ball State (8-0) dropped the Mids, 35-23, in the second week of the season in Muncie, Ind.
• The Midshipmen will also face a much-improved Northern Illinois football team in Dekalb, Ill. on Nov. 25.
• Navy has faced Temple more times than any other member of the MAC and this year’s battle will break the series tie which currently sits at 4-4.
Dobbs Dominates in Win over SMU
• Third-string quarterback Ricky Dobbs (So./Douglasville, Ga.) came off the bench in relief of an injured Jarod Bryant (Sr./Hoover, Ala.) and rushed for 224 yards and four touchdowns on 42 carries to lead Navy to a 34-7 rout of SMU at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• The game was played in a soaking rain with wind gusts up to 39 miles per hour, but it didn’t seen to bother the Midshipmen as they dominated the game on both sides of the ball.
• Navy won despite becoming the first team in the FBS to not attempt a pass in a game since Ohio defeated Akron in 1997.
• The Navy defense held SMU to just three yards of total offense on its first three possessions as the Mids jumped out to a 20-0 first quarter lead.
• Senior slot back Shun White (Memphis, Tenn.) became just the eighth Navy player in school history to crack the 2,000-yard barrier on his 23-yard touchdown run to give Navy a 7-0 lead.
• Dobbs entered the game on Navy’s next possession after Bryant left the game with a shoulder injury and scored on a two-yard run to make it 13-0. Matt Harmon (Sr./Greensville, S.C.), however, had his streak of made extra-points end at 70 when his try hit the upright.
• On the Mids’ third possession of the game, Dobbs pushed Navy’s lead to 20-0 on a five-yard run. He capped off the first half scoring on a one-yard run early in the second quarter to give Navy a 27-0 lead at the half.
• Dobbs scored his fourth touchdown with 13:20 left in the game on a seven-yard run to make the final score, 34-7.
• Dobbs’ 224 yards rushing are the 12th most in school history and the fourth most by a quarterback. His 42 rushing attempts are tied for the fourth-most in school history.
• Wyatt Middleton (So./Norcross, Ga.) and Corey Johnson (Sr./Anderson, Ind.) led the Navy defense with four tackles each, while senior Jeff Deliz (Clinton Township, Mich.) picked off his second-career pass. Nate Frazier (Jr./Atlanta, Ga.) and Matt Nechak (Jr./Canoga Park, Calif.) each recorded a sack and two tackles for a loss.
• The defense held SMU to -13 yards rushing, which are the fewest rushing yards in a game against Navy since 1978 when Navy held Pitt to -28 yards rushing in a 21-11 Navy victory.
• SMU managed just 144 yards of total offense, which are the fewest yards allowed by Navy since 1997 when the Mids held Army to 87 yards of total offense in a 39-7 rout.
Turn Heat Up When Temperatures Drop
• Over the last five years, the Navy football team has turned in an 18-6 (.750) record in games played after Oct. 31, winning 11 of the last 13 games.
• The Mids are averaging 38.2 points per games in games played in November and December over the last five years (916 points in 24 games), including 45 points per game in five games last year (225 points).
• Navy’s three losses this year have come at the hands of teams with a combined record of 17-5 (.773). The Mids have lost to Pitt (5-2), 20th-ranked Ball State (8-0) and Duke (4-3).
• Navy owns victories over Wake Forest (4-3) and Air Force (6-2).
Dobbs Enjoys Career Day
• Sophomore quarterback Ricky Dobbs (Douglasville, Ga.) rushed for 224 yards and four touchdowns on 42 carries in Navy’s 34-7 victory over SMU.
• He is the first Navy quarterback to rush for over 200 yards in a game since Brian Madden carried the ball 33 times for 201 yards against Tulane on Nov. 10, 2001.
• He is only the fifth different quarterback in school history to top 200 yards rushing, joining Madden, Brian Broadwater, Chris McCoy (five times) and Alton Grizzard.
• His 224 yards rushing are the 12th most in school history and the fourth most by a quarterback.
• It is also the ninth most in the FBS this season, including the most by a quarterback.
• His four rushing touchdowns are tied for the second most in school history, while the 42 carries are tied for the third most.
Stopping the Run
• Navy has held three of its opponents this year to under 50 yards rushing in a game.
• SMU was held to -13 yards on 11 carries in Navy’s 34-7 victory, the Mids held Towson to just 30 yards rushing on 26 carries in Navy’s 41-13 rout of the Tigers and Navy held Wake Forest to 43 yards on 31 carries in Navy’s 24-17 victory over the then 16th-ranked Demon Deacons.
Passing On the Pass
• Navy tied a school record with 77 rush attempts (Navy also ran the ball 77 times against Delaware in 1996) in the 34-7 victory over SMU.
• Even more remarkable, the Mids did not throw a pass in a game for the first time in more than 60 years (game totals date back to 1948)
• Navy is the first team in the FBS to not throw a pass in a game since Ohio ran the ball 61 times and did not attempt a pass on Oct. 25, 1997, in a 21-17 victory over Akron.
• All three Service Academies have won a game this year without completing a pass. Air Force defeated Houston despite going 0-7 through the air and Army beat Eastern Michigan despite going 0-3 through the air.