Navy Travels West for Inaugural Meeting Against San Jose State
Nov. 14, 2011
Setting the Stage
• Navy and San Jose State will meet for the first time in series history when they square off on Saturday at Spartan Stadium (30,456). Kickoff is set for 4:00 pm (ET), 1:00 pm in San Jose.
• This will be Navy’s first regular-season game in the state of California since 2006 when the Mids defeated Stanford, 37-9.
• ESPN3 will broadcast the game with Shawn Kenney (play-by-play) and Drew Henson calling the action.
• The Navy Football Tailgate Show on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM will air at 2:00 pm with Pete Medhurst, Joe Miller and Wylie Baker live from the 1430 WNAV Studios.
• The Navy Football Pregame Show with Bob Socci and Omar Nelson will get underway at 3:00 pm (ET), followed by game action at 4:00 pm on the Navy Radio Network and Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 134 on Sirius).
• 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.
• The Mids will be looking to complete a “November to Remember” on Saturday at San Jose State. The Mids owned a 2-6 record after losing at Notre Dame on Oct. 29, but have bounced back to defeat Troy (42-14) and SMU (24-17) in the last two weeks. Navy needs victories over San Jose State on Saturday and Army on Dec. 10 to qualifty for a ninth-straight bowl game.
• Navy has won five-straight games in November. The Mids’ last November loss was on Nov. 28, 2009, when Navy lost at Hawai’i, 24-17. Navy is 20-5 (.800) in the month of November since 2003, including a 9-2 (.818) record under head coach Ken Niumatalolo. Three of the five November losses since 2003 were to Notre Dame.
• Navy’s six losses this year have come at the hands of South Carolina (8-2), Air Force (5-5), Southern Miss (9-1), Rutgers (7-3), East Carolina (4-6) and Notre Dame (7-3), who have a combined record of 40-20 (.667). Four of the six losses (South Carolina by three, Air Force by one, Rutgers by one and East Carolina by three) have been by a combined eight points.
• Navy has played three opponents that are currently ranked in the Top 25 (No. 14 South Carolina, No. 22/20 Southern Miss and No. 24/25 Notre Dame). Five of Navy’s nine opponents are bowl eligible.
• Eight of Navy’s 10 opponents to date have a .500 or better record. Navy’s opponents are 59-39 (.602) on the year and the Mids have played the 28th-toughest schedule in the country based on the records of the opposition. Western Kentucky is 5-1 in the Sun Belt and just a half a game behind first-place Arkansas State. South Carolina is 6-2 and just a half game behind Georgia for first place in the SEC East, Southern Miss is in first place at 5-1 in the East Division of Conference USA and Rutgers is 3-2 and just a half game behind first-place Cincinnati in the Big East.
• Navy has missed at least one kick (PAT or field goal) in seven of its 10 games this year, including five-straight contests in the month of October.
• Navy is the least penalized team in the country, averaging 2.56 penalties per game. San Jose State is second in the country, averaging 3.50.
• Senior quarterback Kriss Proctor has five-career 100-yard rushing days, which are the seventh most in school history for a quarterback. He is just one behind Craig Candeto and Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada for fifth.
• Senior defensive end Jabaree Tuani has 38.5-career tackles for a loss, the third most in school history. He is just 3.5 behind second-place David Mahoney (2003-06) and 5.5 behind record-holder Andy Person (2002-05).
• Tuani has recorded 14 sacks in his career, which is tied with John Chan for the fourth most in school history. He is just two sacks behind Tyler Tidwell (2004-06) for third on the list.
• Navy fresham outside linebacker Paul Quessenberry is the brother of San Jose State’s starting left tackle, David Quessenberry.
Scouting San Jose State
• The Spartans enter Saturday’s contest with a 3-7 record. San Jose State owns victories over New Mexico State, Colorado State and Hawai’i, while the losses have come at the hands of Stanford, UCLA, Nevada, BYU, Louisiana Tech, Idaho and Utah State.
• Sophomore wide recevier Noel Grigsby is 13th in the country in catches per game, averaging 7.4 receptions per contest, James Orth is tied for 15th in interceptions, averaging 0.4 per game. Punter Harrison Waid is 21st in punting average (43.3) and Travis Johnson is tied for 13th in sacks per game (0.8).
• San Jose State ranks 108th in rushing offense (104.1), 35th in passing offense (261.4), 83rd in total offense (365.5) and 85th in scoring offense (24.0).
• Defensively, the Spartans are 103rd against the run (202.5), 65th against the pass (229.0), 96th in total defense (431.5) and 93rd in scoring defense (31.6).
The Golden State
• Navy has 14 players on its roster from the state of California, which is tied with North Carolina for the third-most players by state among the 25 states represented on Navy’s roster. Texas and Florida are tied for first with 20.
• Those hailing from Calfornia include: junior guard Josh Cabral (Rancho Santa Margarita), freshman long snapper Joe Cardona (El Cajon), freshman wide receiver Sam Holguin (Pacific Palisades), sophomore kicker Brynmor Hughes (San Diego), senior outside linebacker Hal Hunter (San Diego), freshman wide receiver James King (Orinda), sophomore center Nolan O’Sullivan (Valencia), sophomore kicker Stephen Picchini (Moorpark), senior quarterback Kriss Proctor (Big Bear City), freshman outside linebacker Paul Quessenberry (Carlsbad), senior outside linebacker Eric Stein (Carpinteria), freshman offensive tackle Will Strauss (Brentwood), sophomore linebacker Michael Tuimavave (Daly City) and sophomore offensive tackle Graham Vickers (Diamond Bar).
• Saturday’s game at San Jose State will be just the 12th regular-season game the Mids have played in the state of California in 131 years of Navy football. Counting bowl games, this will be Navy’s 18th game in the state of California.
• Navy’s first trip West of the Mississippi was in 1923 when the Mids played Washington to a 14-14 tie in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Navy’s first regular-season game West of the Mississippi was 1947 when Navy traveled to Berkeley to face California in the season opener (Navy lost, 14-7).
• Navy has also played regular-season games in California in 1949 (42-20 loss at USC), 1954 (25-0 win at Stanford), 1957 (21-6 win at Cal), 1962 (13-6 loss at USC), 1964 (27-13 loss at Cal), 1965 (7-7 tie at Stanford), 1983 (42-13 win over Army in Pasadena), 1994 (56-14 loss at San Diego State), 1997 (45-31 loss at San Diego State) and 2006 (37-9 win at Stanford).
• Besides the Rose Bowl in 1923, the Mids have also played in the 1978 Holiday Bowl in San Diego (23-16 win over BYU), 2004 Emerald Bowl in San Francisco (34-19 win over New Mexico), 2005 Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego (51-30 win over Colorado State), 2007 Poinsettia Bowl (35-32 loss to Utah) and the 2010 Poinsettia Bowl (35-14 loss at San Diego State).
Navy Plays Best All-Around Game of the Year in 24-17 Win at SMU
• Senior quarterback Kriss Proctor rushed for 107 yards on 17 carries, while senior fullback Alexander Teich added 90 yards on 21 carries to lead Navy to a huge 24-17 victory at SMU in front of 21,080 at Ford Stadium in Dallas.
• The Mids won the game despite not completing a pass on just two attempts.
• Junior slot back Gee Gee Greene added 67 yards and a touchdown on eight carries, while junior slot back John Howell and senior slot back Mike Stukel also had touchdowns.
• The Navy defense was fantasic all day, holding the prolific SMU offense to 386 yards of total offense, including just 249 yards through the air.
• Junior outside linebacker Tra’ves Bush recorded nine tackles and a tackle for a loss, while junior linebacker Matt Brewer had nine stops and a pass break-up and junior linebacker Matt Warrick had seven tackles and a key pass break-up on fourth down.
• Junior outside linebacker Brye French had six tackles and a sack, while senior defensive end Jabaree Tuani had three tackles for a loss and a sack. Junior corner David Sperry made six tackles and picked off an SMU pass in the end zone, while freshman safety Chris Ferguson came up with his second pick of his career.
• Senior kicker Jon Teague made a 39-yard field goal into a stiff wind while converting on all three extra-points, while senior punter Pablo Beltran averaged 41.7 yards per punt on his three punts, killing all three inside the 20 and allowing just one return for minus one yard.
• Navy has had 23 different players make their first-career starts this year, including 15 on defense.
• Navy has had at least one player make their first-career start in nine of the 10 games this year.
• Delaware: Sophomore Matt Aiken-WR, senior David Sumrall-OT, sophomore Alex Doolittle-NG, sophomore Jamel Dobbs-DE, senior Jarred Shannon-OLB, junior Matt Brewer-LB, senior Mason Graham-OLB, sophomore Shawn Lynch-FS, junior David Sperry-CB.
• Western Kentucky: Senior Jared Marks-NG, sophomore Keegan Wetzel-OLB.
• South Carolina: Junior John Howell-SB, junior Brye French-OLB.
• Air Force: junior Andrew Barker-OT, junior Wes Henderson-DE.
• Southern Miss: Senior Delvin Diggs-FB.
• Rutgers: Freshman Chris Ferguson-FS.
• East Carolina: Junior Josh Dowling-Fitzpatrick-DE, sophomore Jonathan Wev-CB.
• Notre Dame: Sophomore Trey Miller-QB, freshman Parrish Gaines-CB
• SMU: Sophomore Casey Bolena-WR, sophomore offensive tackle Graham Vickers
First Half The Key
• In Navy’s four wins, it has outscored the opposition 91-17 in the first half (36-0 in the first quarter, 55-17 in the second quarter).
• In the Mids’ six losses, they have been outscored 132-52 in the first half (49-10 in the first quarter, 83-42 in the second quarter).
• On the year, Navy has been outscored 149-143 in the first half.
• Meanwhile, the Mids have outscored the opposition 162-150 in the second half (including overtime).
• Navy is No. 1 in the country in fewest penalties per game (2.4) and penalty yards per game (21.0).
• In 2010, the Mids finished No. 1 in the country in fewest penalty yards per game, averaging 27.6 yards per contest, and were second in fewest penalties per game, committing just 3.4 per contest.
• In 2009, Navy was the nation’s leader in fewest penalties per game (3.4) and fewest penalty yards per game (29.6).
• The Mids finished No. 2 in the country in both categories in 2008, committing 3.15 penatlies per game and 26.77 penalty yards per game.
• Navy has had zero penalties in a game four times since 2002, including twice this year (Delaware and Rutgers).
Playing The Nation
• Navy’s schedule over the last decade has been diverse, as the Mids have played at least one team from every conference in addition to the Independents since 2000.
Big 10: Northwestern, Ohio State
Big 12: Texas Tech, Missouri
ACC: Boston College, Duke, Georgia Tech, Maryland, NC State, Wake Forest
Big East: Rutgers, Pitt, Connecticut, Temple, Boston College
SEC: Vanderbilt, South Carolina
Conference USA: Tulane, Army, Rice, TCU, Tulsa, East Carolina, SMU, Southern Miss
Sun Belt: Western Kentucky, North Texas, Arkansas State, Troy
WAC: TCU, Rice, SMU, Louisiana Tech, Hawaii, San Jose State
Mountain West: Air Force, New Mexico, Colorado State, Utah, San Diego State
MAC: Northern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, Toledo, Ball State, Temple, Kent St.
Independents: Army, Notre Dame, Connecticut, Temple
• due to conference realignment, teams are listed according to the conferences by which they belonged at the time of the contest.
• The Navy offense is ranked 12th nationally in third down efficiency, converting 70 of its 143 third downs (.490) into first downs.
• Conversely, the Navy defense is 117th in the country in third down defense, allowing the opposition to convert 66 of 126 third downs (.524). The Mids have been much better in the last two games, allowing the opponents to convert just nine of 26 third down opportunities (.346).
• All three Service Academies are in the bottom 11 in third down defense. Army is 110th (.492), Air Force is 113th (.500) and Navy is 117th (.524).
Proctor Fourth-Leading Rusher Among QBs
• Senior quarterback Kriss Proctor is the fourth-leading rusher in the country among quarterbacks, averaging 81.7 yards per game. He is 54th in the country overall.