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Mids Prepare for Texas Bowl Matchup Against Missouri

Dec. 15, 2009

Game Specifics
Date and Kickoff Dec. 31, 2009 at 3:30 pm ET / 2:30 pm CT (Houston)
Location Houston, Texas | Reliant Stadium (71,500)
Television ESPN
TV Talent Mark Jones (play-by-play), Bob Davie (analyst) and Quint Kessinich (sideline)
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 Satellite Radio - Ch.122 | Best of SIRIUS on XM - Ch. 143
Radio Talent Bob Socci (play-by-play), Omar Nelson (analyst), Pete Medhurst (sideline)
Game Notes Navy | Missouri
Live Stats GameTracker at

Setting the Stage
• Meeting for the third time in series history, Navy (9-4) and Missouri (8-4) are set to square off in the Texas Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 31.  The game will be televised by ESPN.
• Mark Jones (play-by-play), Bob Davie (analyst) and Quint Kessenich (sideline) will call the action from Reliant Stadium (71,500) beginning at 3:30 pm ET (2:30 CT).
• The Navy Football Tailgate Show on 1430 WNAV (Annapolis) hosted by Pete Medhurst, Joe Miller and Wiley Baker will air at 1:30 pm.
• 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 on the Navy Radio Network.  
• Following the contest, Pete Medhurst and Joe Miller will recap the day's events in a 60-minute postgame show live on 1430 WNAV and on 1500 AM in Washington, D.C.

Texas Bowl Storylines
• Navy will be making its school-record seventh-straight bowl appearance.  Prior to its current streak, Navy's longest bowl run was two - the 1980 Garden State Bowl and the 1981 Liberty Bowl.
• Navy is making its 16th bowl game appearance.  The Mids are 6-8-1 all-time in bowl games, including an 0-2 mark under Niumatalolo.  The Mids have lost three-straight bowl games, last winning the 2005 Poinsettia Bowl, 51-30, over Colorado State.
• A victory over Missouri would give Navy a school-record tying 10 wins.  Navy also won 10 games in 1905 and in 2004.
• A win by Navy in the Texas Bowl would give Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo 18 wins over his first two years, a school record for wins by a Navy head coach in his first two seasons.     
• This is the first meeting between Navy and Missouri since the 1961 Orange Bowl when the Tigers defeated Navy, 21-14.  Missouri held 1960 Heisman Trophy winner Joe Bellino to just four yards on eight carries.  Navy scored on a 98-yard fumble return by Greg Mather and a 28-yard pass from Hal Spooner to Bellino. Missouri also defeated Navy in 1948, 35-14.
• Junior quarterback Ricky Dobbs set an NCAA record for single-season rushing touchdowns by a quarterback when he scored his 24th touchdown of the 2009 campaign on a one-yard run against Army in Navy's 17-3 victory.
• Dobbs is No. 2 in the nation in touchdowns scored (24) and points per game (12.0), while ranking 15th in points responsible for per game (14.5 pts/gm).  He has scored at least one rushing touchdown in all 12 of his career starts.

Tickets Available For Texas Bowl
• Tickets for the Texas Bowl ($25-$65) can be purchased by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY, via the internet at or by stopping by the Ricketts Hall Ticket Office. 
• Fans are also asked to purchase tickets to sponsor midshipmen and enlisted personnel and their families. The Naval Academy Athletic Association will discount tickets to support this initiative from $40 to $25 in an effort to encourage support and attendance of the midshipmen and our enlisted at the game.  Navy fans unable to make the trip to Houston are encouraged to sponsor four midshipmen for $100 or two enlisted for $50.  The tax deductable donation will be administered through the NAAA ticket office.
• Anthony Travel is the official Naval Academy Texas Bowl travel agency. Travel packages include hotel accommodations at the JW Marriott (Navy team hotel). Visit and search Navy Bowl or call (800) 736-6377 to make your reservations.

Navy Bowl History
• The Texas Bowl marks Navy's 16th bowl appearance, including a school-record seventh straight. 
• Navy has future bowl agreements with the Poinsettia Bowl  in 2010, EagleBank Bowl in 2011, Emerald Bowl in 2012 and Armed Forces Bowl in 2013.
• Prior to Navy's current seven-game run of bowl appearances, the Mids played in back-to-back bowl games just once in school history (1980-81).
• Navy's current streak of seven-consecutive bowl appearances is tied as the nation's 17th-longest active streak.
• Navy owns a 6-8-1 bowl game record, dropping the last three bowls by a combined 14 points.

Navy's Bowl Game History (6-8-1)
Bowl                                  Opponent             Result
1924    Rose Bowl               Washington         T    14-14
1955    Sugar Bowl              Mississippi          W    21-0
1958    Cotton Bowl             Rice                   W    20-7
1961    Orange Bowl            Missouri              L    14-21
1964    Cotton Bowl             Texas                 L     6-28
1978    Holiday Bowl            BYU                   W    23-16
1980    Garden State Bowl    Houston             L     0-35
1981    Liberty Bowl             Ohio State          L    28-31
1996    Aloha Bowl               California           W    42-38
2003    Houston Bowl           Texas Tech          L    14-38
2004    Emerald Bowl           New Mexico        W    34-19
2005    Poinsettia Bowl         Colorado St.       W    51-30
2006    Meineke Car Care Bowl   
                                          Boston College    L    24-25
2007    Poinsettia Bowl         Utah                   L    32-35
2008    EagleBank Bowl        Wake Forest        L    19-29
2009    Texas Bowl               Missouri

Seven Consecutive Bowls, Seven Different QBs
• Navy will be making its seventh-straight appearance in a bowl game when on Dec. 31 it faces Missouri in the Texas Bowl. 
• The Mids have made seven-straight bowl games with a different quarterback handling most of the quarterback duties each year. 
• It is the first time in NCAA history that a team has made seven-straight bowl games with a different starting quarterback each year.

Seven Straight Bowl Games With A Different Starting QB
Navy - 7 consecutive bowl appearances   
2003 Houston                 Craig Candeto
2004 Emerald                 Aaron Polanco
2005 Poinsettia               Lamar Owens
2006 Meineke Car Care    Brian Hampton*    
2007 Poinsettia                K. Kaheaku-Enhada
2008 EagleBank               Jarod Bryant^
2009 Texas Bowl              Ricky Dobbs!
* Hampton started the first seven games before tearing his ACL.  Kaheaku-Enhada started four games and Jarod Bryant started the bowl game.
^ Jarod Bryant started six games at QB and played the majority of a couple of other games he didn't start, Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enearned six starts and Ricky Dobbs one.
! Ricky Dobbs started 10 of the first 12 games before getting hurt.  Kriss Proctor started two games.

Scouting The Tigers
• Missouri enters the Texas Bowl with an 8-4 record and winner of three-straight contests (Kansas State, Iowa State and Kansas).
• The Missouri offense is averaging 132.2 yards per game on the ground (81st in the country), 285 yards per game through the air (13th), 417.2 yards per game of total offense (32nd) and 30.3 points per game (33rd).
• Meanwhile, the defense is giving up 96.4 yards per game on the ground (12th), 261.6 yards per game through the air (109th), 358 yards per game of total offense (55th) and 24.6 points per game (56th).
• Quarterback Blaine Gabbert ranks 11th in the country in total offense (294.2 yds/gm).
• Wide receiver Danario Alexander ranks third in the country in receptions per game (8.9) and first in receiving yards per game (137.0).
• Kicker Grant Ressel is third in the country in field goals (2.0) and 14th in scoring (9.2 pts/gm).
• Aldon Smith is tied for 10th in the country in sacks (0.9) and tied for 11th in tackles for a loss (1.5).
Navy vs. The Big 12
• The Midshipmen own a 1-5 (.167) all-time record against current members of the Big 12 Conference.
• Navy has faced just four members of the Big 12, including Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech.
• The Mids' lone win against a Big 12 Conference member was a 10-0 shutout over Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. on Oct. 2, 1965.
• Three of the six meetings between Navy and a Big 12 member have been in the postseason.  Navy dropped a 21-14 decision to Missouri in the 1961 Orange Bowl, lost a 28-6 decision to Texas in the 1964 Cotton Bowl and was tripped up by Texas Tech, 38-14, in the 2003 Houston Bowl.

Mids Can Tie School Record For Wins
• If Navy can beat Missouri in the Texas Bowl on New Year's Eve, the Mids will tie the school record for single-season victories with 10.
• The 1905 squad set the record by finishing 10-1-1, while the 2004 team matched the wins mark behind a 10-2 run.
• Navy has won eight or more games in each of the last seven seasons. 
• The last time the Mids won nine games was in 2006 when they finished 9-4.

Senior Class Goes for Win No. 35
• If Navy can beat Missouri in the Texas Bowl on New Year's Eve, Navy's' senior class will tie the record for the second-most wins by a class in school history with 35. 
• Each of the last three classes to graduate from the Academy have won 35 games.
• The Class of 1909 set the record for wins with 36.

> Navy's senior class has ... 
• compiled a 34-18 (.654) record
• won four-straight Commander-In-Chief's Trophies
• qualified for a fourth-straight bowl game, as Navy is headed to the Texas Bowl on Dec. 31
• become the first class since the Class of 1964 to beat Notre Dame twice in their careers
• has the opportunity to tie a school-record with 10 wins by defeating Missouri in the Texas Bowl.

Navy Versus The BCS/Non-BCS
• Since 2003, Navy owns a 15-19 (.441) record against schools from a BCS conference and an impressive 45-10 record (.818) against non-BCS foes.  Navy's 15 BCS wins since 2003 are the most during that time span by a non-BCS school.
• Head coach Ken Niumatalolo is 13-4 (.765) against non-BCS squads and 4-6 (.400) against teams from a BCS Conference. 
• Navy's 15 wins against BCS schools since 2003 have come against Vanderbilt (2003), Duke (`04), Vanderbilt (`04), Rutgers (`04), Duke (`05), Stanford (`06), Connecticut (`06), Duke (`06), Duke (`07), Pitt (`07), Notre Dame (`07), Rutgers (`08), Wake Forest (`08), Wake Forest (`09) and Notre Dame (`09).

Navy Defense Dominates In 17-3 Victory Over Army
• The Navy defense kept Army out of the end zone for the third-consecutive year, while junior quarterback Ricky Dobbs ran for a touchdown and threw for another as the Mids beat the Black Knights for the eighth-consecutive time, 17-3, in front of 69,541 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The win gave Navy the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy for the seventh-straight year.  
• The Navy defense was dominant all day, allowing Army just 187 yards of total offense.  Army's only score came in the first quarter when Dobbs was intercepted by Army's Steve Erzinger at the Navy 28 and he returned it 16 yards to the Navy 12.
• Army could manage just six yards on three plays and had to settle for an Alex Carlton field goal. 
• Navy hurt itself in the first half with missed assignments and penalties, but finally settled down in the third quarter.
• Dobbs led Navy on an 11-play, 68-yard drive to start the third quarter and capped the drive by hitting a wide open Marcus Curry with a 25-yard touchdown pass to give Navy a 7-3 lead.
• The Mids made it 10-3 on their next possession, marching 55 yards on 12 plays with Joe Buckley nailing a 36-yard field goal.
• The Navy defense set up the final score with linebacker Ross Pospisil knocking the ball out of the hands of Army fullback Kingsley Ehie at the Army 32-yard line and outside linebacker Craig Schaefer picking the ball up and running it down to the Army 12-yard line.
• Four plays later Dobbs scored from the one, giving him his 24th rushing touchdown of the season, an NCAA record for a quarterback. 
• Dobbs, who was named the Philadelphia Sportswriter's Most Valuable Player, rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries and completed three of his seven pass attempts for 61 yards and a touchdown.
• Pospisil and Jabaree Tuani led the Navy defense with seven tackles and a tackle for a loss each.  Tony Haberer  recorded six tackles and a tackle for a loss, while Emmett Merchant (forced fumble, pass broken up), Chase Burge and Schaefer (fumble recovery, pass broken up) had five stops each. Ram Vela had another big day with four tackles, two tackles for a loss, a sack and an interception.

Service Academy Dominance
• With a 17-3 victory against Army on Dec. 12, Navy claimed its 15th-straight victory over a Service Academy foe. It's the longest consecutive winning streak by any of the three Service Academies.
• Over the course of the winning streak, which dates back to the 2002 Army-Navy game, the Mids have outscored the opposition, 474-221 (31.6 - 14.7).
• With wins over both Air Force and Army in 2009, Navy earned its Service Academy-record seventh-consecutive Commander-In-Chief's Trophy. 
• Navy has amassed a 60-29 (.674) overall record in the last seven years, while Air Force is a shade above .500 (44-40, .524) and Army has won just 24 percent of its games (20-63, .241). 
Service Academy Football (2003-present)
Stat                                          Navy       AFA     Army
Overall Record                          60-29    44-40    20-63
Record vs Service Academies    14-0 ^       6-8      1-13
Bowl Games                                    7           3          0
Bowl Wins                                       2           0          0
^ Navy has won 14 straight dating back to the 2002 season

Navy in the Midst of Most Dominant Era in Army-Navy Series History
• Navy's 17-3 victory over Army on Dec. 12 was its eighth-consecutive win over West Point, the longest streak in series history by either team.
• The Mids have won the eight-straight contests against Army in dominant fashion, outscoring the Black Knights 291-74 (36.4-9.3). 
• The Navy defense has not allowed an Army touchdown since the fourth quarter of the 2006 game (12-straight quarters) and has given up just two field goals over that time span.



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