Oct. 17, 2007
Navy vs. Princeton Game Notes
Navy Midshipmen (3-0, 1-0 CSFL) vs. Princeton Tigers (0-4, 0-2 CSFL)
Date: Friday, Oct. 19, 2007
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m.
Stadium: Rip Miller Field (3,500)
City: Annapolis, Md.
All-Time Series: Navy leads, 61-9-4
Streak: Navy, 9
Last Meeting: Navy 58, Princeton 0 (Oct. 20, 2006; Princeton, N.J.)
Navy Hosts Princeton in Lone Home Game of Year on Friday
The Navy sprint football team (3-0, 1-0 CSFL) will play host to Princeton (0-4, 0-2 CSFL) in its only home game of the 2007 slate this Friday night at 7 p.m. on Rip Miller Field. The Midshipmen have won nine straight over the Tigers, holding them scoreless over the last 123:18, dating back to the 2004 season. Meanwhile, Navy's offense has rolled against Princeton, scoring over 50 points in each of the last-six meetings, averaging 69.2 points per game.
Navy Defeats Defending CSFL Champion Cornell, 35-14, in Pride Bowl
Navy middle linebacker Tyler Hawkins (So./Canyon Country, Calif.) spearheaded the defensive effort with a career-best 17 tackles as the Midshipmen defeated defending CSFL champion Cornell, 35-14, in Pride Bowl XXIX at Kean Alumni Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
With the win, Navy improved to 3-0 on the year, 1-0 in CSFL play and recorded its 300th victory in its 62-year program history (300-62-9). The Midshipmen also maintained their perfect record all-time (7-0) in Pride Bowl play.
Navy's offense out-gained Cornell, 470-239, despite running 10 fewer plays than its opposition. The Midshipmen held the Big Red, who entered the game averaging 201.5 yards per game, to just 105 yards on the ground.
Nate Stewart (So./Fitzgerald, Ga.) led Navy's 280-yard rushing attack with nine carries for 96 yards and a touchdown. Richard Engel (Sr./Medford, N.J.) produced 67 yards on eight rushing attempts and a touchdown, while running back Enrique Harris (Jr./Crawfordville, Fla.) churned out 50 yards on eight rushes.
Through the air, D.J. Green (Jr./Indianapolis, Ind.) was an efficient 12-for-22 with 185 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions. Green found wide receiver Todd Barriger (Sr./Prescott, Mich.) four times for 56 yards, while fellow wide receiver Tommy Tellson (Jr./Bedford, Texas) hauled in three passes for 25 yards.
In addition to Hawkins's 17 tackles and 1.5 tackles for a loss, linebacker Emery Persinger (Fr./Cheswick, Pa.) delivered nine tackles, one for a loss and forced a fumble in reserve duty. Defensive lineman Justin Nabozna (Jr./Hershey, Pa.) made 1.5 tackles for a loss of seven yards and blocked a pass, while defensive back Jarred Tate (So./Las Vegas, Nev.) broke up three pass attempts and defensive back James Campbell (Jr./Kansas City, Mo.) picked off a pass near Navy's endzone late in the second quarter.
Last Meeting ... Navy 58, Princeton 0
The Navy sprint football team scored touchdowns on six of its first-seven possessions in rolling to a 58-0 win over Princeton on Friday, Oct. 20, 2006, at Princeton Stadium.
The game was delayed 30 minutes prior to the start due to a power outage caused by strong winds earlier in the day.
Navy jumped out to a 28-0 lead in the opening quarter and carried a 49-0 advantage into halftime. The Midshipmen had gained 295 yards of total offense in the opening 30 minutes, while the Tigers were held to 23 yards on offense. Navy did not attempt a pass during the second half, gaining its entire yardage in the second half on the ground.
The Midshipmen finished the game with 432 yards of total offense, 324 of which came from the rushing game on 52 carries (6.2 ypc). Meanwhile, Navy's defense held Princeton to 64 yards of offense and only one first down, which came with less than two minutes remaining in the third quarter. The Tigers were held to -10 yards rushing on 15 attempts (minus-0.7 ypc) and 74 yards through the air on 14-of-36 passing.
Navy Reaches 300 All-Time Wins
The Navy sprint football program recorded its 300th victory in program history on Sunday, Oct. 7, when it defeated Cornell, 35-14, in Pride Bowl XXIX. The 62-year old program owns an all-time mark of 300-62-9, good for an .821 winning percentage.
Home Sweet Home
Navy enters Friday night on a 16-game winning streak at home in Annapolis. Navy's last loss on its home field came against Army on Nov. 10, 2000, with a 31-24 setback on Rip Miller Field. Since then, the Midshipmen have won the last-16 games by an average of 31.1 points per game, including four shutouts. Navy sports an all-time record of 147-23-6 (.852) in Annapolis.
Engel Approaching Career Rushing Touchdowns Record
Navy senior running back Richard Engel (Medford, N.J.) enters this week's action tied for fourth on the career rushing touchdowns list with Gregory Sawyer (1973-76), only two shy of matching the record of 23 touchdowns held by Matt Sobecki (1994-97)
In 20 career games, Engel has found the endzone on 21 occasions. The product of Medford, N.J., opened the year with a two-touchdown effort at Frostburg State JV on Sept. 9. He has scored two touchdowns in four of the last-six contests.
One year ago, Engel led the CSFL in rushing with 659 yards and nine touchdowns on 115 carries (5.7 ypc). Engel became the first Navy running back to win the rushing title since Sobecki churned out 984 yards in 1997.
The Kicks Are Up and Good!
Navy kicker David Reifenberg (So./Ft. Wayne, Ind.) connected on three of his four field goal attempts in a 30-17 win over Army in the Allegiance Bowl. The three field goals made matched the program record shared by four other performances, with the most recent coming from the right foot of Joey Bullen against Army on Nov. 5, 2004. Reifenberg has made five field goals on the year, one shy of tying Bullen (2004) and Andrew Mullen (1979) for fourth on the all-time list.
You'll Have Nothing and Like It
Navy's defense opened the 2007 campaign with a dominating performance at Frostburg State JV, posting -34 yards rushing and 36 yards of total offense. The -34 rushing yards were the fewest allowed by a Navy defense since 1996, while the 36 yards allowed on offense were tied for the second-fewest within the last-12 years. Only Navy's 28-yard allowance at Cornell on Oct. 23, 2000, topped the Midshipmen performance in their 2007 season opener.
Domination on Both Sides of the Ball
Navy put together a complete effort over Frostburg State JV to open the season on Sept. 9, totaling 466 yards on offense while limiting the Bobcats to a meager 36 yards. The 430-yard differential in total offense ranks as the second-highest since 1996, as the Midshipmen out-gained Princeton by 664 yards (704-40) in a 98-0 drubbing on Oct. 21, 2005.
In their last 58 games, the Midshipmen defense has held the opposition to 20 or fewer points on 45 occasions, coming away victorious in 44 of those contests. Prior to a 16-10 setback in overtime last season at Cornell, the last time Navy lost a game in which its defense yielded less than 21 points came on Oct. 23, 1998, dropping a 17-14 decision to Penn.
Thirty a Game Leaves Opponents at Bay
The Midshipmen have come away victorious in 41-straight games in which they score over 30 points. Navy has surpassed the 30-point mark in 41 of its last-82 games.
Team Scoring Streak
Navy has put points on the scoreboard in each of its last 115 games, scoring in double figures in 104 of those contests. The Midshipmen have not been shut out in a game since dropping a 12-0 decision at Princeton on Oct. 21, 1989.
Game Decided by 14+ Points, Advantage Navy
Navy has won each of the last-29 games decided by 14 or more points, dating back to its 42-10 victory over Cornell on Oct. 14, 2001, in the Pride Bowl only 39 games ago.