Report Card: Navy vs. East Carolina

Navy scored the most points in a game since 1919 as they turned a close game into a second half rout of East Carolina, 76-35. Navy compiled 521 rushing yards and 596 yards of total offense. Following a first half offensive shootout, Navy led 28-21 at halftime.

After the break the Pirates imploded with four fumbles on their first five possessions that led to Navy scoring 48 second half points in a blow out win. The victory makes the Midshipmen bowl eligible for the eighth consecutive year.


Navy

76

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East Carolina

35

AREA
GRADE
COMMENTS
PASSING OFFENSE
A
Ricky Dobbs completed 6 of 8 passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns. Greg Jones had two catches for 28 yards and a five yard touchdown catch. Aaron Santiago had two catches for 33 yards. Santiago caught a 29-yard touchdown catch on a play action pass from Dobbs after a turnover to break the game open. Gee Gee Greene and Brandon Turner each contributed one catch. Navy's pass protection was excellent.
RUSHING OFFENSE
A+
Navy racked up an amazing 521yards rushing, eight touchdowns and averaged 8.4 per carry. Fullback Alexander Teich led the Mids with 14 carries for 157 yards and a 64-yard touchdown run. Fellow "B" back Vince Murray, returning from an injury, ran eight times for 68 yards and two touchdowns. Ricky Dobbs ran for 100 yards and scored one touchdown. Ricky did a terrific job reading the hapless Pirates defense. Slot back Gee Gee Greene took a toss sweep for a 12-yard touchdown run. Greene carried six times for 47 yards. A plethora of slot backs saw time including Bo Snelson, 25 yards and one touchdown; John Howell, 26 yards, and Aaron Santiago, 15 yards. Backup quarterback Kriss Proctor showed his speed rushing five times for 78 yards and two touchdowns. The offensive line dominated ECU's young defense which has struggled all year.
PASSING DEFENSE
C
Navy opened the game with the same problems they experienced against Duke's spread passing attack . Dominique Davis threw touchdown passes on the first two possessions. For the game Davis completed 43 of 65 passes for 413 yards and five touchdown passes. Cornerbacks Kwesi Mitchell, 5 tackles and Kevin Edwards, 2 tackles and a pass knockdown, once again had some trouble in coverage but did a nice job keeping the play in front of them. Wyatt Middleton had 6 tackles and forced a fumble with a huge hit on an ECU receiver. Navy didn't generate a lot of consistent pressure as they chose to drop more players into coverage.
RUSHING DEFENSE
C
The Pirates had success running at Navy which was playing two defensive backs at linebacker to defend against ECU's wide open spread passing attack. Navy allowed 154 yards rushing and gave up 6.4 yards a carry. Thankfully, Jon Williams fumbles on two consecutive series to open the second half allowed the Mids to bust the game wide open. Jubaree Tuani had four tackles and forced two fumbles. Inside linebacker Tyler Simmons continues to a tackling machine as he tied his career high of 17 tackles in a game. Simmons also recovered two fumbles. Tra'ves Bush, playing outside linebacker in Navy's dime defense, posted 14 tackles and recovered a fumble. Nose tackle Chase Burge had 2 tackles and recovered a fumble. Jerry Haubuger made six tackles and pressured Davis a few times.
SPECIAL TEAMS
B
Kyle Delahooke only had to punt once all game and hit a 40 yarder. Jon Teague had a touchback on a kickoff and hit his first two field goal attempts this year from 38 and 20 yards out. Marcus Thomas nearly broke the second kickoff for a touchdown but fumbled after a 31-yard return. Thomas returned five kickoffs for 126 yards. The special teams kickoff coverage unit looks to be reborn after struggling earlier in year. They allowed only 16.5 yards a return on 12 attempts. Punt returner Gary Myers had a fair catch.
COACHING
A
Ken Niumatalolo is now 10-1 after a loss as head coach at Navy. He always seems to get the team to respond to any adversity. Ivin Jasper had a dream game for an offensive coordinator as everything worked and the Pirates had no answers. Buddy Green decided to add two defensive backs in the mix at linebacker and made Navy more athletic and allowed them to get deeper and quicker drops. ECU's quarterback Davis had to pull down the ball a number of times and throw it away. The Mids struggled with East Carolina's passing game at times but were able to generate turnovers and a number of stops especially in the second half that turned this game into a blowout.
OVERALL GRADE
A
Simply a dominating offensive performance. East Carolina had no answers. The defense had its troubles with a very prolific passing offense but made enough plays to turn a potential shootout into a laughter.


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