Report Card: Navy vs. Central Michigan

Backup quarterback Kriss Proctor replaced Ricky Dobbs, who was held out with a concussion, and rushed for 201 yards to lead the Mids over Central Michigan, 38-37. The Mids watched the Chippewas score two touchdowns in the last three minutes of the game.

Central Michigan scored with four seconds left in game and decided not to kick extra point to tie the game and send the game into overtime but instead went for the win in regulation. Chippewas quarterback Ryan Radcliffe 2-point conversion pass sailed over their receivers head through end zone as Navy held on for the one point win.




Central Michigan


Kriss Proctor completed 2 of 5 passes for 33 yards. Proctor completed his first two throws of the game. The first was a seven yard pass in flat to wide receiver Greg Jones. The second which set up Navy's first touchdown was a nice third down pass to slotback Aaron Santiago in stride for a 26-yard catch and run. Proctor misfired on his last three throws. Kriss badly overthrew a wide open Gee Gee Greene on a fourth-and-5 out pattern that ended a drive. Proctor's passing mechanics and arm strength are still suspect.
Navy rushed for 437 yards, scored five touchdowns and averaged 8.4 per carry for the second week in a row. Quarterback Kriss Proctor, filling in for Ricky Dobbs, did a terrific job handling his reads. Proctor used his speed to rush for 201 yards on 20 carries. He scored one touchdown. Fullback Alexander Teich scored two touchdowns and rushed for 55 yards. Fellow "B" back Vince Murray ran three times for 21 yards. Slotback Gee Gee Greene carried six times for 37 yards. Aaron Santiago rushed for 64 yards and opened scoring with a 31-yard touchdown run. Greg Jones set up a touchdown with a 28-yard reverse. Bo Snelson, who rushed for 28 yards and John Howell, who had a 6-yard touchdown run, have seen more reps the past few games. The offensive line dominated for the second straight week.
Navy's defense continues to hemorrhage the underneath routes as the pass defense struggles. It's bend but don't break scheme has been picked apart the past month. The Mids landed a triple last Saturday as they failed to generate pressure consistent pressure, didn't cover and missed way too many tackles. Aaron McCauley against the opponents slot receiver has been a losing battle for Navy. Cornerback Kevin Edwards had eight tackles but was usually a step late. Edwards knocked down two passes one of which hit him in the back of the helmet in the end zone after he fell down then scrambled to his feet. Quarterback Ryan Radcliffe threw 3 touchdown passes as he completed 36-of-58 passes for 394 yards. The Mid secondary never covered Cody Wilson who caught 13 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown. They didn't cover and couldn't cover tackle big tight end David Blackburn who caught four passes and twice ran over the Mids secondary to score touchdowns. Thankfully Blackburn dropped three passes. Wyatt Middleton had six tackles while De'von Richardson had four tackles and broke up a pass.
The Mids limited the ground gain of Central Michigan. Navy allowed 101 yards rushing and gave up only 3.2 yards a carry. The Chippewas ran for two touchdowns. Jabaree Tuani had five tackles, broke up a pass and had 1 1/2 sacks. Inside linebackers Max Blue, 12 tackles, and Tyler Simmons, 10 tackles, kept the Chippewas running game in check. Nose tackle Chase Burge had 3 tackles and defensive end Billy Yarbrough (4 tackles) outplayed Central Michigan's line at point of attack. Outside linebacker Jerry Haubuger made six tackles and contributed half a sack.
Kyle Delahooke had only one punt during the game and nailed a 49 yarder. Joe Buckley returned to hit his only field goal attempt from 35 yards out. Marcus Thomas had a 31-yard return and has shown good speed if he would ever get a crease. The blocking for Thomas has been mediocre. Thomas returned five kickoffs for 126 yards. The special teams coverage units did a solid job with Tra'ves Bush leading the way.
Ken Niumatalolo has to be frustrated by the Mids inability to stop anyone at home. Ivin Jasper's offense has been clicking on all cylinders the past month averaging over 45 points a game. Buddy Green defense has been lousy the last three games giving up almost 36 points per game. The scheme, hindered by poor tackling and the inability to generate consistent pressure, has been way too soft and has been picked apart.
Another tremendous offensive performance saved Navy from a potentially embarrassing defeat. The offense has been unstoppable while the defense hasn't stop anyone the past three weeks.

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