Report Card: Navy vs. East Carolina

The East Carolina Pirates defeated the Navy Midshipmen 38-35 at Navy-Marine Corp Stadium. Another Navy comeback fell short as kicker Jon Teague's game tying field goal attempt banged off the right upright as time ran out. After winning their first two games this season, the Mids have lost five straight.

Pirates quarterback Dominique Davis completed all 26 of his first half passes against the Mids hapless secondary as ECU raced out to a 17-7 first half lead. Navy quarterback Kriss Proctor was knocked out of the game and sophomore Trey Miller led the comeback with two fourth quarter touchdowns. After taking a lead the Mids defense couldn't stop East Carolina on its last possession.


Navy

35

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East Carolina

38

AREA
GRADE
COMMENTS
PASSING OFFENSE
B
Trey Miller completed 5 of 12 passes for 126 yards and threw two fourth quarter touchdown passes. Miller was poised and did a great job in leading the comeback. Kriss Proctor completed two of three passes for ten yards before being injured. Brandon Turner caught two passes for 72 yards including a 59-yard touchdown pass. Turner beat the defense on a post pattern and was wide open with 56 seconds left in the game but Aiken overthrew him. Matt Aiken (2 rec, 45 yards, 1 TD) started the rally with a 37-yard touchdown catch. Aiken made another apparent touchdown catch. Aiken leaped and caught a 33-yard pass from Miller but lost control when he hit the ground diving into the end zone and it was ruled incomplete. It was a lousy call by the field and replay officials. Gee Gee Greene had a catch for 9 yards. Bo Snelson dropped a perfect bomb that hit him in the hands. Miller was sacked once but the pass protection was solid.
RUSHING OFFENSE
C+
Navy rushed for 284 yards and averaged 5.6 per carry. Gee Gee Greene (8 att., 92 yards, 1TD) had his best rushing day of the season as the toss sweep worked most of the day. Fellow slotback John Howell cutback well, running seven times for 49 yards. ECU tried to take away the fullback as Alexander Teich rushed 12 times for 41 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Kriss Proctor ran for 28 yards before being injured. Trey Miller struggled finding running room (13 att., 36 yards) after replacing Proctor. Matt Aiken ran for 21 yards on a reverse.
PASSING DEFENSE
F
Pirates quarterback Dominique Davis completed 40 of 45 passes for 372 yards and two touchdowns. He hit all 26 of his first half passes against the Mids hapless secondary as ECU raced out to a 17-7 first half lead. Cornerback David Sperry made 10 tackles but usually after 10 or 15 yard receptions. Free safety Chris Ferguson made eight tackles. Plebe cornerback Parrish Gaines made five tackles in his first start before leaving after being shaken up. Kwesi Mitchell had seven tackles but always seemed a step late. Navy matched their season total with three sacks but never really upset Davis's rhythm.
RUSHING DEFENSE
C
Buddy Green made some lineup changes and the Mids were a little better at the point of attack. Reggie Bullock grinded out 104 yards and three touchdowns but it took him 26 carries to do it Travres Bush led the Mids with 13 tackles. Matt Warrick posted nine tackles but was at times slow to fill. Buddy Green started Josh Dowling-Fitzpatrick (2 tackles, 1/2 sack) at defensive end. Joshua Jones also saw extensive playing time at DE and made seven tackles while recording a sack. Caleb King, playing in the place of an injured Matt Brewer, recorded six tackles.
SPECIAL TEAMS
C
Pablo Beltran averaged 37 yards per punt on his two efforts. Matt Aiken returned two punts 21 yards. On kickoff returns Marcus Thomas bounced off the pile and raced 90 yards for a touchdown to open the second half. Jon Teague's only field goal attempt was the potential game tying field goal that hit the upright. On kickoffs Teague kicked one out of bounds giving the Pirates a short field for a touchdown drive.
COACHING
D
Ken Niumatalolo's team is running out of ways to lose. He has to stop wasting downs during the two minute drill. He had Aiken spike the ball after Navy was lined up over the ball with the clock stopped after a first down. Offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper did a nice job limiting Trey Miller's reads to mostly double option in the second half as he led three straight touchdown drives. Defensive coordinator Buddy Green tried everything and nothing worked. The Mids rarely pressure the QB, can't stop the run and can't cover. Navy shouldn't be this pathetic on defense. They have enough athletes to compete at a higher level.
OVERALL GRADE
C
If the Mids didn't have bad luck they wouldn't have any at all. Any bowl hopes are gone because it's clear the defense can't stop anyone.


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