Blue Hens Roll Over Navy D in 59-52 win

Just when you thought the Navy defense couldn't get any worse –it does, and then some. Before another near sellout crowd in Annapolis, Delaware's offense felt right at home, running and throwing the ball at will against the Midshipmen en route to a 59-52 victory. Joe Flacco and Omar Cuff each had four touchdowns and the Blue Hens piled up 581 yards to improve their record to 7-1 on the season.

The last time the Navy defense allowed this many points, it was on the wrong end of a 65-19 decision to North Carolina State in 2002. That Navy team gave up 36.3 points a game and 436 in a season that ended with a 2-10 record. This year's defense is on pace to surpass that mark having given up 305 points in its first eight games.

Fortunately for the Mids (4-4), its offense continues to be its best defense and against Delaware it was again the case. Led by the fullback tandem of Adam Ballard (94 yards) and Eric Kettani (92) yards, Navy amassed 506 yards of total offense and scored on 8 out of 11 possessions.

Navy's starting quarterback Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada added 72 yards on the ground and scored two touchdowns before being relieved for Jarod Bryant in the third quarter.

According to Navy head coach Paul Johnson, Kaheaku-Enhada, "looked a little stiff" and "tentative," so he decided to go with Bryant, who has had more success running the ball inside of late.

Bryant was effective through the air, completing 8 of 11 passes for 126 yards to keep the Mids in the game after Delaware put together two scoring drives to take a 42-35 lead late in the third quarter.

However on Bryant's first drive under center, Kettani fumbled the ball which led to a 36-yard field goal by Delaware's Jon Striefsky to put the Blue Hens up by 10 points with just over 14 minutes to play.

Navy would never get closer than 3 points for the remainder of the game, and now the Mids must travel to South Bend to take on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.

With four games remaining, Navy must find a way to win two of them in order to qualify for its fifth consecutive bowl game.


- Navy's Reggie Campbell had 219 all-purpose yards including 74-yard kick-off return to open the second half.

- Navy did not punt all game and have only punted 9 times in 8 games.

- Blake Carter led the Mids with 12 tackles. Top Stories