Report Card: Navy vs. Delaware

It's in the record books now: Delaware 59 Navy 52. GoMids.com analyzes every element of the Navy's performance and assigns a grade to each area.


Navy
52

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Delaware
59

AREA GRADE
COMMENTS
PASSING OFFENSE
B+
Navy completed 10 of 15 passes for 164 yards and no interceptions. This was a good enough performance that should have allowed Navy to win the game.
RUSHING OFFENSE
A-
Navy picked up 342 yards and 19 first downs rushing. Adam Ballard and Eric Kettani each had over 90 yards rushing. The one blemish that likely cost the Mids the game was the two fumbles. That said, the offense played well enough to win; almost perfect. You rely on your defense to pick up some turnovers against the opposition and this didn't happen.
PASSING DEFENSE
F
Total failure. Joe Flacco completed 30 of 41 passes for 431 yards and 4 touchdowns. Navy did manage to sack him twice.
RUSHING DEFENSE
D-
While most of the damage that Delaware dealt Navy was through the air, that wasn't because Navy has a great rushing defense. Navy allowed Omar Cuff to pick up 141 yards and score 4 touchdowns on 28 carries.
SPECIAL TEAMS
A
Joey Bullen kicked a field goal and came two yards short of completing a touchdown pass but Navy scored on the next play. Reggie Campbell racked up a staggering 173 yards in kickoff returns, which is good but not really good in the big picture.
COACHING
C
This one can't be blamed on the coaching. They did everything they could like putting in trick plays and going for it on fourth down (3 of 4 times successful). They'll have this team ready for Notre Dame.
OVERALL GRADE
C
No one likes losing to a lower division team but Delaware could probably beat half of the Bowl Subdivision teams. The team will have to pick themselves up fast and get ready for a talented but struggling Notre Dame team. Navy has an excellent chance of ending the that long losing streak to the Irish.

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