Report Card: Navy vs. Northern Illinois

It's in the record books now: Navy 35 Northern Illinois 24. GoMids.com analyzes every element of the Navy's performance and assigns a grade to each area.


Navy
35

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Northern Illinois
24

AREA GRADE
COMMENTS
PASSING OFFENSE
B
Jarod Bryant didn't fill the sky with bombs but he did complete 3 of 6 passes for 60 yards. One pass went for 37 yards.
RUSHING OFFENSE
A
It was business as usual for Navy's rushing offense. The Mids cranked out 359 yards rushing on 60 carries. Jarod Bryant (140 ) and Zerb Singleton (101) each finished with over 100 yards rushing.
PASSING DEFENSE
C-
Northern Illinois quarterback Ryan Morris completed 21 of 35 passes for 206 yards and 2 touchdowns. Greg Thrasher's second quarter interception of a Morris pass at the Navy 8 likely prevented another Husky score.
RUSHING DEFENSE
B
Justin Anderson finished with 140 yards and scored a touchdown but the Huskies didn't get much more than that. A nice effort by the Navy defense. Ross Pospisil had an amazing 20 tackles for Navy.
SPECIAL TEAMS
B-
Greg Veteto punted 3 times for a 37 yard average. He had a long of 49 yards. Matt Harmon missed a very long field goal as time exired in the second half. No major breakdowns in the special teams but nothing noteworthy.
COACHING
B
Good job keeping the team focused after two consecutive adrenaline-draining games. This NIU team was coming off a spirited win and could have surprised the Mids but the Navy staff made sure the Mids were ready.
OVERALL GRADE
B
A win is a win. This one counts just as much as the win over Notre Dame a couple weeks ago. Now it's time to get ready for a struggling Army team. If the Mids can remain focused they can extend their streak to six in a row over the Black Knights.

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