Report Card: Navy vs. Ohio State

It's in the record books now: Ohio State 31, Navy 27. GoMids.com analyzes every element of the Mid's performance and assigns a grade to each area.


Navy
27

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Ohio State
31

AREA
GRADE
COMMENTS
PASSING OFFENSE
B
Ricky Dobbs fired accurate mostly passes all game and finished with 156 yards passing and two touchdowns. One touchdown pass was to Marcus Curry for 85 yards which cut the OSU lead to 29-21 late in the fourth quarter. Dobbs did have one interception during the game and the other pick during the 2-point conversion attempt which was returned for two Buckeye points.
RUSHING OFFENSE
C-
Even playing against a strong opponent, 186 rushing is just not very good for Navy football. Dobbs finished with a solid 95 yards but didn't get much help from his backs. Alex Teich was Navy's second leading rusher but had just 61 yards. After that, no Navy back had more than 20 yards rushing. Not good a all.
PASSING DEFENSE
B
Navy allowed 210 yards passing. Ohio State quarterbacks completed 65 percent of their passes but just one went for a touchdown. That was the opening scoring pass to Sanzenbacher from Terrelle Pryor. Emmett Merchant's interception followed by the 28-yard return was big time and helped Navy rally to almost win the game. Linebacker Ross Pospisil managed Navy's only sack of the day and that came against Pryor's backup.
RUSHING DEFENSE
A-
Navy did well defending the run against the Buckeyes and limited them to only 153 yards on the ground. No Ohio State back had more than 80 yards rushing. The highly touted quarterback Pryor was hard for Navy to take down but they still managed to hold him to just 30 yards rushing. Linebackers Tyler Simmons and Tony Haberer played well against the OSU run and each had six tackles. Nose guard Jordan Stephens, who replaced Nate Frazier, finished with two tackles.
SPECIAL TEAMS
A-
Navy punter Kyle Delahooke had a nice game punting with three punts going for a 44-yard average. He had a 38-yard net punt average which is really good and reflects on a solid return team performance by his fellow Mids. Joe Buckley did not attempt a field goal but connected on all three of his point-after-attempts. Freshman Gee Gee Greene performed well in his first game returning kickoffs. He averaged 17 yards a return and had one that went for 23 yards. Ohio State had four kickoff returns that went for an average of 28 yards including one that went for 38 yards. Room for improvement here.
COACHING
B
Again, Navy was in a position to win, on the road, against a much bigger, faster and higher rated opponent. When the score was 29-14, OSU, late in the game, most had written off the Mids as done but not Ken Niumatalolo, his staff and his players. Many asked why Navy threw on the 2-point conversion that was intercepted, but why not? Dobbs had done well passing and the Buckeyes were likely to be looking for a run from an option team. It was a good call that just didn't work this time.
OVERALL GRADE
B
Very respectable performance on the road in a tough environment. "Respectable" is not what the Mids players and coach were looking for. They were aiming for a "win" and nothing else. Now the Mids must get ready for a Louisiana Tech team which fell at Auburn, 37-13, on Saturday. Don't let the score fool you, this Tech squad is solid and will give Navy a tough fight.

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