Head to head: Navy vs. Louisiana Tech

After a heart breaking loss at Ohio State Navy will next host Louisiana Tech. GoMids.com compares different critical team areas of Navy and Louisiana Tech and indicates which team has the edge.

Louisiana Tech
Navy rushing offense
Louisiana Tech rushing defense
The Midshipmen showed some promise against Ohio State, but the pure triple option was only mildly effective. Credit goes to Coach Jasper for calling plays that capitalized on the Buckeyes over aggressiveness. The Bulldogs gave up 301 yards to an Auburn team who averaged only 137.5 yards per game in 2008. Tech's front four is led by tackle D'Anthony Smith (6-2, 300, Sr.). Smith has 33 starts in his career. In his first career start, middle linebacker Adrien Cole (5-11, 240, So.) led the team with 10 tackles.  
Navy passing offense
Louisiana Tech passing defense
Ricky Dobbs lived up to the hype with a solid performance, finishing 9 of 13 for 156 yards and two touchdowns. But it is his interception on the potential game tying 2-point conversion attempt that is what will be remembered form this game. The Bulldog secondary has plenty of talent. Safeties Antonio Baker (5-11, 210, Sr.) and Tank Calais (5-11, 205, Jr.) along with cornerback Deon Young (5-11, 200, Sr.) lead a core of capable defensive backs.  
Louisiana Tech rushing offense
Navy rushing defense
The Bulldogs struggled to run against Auburn. Daniel Porter (5-9, 1 90, Sr.) was held to 56 yards on 17 carries. Quarterback Ross Jenkins (6-3, 212, Jr.) added 36 yards on 10 carries, but had a 33 yard run. The Navy run defense was one of the many pleasant surprises in Columbus. The front 7 showed depth and speed the entire game, culminating in a huge stop on 4th and 2, which allowed for the comeback attempt.  
Louisiana Tech passing offense
Navy passing defense
The focus entering the season was for Louisiana Tech to open up the offense and throw the ball more in 2009. Against Auburn, Jenkins completed 18 of 33 passes for 149 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Five of those completions went to Phillip Livas (5-8, 175, Jr.) Livas has caught a pass in 24 consecutive games. The Midshipmen's pass defense was another surprise against Ohio State. Jabaree Tuani, Chase Burge, Tyler Simmons and Clint Sovie provided pressure and the Emmett Merchant interception put Navy in a position to potentially tie the game.  
Special Teams
Against Ohio State, Jon Teague's kickoffs were consistent and he provided a touchdown saving tackle on the opening kickoff. Joe Buckley has yet to attempt a field goal, but made all of his PAT attempts. Kyle Delahooke punted very well. Gee Gee Greene showed some burst, but also indecisiveness and muffed a kick. Mario Washington caught a fair catch, not allowing the ball to hit the ground and roll, something he did often last season. While against Auburn, Matt  Nelson (5-10, 155, Fr.) made 2 field goals, one of 20 the other of 46 yards. Cade Glasgow (6-0, 180, Fr.) punted 6 times for an average of 38.3 per. Phillip Livas averaged 20.2 yards per return. Livas is a dynamic returner. For his career, he has 2 kickoff and 2 punt returns for touchdowns. Last season he led the WAC with a 15.3 yard punt return average.  
Head coach Derek Dooley is in his third season with the Bulldogs. Louisiana Tech was a WAC bottom dweller prior to his arrival, and last season he led them to an Independence Bowl victory over Northern Illinois. Coach Ken Niumatalolo continued his predecessor's excellence with a Commander in Chief trophy and an Eagle Bank Bowl birth.  
Navy comes home after almost pulling of an upset for the ages. They won't read all of the press clippings and no one will talk of "moral victories". Louisiana Tech will face its second consecutive road test.  

PREDICTION: Navy 31 Louisiana Tech 24

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