Report Card: Navy vs. Western Kentucky

It's in the record books now: Navy 38 Western Kentucky 22. GoMids.com analyzes every element of the Mid's performance and assigns a grade to each area.


Navy
38

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Western Kentucky
22

AREA
GRADE
COMMENTS
PASSING OFFENSE
A
Not many passes but very effective and accurate. Ricky Dobbs completed 4 of 5 passes for 100 yards. He had a long pass of 47 yards to Bobby Doyle. Few option teams have the luxury of having an accurate passer at quarterback who can also run with the best of them.
RUSHING OFFENSE
A
Navy rushed for 373 yards which is more what Navy should be doing with their triple option offense. Dobbs paced the team with 143 yards rushing for 4 touchdowns. Marcus Curry added 70 yards rushing which included a 45 yard gallop.
PASSING DEFENSE
C
The Navy secondary struggled against WKU allowing backup quarterback Kawaun Jakes to light them up. Jakes looked like a Heisman Trophy candidate out there completing 22 of 28 passes for 276 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Mids did at least manage to intercept him twice.
RUSHING DEFENSE
B
The Mids limited the Hilltoppers to just 158 yards rushing and forced them to go to the air which didn't work out too well in the end as WKU was able to discover a gamer of a quarterback in Jakes. Linebacker Tyler Simmons had 7 tackles to lead the Navy linebacking corps.
SPECIAL TEAMS
B
Jon Teague made a 31-yard field goal but missed one from 32 yards. Navy didn't attempt a punt. Navy had no long kickoff or punt returns but did allow WKU one 32 yard return on a kickoff.
COACHING
B
An ugly win always grades a lot higher for coaches than a pretty loss. While it wasn't a perfect performance you have to credit the coaches for recruiting a great group of players and then coaching them up to be good enough to be able to pull out a win despite not having their best performance in all areas.
OVERALL GRADE
B
Every Navy and WKU fan must be wondering what might have happened had the Hilltoppers scored when they were down on the one-yard-line early in the game. We'll never know but the fact is they didn't and the Mids are back to .500 and now can start their quest for another bowl bid and CIC Trophy. The Mids host rival Air Force on Saturday in what will be another tough match-up.

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