Report Card: Navy vs. Air Force

It's in the record books now: Navy 16 Air Force 13 (OT). GoMids.com analyzes every element of the Mid's performance and assigns a grade to each area.


Navy
16

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Air Force
13

AREA
GRADE
COMMENTS
PASSING OFFENSE
C
Ricky Dobbs completed 3-of-4 passes for 36 yards which, for an option offense, isn't bad. However, the one interception was a killer. Navy was in Air Force territory ready to build a lead but the Mids came up empty because of the pick. Later, Dobbs did have a nice 21-yard completion to Greg Jones which put the Mids back in the Falcons side of the field.
RUSHING OFFENSE
C-
Air Force limited Navy to just 173 yards rushing, their lowest total of the year except for the Pittsburgh game (129). Navy's longest run of the day was for only 13 yards. There was only one other double digit run for Navy during the game (12 by Dobbs). Dobbs needs some help from his slot backs and fullback.
PASSING DEFENSE
A
Outstanding work by Navy who held the Falcons to only 57 yards passing. It was Air Force's second lowest passing total of the 2009 season. Air Force quarterback Tim Jefferson completed only 6-of-14 and had a pass intercepted by Emmett Merchant. Wyatt Middleton broke up two Air Force passes.
RUSHING DEFENSE
A
Navy held the Falcons to just 183 rushing yards which is their lowest game total of the season. That's impressive when you consider that Air Force had 260 yards rushing at Minnesota and 298 at New Mexico. Ross Pospisil finished with 12 tackles to lead the Mids.
SPECIAL TEAMS
A
Great work by the Navy special teams. Joe Buckley got it done as a place kicker, making all three attempts. His 38-yard game winner was huge and was not a chip shot. Kyle Delahooke punted well, finishing with a 41.8 yard average. Early in the game he had a 52 yarder that pinned the Falcons back on their 10-yard-line. There were no major breakdowns by the return coverage units.
COACHING
A
This was an evenly fought game. Had Buckley's kick missed the Air Force graders on AFAFalcons.com could very well be giving the Falcons' coaching staff an 'A'. However, the good guys won and it really is a tribute to the Navy coaching staff. I like their kicking contest they have every week to determine who will kick in the games. It creates stress that simulates game conditions. It's better than just letting a kicker kick a zillion field goals in practice and it gives the winning kicker confidence that he can carry into the game, confidence that he can hit that 38-yard field goal in overtime.
OVERALL GRADE
B
Very solid on defense but need some work on offense. Got to get the running game up to Navy standards. Seven in a row over Air Force is nice but the team needs to end the celebration quickly. A winless but dangerous Rice Owl team is awaiting Navy in Houston.

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