Navy Fries Rice, 63-14

Now that's more like it. Navy got the breakout performance it has come to expect from its triple option offense as they rolled over an overmatched Rice team, 63-14. Ricky Dobbs ran for 104 yards and scored four touchdowns and the Mids defense held the Owls to 21 yards rushing in the game.

On Navy's first offensive play of the day, the visiting Midshipmen set the tone for the remainder of the game. Ricky Dobbs hit Marcus Curry with a perfectly thrown 51-yard pass to set the Mids up with first and goal and they never looked back. Dobbs ran it in from two yards out on the next play to put the Mids up 7-0. They would never relinquish the lead.

After the defense forced the Owls to punt, Navy got the ball near midfield, however two penalties on the first play of the drive put the Mids in a first and long...28 yards to be exact. On most nights, that would have been a problem...but not tonight. The Mids rushing attack, which amassed a season-high 471 yards rushing, marched right down the field with Dobbs scoring once again - this time on a nifty run from 12-yards out.

Navy, which had trouble running around the ends against Air Force last week, had no such problem against the Owls. It didn't even matter who was under center. After the Mids extended their lead to 42-7 in third quarter on Dobbs fourth touchdown scamper of the day, head coach Ken Niumatalolo started to empty the bench - beginning with Kriss Proctor who saw his first action of his career. And it was an impressive debut. Proctor led the Mids on three more scoring drives, finishing off each of them with his own touchdown runs. For the day, the sophomore finished with 82 yards on 14 carries. Marcus Curry and Vince Murray also had solid days for the Navy offense, with 85 and 62 yards respectively.

On the defensive side of the ball, after Rice returned the opening kick-off 52 yards, Navy's defense stiffened, which left the Owls to attempt a 46-yard field goal attempt. However, the ball never made it past the line of scrimmage as it was blocked by the Mids' Wyatt Middleton. That play would be the last time the Owls advanced the ball past Navy's 40-yard line until there was less than two minutes to play in the half. Led by outside linebacker Ram Vela (5 tackles, including three for a loss, and an INT), the Mids held the Owls to 1.3 yards per carry.

Navy (4-2) will travel back to the state of Texas next Saturday to take on an improved SMU team. The Mids beat the Mustangs 34-7 last season in Annapolis. Top Stories