Report Card: Navy vs. Wake Forest

It's in the record books now: Navy 13 Wake Forest 10. GoMids.com analyzes every element of the Mid's performance and assigns a grade to each area.


Navy
13

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Wake Forest
10

AREA
GRADE
COMMENTS
PASSING OFFENSE
NE
Not evaluated. Navy did not attempt a pass.
RUSHING OFFENSE
A
Despite missing their starting quarterback and slotback Navy got the job done on the ground. In fact, it was one of the better rushing performances of the season and against a tough, BCS conference opponent. Fullback Vince Murray pounded out yardage despite the soggy conditions and gained 175 yards on 27 carries. His 35-yard run late in the initial quarter put Navy in position to take their first lead of the game via a Joe Buckley field goal. It was a lead they would never relinquish. Kriss Proctor, seeing the first star of his career at quarterback, got the job done as well on the ground. He finished with 89 yards rushing and had a long run of 40 yards.
PASSING DEFENSE
A-
Great job by the Navy defense in keeping fifth year senior quarterback Riley Skinner in check. The veteran signal caller was limited to just 173 yards passing and 13 completions. Of course it was probably tough to pass in the rainy conditions but it was still a great performance by the Navy secondary. Although the Mids didn't get a pick they were able to sack him three times and break up three of his passes. Tony Haberer had two of those sacks and Matt Nechak had the other.
RUSHING DEFENSE
A-
Another solid performance. Wake attempted to rush 35 times and came away with only 135 yards for the game. Josh Adams finished with 89 yards; his longest run went for 25 yards. The Demon Deacons had no touchdowns rushing. Tony Haberer and Greg Pospisil each had eight tackles for Navy.
SPECIAL TEAMS
A
Despite the heavy rain, Navy's special teams shined. Kyle Delahooke punted four times for a 48.5 yard average. He had one go an impressive 68 yards. Joe Buckley was ole reliable kicking field goals. He made 2-of-2, one from 50 yards and the other from 41. Navy's kick coverage units did allow one 31-yard kickoff return but those things happen sometimes when it's pouring down rain.
COACHING
A
This is a game not many thought Navy would win. The coaching staff was missing key players but had the backups ready for action. Good coaching staffs plan for situations like this and it's a good lesson for the Mids for when they become officers: have your backups ready for duty.
OVERALL GRADE
A
An excellent victory over a well coached ball club. With this win it's very possible that the Mids could finish the season with a double digit win total. However, first things first, Navy needs to focus on a scrappy Temple Owls squad that is excited about possibly becoming bowl eligible themselves, something they haven't done in a long, long time.

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