Report Card: Navy vs. Temple

It's in the record books now: Temple 27, Navy 24. GoMids.com analyzes every element of the Mid's performance and assigns a grade to each area.


Navy
24

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Temple
27

AREA
GRADE
COMMENTS
PASSING OFFENSE
D
Although Navy only passed the ball seven times, they had one intercepted. That interception was at the Temple one-yard-line early in the game. Navy had the ball in Owl territory and lost a possible score because of Kriss Proctor's interception. Ricky Dobbs also threw three incompletions late in the game.
RUSHING OFFENSE
B-
227 yards rushing for Navy. The longest run of the day went for 16 yards, that was by Greg Jones. Navy never really got a their running game going like they are accustomed. Still, 227 yards is not terrible it just wasn't enough against Temple.
PASSING DEFENSE
A+
Outstanding work here. Navy limited Temple's Vaughn Charlton 37 yards passing and 5-of-17 completions. Navy safety Wyatt Middleton came up with two interceptions. He also had three solo tackles.
RUSHING DEFENSE
F
Really terrible here. Navy's defense allowed a true freshman to smoke them in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Bernard Pierce is kind of like Temple's own Herschel Walker. He finished with 267 total yards in 29 carries. He had a 68 yard run in the second quarter than put the Owls up 7-3 and a 41-yard romp in the fourth quarter that gave his team the victory.
SPECIAL TEAMS
C
Kyle Delahooke averaged 39.8 yards on 6 punts. Joe Buckley made a 30-yard field goal. Too bad he didn't get a chance to make a kick to send the game into overtime. Navy's kickoff coverage team likely cost the Mids the game by giving up a 100 yard kickoff return to Owl return man James Nixon.
COACHING
C
Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo admitted after the game that he did not have the team properly prepared for the game. He's probably being too hard on himself. He's done great things at Navy and likely knew that Temple would be a tough game. Sometimes no matter what you do the players still can't get motivated for some opponents. Every year it seems like there is a game where Navy overlooks an opponent; remember the Delaware, Tulsa and Duke from years past? Still, a loss is a loss and the coach is responsible in the end.
OVERALL GRADE
C
Some great performances and some breakdowns. A bad loss to a good team. Now the Mids must improve on their shortcomings and get ready for a much improved Notre Dame team.

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