Report Card: Navy vs. Hawaii

It's in the record books now: Navy 24 Hawaii 17. GoMids.com analyzes every element of the Mid's performance and assigns a grade to each area.


Navy
17

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Hawaii
24

AREA
GRADE
COMMENTS
PASSING OFFENSE
C
Statistically, Navy had a decent day passing, completing 55.6% of their passes while averaging 9.8 yards per attempt and 17.6 yards per completion. But effectively the passing game suffered due to lack of an effective running attack.
RUSHING OFFENSE
C-
Hawaii seemed to have the triple option settled all night. The Mids had some success with mid-line and double option but the plays to the outside, including the pitches to the slots, were not effective. Ricky Dobbs 53 yard touchdown was the highlight of the night.
PASSING DEFENSE
C
The Warriors threw for 366 yards against the "Bend don't Break" secondary. Navy found no way to contain Greg Salas who finished with 10 catches for 147 yards. Hawaii used a short passing attack to maintain possession and keep the Midshipmen off balance.
RUSHING DEFENSE
B
Hawaii only attempted 17 rushes and failed to use the run as effectively as SMU had. Ross Pospisil led the Mids with 8 tackles.
SPECIAL TEAMS
C-
Kyle Delahooke had a strong day with 6 punts including 2 inside the 20 and Joe Buckley connected on his lone field goal attempt, but coverage and return teams struggled. Hawaii averaged 29.75 yards per kickoff return and the Warriors downed 2 punts at the Navy 2 yard line.
COACHING
C
Coach Ken continues to confound with his use of timeouts. Hawaii seemed to be containing the outside all night yet Coach Jasper called several triple options on the final drive. Coach Green's scheme worked well, but Hawaii held the ball for several long stretches keeping the Mids off the field.
OVERALL GRADE
C-
Maybe the team and the coaches were jet lagged. No matter, the play was not to a level that was necessary for victory. Navy has two weeks to regroup and focus on rival Army. Hopefully the long flight home centered their attention on the task at hand.

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