Navy Rocks Rutgers

ANNAPOLIS, MD - "I had dinner last night with the Navy Athletic Director who was also entertaining representatives from five bowl games. As dinner was ending, I said to them; I know you are here to see Navy, but keep your eyes on the guys in red. We are going to win today." -- Bob Mulcahy speaking to the Rutgers fans before the game.

Well, lets hope the bowl representatives ignored Bob Mulchay's plea, because if they were watching the guys in red, our best chance for a bowl game might be resurrecting the Garden State Bowl. The final score was 54-21, but the game was over at half-time when Navy went into the locker-room ahead 47-7. As has been customary all season, Rutgers fumbled the ball away to Navy on it's first possession and Ryan Hart on Rutgers third possession threw an 18-yard interception to Navy linebacker David Mahoney and from that point on, it was off to the races as Navy ran-off 40 unanswered points. On the second play of the 3rd quarter, Navy FB Kyle Eckell lumbered 78 yards to make it 54-7, before Terrence Shawell connected on a 43-yard TD pass to Tres Moses and DT David Harley recovered a fumble, returning it 9 yards to close out the scoring.

"In the first half we pretty much did whatever we wanted," Navy QB Aaron Polanco said which included Polanco running for two touchdowns and throwing a 47-yard TD right before the half before taking most of the 2nd half off. By the time it was over, Navy hung 613 total yards on the Scarlet Knights with 357 accumulated by half-time.

"I'm surprised. I never saw this coming, not even a little bit", Schiano said. "What happened is that we played and coached less than our best at almost every juncture."

In a game that had bowl ramifications and with two weeks to prepare for Navy's offense, Rutgers appeared both surprised by Navy's option attack and mystified as to how to stop it. The result, Navy at 8-2 is on its way to a bowl game and Rutgers (4-6) has been eliminated from bowl contention and is assured of having its 12th consecutive losing season.

Lone Bright Spot:
Tres Moses who had 6 receptions and 1 TD, set the Rutgers single season reception mark formerly held by Marco Battaglia's (69 catches). His 74 receptions place him 3rd in all-time Big East receptions for a season. Moses needs just two receptions to jump to second place behind Larry Fitzgerld's 92 receptions in 2003.

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