Navy Midshipmen vs Delaware Fightin Blue Hens Football Recap
Navy 40, Delaware 17
Navy didn’t put away Football Championship Subdivision opponents with authoritativeness last season. That dynamic changed on the first Saturday of September in 2011. A new Navy team with fresh faces at certain skill positions turned over a new leaf, exhibiting the focus and ferocity coach Ken Niumatalolo was looking for. Last year, Navy struggled and slogged through a 13-7 victory over FCS member Georgia Southern. There just seemed to be a certain malaise about the Navy program and a sense that no amount of excellence would fully satisfy the team. The 2010 Midshipmen lost “only” four games in 13 outings – a 9-4 record is nothing to sneeze at – but the boys from the state of Maryland could have done so much more. They needed a big effort in game one of this campaign, and by all appearances, that’s exactly what they got.
Kriss Proctor debuted impressively at quarterback for Navy as the Midshipmen rolled to a 40-17 victory over Delaware, last year’s FCS championship runner-up. On the third play of the game, Proctor scampered on a 75-yard touchdown run that would give Navy early command of the game.
Proctor would end the day with 176 rushing yards on 22 carries, with three touchdowns. He also added 4-7 passing for 46 yards and another touchdown. After Delaware fumbled midway through the first quarter, Navy converted a 61-yard field into another touchdown. Navy all but put the game away with a deliberate 17-play, 75-yard field goal drive to open the second quarter that ate 8:23 off the clock, which gave Navy a 16-0 lead. The Midshipmen were never truly threatened in this contest, and that’s worth pointing out since Delaware won at Navy in 2007.
Delaware ’s effort was admirable, as the Blue Hens posted 220 rushing yards, including 119 from Andrew Pierce. But the Navy ground game was way too much for Delaware to handle. In addition to Proctor’s 176 yards, Alexander Teich added 65 rushing yards, with Aaron Santiago adding 56 of his own. All totaled, Navy ground out 391 rushing yards on the afternoon. The Midshipmen had yards from 10 different rushers for the game. Delaware split time at quarterback during the game. Trevor Sasek was 9-19 for 82 yards on the afternoon, while Tim Donnelly was a more efficient 7-9 for 60 yards, but added an interception.
Delaware will host Division II West Chester (0-1) next week, while Navy travels to play Western Kentucky (0-1) an oft-beleaguered team who almost upset Kentucky in week one.
By: Matt Zemek
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