Go Navy...Beat Air Force!
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Navy-Air Force Preview:
BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front):
Saturday's matchup will pit the No. 1-ranked rushing offense in the country in Air Force (412.2 yds/gm) vs. the No. 5-ranked rushing defense in the country in Navy (69.0 yds/gm).
Air Force leads the all-time series 32-22, including a 23-3 win last year in Annapolis. Air Force's win last year marked the first time the road team had won in the series since 2012 when freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds came off the bench to rally the Mids to a 28-21 overtime win in Colorado Springs.
Saturday's game matches two of the longest-tenured head football coaches. Calhoun is the sixth-longest tenured head coach in the FBS (hired Dec. 22, 2006), while Niumatalolo is the eighth-longest tenured head coach in the FBS (hired Dec. 8, 2007). The active coach on the list who was hired in between Calhoun and Niumatalolo? Nick Saban, who was hired by Alabama on Jan. 3, 2007.
Last year, the three Academies tied for the CIC Trophy as Air Force beat Navy, Army beat Air Force (21-14) and Navy beat Army (17-13).
Saturday's fly-over will include former Navy football standout Jeff Deliz ('08), who was a team tri-captain for the 2007 Navy football team that went 8-5 and won the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy in Paul Johnson's last year at the helm. Deliz will be a pilot in the F35C.
For the Plebes:
Game Day: Saturday, October 01, 2022
Game Time: 6:00 PM ET
TV Channel: CBS will carry Saturday's game with Rich Waltz (play-by-play), Aaron Taylor (color), Sherree Burruss (sidelines) and Gene Steratore (rules analyst) on the call.
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Stadium: Falcon Stadium
Over/Under: 49 points
Spread: Air Force -14, o/u: 37.5
By the numbers:
Senior running back Brad Roberts is one of the most dangerous running backs in the country, rushing for 465 yards (#9 nationally) and 7 touchdowns (#3 nationally) on just 68 carries (6.8 yds/carry, #11 nationally).
Senior quarterback Haaziq Daniels has carried the ball 38 times for 179 yards and 2 touchdowns, while throwing for 3 touchdowns.
Air Force ranks seventh nationally in third down conversions (.529) and ninth on fourth down conversions (.833).
The Air Force defense has been as stout as ever, giving up 16 points per game (#21 nationally) and 287.8 yards of total offense per game (#19 nationally).
Junior linebacker Alec Mock (22 tackles), fourth-year junior free safety Trey Taylor (21 tackles) and junior corner Michael Mack II (18 tackles) lead the Falcon defense. Fifth-year senior linebacker TD Blackmon is also an excellent player, recording 15 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss and forcing a fumble.
Navy has scored just 10 points against Air Force in the last two games (3 points in 2021 in Annapolis, 7 points in 2020 in Colorado Springs) and has not scored more than 14 points in Colorado Springs since 2014 when it scored 21 in a 30-21 loss to the Falcons.
Navy possess the fifth-ranked rushing defense in the country (69 yards allowed per game).
Navy is 20th in the nation in tackles for loss as it is averaging 7.3 per contest.
Senior linebacker John Marshall is first on the team with 3.5 tackles for loss and also leads the unit with 28 overall tackles.
Navy has registered 10 sacks over its first four games after notching only 16 in 12 contests last season.
Junior defensive end Jacob Busic tops the squad with three sacks after recording two in 2021 and Marshall, who had one in 21 games over his first two campaigns, has made two.
Navy has won the trophy 11 of the last 19 years and has won 28 of the last 39 Service Academy games against Air Force and Army.
Navy has won the trophy a total of 16 times in school history: 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2019.
When there is no clear-cut winner, the trophy remains with the winner of the previous year's competition. Last year, Air Force beat Navy, Army beat Air Force and Navy defeated Army, meaning Army retained the trophy. Prior to last year, the last time that happened was 1993.
Navy setter Averi Miller (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.) has been named this week's Patriot League Volleyball Player of the Week. Miller did a great job of distributing the ball during Navy's two victories this weekend. She averaged 10.22 assists per set and added 2.78 digs per set in the team's wins over Loyola and American. Miller first totaled 45 assists and 13 digs in the five-set win over the Greyhounds, then posted 47 assists, five digs and two blocks in the four-set victory over American.
Men’s & Women’s Cross Country (0-0); Joe Piane Invitational (10:00 AM, South Bend, Ind.)
Men’s Rugby (4-0, 3-0 in Rugby East) At Air Force (10:00 PM (ET), 8:00 PM (local time), Glendale, Colo.)
Women’s Soccer (4-4-3, 1-2 in the Patriot League) Colgate ( 7:00 PM, Glenn Warner Soccer Facility, live video on ESPN+ and navysports.com, free live statistics on navysports.com)
Women’s Tennis Navy Blue and Gold Invitational (Friday-Sunday, all day, Annapolis, Md.)
Volleyball (6-7, 3-1 in the Patriot League) Lafayette (Friday, 7:00 PM, Wesley Brown Field House, live video on ESPN+ and navysports.com, free live statistics on navysports.com)
Football (1-2, 1-1 in the American Athletic Conference) At Air Force (12 Noon (ET), 10:00 AM (local time), Colorado Springs Colo., TV: CBS, Radio: Navy Radio Network and SIRIUS satellite radio, free live statistics on navysports.com)
Sprint Football (2-0, 1-0 in the CSFL South) At Caldwell (6:30 PM, Caldwell, N.J., free live video on navysports.com, free live statistics on navysports.com)
Men’s Soccer (3-2-3, 1-0-1 in the Patriot League) Boston University (3:00 PM, Annapolis, Md., live video on ESPN+ and navysports.com, free live statistics on navysports.com)
Volleyball (6-7, 3-1 in the Patriot League) Lehigh (4:00 PM, Wesley Brown Field House, live video on ESPN+ and navysports.com, free live statistics on navysports.com)
Intercollegiate Sailing Carl Van Duyne MAISA Men’s Singlehanded Championship (Saturday-Sunday, all day, Annapolis, Md.); at the Danmark Trophy (Saturday-Sunday, all day, New London, Conn.); at the Women’s Atlantic Coast Championship-Round One (Saturday-Sunday, all day, Boston, Mass.)
Women’s Golf Navy Fall Invitational (Saturday-Sunday, all day, Annapolis, Md.)
Rifle (2-1) Memphis (Sunday, 9:00 AM, Bancroft Hall Rifle Range, free live results on navysports.com)
Water Polo (5-6) at George Washington (10:00 AM, Washington, D.C.) Wagner (Sunday, 3:00 PM, Scott Natatorium, free live video on navysports.com)
Women’s Rugby (2-1) At New Haven (Sunday, 1:00 PM, West Chester, Pa.)
For a complete listing of times and locations visit Navysports.com
That’s it, folks. Until next week….Beat Army.
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