Navy Notes - BHAFB Bound Navy travels to San Jose State

Navy Notes

Primary objective reached, overall mission still to be accomplished, the band of brothers known as the 2013 U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen football team have qualified for December’s Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, but have two more objectives to conquer before heading to Fort Worth, Texas. This Saturday, Navy travels to Northern California to challenge San Jose State on its home turf.

Navy (6-4 after defeating visiting South Alabama, 42-14 last Saturday) will meet San Jose State (5-5) on Friday as the Mids hone their game in preparation for their December trip to Texas.

Navy will meet a representative of the 12-team Mountain West Conference in the 2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl to be played in Fort Worth, on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. The 11th edition of this postseason college football bowl game will kick off at 10:45 a.m. (CT) from Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of TCU. The game will air on ESPN, ESPN Radio and will be carried worldwide on the Armed Forces Network.

Split into two divisions (Mountain and West), the 2013 Mountain West features 12 total teams this year and will have teams in six college football bowl games at the end of the regular season, including the 2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.

While the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl is played in honor of the armed forces and has previously hosted the U.S. Military Academy (2010) and the U.S. Air Force Academy (2007, 2008, 2009, 2012), this is the first year that the bowl is contracted with the Naval Academy.

COACH’S LOG: 46-30

Navy Head Coach Ken Niumatalolo is in his sixth season at the helm of the Midshipmen and 16th overall with Navy football. During his first five-plus years as head coach at Navy, Niumatalolo’s Mids have compiled a record of 46-30 (.605) including appearances in four post-season bowl games plus this year’s BHAFB. He has moved into third all-time in Navy career coaching wins. Niumatalolo has also been selected one of seven men in the inaugural class of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame. He will be inducted Jan. 23, 2014 prior to the NFL Pro Bowl in Honolulu.

MIDS vs. SPARTANS

Friday will be the third meeting between Navy (6-4) and San Jose States (5-5) when the two teams tangle in San Jose. This will be the third consecutive season the two schools have met on the gridiron and San Jose has won both meetings, including a 12-0 shutout win over the Mids last season in Annapolis. Last Saturday while Navy scuttled South Alabama 42-14, San Jose State was beaten by Nevada, 38-16 in Reno, Nev.  

The Navy vs. San Jose State matchup is scheduled to kickoff Friday at 9:30 p.m. (ET) on the FieldTurf of the 30,456-seat Spartan Stadium in San Jose. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 and broadcast on the Navy Radio Network as well as Sirius Satellitte Radio (Ch. 134) and XM Satellite Radio (Ch. 191).

For more Navy football info, visit www.navysports.com.

MIDS COUNTDOWN TO COW TOWN
Record: 6-4 Home: 5-0 • Away: 1-4 • Neutral: 0-0

Date Opponent Result/Time Television Attendance Series History
W No. 1 9-7 at Indiana W, 41-35 Big Ten Network 47,013 Series tied, 2-2
W No. 2 9-14 Delaware W, 51-7 CBS Sports Network 36,208 Navy Leads, 10-7
L 9-28 at Western Kentucky L, 7-19 ESPNEWS 19,813 Navy Leads, 2-1
W No. 3 10-5 Air Force W, 28-10 CBS Network 38,225 Air Force Leads, 27-19
L 10-12 at Duke L, 7-35 Raycom Sports/ACC Network 23,749 Navy Leads, 20-15-5
L 44-45 (2 OT) 10-19 at Toledo ESPNEWS 18,221 Toledo Leads, 3-1
W No. 4 10-26 Pittsburgh W, 24-21 CBS Sports Network 37,094 Pittsburgh Leads 22-14-3
L 11-2 at Notre Dame L, 34-38 NBC 80,795 Notre Dame Leads, 74-12-1
W No. 5 11-9 Hawai’i W, 42-28 CBS Sports Network 33,327 Hawai’i Leads, 2-1
W No. 6 11-16 South Alabama W, 42-14 CBS Sports Network 33,086 Navy Leads 1-0
11-22 at San Jose State 9:30 p.m. CBS Sports Network San Jose State Leads, 2-0
12-14 Army+ 3 p.m. CBS Navy Leads, 57-49-7
+Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia, Pa.)   All Times Eastern

NAVY KNOTS

Since 2002, nobody has run the triple-option offense better than Navy has in that period. Entering Friday’s game against San Jose State, Navy is fifth in the nation among NCAA Division I-A schools in rushing this season, averaging 311.0 yards per game, 12th nationally in fourth down conversions at .524 percent, 10th nationally in third down conversions at .394, first in the nation in fewest penalties per game with an average of 3.0 penalties per game and first in fewest yards penalized with an average of 26.0 yards per game. The Mids are also second nationally in turnovers, giving up only eight.

Individually, sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds continues to lead the Navy offense. Reynolds, who missed half of the loss at Western Kentucky with a head injury, has rushed for 884 yards, averaging 88.4 yards per game with 19 touchdowns. In the air, Reynolds has completed 59 of 108 passes (54.6 percent) with two interceptions for 982 yards averaging 98.2 yards per game and seven touchdowns. Nationally, Reynolds is third in points per game (11.4) and second in rushing touchdowns with 19, first in rushing TDs among quarterbacks and third among quarterbacks in rushing yards per game with 88.4.

Navy has scored on 40 of its 45 possessions (.889) in the red zone this year, scoring 33 touchdowns, kicking seven field goals, missing two field goals, two interceptions and taking a knee to end the game in Navy’s 51-7 victory over Delaware.

Mids defensive captain Cody Peterson and D.J. Sargenti, both senior outside linebackers along with junior linebacker Chris Johnson, lead the Navy defense with 106, 79 and 66 total tackles respectively. Peterson has 74 solo tackles (7.4 per game) and Sargenti has 53 (5.3). Johnson also leads the team with three pass interceptions, three pass break-ups and one fumble recovery. Peterson is second nationally in solo tackles, averaging 7.4 per game and eighth in total tackles with 10.6 per game.

Since 2003, Navy has won 21 games against schools from a BCS conference. Those 21 wins have come against 10 different teams and are the most in the country by a non-BCS school.

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF’S TROPHY

A major stepping stone this year on the road to Fort Worth, the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy is presented annually to the winner of the football competition among the three major service academies – Army, Navy and Air Force – and is named in honor of the President of the United States. Navy has dominated of late, winning the trophy a Service Academy record seven consecutive years from 2003-2009 and winning a Service Academy record 15 straight games against Air Force and Army in the process. Air Force lost to both Army (41-21) and Navy (28-21 OT) last year to surrender the trophy after holding it for two years (2010, 2011). Navy has won the trophy a total of 13 times since the award was started in 1972 plus three retentions for a total of 16 times.

Air Force defeated Army at Air Force this year, 42-28 and the regular season will end in Philadelphia on Dec. 14 when Army plays Navy. Navy has been the most dominant service academy in the last decade plus, winning 20 of 22 (.909) meetings with Air Force and Army, including this year’s 28-10 win over Air Force.

MOUNTAIN WEST HIGHS:

Four league on tap Saturday as 12 MW teams battle for title and spot in six NCAA Bowl games

MOUNTAIN HIGHS

While the search for the Mountain West representative (six NCAA bowl affiliations) in the 2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will continue until the end of November. One MW team is undefeated so far as Fresno State (West Division) has won its first nine games.

Playing an exceptionally tough non-conference schedule, the MW Mountain Division standings this year with team records are: Boise State (7-3, 5-1 in MW), Utah State (6-4, 5-1), Colorado State (6-5, 4-2), Wyoming (4-6, 2-4), New Mexico (3-7, 1-5), and Air Force (2-8, 0-6).  Fresno State (9-0, 6-0) is leading MW West Division teams followed by: San Diego State (6-4, 5-1), San Jose State (5-5, 4-3), UNLV (5-4, 3-2), Nevada (4-7, 3-5), and Hawai’i (0-10, 0-7).

MW GAMETIME

Mountain West action will see six games including five MW conference games, over a three-day window for Week 13: Thursday—UNLV at Air Force (ESPNU, 9:30 p.m. ET), Friday—Navy at San Jose State (ESPN2, 9:30 p.m. ET) Saturday—Hawai’i at Wyoming (Oceanic PPV/Mountain West Network, 3 p.m. ET), Colorado State at Utah State (CBS Sports Networka, 3:30 p.m. ET), New Mexico at Fresno State (ESPNews, 4 p.m. ET), Boise State at San Diego State (CBS Sports Network, 10:30 p.m. ET).

MW SUPERS

Following Week 12 action, the MW announced its three players of the week (offense, defense and special teams).  On offense, selected for the second straight week was Colorado State sophomore running back Kapri Bibbs, Plainfield, Ill. who carried the ball 38 times for 291 rushing yards and six touchdowns in Colorado State’s 66-42 victory over New Mexico. For Bibbs, his six rushing touchdowns established a new single-game school record. Bibbs leads the nation with 25 rushing touchdowns.

On defense, Nevada junior linebacker honathan McNeal, Los Angeles, was picked after recording a career-high 15 tackles (six solo), in Nevada’s 38-16 win over San Jose State. Helped hold the Spartans without a point in the second half.

Selected for his special teams play picked was Nevada senior punter Chase Tenpenny, Oskaloosa, Kansas. Tenpenny punted four times for a 51.2 yard average with a long of 56 yards and did not yield any punt return yardage as Nevada stopped San Jose State, 38-16. Two of his punts were downed at the San Jose State six yard line. He served as the holder for five successful PAT kicks and a 44-yard field goal.

MW NATIONALLY

The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (Pac-12) with two quarterbacks in the nation’s top eight and six of the top 28 in passing average per game. Fresno State senior Derek Carr leads all MW quarterbacks with 380.1 yards per game to rank second nationally, followed by San José State senior David Fales (320.2 ypg, eighth), Wyoming junior Brett Smith (271.5 ypg, 21st), Nevada junior Cody Fajardo (263.8 ypg, 25th), Colorado State junior Garrett Grayson (253.2, 27th) and San Diego State junior Quinn Kaehler (252.1, 28th).

The Mountain West is the only conference in the FBS with four of the top 15 quarterbacks in total offense. Fresno State senior Derek Carr ranks third nationally with 388.8 total yards per game, followed by Nevada junior Cody

Fajardo, who ranks 10th with 330.7 yards per game, San Jose State senior David Fales, who ranks 14th with 317.6 yards per game, and Wyoming junior Brett Smith, who ranks 15th with 315.2 yards per game.

Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams leads all FBS receivers with 10.1 receptions per game. Nevada senior Brandon Wimberly currently ranks 10th with 7.9 catches, while Fresno State junior Josh Harper is 12th with 7.6 per game. Boise State sophomore Shane Williams-Rhodes is tied for 16th with 7.1, while Fresno State senior Isaiah Burse is 21st with 6.8. San Jose State senior Chandler Jones and Wyoming junior Dominic Rufran are tied for 25th nationally with 6.4 catches per contest. The Mountain West is the only FBS conference with seven players averaging 6.4 or more receptions per game, and Fresno State is the only team in the country with three receivers in this category.

Two MW receivers are averaging more than 107 yards per game. San Jose State senior Chandler Jones ranks seventh nationally with 110.9 yards per contest, followed by Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams, who is 10th with 107.4 yards per game. The Mountain West is one of three FBS leagues (Pac-12, SEC) with two of the top 10 receivers in the country.

Three MW running backs are averaging more than 107 yards per game. Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs ranks eighth in rushing, averaging 130.8 yards per game, while New Mexico junior Kasey Carrier ranks 16th on that list with 112.2 yards per outing. Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi is 19th with 107.8 rushing yards per game.

Boise State junior Demarcus Lawrence and Colorado State senior Shaquil Barrett are two of six players nationally to average 1.6 or more tackles for loss per game. Lawrence ranks fourth nationally with 1.7 tackles for loss per game, while Barrett is sixth with 1.6. The Mountain West is one of three FBS leagues (ACC) with two of the top six in tackles for loss.

FOUR MW TEAMS BOWL ELIGIBLE

With its 28-21 overtime victory at Hawai‘i last Saturday, San Diego State (6-4) joined Fresno State (9-0), Boise State (7-3) and Utah State (6-4) as the Mountain West’s bowl eligible teams heading into Week 13. Fresno State has made 12 bowl appearances in the last 14 years and 24 overall. Boise State, which boasts an all-time bowl record of 9-4, has made 11 straight trips and 13 overall. For the first time in program history, San Diego State has become bowl eligible in four consecutive years. Utah State has earned bowl eligibility for the third straight season. Colorado State (6-5), San Jose State (5-5) and UNLV (5-5) are each one win away from qualifying for the postseason. Wyoming (4-6) must win its final two games of the regular season to become bowl eligible.

The Mountain West has sent five teams into bowl games in each of the previous six seasons. Boise State, Fresno State, San Diego State, Nevada and Air Force represented the league in the 2012 postseason, marking the eighth year in a row, and ninth overall, the MW boasted five bowl-eligible teams. Since the league’s inception in 1999, the Mountain West has earned 56 bowl bids and holds a 32-24 (.571) all-time record. Over the last nine seasons, the MW has captured the Bowl Challenge Cup four times and owns the second-best win percentage in bowl games among the 10 FBS conferences with a 25-16 mark (.610). The Mountain West is the only conference to win the trophy four times since the award’s inception in 2002-03.

MW 1,000-YARDERS

Three MW running backs, including Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi, Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs and New Mexico junior Kasey Carrier, have rushed for at least 1,000 yards on the season. Ajayi became the first MW running back this season to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark, accomplishing the feat in the first nine games of the 2013 campaign. He currently has 1,078 rushing yards with two regular-season contests remaining on the schedule. Bibbs has 1,439 yards on the year, the most by a Ram since Gartrell Johnson had 1,476 yards in 2008. He currently ranks third all-time on CSU’s single-season rushing chart. Carrier has 1,122 yards on the year, eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight season.

San José State senior Chandler Jones became the first MW wideout this season to eclipse the 1,000-yard receiving mark. After collecting 77 yards on six receptions at Nevada last Saturday, Jones has 1,109 yards through the first 10 games of the year to mark his first 1,000-yard receiving season.

MW LONE STAR CONNECTION

Great Texas prep football players appear all over college football and the Mountain West is no exception with a total of 104 active players combined on the 12 MW teams in 2013, with the Mountain Division having 84 on its six teams’ rosters and the West having 20 on the rosters of its six teams.  Leading the way with Texas players are the Air Force Academy with 19 followed by Boise State and Colorado State with 16 each. Other schools with double doses of Texans are New Mexico with 15, Wyoming with 11 and UNLV with 10 Texas players on their rosters.

For additional Mountain West info, visit www.theMW.com.

IT’S A DATE

This will mark the third time in its 11-year history that the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will be held on December 30, as the 2010 and 2011 contests were both held on that date. The most recent Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl was played Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 featuring a match-up between the Rice Owls and U.S. Air Force Academy Falcons, in which the Owls claimed the bowl victory 33-14. Last year’s showcase drew an attendance of 40,754.

TICKET TIME

Tickets for the 2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl are now on sale through ArmedForcesBowl.com. Armed forces veterans and active-duty personnel receive free admittance via the bowl’s corporate armed forces ticket underwriting program, while supplies are available.

ARMED FORCES SALUTE

Owned and operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN Regional Television (ERT), the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl has featured the “armed forces” theme since 2006. Patriotic overtones recognizing all five branches of the service are prevalent throughout the game. Past Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowls have included fan-fest areas showcasing armed forces hardware; flyovers; demonstrations by several of the military's top skydiving teams; custom homes awarded to wounded warriors; on-field induction ceremonies; armed forces bands and honor guards; the annual Great American Patriot Award presented by Armed Forces Insurance; and the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America.

For additional information about the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, please visit ArmedForcesBowl.com, Facebook.com/ArmedForcesBowl or Twitter.com/ArmedForcesBowl.

ARMED FORCES MERIT AWARD WINNER

Brandon McCoy, a senior defensive end at North Texas, is the second recipient of Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). He received the award on November 11 during a Veteran's Day media conference at the school's football stadium where the executive directors of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl and FWAA were on hand to present the award. Coordinated by the staff at the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA was created in June 2012 “to honor an individual and/or a group within the realm of the sport of football.”