Today's Navy game

October 27, 2007|By KEN MURRAY

Matchup -- Delaware (6-1) at Navy (4-3)

Time -- 1 p.m.

Site -- Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium


Radio -- 1090 AM, Sirius Satellite Radio Ch. 107

Series -- Navy leads 7-6.

Last meeting -- Navy won, 34-20, on Oct. 30, 2004, in Annapolis.

Navy offense vs. Delaware defense -- Delaware coach K.C. Keeler has had two weeks to devote to Navy's option offense, and the Blue Hens have already faced one triple-option attack this season, beating Rhode Island, 38-9, in September. But Rhode Island can't match Navy's talent or precision. Navy is No. 1 in the nation in Division I rushing offense with 343 yards per game, scoring more than 33 points a game. Delaware ranks eighth in rushing defense (93.3 yards per game) in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA). Navy will have quarterback Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada back after he missed the second half of the Wake Forest game with a neck stinger. He remains Navy's leading rusher, averaging 83.3 yards a game. Two of Delaware's best players on a rebuilt defense are its ends, junior Ronald Talley, a transfer from Notre Dame, and sophomore Matt Marcorelle.

Navy defense vs. Delaware offense -- Delaware's versatile offense is the strength of its team. quarterback Joe Flacco is completing nearly 73 percent of his passes and running back Omar Cuff (Landover) averages 123.3 rushing yards a game. For the Navy defense, which misses a lot of tackles and doesn't make many third-down stops, it presents a difficult challenge. The Midshipmen have held only two opponents under 400 total yards of offense this season, and they've allowed 30 points or more five times. Injuries, especially in the secondary, have wreaked havoc for Navy. The Midshipmen have started 20 different players on defense, compared with 13 on offense. The Blue Hens will try to control the ball and keep Navy's potent offense off the field. Navy has allowed more touchdowns and total points than it has scored this year.

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