Today's Navy game

November 10, 2007

Matchup -- Navy (5-4) at North Texas (1-7)

Time -- 4 p.m.

Site -- Fouts Stadium, Denton, Texas

TV -- None

Radio -- 1090 AM

Line -- Navy by 15

Series -- First meeting

Navy offense vs. North Texas defense -- Navy's high-powered offense that averages 36.9 points and a national-high of 333.3 rushing yards will be up against the nation's lowest-rated scoring defense. The Mean Green has allowed 46.5 points and 209.4 rushing yards per game. North Texas coach Todd Dodge, a Mean Green assistant in 1992 and '93, made the rare jump from high school head coach to coach of a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision team. North Texas, coming off a bye, will have all the challenge it wants with Navy QB Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada, having one of the best years ever by a Mids quarterback. The junior is showing he can produce a balanced attack with key passes - he has completed 31 of his past 48 attempts for 551 yards, four touchdowns and just one interception - keeping the defenses even more befuddled as they cope with Navy's triple option.

Navy defense vs. North Texas offense -- A week ago at Notre Dame, Navy gave up 44 points but made enough big stops when necessary in a 46-44, triple-overtime win. This week the defense faces the Mean Green and its freshman quarterback, Giovanni Vizza, who will be making his fifth consecutive start. With a young offensive line - only senior Adam Venegas returned as a starter - the Mean Green offense has been under pressure and has 25 turnovers in eight games. Though Vizza has been intercepted 12 times, he has completed 110 of 207 passes for eight touchdowns and has shown a knack for the big play. He hit WR Casey Fitzgerald, who ranks third in the nation in receptions per game (9.0), for a 99-yard touchdown pass to spark the team's lone win, over Louisiana-Monroe, . North Texas has had 41 plays of at least 20 yards, and of those, 33 have been pass plays. Navy's revamped secondary continues to struggle, and the Mids rank 119th of 119 schools in pass-efficiency defense. Until last weekend, when Navy sacked Notre Dame's Evan Sharpley four times in regulation, opposing quarterbacks had plenty of time to pass.

SANDRA McKEE

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