Scouting report: Navy vs. Hawaii

November 28, 2009|By Camille Powell, The Washington Post

Today's Navy game
Navy (8-3) at Hawaii (5-6)
Time: 10:30 p.m.

TV: ESPNU

Radio: 1090 AM, 1430 AM

Line: Navy by 9 1/2

Series: Hawaii leads 1-0.

Last meeting: Hawaii won, 48-41, on Nov. 20, 1999, in Honolulu.

Well rested: The Midshipmen haven't played since Nov. 14, and the time off allowed them to rest and get healthy. Navy should have its top three offensive playmakers on the field at the same time for the first time since Oct. 17; QB Ricky Dobbs (knee), FB Vince Murray (shoulder) and SB Marcus Curry (quadriceps) have missed games recently with injuries but are better now. Coach Ken Niumatalolo's only concern is rust. "We took a lot of days off to try to get healthy," he said. "There's also some chemistry issues, some efficiency at running the offense and defense. Hopefully, we're still executing at a high level once we kick off on Saturday."

Nose for the end zone: Dobbs needs only one touchdown to tie the NCAA record for single-season rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (23), which is held by Air Force's Chance Harridge and Florida's Tim Tebow. Dobbs has rushed for at least one touchdown in every one of his 10 career starts. In his last game, against Delaware, he had five. His 22 touchdowns are second in the country, behind Stanford RB Toby Gerhart's 23.

Aloha, Hawaii: The Warriors lost six straight games during the first two months of the season but have rebounded recently, winning three in a row. They will become bowl-eligible if they win their final two games, against Navy and Wisconsin. Hawaii has started three quarterbacks this season but still ranks third in the Football Bowl Subdivision in passing offense (347.1 yards per game). Sophomore Shane Austin made his first career start last week and threw for 299 yards in a 17-10 overtime win at San Jose State.

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