Navy 38

(6-3, 4-0 away)

Duke 13

(0-9, 0-6 home)

1:00 PM ET, November 4, 2006

Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, NC

1 2 3 4 T
NAVY 14 10 7 738
DUKE 6 0 0 713

Top Performers

Passing: T. Lewis (DUKE) - 181 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: A. Ballard (NAVY) - 27 CAR, 103 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: E. Riley (DUKE) - 4 REC, 88 YDS

Navy drops Duke to 0-9 after convincing win in Durham

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- After two straight losses, Navy coach Paul Johnson gave his nicked-up team a lighter week of practice to help the Midshipmen to regroup.

He can't argue with the bowl-clinching results.

Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada ran for 119 yards and a touchdown and threw for a score Saturday to lead Navy to a 38-13 victory over Duke, clinching a fourth straight bowl appearance for the first time in program history.

Adam Ballard added 103 yards rushing and two touchdowns for the Midshipmen (6-3), who secured a berth in the Meineke Car Care Bowl against an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent on Dec. 30 in Charlotte.

Navy had no trouble ending its losing skid or finding plenty of running room against the winless Blue Devils (0-9). Navy ran for 435 yards, threw just five passes and didn't punt all day - a strong overall performance that seemed to validate Johnson's decision to cut down on physical contact leading up to the game.

"We knew he expected us to come out with fresh legs and really hit somebody," Ballard said. "We kind of took that as, 'If he's going to give us a break and we don't come out, then we're going to put the armor back on and start knocking each other's heads off.'

"We wanted to come out and execute, and I think both sides of the ball played well."

The Midshipmen had lost consecutive games to Rutgers and Notre Dame, and lost senior quarterback Brian Hampton to a season-ending knee injury against the Scarlet Knights on Oct. 14. Kaheaku-Enhada made his first career start last week, running for a pair of scores in the 38-14 loss to the Fighting Irish.

He had a much easier time against the Blue Devils, directing the Midshipmen to touchdowns on their first three drives en route to a 24-6 halftime lead. Navy opened the second half with a long TD drive - with Kaheaku-Enhada throwing a 19-yard score to Reggie Campbell - that took the last bit of drama out of the game.

He got plenty of help from his teammates. Navy ran the ball on its first 27 plays, with Shun White finishing with 85 yards on five carries - including a 39-yard touchdown off an option pitch in the first half - while Campbell added 40 yards on nine carries.

"It's just part of the offense, you know?" Kaheaku-Enhada said. "You let me run, I'm going to run. If they let the fullback run, the fullback's going to get a lot of rushes. If they allow us to pitch the ball, the slotback's going to get a lot. So however it unfolds doesn't matter, as long as we're moving the ball."

Duke had better success in last year's meeting, allowing 326 rushing yards to Navy and losing 28-21 on a touchdown in the final minutes.

The Blue Devils had talked this week about getting off to a solid start after spending the past two weeks failing to rally from big early deficits in losses to Miami and Vanderbilt. And they put together an impressive drive to open the game, moving 70 yards in five plays - 38 coming on a pass from Thad Lewis to a diving Eron Riley - to take the lead on Re'quan Boyette's 1-yard TD less than two minutes in.

But that's as good as it got for the Blue Devils. Joe Surgan missed the extra point, a sign of things to come.

"It was a little bit of a momentum loss there," Duke coach Ted Roof said. "I'm very frustrated, disappointed, angry. This is a setback. We're going to get it changed and get it fixed."

Navy answered with a 72-yard drive - all on the ground - to take a 7-6 lead on Kaheaku-Enhada's 1-yard run with 8:31 left in the period. Then, after a 44-yard punt return by Campbell gave Navy a short field, the Midshipmen pushed the lead to 14-6 on Ballard's 1-yard TD and never looked back.

The Blue Devils finished with 294 total yards on offense. Their second touchdown - a 13-yard pass from Lewis to Jomar Wright - came with 1:53 to play and the outcome long since decided.

The game also included the ejection of Duke defensive end Greg Akinbiyi for kicking at Kaheaku-Enhada after a play to start the fourth quarter.