Scores

Final

Towson 13

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Navy 41

(1-0)

3:30 PM ET, August 30, 2008

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD

1 2 3 4 T
TOWS 0 13 0 013
NAVY 14 10 7 1041

Top Performers

Passing: S. Schaefer (TOWS) - 330 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: S. White (NAVY) - 19 CAR, 348 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: C. Cegles (TOWS) - 6 REC, 98 YDS, 1 TD

Navy 41, Towson 13

Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Shun White carried the load for Navy and the Midshipmen took coach Ken Niumatalolo to a win in his debut.

White rushed for a school-record 348 yards Saturday as Navy ran past Towson 41-13 in its first game after Paul Johnson left to take his triple-option offense to Georgia Tech.

White scored on runs of 33, 87 and 73 yards to break Eddie Meyers' record of 298 set in 1981 against Syracuse.

"I had no idea how many yards I had until they announced it, said White, whose total was 17th best in NCAA Division 1-A history. "I'm glad I got the record, but records are meant to be broken. To be honest, I didn't care. I just wanted to win."

Navy, the top rushing team in the nation the last three seasons, totaled 558 yards against the Tigers, the third-best team total in school history.

Quarterback Jarod Bryant rushed for 75 yards, scored on a 20-yard run, and completed a 38-yard scoring pass to Bobby Doyle. Bryant started in place of Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada, who had an injured left hamstring.

"We're an option team, we take what people give us. We go into a game and see what people key on and then adapt," Niumatalolo said. "That's the beauty of the triple option. We were going to ride (White) as long as we could.'

Navy's Matt Harmon also set a school record with his 52nd consecutive extra point.

Towson's Sean Schaefer passed for 330 yards, completing 29 of 47 passes. In the first half, he completed 20 of 31 passes for 225 yards and threw touchdown passes to Casey Cegles for 22 yards and Marcus Lee for 4 yards.

Rashawn King's interception stopped Towson's opening drive at the Navy 23 and the Mids turned around and drove 77 yards, capped by Bryant scoring from the 20 with 6:10 left in the first quarter.

After a 21-yard punt by Towson's Bill Shears gave the ball to Navy in Tigers' territory, White capped a 43-yard drive with his 33-yard run.

Towson scored on a 22-yard pass from Schaefer to Cegles, and missed the extra point. On the first Navy play following the score, White took a pitch from Bryant and raced 87 yards to put the Mids up 21-6.

"I know he made some big plays for us," Niumatalolo said. "I told him we were going to give him the ball and ride him as long as we could. He said 'Coach, give me the ball."

Schaefer's 4-yard pass to Marcus Lee closed it to 21-13, but Harmon's 31-yard field goal as the half ended made the score 24-13.

Navy outscored Towson 17-0 in the second half, sacking Schaefer three times and holding the Tigers to 108 yards after allowing 252 before halftime.

"We came out to start the game and our first few drives were good, then we let them score," Navy linebacker Clint Sovie said. "We had a different attitude in the second half. We wanted to keep them from converting the third downs and get them off the field."

Bryant's pass to Doyle early in the third quarter put Navy up 31-13 and White's 73-yard run with 8:40 to play made it 38-13. Harmon added a 20-yard field goal to close the scoring.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TOWS
NAVY
1st Downs2126
Total Yards360602
Passing33044
Rushing30558
Penalties9-606-50
3rd Down Conversions8-165-11
4th Down Conversions1-21-1
Turnovers11
Possession30:2829:32

Passing Leaders

TowsonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Schaefer29/473307.021
NavyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bryant2/44411.010

Rushing Leaders

TowsonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Castor10222.209
Rouson5214.209
NavyCARYDSAVGTDLG
White1934818.3387
Bryant17754.4120

Receiving Leaders

TowsonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cegles69816.3122
Newsom78412.0030
NavyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bobby13838.0138
Kettani166.006

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTOWSNAVY
TD06:10Jarod Bryant 20 Yd Run (Matt Harmon Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 77 yds, 3:36
07
TD02:55Shun White 33 Yd Run (Matt Harmon Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 43 yds, 1:38
014
SECOND QUARTERTOWSNAVY
TD06:39Casey Cegles 22 Yd Pass From Sean Schaefer (Pat Failed)
Drive: 11 plays, 82 yds, 5:49
614
TD06:20Shun White 87 Yd Run (Matt Harmon Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 87 yds, :19
621
TD02:56Marcus Lee 4 Yd Pass From Sean Schaefer (Mark Bencivengo Kick)
Drive: 13 plays, 61 yds, 3:24
1321
FG00:00Matt Harmon 31 Yd
Drive: 13 plays, 51 yds, 2:56
1324
THIRD QUARTERTOWSNAVY
TD11:37Doyle Bobby 38 Yd Pass From Jarod Bryant (Matt Harmon Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 60 yds, 3:23
1331
FOURTH QUARTERTOWSNAVY
TD08:40Shun White 73 Yd Run (Matt Harmon Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 68 yds, :16
1338
FG00:51Matt Harmon 20 Yd
Drive: 11 plays, 76 yds, 5:54
1341