Scores

Final

Navy 63

(4-2)

Rice 14

(0-6, 0-2 C-USA)

3:30 PM ET, October 10, 2009

Rice Stadium, Houston, TX

1 2 3 4 T
NAVY 14 21 14 1463
RICE 0 7 0 714

Top Performers

Passing: N. Fanuzzi (RICE) - 242 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: R. Dobbs (NAVY) - 20 CAR, 104 YDS, 4 TD

Receiving: P. Randolph (RICE) - 6 REC, 58 YDS, 2 TD

Navy 63, Rice 14

Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Ricky Dobbs had more touchdowns than passes.

Navy's quarterback ran for four touchdowns and passed three times in a 63-14 win over Rice on Saturday that showcased the Midshipmen's option offense.

"I thought we played great offensively, great defensively," Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo. "I thought it was a great team win. That's what we were trying to get. After a big win over Air Force, I was concerned how we would respond."

Dobbs ran for 105 yards and before yielding to backup Kriss Proctor, who added three scoring runs of his own to finish off the Midshipmen's most comprehensive win of the season.

Marcus Curry ran for 86 yards and a score on 10 carries and Proctor finished with 83 yards.

The Owls were outgained 538 yards to 271, and held to 16 yards rushing. Nick Fanuzzi completed 20 of 33 passes for 241 yards and two TDs, but was picked off twice.

Rice didn't score until after Navy got touchdowns on its first five possessions. Dobbs completed two passes for 66 yards, including a 51-yarder to Curry on the Mids' first snap. Dobbs ran it in from 2 yards out on the next play, adding TD runs from 12 yards and 1 yard on his next two possessions before Vince Murray's 7-yard run and Curry's 1-yarder put the Midshipmen up 35-0.

The Owls got Patrick Randolph's 12-yard touchdown catch, but couldn't do anything else until Randolph's second touchdown made it 56-14 in the fourth quarter.

Navy's methodical triple-option was on display all afternoon, with three drives longer than 10 plays and not a single three-and-out until the game was well out of reach.

The Midshipmen ran 82 plays on offense to Rice's 54, and converted eight of 14 third and fourth downs, including all three on fourth down.

"I thought it was a great team win. I thought we played great in all three phases," Niumatalolo said. Kick-off coverage is probably the one thing we could have been better. I thought we plated pretty well in every phase."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NAVY
RICE
1st Downs3114
Total Yards537272
Passing66251
Rushing47121
Penalties6-519-70
3rd Down Conversions5-112-10
4th Down Conversions3-30-2
Turnovers02
Possession40:3619:24

Passing Leaders

NavyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dobbs2/36622.000
RiceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Fanuzzi20/332427.322

Rushing Leaders

NavyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dobbs201045.2413
Curry10858.5122
RiceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Turner4184.509
Knox155.005

Receiving Leaders

NavyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Curry15151.0051
Washington11515.0015
RiceRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wardlow67813.0026
Randolph6589.7221

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNAVYRICE
TD11:32Ricky Dobbs 2 Yd Run (Joe Buckley Kick) 70
TD04:41Ricky Dobbs 12 Yd Run (Joe Buckley Kick) 140
SECOND QUARTERNAVYRICE
TD13:01Ricky Dobbs 1 Yd Run (Joe Buckley Kick) 210
TD10:08Vince Murray 7 Yd Run (Joe Buckley Kick) 280
TD02:44Marcus Curry 1 Yd Run (Joe Buckley Kick) 350
TD01:02Patrick Randolph 12 Yd Pass From Nick Fanuzzi (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 357
THIRD QUARTERNAVYRICE
TD10:31Ricky Dobbs 13 Yd Run (Joe Buckley Kick) 427
TD07:59Kriss Proctor 1 Yd Run (Joe Buckley Kick) 497
FOURTH QUARTERNAVYRICE
TD11:46Kriss Proctor 1 Yd Run (Joe Buckley Kick) 567
TD09:50Patrick Randolph 7 Yd Pass From Nick Fanuzzi (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 5614
TD06:13Kriss Proctor 1 Yd Run (Joe Buckley Kick) 6314