Duke Travels to Navy
The Duke football team will travel to Annapolis, Md., for its third straight road game as the Blue Devils take on Navy at 1 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, Sept. 22. The game will be televised live by CSTV with Pete Medhurst (play-by-play) and Scott Zolak (analyst) calling the action. Last week, the Blue Devils claimed their first victory of 2007 with a 20-14 win at Northwestern. Navy is coming off a 34-31 overtime loss to Ball State.
The Duke-Navy Series
Duke and Navy have met 36 times on the gridiron, with the Midshipmen holding a 19-12-5 series advantage. A total of 13 games have been played between the two schools in Annapolis, with Navy winning nine times on their home field. The series dates back to a 32-6 Navy win during the 1927 season, and the Mids won six of the first seven meetings. Duke won four out of five meetings between 1966-77 before Navy won four of five between 1978-96. After the Blue Devils won consecutive contests in 1997 (27-16) and 2002 (43-17), Navy has won three straight over Duke.
Series Record Navy, 19-12-5
Record in Annapolis Navy leads, 9-4
Last Duke Win in Annapolis 2002, 43-17
Last Navy Win in Annapolis 2004, 27-12
Record in Durham Navy leads, 7-4-1
Last Duke Win in Durham 1997, 26-17
Last Navy Win in Durham 2006, 38-13
Current Winning Streak Navy, 3
Last 10 Games Navy, 7-3
Longest Duke Winning Streak 2, Four times
Largest Duke Margin of Victory 33, 1994, 47-14
Longest Navy Winning Streak 3, Three times
Largest Navy Margin of Victory 37, 1996, 64-27
Navy Scouting Report
The Midshipmen enter this week’s game as the top rushing team in the nation by averaging 378.7 yards per game. Six different players have over 100 rushing yards with quarterback Kaip Kaheaku-Enhada leading the way with 254 yards and four touchdowns. The Navy defense is allowing 429.3 yards per game.
Duke head coach Ted Roof holds an 0-3 record against Navy since becoming the head coach of the Blue Devils. Navy head coach Paul Johnson is 3-1 against Duke in his six seasons.
Big Games In The Duke-Navy Series
The Blue Devils and Midshipmen have played four games in which both teams were ranked among the nation’s top 20 (AP poll). In 1943, Navy dealt Duke its only loss of the year when the fourth-ranked Mids defeated the fifth-ranked Blue Devils, 14-13, in Baltimore. In 1954, 19th-ranked Navy routed 11th-ranked Duke in Norfolk by a 40-7 count as the Midshipmen intercepted seven Blue Devil passes. In 1957, the two squads, with Navy ranked seventh and Duke 16th, battled to a 6-6 tie in Baltimore. In 1960, the 13th-ranked Blue Devils rallied from a 10-0 halftime deficit to upend fourth-ranked Navy, 19-10, in Durham.
More Duke-Navy Series Notes
• 1949: Billy Cox set a Duke record when he boomed an 81-yard punt in Annapolis during a 28-14 loss.
• 1953: The Blue Devils have had nine games end in 0-0 ties since the first game in program history in 1888. The last time the final score showed 0-0 was when Duke and Navy met in Baltimore, Md., during the Blue Devils’ first season as a member of the ACC.
• 1971: Ernie Jackson paced the Duke ground game with 17 carries for 181 yards, including an 83-yard run which is tied for the second longest rush in Duke history. However, Navy edged the Blue Devils in a 15-14 contest in Annapolis.
• 1972: Duke and Navy squared off in Norfolk, Va. With Duke taking a narrow outing by a score of 17-16. Steve Jones handled the load with 36 carries for 148 yards.
• 1982: Duke’s all-time leading passer Ben Bennett threw for 363 yards in a close 27-21 loss at home against the Midshipmen. Navy’s quarterback, Marco Pagnanelli was equally as impressive, setting a school record by completing 15 of his 17 pass attempts for an .882 completion percentage.
Duke vs. Navy’s Heisman Trophy Winners
Duke and Navy have played twice in seasons that the Midshipmen produced the winner of the Heisman Trophy, facing Joe Bellino and Roger Staubach:
1960: Duke 19, Navy 10 — Joe Bellino and Navy came into Durham with an 8-0 record and left with their first loss of the season. Bellino ran 20 times for 62 yards and had four receptions for 65 yards. It was the only game of the season that Bellino failed to cross the goal line.
1963: Navy 38, Duke 25 — Roger Staubach led second-ranked Navy to a 38-25 victory against the Blue Devils, improving the Mids’ record to 9-0. Staubach was 7-for-14 passing for 122 yards with one interception. He ran 12 times for 72 yards and scored on a five yard run.