Preview: Navy vs. Delaware

September 13, 2013
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3:30 p.m. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium CBS Sports Network/WFED-1500 Midshipmen 1-0; Blue Hens 2-0.

no letdown The Midshipmen got going early in last week’s season opener at Indiana, finishing with 444 rushing yards in a 41-35 victory that was their 20th over a BCS team since 2002. That’s the most wins by a non-BCS school against BCS opponents in that span, but on Saturday Navy drops down a level to face Delaware. While the Midshipmen have won the last two meetings in the series and are prohibitive favorites again, they can ill afford to take their FCS opponent lightly.

defensive improvements Navy yielded 363 passing yards and 481 yards of total offense last week. Now it faces another prolific attack in the Blue Hens, who have amassed 1,067 yards combined in their first two games. Delaware also has averaged 46.5 points per game. Midshipmen defensive coordinator Buddy Green reminded his players all week about their high-scoring opponent and is seeking marked improvement from his unit that played well during the first several series against Indiana but endured breakdowns midway through the second quarter.

scouting the blue hens Delaware has 11 FBS transfers, including four from Maryland and one from Virginia. Blue Hens QB Trent Hurley transferred from Bowling Green and has completed 43 of 60 passes (71.7 percent) for 566 yards with five touchdowns and one interception. The Navy secondary has been instructed to play particular attention to senior WR Rob Jones, who has eight receptions for 108 yards and a pair of touchdowns this season.

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