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Navy Opponent Preview: Temple

October 29, 2008

Navy Midshipmen vs. Temple Owls
 
Date: Saturday, Nov. 1  
Time: 3:30 p.m.
TV: CBS College Sports Network
Radio: Navy Radio Network

Navy running back Shun White will play his final home game Saturday against the Temple Owls.
(Mitch Stringer/PressBox)

Who ever said that a team needs to be able to throw the ball in order to win football games?

In last week’s romp over Southern Methodist University, Navy did not attempt a pass as the offense was able to rack up more than 400 yards on the ground against an overmatched Mustangs defense.

Temple rolls into Annapolis Saturday looking to provide a solid test for the vaunted Navy rushing attack, having allowed only 57 yards per game over its last four games.

The Owls' defense has improved drastically from the beginning of the season. Temple started the year by losing four out of five, allowing 30 or more points three times over that span.

Since then, Temple has won two out of three and the Owls' 67th-ranked defense has not allowed more than 10 points in any of its last four games. While the defense has progressed over the course of the season, the Owls offense has remained stagnant.

The offense is ranked second-to-last in the country and is putting up a meager 16 points per game. Quarterback Adam DiMichele missed three games with a shoulder injury but returned for last week’s win over Ohio. However, the senior signal caller showed some rust, completing just 9 of 22 passes for 79 yards.

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Saturday's matchup with Temple will be the final home game for 33 Navy seniors, who will be honored in a pregame ceremony. With a win, the Midshipmen would earn their sixth win and punch their ticket to the EagleBank Bowl, which will be played Dec. 20 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.

The Class of 2009 has compiled a 30-16 record, won three straight Commander-In-Chief's Trophies and has participated in three consecutive bowl games.
The seniors playing their final game in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium: Co-captain Jarod Bryant (Hoover, Ala.), Tyree Barnes (Hampton, Va.), Ketric Buffin (Rowlett, Texas), Jeff Deliz (Clinton Township, Mich.), Jerry Feehery (Wallingford, Pa.), Anthony Gaskins (West Orange, N.J.), Sander Gossard (Harrington Park, N.J.), Ryan Griffith (Columbia, Md.), Matt Harmon (Greenville, S.C.), Alex Horne (Lexington, N.C.), Corey Johnson (Anderson, Ind.), Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada (Kapolei, Hawai’i), Eric Kettani (Kirtland, Ohio), Rashawn King (Raleigh, N.C.), John Maddox (Manasquan, N.J.), Andrew McGinn (Marietta, Ga.), Ricky Moore (North Beach, Md.), Casey Nichols (The Woodlands, Texas), Artie Pauls (Chicago, Ill.), Chad Peterson (Armwood, Fla.), Scott Reider (LaPorte, Ind.), Will Scarle (Tampa, Fla.), Curtis Sharp (Columbia, S.C.), Greg Shinego (Port St. Lucie, Fla.), Jared Smearman (Carthage, N.C.), Kevin Snyder (Burtonsville, Md.), Greg Sudderth (Lilburn, Ga.), Joe Taylor (Montross, Va.), Joey Taylor (Carrollton, Texas), T.J. Thiel (Plymouth, Minn.), Mike Von Bargen (Reading, Ohio), Michael Walsh (Newtown, Pa.) and Shun White (Memphis, Tenn.).

By Matt Zenitz

Posted October 31, 2008

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