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Cardinals Shun Navy

by Mike Mitchell
September 5, 2008

Ball State QB Nate Davis threw 4 TD passes and held Navy RB Shun White to 128 yards and 1 TD in a 35-23 win for the Cardinals on Friday night in Muncie, Indiana. White ran for 348 yards on 19 carries in the Midshipmen's season opener against FCS member Towson last week.

As a team, Navy still managed 346 yards on the ground, just five yards short of its 2007 average under then-head coach Paul Johnson. When Johnson left to take the head coaching position at Georgia Tech, the Naval Academy promoted Johnson's assistant head coach and offensive coordinator, Ken Niumatalolo. The Middies piled up 452 yards on the ground last week.

Davis was 21-of-28 for 326 yards against Navy, and is now 42-of-52 (80.76 percent) on the season for 616 yards and 7 scores. Davis did throw two first-half interceptions Friday night for his picks of the year. He threw only six INT's (against 30 TD's) during the entire 2007 season.

Both teams are exactly where the computer predicted they would be after two games with the Cardinals at 2-0 and Navy at 1-1.

Ball State opens its MAC season at Akron next week. Navy will travel to Duke.