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QB breaks record as Tigers’ bowl foe Navy beats Army, 17-3

December 13, 2009

By Craig Thomas

QB Ricky Dobbs has carried Navy to a berth in the Texas Bowl against Missouri.

Missouri fans got their last chance Saturday to get a preview of the Tigers’ bowl opponent, Navy. In Philadelphia, the Midshipmen (9-4) beat the Army Black Knights 17-3, their eighth straight win in that rivalry.

Navy QB Ricky Dobbs proved his running ability once again, as his one-yard run in the fourth quarter helped put the game out of Army’s reach. That score gave him 29 rushing TDs for the year, the most by a quarterback in NCAA history. It broke the record set by Florida’s Tim Tebow two years ago.

Dobbs had 113 yards rushing on 33 carries.

True to Navy’s typical form, the Midshipmen passed only seven times. One of Dobbs’ three completions went for a third-quarter touchdown. This of course would suggest a markedly different defensive assignment to what the Tigers (8-4) are used to facing.

Navy now has just under three weeks to prepare for Missouri. The Midshipmen and Tigers meet in the Texas Bowl on New Year’s Eve (2:30 p.m.) in Houston.

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