Navy used ball control to beat Missouri football in Texas Bowl

Thursday, December 31, 2009 | 5:59 p.m. CST; updated 8:20 p.m. CST, Thursday, December 31, 2009

HOUSTON — It’s hard to win a football game if you barely have the ball.

Missouri learned that lesson  Thursday.

In a 35-13 win over Missouri, Navy held the ball for 40:54, while Missouri only had the ball for 19:06.

Two significant records saw changes in the game

• Danario Alexander broke Justin Gage’s record for receiving yards in a career at Missouri. Alexander finished his tenure as a Tiger with 2,778 yards.

• Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs extended his NCAA record for rushing touchdowns in a season by a quarterback. His three touchdowns put him up to 27 rushing touchdowns for the season.

Missouri’s last significant opportunity to come back came early in the fourth quarter. A Dobbs touchdown pass put Navy ahead 28-13 with 14:23 to go in the game. Missouri drove the ball to the Navy 13-yard line, but didn’t get any points on the drive.

Three straight incomplete passes led to a turnover on downs. Navy got the ball back with 10:48 to go in the game.

Navy put the game away on its ensuing drive, scoring a touchdown to take a 35-13 lead. The drive went 10 plays for 85 yards, ending with a one-yard touchdown run for Dobbs.

Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert threw an interception on the next drive, and the Navy celebration began with less than three minutes to go in the game.

Dobbs hurt Missouri by both passing and running.

• He had 30 carries for 166 yards and three touchdowns.

• He was 9-14 passing for 130 yards and a touchdown.


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Ed McCarthy December 31, 2009 | 6:27 p.m.

I am a graduate and Navy fan and am excited about the game outcome....however wanted to say that the Missouri team showed real class at the end of the game treating the Navy players with respect. A tribute to the Coach and the team...good luck next year....

Ed .... class of 1984 and retired Marine Officer....

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kara tamara December 31, 2009 | 6:44 p.m.

Sure does exonerate the bowl selection folks. Nobody travels with the hillbillies and this team would have been better playing them Stevens(sp?) folks (would have drawn better). As to MU leaving Big 12 and going to Big 10, that would lower the average IQ of both conferences. Though it would be entertaining to watch all your Texas recruits who were academically ineligible to go to Texas Tech. They have such fun stumblin' over each other and then goin' home to watch theyselves on teh internets.

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e f December 31, 2009 | 7:27 p.m.

The Missouri team may have acted with class, but the band - in one of the most outrageous showings of low-class and childish petulance I have ever seen - did not.

The Missouri band - who almost outnumbered the entire contingent of the Brigade of Midshipmen present at the game stayed in place, despite most of their fans and their entire team having vacated the field.

The moment the Navy band stuck up the alma mater, the Missouri band shamefully started playing, drowning out the Naval Academy fans, even starting their piece again. The instant the Navy fans finished singing, the Missouri band ceased to play.

The University should certainly take some action against these childish sore losers, expelling them from the band or, at the very least, requiring an apology. If I were a member of the Missouri team or athletic department I would be appalled that these people represented me in any way.

Shameful. Disgraceful. Missouri fans should be outraged.

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Gregg Welstead December 31, 2009 | 7:31 p.m.

Have to agree with Ed on the class shown by a few of the Missouri players, but the band should take some lessons. As Navy's players joined the student body and fans to sing our Alma Mater "Navy Blue and Gold," they struck up some song to a stadium devoid of Missouri fans. Not so classy!

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woody January 1, 2010 | 11:26 a.m.

Absolutely right on the mark Gregg. We sat 8 rows behind the Mizzou band all game. They showed a total lack of decorum & discipline all game long. We saw several tuba players too busy eating while they were supposed to be playing during the second half. I guess that is allowed during performances by this director but the total lack of respect for Navy tradition after the game was a disservice to our nations fine service members, past & present. My son is an active duty Marine & several others were in uniform in section 115 with us as well. Show some class & dump this band director, pronto!!

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john doe January 2, 2010 | 6:36 p.m.

You are all fools for criticizing the band. It was their turn to play as agreed by both directors and bowl organizers. They proceeded to conduct their post game routine. (No matter if there is 1 or 100,000 fans). What happened is the Navy Band was hurried by ESPN officials who wanted to start the ceremony. It wasn't Marching Mizzou's fault and it wasn't Navy's fault. Blame ESPN or blame the situation itself. You are classless ones for speaking out on something you know nothing about.

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