Navy Edges Wake, 13-10
Oct. 24, 2009
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Backup quarterback Kriss Proctor ran 40 yards for a third-quarter touchdown, and Navy beat Wake Forest 13-10 in a driving rain Saturday for its fifth straight victory.
Subbing for injured Ricky Dobbs (left knee), Proctor carried 23 times for 89 yards in his first college start. Coming in, Proctor's lone experience over two seasons was playing the mop-up role in a 63-14 win over Rice.
The Midshipmen (6-2) did not throw a pass. Last year, against SMU in similar conditions, Navy became the first FBS team since Ohio in 1997 not to attempt a single throw.
Fullback Vince Murray ran for a career-high 175 yards - his second straight 100-yard game - and Joe Buckley kicked two field goals for the Midshipmen, whose winning streak is their longest since a 5-0 start in 2004.
Riley Skinner went 13 of 25 for 173 yards for Wake Forest (4-4). His 15-yard touchdown throw to Devon Brown made it 13-10 with 7:41 left, but the Demon Deacons got only one more first down the rest of the way.
The game was a rematch of the 2008 EagleBank Bowl, in which Skinner went 11 for 11 in leading Wake Forest to a 29-19 victory. Although Wake Forest plays in the Atlantic Coast Conference and Navy is an independent, the teams have met four times over the past three seasons.
Skinner was perfect against Navy back in December, but in this one he ran into a determined Navy defense and a rain that at times was torrential.
Proctor's fourth career touchdown - he scored three against Rice - followed five straight bursts up the middle by Murray and made it 13-3. Navy then held on downs, and the Midshipmen moved to the Wake Forest 2 before Proctor lost a fumble after being hit by linebacker Matt Woodlief.
But the Midshipmen held on.
Limited to a field goal in a 38-3 loss to Clemson one week earlier, Wake Forest continued its offensive struggles during a first half that ended with Navy ahead 6-3.
With the wind at his back, Buckley kicked a career-long 50-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead.
The Demon Deacons answered early in the second quarter with a 40-yard field goal by Jimmy Newman. Navy then used a 35-yard run by Murray to set up a 41-yard field goal by Buckley.