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Scouting report: Navy vs. Central Michigan


Time: 3:30 p.m.

TV: CBS College Sports

Radio: 1090 AM, 1430 AM

Line: Navy by 141/2

Last meeting: Navy def. Central Michigan, 63-34, Nov. 22, 2003

Home not so sweet: The Midshipmen have yet to turn in an offensive performance at home that rivals victories over Notre Dame at New Meadowlands Stadium on Oct. 23 and last Saturday's record-setting performance in a 76-35 win against East Carolina in Greenville, N.C. Many Navy players said providing the home crowd at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium an offensive showcase will be a point of emphasis against Central Michigan.

Home not so sweet, Part II: Navy's uneven play at home is largely due to falling behind early. In the past two games there, the Midshipmen have trailed a combined 38-0 at halftime. They trailed Southern Methodist, 14-0, before coming back to win, 28-21, on Oct. 16, and two weeks ago made a game of it against Duke before losing, 34-31, despite a 24-0 deficit at intermission. Coach Ken Niumatalolo specifically addressed that deficiency as his players prepared for their second-to-last home game of the year.

Turnover machine: Navy's defense has forced at least one turnover in 14 of 15 games, including four in the victory over the Pirates. The Midshipmen are tied for fifth in turnover margin at plus 1.2. Central Michigan, meantime, is ranked 114th out of 120 Division I-A teams in that statistic at minus 0.90.

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