Scores

Final

East Carolina 38

(3-4, 2-2 away)

Navy 35

(2-5, 1-3 home)

3:30 PM ET, October 22, 2011

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD

1 2 3 4 T
ECU 0 17 7 1438
NAVY 0 7 14 1435

Top Performers

Passing: D. Davis (ECU) - 372 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: R. Bullock (ECU) - 26 CAR, 104 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: L. Lewis (ECU) - 9 REC, 80 YDS, 1 TD

ECU's Dominique Davis completes 26 straight throws in win over Navy

Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Dominique Davis had just set two NCAA passing records, and the East Carolina senior was looking for some props from the man he had just dethroned.

Davis connected on all 26 of his first-half throws to extend his streak of pass completions to 36 straight over two games, and the Pirates rode his record-setting performance to a 38-35 victory over skidding Navy on Saturday night.

Davis broke the single-game record of 23 straight completions, set in 1998 by Tee Martin of Tennessee against South Carolina and tied in 2004 by Aaron Rodgers of California versus Southern California.

Davis completed his final 10 passes against Memphis last week, so his stunning first half against Navy gave him 36 completions in a row -- breaking the NCAA mark of 26 set in 2004 by Rodgers, now a star with the Green Bay Packers.

"I hope he calls me and tells me congratulations," Davis said. "Aaron Rodgers is one of my favorite quarterbacks because he's a guy just like me, coming from a junior college and going to D-1. Now he's in the NFL doing great things. It's an honor."

After going 26 for 26 for 251 yards before halftime, Davis' streak ended when he misfired on his first attempt in the third quarter. He finished 40 for 45 for 372 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Funny thing is, it wasn't until he reached the locker room that Davis learned just how special his numbers were.

"I had no idea until after the game," the 6-foot-3 quarterback said. "When they told me, I was like, 'Wow, really?' It's amazing, but when you do your job and put the ball in your receiver's hands, that's what happens."

Coming into the game, the Pirates led the nation with 23 turnovers. In this one, East Carolina (3-4) didn't give the ball away.

But the game wasn't decided until Navy's Jon Teague hit the right upright on a 42-yard field goal try as time expired. Seconds earlier, a leaping Matt Aiken had his hands on a potential touchdown pass, but lost his grip on the ball as he came down in the end zone.

"I thought he broke the plane and went down with the ball," Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said. "But that doesn't matter; they called what they called. We have to make that field goal."

Navy (2-5) has lost five straight, its longest skid since 2002.

"This is a tough loss for this team and this program," Niumatalolo said.

The Midshipmen trailed 31-21 with 14:53 left before backup quarterback Trey Miller threw a 59-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Turner and a 37-yard strike to Matt Aiken for a 35-31 lead with 7:51 to go.

Davis then moved East Carolina 77 yards in 15 plays, a drive that ended with Reggie Bullock's third TD of the game, a 1-yard run with 2:14 remaining.

Bullock ran for 104 yards; Lance Lewis had nine catches for 80 yards and a touchdown; and Danny Webster had six receptions for 81 yards for East Carolina.

Davis entered with a 68.5 percent completion percentage this season, and he has completed at least 30 passes in six of his last nine games. A junior college transfer, Davis threw for 3,967 yards and 37 TDs last season and completed 64.5 percent of his passes.

Many of his 26 first-half completions were short flares, but nine of the those passes resulted in double-digit gains, including a 33-yarder to Webster and a 23-yarder to Andrew Bodenheimer.

"That's our offense. We take big shots, we take little shot, whatever," Lewis said.

Navy starting quarterback Kris Proctor was knocked out of the game with a left elbow injury with 7:01 remaining in the second quarter. Proctor was hit in the pocket by Matt Milner, who was penalized for roughing the passer.

Miller came in and lost a fumble three plays later. Davis then orchestrated an eight-play drive that ended with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Michael Bowman for a 14-7 lead.

After a Navy punt, Davis completed six straight passes around a 3-yard run by Bullock and Michael Barbour kicked a 35-yard field goal as the half ended. Barbour earlier missed field-goal tries of 43 and 32 yards.

Navy's Marcus Thomas took the second-half kickoff 90 yards to cut the gap to 17-14, but a 1-yard touchdown run by Bullock restored the 10-point cushion.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ECU
NAVY
1st Downs3223
Total Yards504420
Passing372136
Rushing132284
Penalties2-202-8
3rd Down Conversions11-173-11
4th Down Conversions2-22-3
Turnovers01
Possession33:2126:39

Passing Leaders

East CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Davis40/453728.320
NavyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Miller5/1212610.520

Rushing Leaders

East CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bullock261044.0313
Hunt9262.906
NavyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Greene89211.5119
Howell7497.0011

Receiving Leaders

East CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Webster68113.5033
Lewis9808.9115
NavyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Turner27236.0159
Aiken24522.5137

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERECUNAVY
TD12:28Gee Gee Greene 13 Yd Run (Jon Teague Kick) 07
TD09:24Lance Lewis 3 Yd Pass From Dominique Davis (Michael Barbour Kick) 77
TD02:32Michael Bowman 10 Yd Pass From Dominique Davis (Michael Barbour Kick) 147
FG00:00Michael Barbour 35 Yd 177
THIRD QUARTERECUNAVY
TD14:45Marcus Thomas 90 Yd Kickoff Return (Jon Teague Kick) 1714
TD10:51Reggie Bullock 1 Yd Run (Michael Barbour Kick) 2414
TD02:23Alexander Teich 1 Yd Run (Jon Teague Kick) 2421
FOURTH QUARTERECUNAVY
TD14:53Reggie Bullock 13 Yd Run (Michael Barbour Kick) 3121
TD12:25Brandon Turner 59 Yd Pass From Trey Miller (Jon Teague Kick) 3128
TD07:51Matt Aiken 37 Yd Pass From Trey Miller (Jon Teague Kick) 3135
TD02:14Reggie Bullock 3 Yd Run (Michael Barbour Kick) 3835