The Navy Midshipmen (4-5) square off against a familiar opponent when they host the East Carolina Pirates (2-8) on Saturday, November 18, 2023 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in an AAC clash.
You’ll want to head to ESPNN for the upcoming game featuring the Midshipmen and Pirates.
When is Navy vs. East Carolina and when does it start?
This game between the Midshipmen and Pirates will take place on Saturday, November 18, 2023. You can expect the kickoff at 12:00 PM ET.
Where to watch Navy vs. East Carolina
The Midshipmen and Pirates will take to the field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for this matchup on November 18, and if you would like to catch the game live, get your tickets now from Vivid Seats!
What channel is the game on?
You can catch this game live on ESPNN.
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Navy vs. East Carolina Game Preview
Navy Stats & Insights
In their most recent game, the Midshipmen defeated the UAB Blazers 31-6.
Navy ranks 11th-worst in total offense (308.3 yards per game), but has been a little better on defense, ranking 60th with 369.7 yards allowed per contest.
While the Midshipmen’s pass defense ranks 84th with 235.6 passing yards allowed per game, they’ve been less successful on offense, ranking second-worst (101.8 passing yards per game).
Navy ranks 43rd in run defense this year (134.1 rushing yards allowed per game), but has been playing really well on the other side of the ball, ranking 10th-best in the FBS with 206.6 rushing yards per game.
While the Midshipmen’s defense ranks 43rd with 21.4 points allowed per game, they’ve been slightly worse on offense, ranking 16th-worst (19.7 points per game).
East Carolina Stats & Insights
In their most recent game, the Midshipmen won 31-6 over the UAB Blazers.
East Carolina ranks third-worst in total yards per game (271.1), but it has been better defensively, ranking 36th in the FBS with 336.7 total yards surrendered per contest.
The Pirates’ passing offense has been bottom-25 this season, compiling 162.8 passing yards per game, which ranks 11th-worst in the FBS. On defense, they rank 59th with 223.1 passing yards ceded per contest.
East Carolina ranks 16th-worst in rushing yards per game on offense (108.3), but at least it has been shutting down opposing offenses on the other side of the ball, ranking 23rd-best in rushing yards surrendered per contest (113.6).
The Pirates have been sputtering on offense, ranking eighth-worst in the FBS with 18.1 points per game. They have been more effective on defense, allowing 23 points per contest (49th-ranked).
Navy Key Players to Watch
Tai Lavatai has 522 passing yards (74.6 ypg) to lead Navy, completing 53.3% of his passes and tossing four touchdown passes and two interceptions this season. He’s also helped out on the ground with 171 rushing yards (24.4 ypg) on 56 carries with two rushing touchdowns.
The team’s top rusher, Alex Tecza, has carried the ball 91 times for 629 yards (69.9 per game), with four touchdowns this year.
This season Daba Fofana has piled up 247 yards (27.4 per game) on 64 attempts with two touchdowns.
Eli Heidenreich’s 267 receiving yards (29.7 yards per game) lead all receivers on the team. He’s totaled 12 receptions and four touchdowns.
Brandon Chatman has grabbed 13 passes for 211 yards (23.4 yards per game) this year.
Nathan Kent’s four catches have netted him 77 yards (19.3 ypg) and one touchdown.
East Carolina Key Players to Watch
Alex Flinn has thrown for 1,219 yards (121.9 ypg) to lead East Carolina, completing 52.6% of his passes and recording four touchdown passes and eight interceptions this season.
Rahjai Harris has carried the ball 107 times for a team-high 341 yards (34.1 per game), with four touchdowns this year.
This season Mason Garcia has racked up 50 carries for 227 yards (32.4 per game) and two touchdowns.
Chase Sowell’s 452 receiving yards (50.2 yards per game) pace all receivers on the team. He’s registered 36 receptions and one touchdown.
Jaylen Johnson has racked up 421 receiving yards (42.1 yards per game) and one touchdown, reeling in 38 passes this year.
Jsi Hatfield’s 23 catches have turned into 278 yards (27.8 ypg).