Ricky’s finale

By Bill Wagner
Updated: December 26, 2010

SAN DIEGO — Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs completed a stellar career by reaching a couple more milestones during Thursday night’s 35-14 loss to San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl.

Dobbs set a single-season school record for touchdown passes and moved into fourth place on the NCAA all-time list for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback.

He also established the first mark by tossing a 30-yard scoring strike to wide receiver Greg Jones. It was the 13th touchdown pass of the season for Dobbs, who came into the game tied with Alton Grizzard (1990).

Dobbs then scored Navy’s other touchdown on a 1-yard dive just before halftime. That was the 49th rushing touchdown for the 6-foot-1, 203-pound senior, who moved into a tie with Ohio University’s Kareem Wilson (1995-98) for fourth place on the career chart for quarterbacks.

Dobbs led the Navy offense by rushing for 197 yards on 24 carries and passing for another 147 yards on eight completions. It marked the second time this season and fourth time in his career that Dobbs rushed and passed for more than 100 yards in the same game.

Dobbs concluded his career with 2,730 rushing yards, which ranks fifth all-time at Navy and second among quarterbacks behind Chris McCoy (3,401 yards from 1995-97).

“Ricky Dobbs is definitely a very good player and he showed that tonight. He does a great job of running and throwing the ball,” said San Diego State safety Andrew Preston, who was named the game’s Defensive Most Valuable Player.

Meanwhile, Jones capped an incredible senior season by catching three passes for 85 yards and a touchdown. The San Antonio native finished the year with 33 receptions for 662 yards. Jones now ranks fourth on Navy’s all-time list for single-season receiving yards.

Jones has accumulated 811 career receiving yards, moving past running back Napoleon McCallum into eighth place on Navy’s career chart.

MID BITS: Navy’s 21-point margin of defeat was the most since a 42-21 loss to Pittsburgh on Oct. 18, 2008… Navy’s 14 points were the fewest it has scored in a postseason contest since suffering a 38-14 defeat at the hands of Texas Tech in the 2003 Houston Bowl… Sophomore cornerback De’Von Richardson tied a career-high with seven tackles… Navy now owns a 7-9-1 all-time record in bowl games.