Sunday, April 29, 2018

Pittsburgh Steelers Draft Picks and Rookie Free Agent Signings

2018 Pittsburgh Steelers Draft Picks and Rookie Free Agent signings 

Round 1
Terrell Edmunds, S - Virginia Tech

Round 2
James Washington, WR - Oklahoma State

Round 3
Mason Rudolph, QB - Oklahoma State
Chukwuma Okorafor, OT - Western Michigan

Round 5
Marcus Allen, S - Penn State
Jaylen Samuels, RB - North Carolina State

Round 7
Joshua Frazier, DT - Alabama

Rookie Free Agent Signings
Parker Cothren, DT - Penn State
Jarvion Franklin, RB - Western Michigan
Greg Gilmore, DE - LSU
Quadree Henderson, WR - Pittsburgh
Trey Johnson, CB - Villanova
Pharoah McKever, TE North Carolina State
Patrick Morris, C - TCU
Ikenna Nwokeji, OL - Elon
Olasunkanmi Adeniyi, LB - Toledo
Chris Schleuger, G - UAB
Jamar Summers, CB - UConn
Matthew Thomas, LB - Florida State
Kendal Vickers, DE - Tennessee

Saturday, December 09, 2017

The 2017 Army-Navy Game Live Updates

Fourth Quarter - 

6:09 - Bennett Moehring just missed a 48 yard field goal to the left that gives Army their second consecutive win in the series and their first Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy since 1996.  The final score is Army 14, Navy 13.

6:06 - Perry had no gain on his run and Navy will attempt a 48 yard field goal to sin the game.

6:04 - Navy was charged with two false starts and now has 3rd and 16 at Army’s 31.  The two penalties also 

6:02 - Perry dropped the snap and then scrambled for a Navy first down to the Army 25.  He gained 12 on that busted play.

6:01 - When the teams return to the field following Navy’s timeout, Army returns the favor and we’re still waiting to see what Navy is going to do on 4th and 3.

5:58 - Navy has a 4th down and 3 and the Army 37 trailing by 1 and 2:05 left in the game.

5:56 - Perry looked to pass the ball then ran the ball for 13 yards and a Navy first down.

5:51 - Perry runs for 6 yards.  I think this drive will be the Malcolm Perry show.

5:48 - Army’s kickoff goes out of bounds and Navy will take over at their own 35 yard line.

5:45 - Today’s attendance was announced at 68,625.

5:43 - Ahmad Bradshaw scores from one yard out and Army leads Navy, 14-13 with 5:10 remaining in the game.

5:40 - Army’s last play that was ruled out at the 1 yard line is under review.  Army is driving to take the lead with 5:26 left in the game.  Navy leads 13-7.

5:38 - 1st and goal Army at the Navy 9.

5:36 - Army is methodically running the ball down the field and has the ball on the Navy 19.  

5:33 - Bradshaw then carries again, this time for 9 yards to the Navy 32.

5:32 - Bradshaw carries the ball 12 yards to the 46.  He follows that carry up with another 12 yard carry to the Navy 41.

5:28 - Navy faced a 3 and out and punted to the Army 35.

5:22 - Army missed a 35 yard field goal attempt.  Navy takes over at their own 20 yard line.

5:20 - The quarter ending gives Army some time to clear the snow away from where the ball will be placed in their 35 yard FG attempt.

Third Quarter - 

5:17 - The third quarter ends as Army is facing a 4th and 15 on the Navy 17 yard line.  Navy leads 13-7 with one quarter remaining.

5:14 - Army is facing a 3rd and 13 on the Navy 15 yard line with 0:41 left in the third quarter.

5:11 - Army has the ball on the Navy 12.

5:07 - Bradshaw carries the ball 21 yards to the Navy 34.

5:06 - Army’s Ahmad Bradshaw completed a 20 yard pass to Calen Holt.  This was Army’s first pass attempt in the game.

4:57 - Bennett Moehring kicked a 24 yard FG to give Navy a 13-7 lead with 9:16 left in the third quarter.  Navy’s scoring drive was 9-71-5:44.  Malcolm Perry went over 1000 yards rushing for the year on that drive.  Navy has two QBs with 1000 yard seasons this year.

4:56 - Navy has a 4th and 5 at the Army 6.  

4:54 - Perry breaks off a 46 yard run before being tripped up at the Army 11.

4:51 - Perry carries the ball for 9 yards on Navy’s first play to pick up where he left off in the first half.

4:50 - Navy returns the kickoff to their own 23 yard line.

4:49 - Navy is prepared to receive the kickoff to start the second half.

Halftime - 

4:48 - Both teams are back on the field preparing for the second half.  It appears that 75% of the crowd must be in the concourse or left the game to continue tailgating.  The game is much to close to leave yet.

Navy Notes - 

Malcolm Perry has 146 yards on 15 carries including a 68 yard TD run in the first half.  

Navy has completed 1 of 2 passes for 2 yards.  Malcolm Perry caught that pass.

Owen White has 2 punts averaging 35.5 yards.

DJ Palmore and Hudson Sullivan lead the Navy defense with 6 tackles each.

Army Notes - 

Kell Walker and Darnell Woolfolk have 40 and 39 yards rushing respectively.  Ahmad Bradshaw has the team’s only rushing TD.

Army has not attempted a pass in the game.

Nick Schrage has 3 punts averaging 31.7 yards.

Cole Christiansen and James Nachtigal each have 6 tackles for Army.

Comparisons - 

Navy has outgained Army 170-109

Navy has 7 first downs, Army has 6

Navy leads the time of possession battle, 15:36-14:24

Army is 1-5 on 3rd down conversions, Navy is 1-6

Both teams are 1-1 on 4th down conversions

Each team has 1 penalty - Navy for 10 yards and Army for 5 yards

Second Quarter - 

4:29 - Army carries the ball one time and time expires with Navy leading Army at the half, 10-7.

4:27 - Navy punts on fourth down and the ball rolls just across the goal line with 9 seconds remaining.  Army gets the ball at their 20 yard line.

4:25 - Navy takes a timeout with 0:16 seconds left in the half facing a 4th and 2 on the Army 45.

4:23 - On a 4th down, Navy gets Army to jump offsides for a first down.

4:20 - Chris High has 4 carries in the game for Navy today.  Anthony Gargiulo doesn’t have a carry yet.

4:19 - Perry carries again for 9 on Navy’s first play of the drive.  Perry has 139 yards rushing in the game.

4:18 - Army punts on their second consecutive drive.  The ball goes out of bounds at the Navy 20 with 5:22 remaining in the half.

4:16 - Darnell Wolfolk carries the ball 10 yards for Army to the 47.

4:11 - On third down, Navy attempted a trick pass from Craig Scott to Malcolm Perry that fell incomplete.  Navy was forced to punt and the ball was downed at the Army 37.

4:06 - Zach Abey back in at QB for Navy and Perry moves to the slot back position.

4:03 - Navy forces a three and out for Army.  The punt is fair caught at the Navy 33.

4:01 - Army has a first and ten from their 20 yard line.

3:56 - Malcolm Perry breaks a 68 yard TD run to give Navy a 10-7 lead over the Black Knights.  Navy’s scoring drive was 3-74-1:32.  Perry has 130 yards on 11 carries so far in today’s game.  The TD was Perry’s 9th of the season.

3:53 - The 8 members of the field crew operating snow blowers during timeouts deserve some kind of award for their efforts today.

3:50 - Army is forced to punt on their second series.  The punt travels 26 yards to the Navy 26 where Navy will take over.

First Quarter - 

3:44 - That’s the end of the first quarter and Army leads Navy, 7-0 as the snow continues to fall here in Philadelphia. 

3:42 - Navy’s kickoff goes into the end zone and Army will start at their own 25.

3:37 - Bennett Moehring kicked a 28 yard field goal for Navy and Army now leads the Mids, 7-3 with 0:55 seconds left in the quarter.

3:35 - Navy is facing another 4th down at the Army 10.  The Mids take a timeout with 0:59 remaining in the quarter.  With all the running, this game is going very quickly.

3:32 - QB Zach Abey converts a 4th and 1 at the Army 20.  Perry comes back in at QB and carries the ball for 4 yards to the Army 15.

3:31 - Josh Walker takes the first non-Perry carry for 5 yards.

3:30 - Perry carries the ball again, this time for 19 yards to the Army 29.

3:29 - Malcolm Perry takes the first four carries for the Mids for 27 yards.

3:27 - Army kicks off to Navy and the Midshipmen will start on their won 25 yard line.  Malcolm Perry starts at QB for Navy.  He gains 9 yards on his first carry.

3:22 - Darnell Wolfolk carries the ball 3 yards for an Army TD.  Blake Wilson’s PAT is good and Army leads Navy 7-0 with 8:06 remaining in the first quarter.  Army’s scoring drive was 11 plays for 68 yards and the time of possession was 6:54.  The TD was Wilson’s 12th rushing TD this season.

3:21 - Walker carries the ball for an Army first down to the Navy 3 yard line.

3:21 - Army has a 4th and 1 on the Navy 5 yardline.

3:17 - Kell Walker carries the ball 33 yards for Army to the Navy 25 yard line.

3:15 - Surprisingly, Army runs on their first play for six yards.

3:14 - Bennett Moehring kicks off for the Midshipmen and Army will start at their own 32.

3:11 - The snow blowers are on the field making the yardlines as visible as possible in this weather.

Pregame - 

3:08 - The teams have taken the field and we’re about 2 minutes from kickoff

3:04 - Secretary of State Tillerson flipped the coin.  Navy won the toss and deferred to the second half.  Army will get the ball first.

3:02 - With today’s poor weather conditions, the Golden Knights and Navy Leap Frogs will not be parachuting into the stadium.

2:56 - The teams are in their respective locker rooms and they are preparing for the invocation and National Anthem.

2:24 - Both teams are on the field for pregame warmups on a snowy Saturday afternoon.  The special uniforms for today’s game look awesome for both teams.

2:20 - Army and Navy face each other for the 118th time today at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.  The winner of today’s game will win the Commander-In-Chief’s trophy that is awarded to the service academy that wins the round robin competition during the year.  Navy beat Air Force in a 48-45 thriller in Annapolis on October 7.  Army defeated the Falcons 21-0 in Colorado Springs on November 4.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Battle for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy - 2017

The CIC Trophy has been awarded to the winner of the football competition between Army, Navy, and Air Force since 1972.  When no clear cut winner prevails in a particular season, last year's winner retains the trophy for another year.  This scenario has played out four times - 1974, 1976, 1980, and 1993.  Navy has won the prestigious award 18 times including 10 of the past 14 years.  Air Force has taken the trophy home to Colorado Springs 21 times including winning the award 13 of 14 seasons between 1989 and 2002.  Army has earned the award six times with the last time in 1996.

With Army and Navy both defeating Air Force this season, the Army-Navy game on December 9 will decide the CIC winner.  The last time the Army-Navy game decided the CIC winner was 2012 when the Mids knocked off the Black Knights, 17-13.

This season's CIC head-to-head matchups take place in October, November, and December.

  • October 7 - Navy 48, Air Force 45
  • November 4 - Army 21, Air Force 0
  • December 9 - Army vs. Navy in Philadelphia

Navy (6-4)

9/1 - at Florida Atlantic - W, 42-19
9/9 - Tulane - W, 23-21
9/23 - Cincinnati - W, 42-32
9/30 - at Tulsa - W, 31-21
10/7 - Air Force, W, 48-45
10/14 - at Memphis - L, 30-27
10/21 - UCF - L, 31-21
11/2 - at Temple - L, 34-26
11/11 - SMU - W, 43-40 (Navy becomes bowl eligible)
11/24 - at Notre Dame - L, 24-17
12/2 - at Houston - L, 24-21
12/9 - Army
12/28 - Virginia (Military Bowl)

Army (7-3)

9/1 - Fordham - W, 64-6
9/9 - Buffalo - W, 21-17
9/16 - at Ohio State - L, 38-7
9/23 - at Tulane - L, 21-17
9/30 - UTEP - W, 35-21
10/7 - at Rice - W, 49-12
10/14 - Eastern Michigan - W, 28-27
10/21 - Temple - W, 31-28 OT (Army becomes bowl eligible)
11/4 - at Air Force - W, 21-0
11/11 - Duke - W, 21-16
11/18 - at North Texas - L, 52-49
12/9 - Navy
12/23 - San Diego State (Armed Forces Bowl)

Air Force (4-7)

9/2 - VMI - W, 62-0
9/16 - at Michigan - L, 29-13
9/23 - San Diego State - L, 28-24
9/30 - at New Mexico - L, 56-38
10/7 - at Navy - L, 48-45
10/14 - UNLV - W, 34-30
10/20 - at Nevada - W, 45-42
10/28 - at Colorado State - W, 45-28
11/4 - Army - L, 21-0
11/11 - Wyoming - L, 28-14
11/18 - at Boise State - L, 44-19
11/25 - Utah State - W, 38-35

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Navy 43 - SMU 40 - Final

4th quarter - 

7:09 - JR Osborn kicks an 18 yard FG as time expires to give Navy a 43-40 win over SMU. Navy’s scoring drive was 10-78-3:32.  The Midshipmen are now bowl eligible.

7:07 - Owen White will attempt the game winning field goal with 11 seconds.

7:01 - Gargiulo carries the ball again, this time 29 yards to the SMU 9.  Navy has a chance with 1:35 left in the game.  Gargiulo has 145 yards rushing in the game, his first career 100-yard game.

7:00 - Gargiulo carries the ball 21 yards to the SMU 38.

6:58 - SMU takes a timeout following a five yard loss on Navy’s last play.  The Mids have 2-15 on their own 27 with 2:36 left.

6:56 - Malcolm Perry is injured on the play and Garret Lewis is warming up on the sideline.  It doesn’t appear Perry will be back in the game.

6:54 - Navy returns the ball to their own 21 where they start 1st and 10.

6:48 - Hicks completes a 26 yard pass to Quinn down to the Navy 40 yard line.  Hicks then completes a 29 yard TD pass to Courtland.  The 2-point conversion was good, from Hicks to Quinn.  The score is now knotted at 40 with 3:32 left in the game.  The SMU scoring drive was 5-75-1:08.

6:44 - Navy is stopped again on 4th down and SMU takes over at their own 29 with 4:40 left in the game.  The Mids lead the Mustangs, 40-32.

6:39 - Navy has driven the ball into SMU territory on the ground.  The Mids have the ball at the SMU 33.

6:30 - SMU is forced to punt the back to Navy.  The Mids start at their own 27 following the 30-yard punt.

6:27 - Navy was held on a 4th down play at the SMU 45.  Navy was 3 for 3 prior to this attempt.  SMU takes over at their own 45 yard line trailing by 8 with 12:25 remaining in the game.

6:24 - Josh Brown carries the ball 15 yards for a Navy first down.

3rd quarter - 

6:19 - At the end of the 3rd quarter Navy leads SME, 40-32.

6:17 - The kickoff goes into the end zone and Navy starts at their own 25.

6:14 - Hicks completes a 17 yard TD pass to Proche.  There was a roughing the QB call that will be enforced on the kickoff.  SMU cuts into Navy’s lead, 40-32 with 1:21 left in the third quarter.

6:10 - Sean Williams is injured on a play that he is called for targeting.  He is helped off the field and ejected from the game.  He will be ineligible during the first half against Notre Dame.  SMU has the ball on the Navy 18.

6:04 - Perry scores from 1 yard out.  The 2 point attempt was no good.  The TD was Perry’s 4th of the game.  With 3:14 left in the 3rd quarter, Navy leads SMU 4-25.  Navy’s scoring drive was 7-60-4:05.

6:01 - Navy converts a 4th and 8 with a 24 yard run by Malcolm Perry to the SMU 5 yard line.  1st and goal Mids.

5:57 - Perry runs the ball 14 yards to the SMU 31.  Perry now has 211 rushing yards in the game.

5:56 - There were two penalties on the kickoff.  Navy will start at the SMU 45.

5:51 - Jones scores from 3 yards out.  With 7:19 remaining in the 3rd quarter, Navy leads SMU 34-25.  SMU’s scoring drive was 6-70-2:15.

5:49 - Hicks completes a 49 yard pass to Sutton down to the Navy 13.

5:45 - Navy is forced to punt following a 3 and out.  The 37 yard punt was downed on the SMU 30.

5:43 - Navy takes the kickoff to their own 28.

5:39 - Hicks completes a 14 yard TD pass to Courtland Sutton.  SMU cuts into Navy’s lead 34-18 with 11:37 remaining in the third quarter.  SMU’s scoring drive was 9-77-3:23.

5:37 - Hicks completes a 19 yard pass to Quinn to the Navy 33.

5:33 - SMU has driven the ball to their own 48 yard line. 

Halftime - 

Navy has performed in the first half like Navy fans expect.  Coach Niumatalolo and his staff seem to have the ship moving in the right direction following three straight losses.  The Mids have a nearly 6 minute time of possession advantage in the first half.

The Mids have 357 yards rushing in the first half.  They are averaging 346 yards per game - 2nd best in the nation.

The defense has given up only 77 total yards and forced 2 turnovers in the first half.  SMU had only 7 turnovers coming into the game.

Some first half stats worth noting - 

QB Malcolm Perry has 197 yards rushing on 15 carries along with 3 TDs.  This includes a 92 yard TD run that is the second longest in school history and a Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium record.  Ironically, Perry had a 91 yard TD run earlier in the season.

Fullbacks Anthony Gargiulo and Chris High have a combined 10 carries for 96 yards.

Micah Thomas has 3 tackles, .5 sacks, and an INT in the first half.

Owen White has 1 punt for 49 yards.
2nd Quarter - 

5:07 - The half ends with Navy leading SMU, 34-11.

5:00 - Brandon Colon takes a reverse and runs 26 yards to the SMU 2,  Chris High takes the next play into the end zone to give Navy a 34-11 lead with 0:19 left in the half.  The Mids scoring drive was 8-52-3:16.

4:53 - SMU is forced to punt from their own 21.  The ball is downed at the Navy 48 yard line with 3:35 left in the first half.

4:49 - Malcolm Perry carries the ball 92 yards for a Navy TD.  With 5:02 remaining in the half, Navy leads SMU 27-11.  Navy’s scoring drive was 1-92-0:13.  Perry’s 92 yard TD run is a stadium record and the second longest in school history.  Perry had a 91 yard TD run earlier in the season.

4:46 - Juan Haley made a huge hit on an open SMU receiver allowing the pass to be intercepted by Winn Howard.  Navy ball on their own 8.  SMU has 2 turnovers in the game and have only 7 turnovers coming into the game.

4:45 - Perry fumbles the snap and SMU recovers at the Navy 35.

4:42 - Hicks completes an 19 yard TD pass to Quinn.  The PAT was no good.  With 6:39 remaining in the half, Navy leads SMU 20-11.  SMU’s scoring drive was 6-76-2:45.

4:40 - Ben Hicks completes a 27 yard pass to James Proche.  On the next play Jones carries the ball 32 yards to the Navy 18. 

4:34 - Malcolm Perry with a 24 yard TD run to give Navy a 20-5 lead with 9:24 remaining in the half.  Navy’s scoring drive was 3-61-1:06.

4:32 - SMU has two personal fouls on the same play.  That hurts.  Navy has the ball 1st and 10 at the SMU 27 after the 30 yard walkoff by the officials.

4:28 - On a 3rd and 10, Josh Webb sacks Hicks and forces an SMU punt.  The 42 yard punt is downed at the Navy 39.

4:22 - Navy punts to the SMU 27 with 12:13 remaining in the half.

4:16 - On SMU’s next play Micah Thomas picks off an SMU trick play.  Navy has the ball on their own 16, 1st and 10.  Right now these two offenses are playing pitch and catch with the defenses.

4:10 - SMU has a 44 yard field goal blocked by DJ Palmore.  On Navy’s first play following the block, Malcolm Perry has his pass intercepted.  SMU takes over 1st and 10 at the Navy 34.

1st Quarter - 

4:06 - At the end of the 1st quarter, Navy leads SMU 13-5.

4:04 - on a 4th down play, Xavier Jones carries the ball 21 yards to the Navy 32 yard line.

4:02 - SMU returns the kickoff to their own 38 where they start 1st and 10.

3:57 - Perry calls his own number and scores from 3 yards out.  Navy’s PAT was blocked and SMU returns the ball gets 2 points.  With 2:35 left in the quarter, Navy leads SMU 13-5.  Navy’s scoring drive was 8-92-4:45.

3:56 - Perry carries the ball 19 yards to the SMU 3 yard line.

3:55 - Malcolm Perry carries the ball 20 yards to the SMU 23.

3:53 - Anthony Gargiulo carries the ball 44 yards in a third down play to the SMU 45.

3:51 - Navy had a personal foul on an illegal block on the return.  Navy starts at their own 8 yard line.

3:47 - Josh Williams converts a 44 yard FG.  With 7:20 remainingin the 1st quarter, Navy leads SMU, 7-3.  The SMU scoring drive was 9-42-2:21.

3:45 - SMU QB Ben Hicks completes a 12 yard pass to Troy Quin.  On the next play, Xavier Jones carries the ball 15 yards.  Hicks then completes a 10 yard pass to Cortland Sutton.  SMU has the ball at the Navy 27.

3:43 - SMU starts their opening drive at their own 31 yard line.

3:38 - On a 4th and 1, Josh Brown carries the ball 22 yards to the SMU 2.  On the next play, FB Anthony Gargiulo runs it in for a Navy TD.  With 9:41 remaining in the first quarter, Navy leads SMU, 7-0.  Navy’s scoring drive was 10-73-5:19.

3:36 - Navy is running the ball down the field and facing a 2nd and 8 on the SMU 32 yard line.  The fullbacks are getting a lot of work on this drive.

3:32 - Navy starts the game at their own 32 following Reggie Hayes’ 26 yard kickoff return.  Malcolm Perry will get the start at quarterback today for Navy.

Pregame - 

3:30 - Both teams are on the field and we are preparing for the kickoff.  Navy won the coin toss and elected to receive.

3:22 - The Navy seniors are making their way onto the field with their families.

3:20 - Two MV-22 Ospreys just completed the flyover following the National Anthem.

3:09 - The Brigade of Midshipmen have begun marching onto the field in one of the best traditions in college foootball.

3:02 - It’s a cold day here in Annapolis.  The temperature is 39 degrees.  It’s currently 67 degrees in Dallas.  We’ll have to wait and see if the cold temperatures have any impact in today’s game.

2:40 - Today’s game could be key in Navy receiving a bowl bid.  If the Mids should lose today, they travel to Notre Dame and then Houston.  Their next best chance for a win would be in the Army-Navy game and that won’t be an easy victory their either.

1:45 - Both teams have arrived at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and are slowly making their way to the field for warm-ups.

Preview - 

Today is Senior Day at Navy.  The Midshipmen will honor 34 seniors in a pregame ceremony before they play their final home game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium against visiting Southern Methodist University.

Navy comes into the game with a 5-3 record looking to become bowl eligible.  The Mids won their first five games of the season before dropping their last three.  The Mustangs come into the game with a 6-3 record, winning four of their last six games.

The Midshipmen boast the nation’s second best running attack, averaging 346.1 yards per game.  Navy is led by QB Zach Abey who leads the team in rushing (233-1202-13 TDs) and passing (25-60-717 6 TDs).  Sophomore Malcolm Perry is the second leading rusher and receiver for the Mids.  Perry has 3 rushing and 2 receiving TDs this season.  The team’s leading receiver is Tyler Carmona with 12 catches and 4 TDs.  Sean Williams and Micah Thomas lead the defense with 57 and 52 tackles respectively.

SMU brings the countries 13th best passing game to Annapolis.  The Mustangs average 315.8 yards per game through the air and 505 yards per game of total offense, good for 10th in the country.  Navy’s defense will be tested all day to contain the SMU offense.  The Mustangs are led by QB, Ben Hicks.  Hicks has thrown for 2588 yards and 20 TDs this season.  Xavier Jones leads the running attack with 700 yards and 6 TDs on the ground.  Hicks’ top target is Trey Quinn who has 90 receptions and 7 TDs.  SMU takes care of the football with only 7 turnovers this season.  Navy has turned the ball over an uncharacteristic 15 times.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

UCF 31 - Navy 21 - Final


6:40 - The clock runs out and Navy falls to #20 UCF, 31-21.  Navy travels to Temple on November 2 to take on the Owls on a Thursday night.

6:39 - Lewis’s 4th down attempt is picked off by Brandon Moore.  Several penalty flags will bring the ball bacl to the UCF 39.  The Knights have the ball with 0:52 remaining in the game.

6:38 - Lewis throws two incomplete passes and Navy faces a 4th down.

6:37 - Lewis completes a 17 yard pass to Carmona to the 29.

6:36 - UCF punts the ball on 4th down and the ball is fair caught at the Navy 13.  The Mids have the ball with 1:29 left in the game down 10.

6:33 - With 2:21 remaining in the game, Navy uses their last timeout.  UCF has the ball at the Navy 40.

6:28 - Navy fails on a 4th down attempt and UCF takes over on downs at the Navy 44.  The Mids train UCF 31-21 with 2:34 remaining in the game.  Navy has 2 time outs remaining.

6:26 - Malcolm Perry returns the kick off to the Navy 35 yard line.

6:21 - Anderson carries the ball 10 yards for a UCF TD.  The PAT was good and UCF now leads Navy, 31-21 with 3:30 remaining.  UCF’s scoring drive was 7-54-3:37.

6:20 - UCF picks up a 1st down at the Navy 11 with 4:28 remaining.

6:18 - Otis Anderson carries the ball 26 yards to the Navy 24.

6:14 - Bonner took a pitch from Lewis and was crushed, forcing a Navy fumble.  UCF has the ball on their own 46 with 7:07 remaining in the game.

6:13 - Navy takes a timeout facing a 3rd and 5 at the UCF 38.  This will be four down territory for the Mids.

6:10 - Gargiulo carries the ball for 12 yards for a big Navy first down in UCF territory.  8:49 remains in the game.

6:08 - Navy’s Micah Thomas picks off a UCF pass and returns it to the UCF 40.  A penalty moves the ball back to the Navy 45 yard line.  1st down Navy with 10:08 remaining in the game.

6:05 - Milton completes a 14 yard pass to Killins, Jr. to the 44 yard line.

6:04 - UCF 1st and 10 at their own 25.

6:00 - Anthony Gargiulo carries the ball 7 yards for a Navy TD.  Moehring’s PAT was good and Navy cuts into UCF’s lead, 24-21 with 12:50 remaining in the game.  Navy’s scoring drive was 10-75-4:51.

5:58 - Lewis completes a 30 yard pass to Bonner to the UCF 20.

5:53 - That’s the end of the third quarter.  UCF leads Navy, 24-14.  Navy has the ball 1st and 10 at midfield.

5:50 - Navy takes over 1st and 10 at their won 25 yard line down 10.

5:49 - Abey is back on the field in a ball cap and wearing a head set.  It looks like the junior QB is done for the game.

5:46 - Matthew Wright kicks a 35 yard field goal to cap off a 12-45-4:14 drive for UCF.  The Knights lead Navy, 24-14 with 2:41 remaining in the 3rd quarter.

5:42 - Milton completed a 24 yard pass to Snelson to the Navy 22 for a UCF first down.

5:35 - Navy is stopped on a fourth down attempt.  UCF takes over on their own 37.  Lewis had 3 carries for 8 yards on his first drive of the game.

5:31 - Zach Abey being taken to the locker room.  He’s walking under his own power.

5:26 - Navy starts their drive on their own 25 yard line down by a TD with 11:30 remaining in the 3rd quarter.  Abey takes a hard hit on the first drive and is down on the field.  Garret Lewis in at QB for Navy.

5:22 - Killins, Jr. answers Navy with a 79 yard TD run and UCF regains the lead, 21-14.  UCF’s scoring drive was 1-79-0:15.

5:19 - Abey has 19 pass completions this year, and 6 of them are touchdowns.

5:17 - Abey completes a 75 yard TD pass to Perry and Navy ties the game with a Moehring PAT.  Navy and UCF are tied, 14-14 with 12:23 remaining in the third quarter.  Navy’s scoring drive was 5-85-2:37.

5:14 - Malcolm Perry runs the kickoff out of the end zone to the Navy 15 where the Mids have a 1st and 10.

5:10 - Both teams are back on the field preparing for the second half.  Navy will receive the second half kickoff.

4:53 - UCF completes a pass to the Navy 28 and Matthew White missed a 45 yard FG attempt as time expired.  UCF leads Navy at halftime, 14-7.

4:52 - UCF calls a timeout with 0:06 remaining in the half and a 3rd and 10 at the Navy 48.

4:50 - Abey has a pass tipped and intercepted by Kyle Gibson.  Milton completes a pass to Anderson to the Navy 48.

4:49 - Malcolm Perry carries the ball 30 yards for an apparent Navy TD, but the play was called back on a holding call against the Mids.

4:47 - Abey now has 21 carries in the game while the rest of the team has 8 combined.  He has six on this drive alone.

4:44 - Zach Abey with back-to-back first down runs for the Mids.  Abey has 104 yards rushing in today’s game.  That’s 8 consecutive 100 yard games for the Navy QB.

4:39 - Adrian Killins, Jr. carries the ball 15 yards for a UCF TD.  UCF regains the lead, 14-7 with 2:46 remaining in the half.  UCF’s scoring drive was 5-35-2:00.

4:36 - UCF’s Mike Hughes returns the Navy kickoff 58 yards to the Navy 35.

4:34 - Today’s announced attendance is 35,277.

4:32 - Zach Abey runs the ball 6 yards for a Navy TD.  Bennett Moehring kicked the PAT to tie the game 7-7 with 4:46 remaining in the half.  Navy’s scoring drive was 12-92-6:25.  This TD was Abey’s 13th rushing TD this season.

4:29 - Zach Abey completes a big 40 yard pass to Tyler Carmona to the UCF 25.  This is their first drive that went into UCF territory.  Abey then ran the ball 12 yards to the UCF 13.

4:26 - Daryl Bonner carries the ball for 7 yards for Navy’s second first down of the game.

4:21 - UCF is forced to punt facing a 4th and 13 at the Navy 42.  Navy called for a fair catch at their own 8 yard line with 11:11 remaining in the half.  This will be Navy’s fourth drive in the game and the average field position is their own 14 yard line.

4:19 - Milton completes a pass to Jordan Akins for 20 yards to the Navy 39.

4:15 - Navy came into today’s game averaging 3.6 punts per game.  They already have three today with 13:37 remaining in the first half.

4:14 - Navy is forced to punt facing a 4th and 10 at their own 18.  Navy’s punt is fair caught at the UCF 35.

4:09 - The first quarter ends with the score, UCF 7, Navy 0.  The game hasn’t really seemed as close as the score indicates.  UCF has outgained Navy in offensive yardage, 145-36.  Navy has not possessed the ball in UCF territory yet.

4:07 - Navy picks up their first first-down of the game with 1:17 remaining in the first quarter on a 10 yard rush by Zach Abey.

4:02 - UCF goes for it on 4th and 1 at the Navy 3 and was held with no gain on a tackle by DE Tyler Sayles.  The Mids take over with 2:14 remaining in the first quarter at their own 3 yard line.

4:00 - Milton completes an 18 yard pass to Marlon Williams to the Navy 25.

3:57 - UCF forces another three and out for Navy.  White’s punt is taken at the UCF 46 and returned to the Navy 43.

3:50 - Two huge penalties and two nice Navy tackles force UCF into a 4th and 28 punting situation.  The punt is downed at the Navy 11 where the Mids take over first and 10.

3:46 - Taj McGowan runs the ball 17 yards on the first play.  On the next play McGowan carries the ball for 17 more.  UCF has the ball in Navy territory.

3:42 - Navy is forced to punt on their first drive without gaining a first down.  Owen White punts the ball out of bounds at the UCF 31 where the Knights take over.

3:40 - Navy returns the kickoff to their own 24.

3:38 - Milton completes a 6-yard TD pass to Tre’Quan Smith.  UCF takes the quick 7-0 lead over Navy with 11:48 remaining in the first quarter.  UFC’s scoring drive was 10-64-3:12.

3:36 - Milton runs the ball 9 yards to the Navy 8.  1st and goal UCF.

3:34 - McKenzie Milton completes a 35 yard pass to Sophomore Dredrick Snelson to the Navy 31 to convert a big third down play.

3:32 - UCF starts the game on their own 36 yard line.


3:28 - The Midshipmen take the field and the Knights follow closely behind.  Navy won the coin toss and deferred to the second half.  UCF will get the ball first on this sunny, warm afternoon.

3:25 - Following the National Anthem, two F/A-18 F Superhornets and two F/A-18 C Hornets participated in the flyover.

3:15 - The Brigade is now on the field in one of the best traditions in college football.

3:10 - UCF is huge.  Their offensive line weighs in at 325, 304, 320, 340, and 306.  Navy’s front three on defense matches with 292, 304, and 257.

3:04 - Both teams are wrapping up their pregame warmups.  The Brigade of Midshipmen are waiting outside the stadium for their march on.

1:22 - The Central Florida team has arrived at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium - to much less fanfare than the Midshipmen.

1:00 - The Navy team buses have just arrived at the stadium with a police escort.  There’s a nice crowd lining the sidewalk to welcome the team and wish them well.

GAME PREVIEW - Navy’s 17 home game regular season win streak will be on the line as undefeated and #20 ranked Central Florida comes to Annapolis for a 3:30 kickoff. The Knights are 5th in the nation in total offense averaging 547 yards per game.  They are also first in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 50.6 points.  The Knights are dominating their opponents, winning games by nearly 34 points per game.  That includes a 40-13 win over Memphis, the team that gave Navy their only loss of the season. The Navy defense has a huge task in front of them to get back to their winning ways. The Mids will have to play a nearly perfect game to pick up the win and won’t be able to afford turnovers or untimely penalties.

UCF is led by QB McKenzie Milton who has completed 70% of his passes while throwing for 15 TDs and just 2 INTs.  His leading target is Tre’Quan Smith who has 7 TD catches which is 7th best in the country.  As well as the Central Florida offense has played this year, the defense is giving up just 16.8 points per game and is holding opponents to just 110 yards on the ground.  They will be tested against the Navy triple option rushing attack that leads the nation with nearly 400 yards per game.

Navy is led by QB Zach Abey who is on pace to break the school’s rushing attempt record.  Abey has already rushed for 1016 yards and has 12 rushing TDs through the first 6 games.  Sophomore Malcolm Perry is the second leading rusher and receiver on the team with 4 total TDs.  Sean Williams leads the defense with 43 total tackles to go along with a FF and FR.