Saturday, December 03, 2016

Final - Temple 34, Navy 10 in AAC Championship Game

Pregame Preview -

Navy hosts the Temple Owls in the American Athletic Conference Championship game this afternoon at Navy-Marine Corp Memorial Stadium with kickoff set for Noon.

Navy (9-2), the West Division champions, is looking for their first conference championship in 136 years. They face Temple (9-3), the champions from the East Division for the second year consecutive year, in this afternoon's championship game in Annapolis.  The Mids played as an Independent for their first 134 years and have played in the AAC for the past two.

Will Worth
The Midshipmen are lead by senior quarterback, Will Worth.  Worth stepped in for injured Tago Smith in the first game of the season and has not looked back since.  The dual threat quarterback leads the team in rushing with 1181 yards and 25 touchdowns.  He also has 1363 passing yards with 8 TDs with just 3 INTs.  Worth's 25 rushing TDs are the most in the FBS this season and are the fourth most in FBS history for a single season for a quarterback.

Temple is led by running backs Jahad Thomas and Raquel Armstead who have ombined for 25 TDs on the ground.  They are also able to move the ball through the air with QB Phillip Walker throwin for 2700 yards and 18 TDs.

The ESPN College Game Day crew gave Navy some love this morning.

First Quarter -

Navy won the toss and deferred to the second half.  Navy kicked off into the end zone and Temple starts ther first drive at their own 25 yard line.  The Owls drove the ball to the Navy 28 yard line.  After two incomplete passes Temple faced a 4th-and-7.  Following a Navy timeout the Owls completed a 13 yard first down conversion to the Navy 15.  Jahad Thomas carried the ball on the next play and scored the opening TD of the game giving Temple a 7-0 lead with 9:43 remaining in the first quarter.

Navy took the Temple squib kickoff at their own 31.  Navy kept the ball on the ground and Toneo Gulley converted a 3rd-and-3 with a 15 yard run to the Temple 47.  Facing a 4th-and-7 on the Temple 44, the Owls held on the 4th down play and will take over at their own 41 with 6:18 remaining in the first quarter.

Temple moved the ball down the field primarily on the ground.  Adonis Jennings picked up 16 yards on a reverse play to the Navy 23 yard line.  Two plays later, Phillip Walked found Ventell Bryant on a 22-yard TD pass to give Temple a two score lead over Navy with 3:01 remaining in the first quarter.

Navy has lost 17 straight games when trailing by 14 or more points so the offense must find a way to get points on the board.  Will Worth converted a 3rd-and-6 by finding Dishan Romine on a 34 yard pass play to the Temple 25 yard line.  On the next play, Darryl Bonner was tackled for a 3-yard loss and fumbled the ball.  Temple recovered and will take over on their own 35 with 0:51 remaining in the first quarter.

Second Quarter -

Temple continues to move the ball efficiently down the field.  The Owls scored their third touchdown on their third possession when Walker hit Keith Kirkwood in stride for a 56-yard TD pass.  Temple leads Navy 21-0 early in the second quarter which is quickly turning into a route.

Navy is unable to move the ball and is forced to punt the ball back to Temple.  Toneo Gulley is helped off the field with an apparent ankle injury.  This injury is compounded due to the fact that Darryl Bonner is on the sideline without his helmet and shoulder pads.  It also appears that Will Worth may be limping somewhat as well.  This could be a long afternoon for Navy.

During Temple's possession, co-captain Gulley was helped into the locker room and it appears Will Worth is also heading into the locker room.  The Navy defense came up big and forced the Owls to punt for the first time in the game.  Navy takes over at their own 25 yard line.

Backup QB Zach Abey comes on to the field with the Navy offense. No word yet on the condition of Will Worth. Temple's Avery Williams was charged with a targeting call and has been disqualified. Abey completes his first career pass attempt to Calvin Cass for 22-yards sown to the Temple 23 yard line. Will Worth and Toneo Gulley are both back on the sideline - on crutches.

Navy takes a timeout facing a 4th-and-4 on the Temple 6 yard line. Bennett Moehring kicks a 23-yard FG to get Navy on the bard. The Mids trail Temple, 21-3 with 5:12 remaining in the first half.

Temple was able to move the ball into Navy territory with a big 25-yard run by Ryquell Armstead and a 16-yard completion by Jahad Thomas. The Navy defense held Temple on a 3rd-and-19 to a 5-yard completion. Temple called a timeout and decided to attempt a 50yard FG which went wide left.

Navy takes over at their own 33 with 0:59 remaining in the half. Temple picked off a Zach Abey pass and has the ball near midfield.

The Navy defense was able force Temple into another FG situation which Temple was able convert this time from 48 yards.

The first half ended with Temple leading the Mids, 24-3. Navy will get the ball to open the second half.

Halftime notes -

Navy was held to just 70 yards rushing in the first half. Will Worth, Darryl Bonner and Toneo Gulley are all out for the remainder of the game due to injuries.

Temple's Phillip Walker has 153 yards passing and 2 TDs. Keith Kirkwood has 7 receiving yards and a TD to lead the Owls. Armstead has 45 rushing yards on 5 carries. Thomas has 40 yards and a TD.

Third Quarter -

Navy started the second half with a 29 yard pass from Abey to Jamir Tillman to the Temple 46. Navy was unable to move the chains again failing on their second fourth down conversion attempt in Temple territory today.

The Navy defense stood strong and forced Temple to punt on a 3-and-out on the Owls' first drive of the second half.

Navy was unable to move the ball out of their own territory and punted the ball back to Temple. So far in the second half, neither team has been able to sustain a drive well enough to put points on the board.

The Navy defense forces their second 3-and-out of the second half.

Zach Abey makes a great play and moves the ball into Temple territory with a 47-yard run.

Six plays later, Abey scores Navy's first TD in the game cutting Temple's lead to 24-10 with 2:18 remaining in the third quarter.

Temple will now try to take away Navy's momentum on their next drive. Temple got their first 1st down of the half and Navy countered that play with their first sack of the game by Amos Mason. Armstead gained 19 yards on the next play to set up a 3rd-and-1 going into the fourth quarter.

Fourth Quarter -

Temple finishes their drive with a 42-yard FG by Aaron Boumerhi to give Temple a 27-10 lead. Temple has nearly a five minute time of possession advantage in today's game so far.

On Navy's next drive they were able to convert their first fourth down play of the game with a 2-yard carry by Tre Walker to keep their drive alive. With 6:22 left in the game and down three scores, Navy takes a timeout on a huge third down play. Navy will need to score touchdowns now and will be in four down territory for the rest of game.

Navy was unable to convert on a 4th-and-14 play and Temple takes over with 6:08 remaining in the game.

Navy forced a Temple punt, but time is running out on a Navy miracle comeback.

Navy started their drive with a 17-yard pass from Abey to Brandon Colon. On their next play, Hanson Reddick picked off Abey of Navy's third turnover in the game.

Two plays later, Armstead scores another Temple TD with a 30-yard TD run with 3:04 left in the game. Temple leads Navy, 34-10.

Temple wins the game 34-10 and wins their first AAC championship in their second attempt.

Navy will play Army next week in Baltimore and will play in the Armed Forces Bowl on December 23.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Previewing Navy at SMU

Navy picked up a huge, 66-31 win last week at East Carolina which clinched the AAC West division championship putting Navy in the AAC title game on December 3.

Will Worth ran for 159 yards and scored 4 touchdowns to lead the Navy offense.  Worth is now just the 5th player in Navy history to rush and pass for over 1000 yards in the same season.

Navy enters Saturday's game at SMU with an 8-2 record as the Mustangs come in at 5-6.  Although Navy has already clinched an AAC championship game berth, they are playing this week for home field advantage in that game.

This is a big game for the Mids for another reason.  Navy's senior class is 36-13 over their four years at the Academy and needs just one more win to become the school's all-time winningest class.  Their win last week over East Carolina tied the class of 1909 team with their 36th victory.

SMU comes into the game led by QB, Ben Hicks who has nearly 2600 yards passing and 17 touchdowns.  He also has 13 INTs.  Keep in mind that Navy is 26-1 over the last 5 years when winning the turnover battle.  SMU has forced 25 turnovers this year, so the turnover battle could be the key in this week's battle.

Navy is lead by senior QB, Will Worth who leads the country's number three rushing attack with 22 TDs on the ground.  The pounding running game that Navy employs can create big opportunities in the passing game as well. Jamir Tillman leads Navy's receivers with 31 catches and over 500 yards receiving. The Mids are third in the country with 19.5 yards per completion.

Look for Navy to control the football and the time of possession and come away with the win in Dallas.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Final - Navy 42, Tulsa 40

Post game notes - Navy improves to 7-2 (5-1) and Tulsa falls to 7-3 (4-2).  Navy travels to East Carolina next week in a make-up game that was postponed during Hurricane Matthew.

Post game press conference -

3:25 - The call was confirmed.  Navy has the ball 1st-and-10 on the Tulsa 35 with 1:00 remaining and Tulsa has no timeouts.  Navy will hold on for a 42-40 win over Tulsa and be in sole possession of the lead in the AAC Western Division.

3:22 - Will Worth with a QB keep on a 4th-and-1 for Navy runs for 1 yard to keep the drive alive. After the play the Tulsa defense was called for unsportsmanlike conduct.  The play is under review.

3:11 - Evans completes a 22 yard TD pass to Chris Minter and Tulsa cuts Navy's lead to 42-40 with 5:30 remaining in the game.  This was Evans' fourth passing TD today to four different receivers. Tulsa's scoring drive was 8-72-2:28.

3:08 - Tulsa is moving the ball quickly downfield with the ball at the Navy 35.

3:02 - Will Worth with the keeper for 44 yards and a Navy TD.  The PAT was good and Navy leads 42-33 with 7:58 remaining in the game.  Worth now has 120 yards on the ground today.  Navy's scoring drive was 5-69-2:36.  This is Worth's 5th consecutive 100-yard rushing game which is the first time this has occurred since 2009 by Ricky Dobbs.

3:01 - Gulley with a 19 yard run to the Tulsa 45.  Navy is driving with 8:40 remaining in the game.  Gulley has 75 yards rushing in the game.

2:57 - It was just announced that both teams have combined for 915 yards - 504 from Tulsa and 411 for Navy.

2:54 - Evans keeps the ball on third down for a Tulsa 1-yard TD run. Tulsa's 2-point conversion attempt was topped by Navy.  The Mids lead Tulsa, 35-33 with 10:34 remaining in the game.  Tulsa's scoring drive was 10-73-3:07.

2:52 - After a review, the receiver was down at the 1 yard line of Navy.  1st-and-goal Tulsa.

2:49 - Tulsa converts their third fourth down play (3-3). This time Evans completes a 45-yard pass to Hobbs for a Tulsa TD.

2:39 - Will Worth scores from 15 yards out giving Navy a 35-27 lead with 13:41 remaining in the game.  Navy's scoring drive was 9-73-4:47.  The TD run was Worth's 17th this season which is tied for second nationally.

2:34 - Worth completes a 28 yard pass to Bonner to the Tulsa 21, converting a 3rd-and-16 play.  That play will end the 3rd quarter with Navy driving and leading visiting Tulsa, 28-27.

2:33 - Navy called for holding and an ineligible receiver down field on consecutive plays.  Navy is only averaging 2.1 penalties per game.

2:30 - Gulley mishandles a pitch from Worth but the ball bounces right back into his hands and he gains 19 yards to the Tulsa 43.  Sometimes the ball just bounces your way,

2:21 - Evans completes a 31-yard TD pass to Keenan Johnson.  With the PAT Navy's lead is just one, 28-27 with 3:28 remaining in the third quarter.  Tulsa's scoring drive was 6-62-2:19.

2:19 - Brewer is the workhorse for Tulsa on this drive carrying three straight times for 26 yards.

2:15 - Will Worth is stopped on 4th-and-1 with a 2-yard loss.  Tulsa takes over on their own 38 yard line.  Navy is now 2-3 on fourth down conversions in today's game.  The defense has come up big for both teams on the last two drives.

2:13 - Navy is facing a 4th-and-1 on the Tulsa 36.  Will they go for it? My guess is yes.

2:04 - Evans' pass intended for Lucas is picked off by Tyrus Wooten in the end zone.  The INT is Wooten's first pick and just the fourth for Navy this season.  Navy takes over on their own 20 yard line.

2:00 - Evans completes a 17-yard pass to Hobbs to convert the second fourth down play of this drive. Navy and Tulsa are converting 100% (4-4) of their fourth down plays this afternoon.

1:58 - Tulsa takes their first timeout of the second half to decide whether to attempt another fourth down conversion on this drive.  Navy leads 28-20.

1:56 - Tulsa converts a fourth down moving the ball into Navy territory.  Each team has converted fourth down conversions in today's game - Navy 2 and Tulsa 1.

1:52 - An announced crowd of 36.397 (10th largest in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium history) await the second half kickoff from Navy.

1:29 - At the half, Navy leads Tulsa 28-20.

1:27 - Jones kicks a 26-yard FG with 0:42 remaining in the second quarter.  Navy still leads 28-20 just before halftime.

1:21 - Evans completes a 25-yard pass to Hobbs to the Navy 46 yard line.  On the next play, Brewer carries the ball 22 yards to the Navy 24.  Tulsa quickly gets the ball deep into Navy territory with 1:30 left in the half.

1:15 - Worth completes an 11-yard TD pass to Tyler Carmona.  Navy extends their lead to 28-17 with 3:01 remaining in the first half.  Navy's scoring drive was 13-78-7:08.

1:09 - Navy converts another 4th down play, their second of the game.  Navy has a 1st-and-goal at the Tulsa 9 yard line.

1:07 - Worth carries the ball for 20 yards to the Tulsa 19.

1:04 - Worth completes a 24-yard pass to Tillman to the Navy 46 yard line

12:58 - Evans completes a 56-yard pass to Josh Atkinson for a Tulsa TD.  Tulsa cuts Navy's lead to 21-17 with 10:09 remaining in the first half.  Tulsa's scoring drive was 5-75-1:29.

12:51 - Worth carries the ball for 11 yards to the Tulsa 1 yard line.  He runs more like a fullback than a QB. On the next play, Worth powers the ball into the end zone.  Navy leads Tulsa 21-10 with 11:38 remaining in the first half following Moehring's PAT.  The TD is Worth's 16th rushing TD of the season.  He has now scored a rushing TD in all 9 games this year which is tied for second in school history with Chris McCoy.  Keenan Reynolds holds the record by scoring a rushing TD in 14 consecutive games.  Navy's scoring drive was 10-69-4:31

12:49 - Toneo Gulley carries the ball 22 yards to the Tulsa 15.

12:44 - The first quarter ends with Navy leading Tulsa, 14-10.  Navy has the ball 2nd-and-6 on the Tulsa 49.  There were 336 yards of total offense in the quarter, 179 for Tulsa and 157 for Navy.

12:41 - Evans is hit hard by Micah Thomas at the Tulsa sideline after a 6-yard carry on a 3rd-and-24 play.  Tulsa is forced to punt the ball back to Navy

12:38 - Evans completes a 22-yard pass to Justin Hobbs to convert a 3rd-and-9 and keep the Tulsa drive alive.

12:36 - Tulsa's Raymond Taylor fumbles the kickoff and is tackled for a 2-yard loss at the Tulsa 1 yard line.

12:33 - Dishan Romine carries the ball 41 yards for a Navy TD.  The touchdown was Romine's first career TD.  Navy regains the lead, 14-10.  Navy's scoring drive was 3-75-1:18.

12:32 - Will Worth completes a 32 yard pass to Jamir Tillman to the Tulsa 43 yard line.

12:28 - Facing a 4th-and-9 on the Navy 12, Tulsa kicks a 29-yard FG off the foot of Redford Jones.  Tulsa leads Navy, 10-7 with 6:11 remaining in the first quarter.  Tulsa's scoring drive was 9-61-3:18.

12:25 - James Flanders carries the ball 38 yards to the Navy 26.  Tulsa is moving the ball deep into Navy territory.

12:21 - Navy is forced to punt on their second drive.  Navy's punt goes out of bounds at Tulsa's 27 yard line.  Tulsa takes over with 9:29 remaining in the first quarter.  This was Navy's first punt in their last 13 possessions.

12:19 - Navy converted their first fourth down attempt facing a 4th-and-1 on their own 34.  Will Worth carried the ball for three yards to keep the drive alive.

12:11 - Dane Evans hits Keevan Lucas for a 74-yard TD pass on Tulsa's first play from scrimmage.  The Golden Hurricane quickly tie the game 7-7 with 13:25 left in the first quarter.  Tulsa's scoring drive was 1-74-0:16.  This is the 5th straight game that an opponent has scored a TD on the opening drive against Navy.

12:06 - Darryl Bonner carries the ball four yards to put Navy on the scoreboard first.  Bennett Moehring kicked the PAT and Navy leads 7-0 with 13:41 remaining in the first quarter.  Navy's scoring drive was 3 plays for 43 yards and took 1:19 off the clock.

12:05 - Romine runs the ball 31 yards on Navy's first offensive play.  First-and-goal Navy at the Tulsa 7.

12:03 - Dishan Romine returned the ball from the Navy 9 yard line to the Tulsa 43, a 48 yard kickoff return to start the game for Navy.

12:01 - Tulsa won the coin toss and elected to defer until the second half.  Navy will have the ball first in this AAC Western Division matchup.

Navy and Tulsa meet for the fourth time this afternoon with first place in the AAC West Division on the line. Navy - Tulsa Preview.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Previewing Navy vs. Tulsa

Navy (6-2, 4-1) and Tulsa (7-2, 4-1) will meet for the fourth time on Saturday in Annapolis. Navy holds a 2-1 series record against the Golden Hurricane. The teams will be playing for first place in the AAC West Division

Saturday's contest will also be Senior Day for the Midshipmen. 31 seniors will play in what will be their final game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Navy comes into the game with a 14-game home winning streak.

Navy is led by quarterback, Will Worth.  Worth leads the Midshipmen in rushing with 793 yards and 15 touchdowns. He has also completed 60 percent of his passes for 1035 yards and 6 TDs. Fullback, Chris High also has five rushing TDs. Jamir Tillman is the leading receiver with 27 catches for 403 yards. Tillman is currently second on the career receiving yards list with 1398, just 338 yards behind record holder Rob Taylor.

Micah Thomas leads the defense with 58 tackles. Josiah Powell has two interceptions and a forced fumble.

Tulsa comes into the game winning their last three games, averaging over 51 points per game in those contests. Tulsa's only two losses this season have come at the hands of Ohio State and Houston.

The Golden Hurricane offense has been equally efficient on the ground and through the air. Tulsa is averaging 253 yards rushing and 258 yards passing per game. QB Dane Evans has thrown for 2244 yards and 18 TDs this season. James Flanders leads the ground game rushing for 1080 yards and 14 TDs. D'Angelo Brewer has added 983 yards and five TDs.

Keevan Lucas is Evans' top target this season with 60 catches for 845 yards and nine TDs.

Tulsa's assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator, Brian Norwood was a former secondary coach at Navy between 1995-99. Norwood and Navy's head coach, Ken Niumatalolo grew up together in Hawaii and are good friends.

Navy's senior class has a 35-13 record and are two wins away from becoming the winningest class class in Navy history.

Kickoff is set for Noon on Saturday.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Final - Navy 42 - Memphis 28

7:04 - The game ends - Navy knocks off Memphis, 42-28 to remain undefeated in the AAC West.

6:59 - Memphis is moving the ball down the field on the arm of Riley Ferguson. Memphis has the ball on the Navy 38 down 14 points.

6:54 - Worth punches it in from 1 yard out.  With 2:01 remaining in the game, Navy leads 42-28. Worth now has 3 TD runs in the game to go along with his 2 passing TDs.

6:52 - Memphis takes their final timeout following Will Worth's 7 yard gain to the Memphis 1 yard line. There is 2:04 left on the clock.

6:51 - Memphis calls their second timeout with 2:12 left in the game.  Navy has the ball on the Memphis 8.

6:50 - Will Worth carries the ball 27 yards to the Memphis 9. Worth has 192 yards on the ground today.

6:47 - Memphis completed an 8-yard pass to Proctor. Elijah Merchant forced a fumble that was recovered by Tyler Sayles.  Navy ball at the Memphis 43.

6:45 - Memphis converts on a fourth down play completing a 7-yard pass and keeping their drive alive.  Memphis has the ball on their own 33 with 4:16 left in the game.

6:41 - Bennett Moehring attempted a 32-yard field goal and hit the upright giving Memphis the ball on their own 20 with 5:40 remaining in the game. Navy has 404 rushing yards in today's game.

6:39 - Navy takes a timeout facing a 4th-and-1 on the Memphis 15 yard line.

6:37 - Worth completes a 52-yard pass to Bonner to the Memphis 24.

6:35 - Today's announced attendance is 35,943 - a great crowd for a great AAC matchup.

6:34 - Navy is guilty of a hold on the kickoff return and they begin their drive at their own 13 yard line.

6:30 - Riley Ferguson completes two huge passes - one to Sean Dykes for 30 yards and another to Daniel Hurd for 26 to move the ball to the Navy 7. Patrick Taylor carried the ball out of the wildcat set on the next play for a Memphis TD. Navy now leads the Tigers, 35-28 with 10:21 remaining in the game.  Memphis's scoring drive was 4-70-1:04.

6:25 - Facing a 4th-and-1 on their own 25, Navy decides to punt the ball away. The ball was fair caught on the Memphis 30 yard line following a 45 yard punt with 11:25 remaining in the game.

6:21 - The Navy defense steps up and forces another Memphis punt.  The Mids take over on their own 16 yard line.

6:12 - Navy goes for it on fourth down and Will Worth completes an 18-yard TD pass to Tyler Carmona giving Navy a 35-21 lead going into the fourth quarter. Navy's scoring drive was 12-75-5:42. Worth now has 2 rushing and 2 passing TDs in today's game. Navy is recognizing the pilots that performed today's flyover on the field between quarters.

6:10 - Memphis calls a very strategic timeout with 2 seconds remaining in the 3rd quarter that may force Navy to kick into the wind if they decide to try for a field goal on a 4th down and 4 on the Memphis 18.

6:04 - Memphis has an injured defensive player on the field. Navy has the ball 1st-and-10 on the Memphis 37 yard line with 3:20 remaining in the 3rd quarter.

5:54 - Memphis drives 82 yards on 13 plays and finds the end zone when Ferguson connects with Daniel Hurd from 9 yards out cutting Navy's lead to 28-21 with 5:42 remaining in the third quarter. Memphis's scoring drive was 13-82-3:32.

5:39 - Will Worth carries the ball into the end zone from 4 yards out for his second rushing TD of the game. Bennett Moehring makes his fourth PAT and Navy now leads Memphis, 28-14 with 9:14 left in the 3rd quarter. Navy now has 318 rushing yards in the game. Navy's scoring drive was 11-75-5:46.

5:34 - Will Worth has another big gain - this mite for 12 yards.  Not sure if I mentioned this already, but he's a tough runner - and I don't mean for a quarterback.

5:30 - Memphis prepares to kickoff to Navy to start the second half.

5:08 - Time runs out in the first half and the Midshipmen hold a 21-14 lead over visiting Memphis. First half stats -
Total yards - Navy 258, Memphis 156
Rushing yards - Navy 243, Memphis 33
Passing yards - Navy 15, Memphis 133
Time of possession - Navy 19:57, Memphis 10:03

5:01 - Worth carries the ball again, this time for 22 yards to the Memphis 3 yard line. On the next play, Worth carries the ball into the end zone giving Navy a 21-14 lead with 1:19 left in the half. Worth has 119 yards rushing on 17 carries in the game - a career high with another half of football yet to play. Navy's scoring drive was 9-70-3:11.

4:59 - Will Worth runs for 18 more yards down to the Memphis 21 yard line.  Navy now looking to break the 14-14 tie with just under 2 minutes remaining in the half. Navy takes their first timeout of the half.

4:57 - It was just announced that Navy now has over 200 yards rushing with 2:33 remaining in the second quarter. Navy has 204 yard on 34 carries. The Mids are averaging 262.4 yards per game this season.

4:50 - Memphis threw 3 incomplete passes in a row and Jake Elliott missed a 47 yard field goal attempt and the Tigers miss a great opportunity at putting points on the board. The game remains tied with 4:30 remaining in the half. Memphis's drive lasted only 23 seconds.

4:45 - Navy could not move the ball at all following their stop of Memphis. They actually lost 7 yards on the drive and Alex Barta punted the ball out of bounds at the Midshipmen 30. Memphis takes over with great field possession looking to break the 14-14 tie with 4:53 remaining in the first half.

4:41 - Memphis attempted a fourth down play at Navy's 1 yard line. Riley Ferguson was tackled for a 2-yard loss and Navy takes over on their own 3 yard line. Huge defensive stand by the Mids.

4:38 - Memphis is moving the ball quickly down field. They have the ball on the Navy 3 yard line using a potent passing attack gaining 59 yards on this drive so far.  The score is tied, 14-14 with 9:25 remaining in the half.

4:33 - The review showed that Worth lost possession of the ball that hit the pylon. The call is a fumble and a touchback. Memphis takes over on their own 20 yard line. That's a huge momentum shift.

4:31 - Will Worth keeps the ball and runs 29 yards for a Navy TD. The play is under review.

4:29 - Dishan Romine makes a 36-yard carry to the Memphis 32. This was his longest run of the season.

4:24 - Memphis loses 14 yards on a third down sack by D.J. Palmore forcing Memphis to punt. Navy will take over on their own 31 yard line.

4:19 - The first quarter ends with Navy and Memphis tied at 14. First quarter stats.
Total yards - Navy 111, Memphis 90
Rushing yards - Navy 96, Memphis 25
Passing yards - Navy 15, Memphis 65
Time of Possession - Navy 11:31, Memphis 3:29

4:14 - Navy answers back and drives down the field when Will Worth connected with Jamir Tillman for a 15 yard TD pass with 42 seconds remaining in the first quarter.  Navy knots the score at 14-14. Jamir Tillman now has 1,281 receiving yards which moves him to number two on the all-time list at Navy. His 9 career TD receptions move him to #4 at Navy. Navy's scoring drive was 10-61-5:35. That's their second scoring drive today that was over 5 minutes.

4:06 - Memphis claimed that Navy fumbled on their kickoff return, but replay confirmed that that the returner was down before losing the football. Navy has the ball 1st-and-10 on their own 39. Memphis has forced 18 turnovers already this season.

4:00 - Tony Pollard returned the Navy kickoff 100 yards to give Memphis the lead, 14-7.

3:56 - Navy scores a TD on their opening drive to answer Memphis. Shawn White scored on a dive play from 4 yards out to tie the score at 7-7. Navy dodged another bullet deep in Memphis territory. Chris High fumbled the ball on the Memphis 6 yard line. WR Tyler Carmona made a heads-up play recovering the loose ball on the Memphis 4 yard line. White scored on the next play. Navy's scoring drive was 11-65-5:56.

3:51 - Navy goes for it on fourth-and-one from their own 44.  Darryl Bonner took a Will Worth pitch for two yards converting the fourth down conversion.

3:46 - Navy just dodged a huge play by the Tigers. Memphis's kickoff hung in the air and went out of bounds just before a Memphis player recovered. Navy starts their opening drive on their own 35.

3:42 - Memphis marched easily down the field when Riley Ferguson hit Anthony Miller for a 33-yard TD pass.  The PAT was good and Memphis leads Navy, 7-0 with 12:26 remaining in the first quarter. Memphis's scoring drive was 7 plays, 75 yards, and took 2:34 off the clock.

3:38 - Navy won the toss and elected to defer to the second quarter.  The opening kickoff goes into the end zone and Memphis starts their opening drive at their own 25.

Previewing the Navy - Memphis game this afternoon in Annapolis, MD.

Navy and Memphis each come into this afternoon's contest undefeated in the American Athletic Conference West division. Navy comes in with a 4-1 overall record and Memphis is 5-1. The winner of today's contest controls their own destiny in participating in the AAC championship game on December 3. USF is 3-0 in the AAC East division.

Navy currently has 13-game win streak which includes a 46-40 win over #6 Houston. The win streak is the third-longest current win streak in the country.

Navy is best known again this year by their potent running game led by senior QB, Will Worth. Worth has 288 yards on 102 carries and 6 TDs. FB Chris High and slot backs Toneo Gulley and Dishan Romine are averaging  8.2, 9.1, and 7.5 yards per carry respectively. High has added 5 TD runs. Navy's 262.4 yards per game is 13th in the NCAA. Jamir Tillman is the leading receiver for the Mids with 18 catches for 271 yards. Tillman has 1,266 career receiving yards and needs just 12 yards to tie Phil McConkey for second place on the all-time list at Navy.

Navy's defense is led by talented junior linebacker, Micah Thomas. Thomas leads the team with 39 total tackles this season. His role expanded with the season-ending injury to captain Daniel Gonzales earlier in the season. Junior LB D.J. Palmore leads the team in sacks with 3 to go along with his 22 tackles. The defense has forced 9 fumbles and 3 interceptions, two of which came in the upset over Houston.

The Tigers are averaging 40.2 points for game which is 16th in the NCAA. Doroland Dorceus leads the running game with 427 yards and 5 TDs. Riley Ferguson is a talented QB that completes over 65 percent of his passes.  He's thrown for nearly 1,600 yards and 12 TDs. His main target is Anthony Miller who has 32 receptions and 2 TDs. Ferguson has completed TD passes to 8 different receivers this season.

The weather forecast for today's game - 59 degrees and windy (24 mph).