Saturday, December 10, 2016

Final - Navy 17 - Army 21

6:16 - The Corps of Cadets and their fans are rushing the field.

6:12 - Army gets a first down and should be able to run out the clock and get their first win since 2001 over Navy.

6:11 - Navy calls a timeout with Army facing a 3rd-and-1 at the Army 45.  That was Navy's last timeout and this is the play of the game.

6:09 - Army picks up a first down. 2:45 left in the game.

6:07 - Navy was stuffed on third down and Barta is on to punt with 4:19 left in the game.  Navy has one timeout remaining.

6:05 - Abey was sacked on the first play losing 6 yards.  2nd-and-16 Navy.

6:03 - Navy takes over at their own 34 following a Dishan Romine kickoff return.  Ryan Harris was shaken up on the return.

5:58 - Ahmad Bradshaw carries the ball 9 yards for an Army TD.  The Black Knights regain the lead, 21-17 with 6:00 remaining in the game.  Army's scoring drive was 12-80-6:42.

5:57 - Army converts the fourth down play with a 7 yard run by Davidson to the Navy 11.

5:56 - Army was short and has a 4th and inches at the 18.

5:55 - Army has a first down at the Navy 17.  The play is under review.  There's 7:12 remaining in the game with Navy holding a 3 point lead.

5:48 - Bradshaw completes his first pass of the game, a 29-yarder to Edgar Poe.  Army has the ball at their own 49.

5:43 - Zach Abey runs 41 yards for a Navy TD.  The Mids have the lead for the first time in the game.  The Mids take the lead, 17-14.  Navy's scoring drive was 2-53-0:47.

5:38 - Navy's defense forces a 3-and-out for Army.  Mote's punt traveled 25 yards to the Navy 47.

5:32 - The 3rd quarter ends with Army leading Navy, 14-10.  We have a nail biter with 15 minutes left to play.

5:31 - Navy can't take advantage of Army's turnover and are forced to punt.  Barta kicks the ball 46 yards to the Army 21.

5:26 - Navy comes up with another fumble recovery to regain possession.  Sean Williams came up with the recovery.  He has 2 fumble recoveries and an INT in the game.

5:25 - A fan just ran around the field carrying a sign that I couldn't read.  He got to the end zone and took a knee before the police had to tackle him.

5:23 - Tyler Campbell gets outside and runs for 17 yards to the Army 46. On the next play Walker carries the ball 12 yards to the Navy 42.

5:18 - Bennett Moehring hits a 28-yard field goal cutting Army's lead to 14-10.  Navy's scoring drive was 10-54-5:20.

5:15 - The play was overturned.  Navy takes over at the 11 yard line, 1st-and-10.

5:10 - Dishan Romine can't handle a hard pitch from Zach Abey and Rhyan England appears to keep the ball from going out of bounds and then recovered the ball at the 12 yard line.  The play is being reviewed.

5:07 - Abey completes a 29-yard pass to a wide open Brandon Colon to the Army 38 yard line.

5:06 - Navy starts their second drive of the half with a 5-yard false start penalty.  Navy will need to eliminate the mistakes in the second half.

5:03 - Navy's defense forces Army to punt for the first time in the game.  JD Mote kicks the ball 30 yards to the Navy 35.  The Mids take over down one score with 9:19 remaining in the third quarter.

4:56 - Zach Abey gets in the end zone with a 1-yard run to get Navy on the board.  The Mids cut Army's lead to 14-7.  Navy's scoring drive was 6-32-2:45

4:55 - Navy is driving.  Abey completes a 16-yard pass to Shawn White to the Army 11.  White then carries the ball 7 yards to the Army 4.

4:45 - Ahmad Bradshaw fumbles the football and it's recovered by Navy's Sean Williams at the Army 32 yard line.

4:47 - Navy kicks off to Army to start the second half

Halftime notes - Army has outgained Navy, 182-49.  Army has a time of possession advantage - 22:32 to 7:28.

Army leaders -
Passing - Bradshaw 0-2-0 yards, 1 INT
Rushing - Walker 11-76 yards
Receiving - None

Navy leaders -
Passing - Abey 1-3-12 yards, 2 INT
Rushing - White 1-14 yards
Receiving - Tillman 1-12 yards

4:22 - The first half ends mercifully for Navy with Army leading 14-0.

4:21 - On Navy's ensuing play, Abey was picked off for the second time in the game.  England picked off the over throw by Abey and Army regains the ball at their own 40.

4:19 - Walker carries the ball 15-yards to the Navy 42.  On the next play, Davidson fumbles and its recovered by Amos Mason at the Navy 42.

4:15 - Army continues to pound the ball down the throats of the Midshipmen.  They have moved the ball 29 yards and have gained 2 more first downs moving the ball to their own 43.

4:10 - Navy is forced to punt again, this time booming a 47-yard punt that was fair caught at the Army 14.  Navy's plays per drive so far have been 5, 1, 3, and 3.  Navy has one first down in today's game compared to Army's 11.

4:07 - Army leads the time of possession battle so far - 17:41 to 5:07.  Army has totally dominated the game so far.

4:01 - Davidson gets his second 1 yard TD on the afternoon.  Army leads Navy, 14-0 with 7:12 remaining in the second quarter.  Army's scoring drive was 11-46-6:15.  Army has 132 total yards compared to Navy's 43.  All of the yards have been on the ground so far.

4:00 - Army converts at 4th-and-2 at the Navy 15 yard line.  Davidson runs for 3 to the Navy 12.  Kell Walker carries the ball 11 yards to the Navy 1 on the next drive.

3:52 - Verne Lundquist was just shown on the big screen to a big applause.  He's calling his final football game this afternoon on CBS.

3:50 - Alex Barta in to punt for Navy.  The Mids have 2 turnovers and a punt on their first three possessions.  Barta's punt foes out of bounds at the Navy 46 yard line after a 15-yard punt.

3:44 - At the end of the first quarter, Army leads Navy 7-0.  The key to this game so far is turnovers as Navy has turned the ball over two times, 1 fumble ad 1 INT.  Army has thrown 1 INT.

3:41 - Army's Ahmad Bradshaw is picked off on his first pass attempt by Navy's Sean Williams.  The Mids take over on their own 22 yard line.

3:35 - On Navy's first play of their second possession, Zach Abey is picked off on a pass attempt to Jamir Tillman.  Xavier Moss intercepted the errant pass and was tackled at the Army 32.  Navy has a turnover on each of their possessions in the game.

3:28 - Andy Davidson rambles for one yard to the end zone and Army leads Navy, 7-0.  Army's scoring drive was 14-plays, 66 yards, and 7:39.  They did not throw a pass on the drive.  The scoring drive was the 9th straight game that Navy gave up an opening-drive TD.

3:27 - Army picks up their 4th first down on the drive.  The Black Knights have the ball 1st-and-10 at the Navy 17.

3:21 - Donald Trump has arrived and was shown on the big screen.

3:16 - Shawn White fumbles after an 11-yard carry and it's recovered by Army's Ryan England at the Army 34.  Turnovers may be the deciding factor in today's game.  This was White's first fumble in 75 carries this year.

3:13 - Army kicks off and Jahmaal Daniel returned the ball to the Navy 32.

Navy's four captains are Will Worth, Toneo Gulley, Daniel Gonzales, and Tago Smith.  None of them will play in today's game.  Army won the coin toss and elected to defer to the second half.  Navy will get the ball first.

The West Point and Naval Academy joint Glee Clubs just sang the National Anthem.  It seems to mean just a little bit more at an event like this.

Both teams have taken the field for their pregame warmups.  During warmups, a Midshipmen fell from the stands and landed in the tunnel area.  He was taken to a local hospital and there is no word on his condition.  The Navy Leap Frog and Army Golden Knight parachute teams just landed in the stadium.

Navy - The Midshipmen come into this year's contest with a 9-3 record and are playing for their second straight 10-win season which would be the first back-to-back 10-win seasons in program history.

The Mids have had to shuffle their depth chart quite a bit this week following last week's loss to Temple in the AAC Championship game.  Starting quarterback, Will Worth and senior co-captain, Toneo Gulley both went down with injuries on the same play and are finished for the season.  With Gulleys injury last week, that means both of Navy's captains are out for today's game.  Daniel Gonzales was also injured earlier this season.

Navy's offense will be lead by sophomore QB, Zach Abey.  To the best of everyone's knowledge, Abey will be the first Navy QB to make his first start against Army.  Abey will be leading the number three rushing offense into the team's biggest game of the year.  Fullback, Chris High will be the team's leading active rusher in today's game.  High has 483 yards on he ground with 5 TDs.  Fellow fullback, Shawn White is not far behind with 421 yards and 7 TDs.  WR Jamir Tillman will try to assist Abey in making his transition to starter a successful one.  Tillman is one of the better receivers in team history and leads the team this year with 35 receptions, 582 yards, and 2 TDs.

Navy's defense is giving up 30.4 points per game and is the 118th ranked red zone defense.  They have dealt with numerous injuries forcing them to employ a bend-but-don't-break defense which has been moderately successful, but somewhat nerve-wracking at points this season.  The Mids are led by Micah Thomas with 90 total tackles

Army - The Black Knights come into today's game with a 6-5 record and will be playing in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on December 27, their first bowl appearance since 2010.

Army West Point owns the second-ranked rushing attack in the country averaging 328.7 yards per game.  Fullback Andy Davidson leads the Knight's running game with 818 yards and 9 touchdowns.  Starting quarterback, Ahmad Bradshaw is the second leading rusher in Army's triple-option offense with 644 yards and 6 touchdowns. Darnell Woolfolk adds 450 yards and 7 TDs.

Bradshaw can also be effective through the air, although he's attempted only 84 passes in 10 games.  He didn't play against Notre Dame.  He's completed nearly 43 percent of his passes for 615 yards with 4 TDs.  Bradshaw has attempted more than 8 passes in just two games, and in both of those games the Black Knights have lost the game.  He attempted 21 passes in 35-18 loss to North Texas and 15 passes in a 31-12 loss to Air Force.  Bradshaw is backed up by Chris Carter who is 9 for 23 for 176 yards and 2 TDs.

Senior, Edgar Poe is the leading receiving threat for Army with 14 catches for 292 yards and 3 TDs in 8 games.  Poe had 5 catches for 121 yards and a TD last year against Navy.

Army boasts the 5 ranked defense in FBS allowing just 288 yards per game.  They have the 6th ranked passing defense and the 14th ranked scoring defense allowing just 19.1 points per game.  The defense is led by linebacker Andrew King.  He's tied for the team lead in total tackles with 88 and has added 5 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries.

Army and Navy meet for the 117th time this afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD.  The pageantry that comes with the Army-Navy game makes the day even more exciting.  The ESPN College Game Day crew broadcasted their show live from Inner Harbor in front of a huge crowd of biased supporters.  The highlight of the broadcast is always when Lee Corso makes his selection of the day's biggest game.  He announces his choice by adorning the head gear of the mascot of the team that he thinks will win the game.

Not surprisingly, Corso who is a former coach at the Naval Academy selected the Navy Goat headgear to the loud applause of many Midshipmen that were in attendance.

Prior to today's game the Brigade of Midshipmen from Navy and the Corps of Cadets from Army will march on to the field in what is a must see activity before this game.  It's considered so important that the march on will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.

The Golden Knights and Leap Frogs will parachute into the stadium approximately 30 minutes before kickoff.

The impressive fly-over will take place just before kickoff.

Dignitaries from the Army and Navy will be present to cheer on their respective teams and it's reported that President-elect, Donald Trump will be in attendance at today's game as well.

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).

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Final - Navy 46, Houston 40

6:50 - Navy upsets #6 Houston, 46-40 and the entire brigade rushes the field.

6:47 - Alex Barta's punt travels 49 yards into the end zone and Houston will get the ball at the 20 with 9 seconds left in the game.

6:46 - Navy takes a delay of game on fourth down and will punt the ball to Houston with 17 seconds left in the game.

6:43 - Jarid Ryan recovers Houston's onside kick attempt for Navy.  The Mids have the ball on their own 49 with 1:53 remaining.  Navy fumbles their first play from scrimmage but recover for a loss of  1 yard.

6:40 - Greg Ward Jr. completes a 17 yard TD pass to Chance Allen on a fourth down play.  The PAT is good and Houston cuts Navy's lead to 46-40 with 1:57 remaining in the fourth quarter.  Houston's scoring drive was 13-70-2:41.

6:39 - Houston called for holding on an apparent Houston rushing TD by Ward.

6:35 - Houston converts a fourth down play giving the Cougars a first and ten at the Navy 33 with 3:10 remaining in the game.

6:25 - On fourth down and 3 from the Houston 23, Benner Moehring kicked a 40 yard field goal giving Navy a 13 point lead over Houston, 46-33 with 4:38 remaining in the game.  Navy's scoring drive was 4-7-1:01.

6:22 - Houston attempts an onside kick from their own 20 and Navy recovers at the Houston 30 yard line.

6:21 - What a fun game to watch.  It's a little better if you're rooting for Navy, but a very exciting, entertaining college football game.

6:18 - Navy forces a three-and-out and Houston snaps the ball out of the end zone for a safety.  Navy leads 43-33 and will get the ball with 5:39 left in the game.

6:13 - Houston held Navy on a fourth down attempt after a first down run was reviewed and found to be 1/2 yard short.  Houston has the ball first down on their own 16 with 6:26 remaining in the game with Navy leading 41-33.

6:07 - Gulley converts a third down with an 11 yard carry to the Houston 25.

6:05 - Worth carries the ball 20 yards to the Houston 39.  Worth is a hard runner that regularly breaks tackles. Worth now has 25 carries for 102 yards and a TD.

6:03 - Today's announced attendance was 34,531.  There's no way that many people showed up today.  That's a shame with a game this good.

6:02 - It appears the rain has stopped, at least for the time being.

5:56 - Dillon Birden carries the ball 2 yards for a Houston TD.  The PAT was blocked by DJ Palmore. Navy leads Houston 41-33 with 13:18 remaining in the game.  The Cougar scoring drive was 8-73-3:07.

5:50 - That's the end of the third quarter.  Navy leads Houston, 41-27.  Houston has the ball 2nd and 8 on the Navy 13.

5:49 - Ward completes a 25 yard pass to Chance Allen to the Navy 15 yard line.

5:47 - Greg Ward Jr. runs the ball 33 yards to the Navy 40 yard line.

5:43 - Will Worth completes a 34-yard TD pass to Brandon Colon.  Moehring's PAT extends Navy's lead over #6 Houston, 41-27 with 1:25 remaining in the third quarter.  Will Worth is 3-5 for 76 yards and 2 TDs.  Navy's scoring drive was 7-80-3:47.

5:40 - Dishan Romine carries the ball for 23 yards to the Navy 47.

5:34 - Greg Ward Jr. carries the ball 8 yards for a Houston TD.  The PAT was good and Houston cuts Navy's lead to 34-27 with 5:12 left in the third quarter.  The Houston scoring drive was 14-81-4:50.

5:30 - A targeting call was called against Navy's Sean Williams.  After a lengthy review, the call was reversed and Williams will stay in the game.  Houston has the ball at the Navy 10 yard line with 6:06 remaining in the third quarter.  Navy leads #6 Houston, 34-20.

5:20 - Josiah Powell switched his number this week to 58 in support of teammate Daniel Gonzales who was injured in the Air Force game and will miss the rest of the season.  The switch seems to have worked for him.

5:16 - Josiah Powell intercepted a Ward pass and returns it 34 yards for a Navy TD.  Bennett Moehring's PAT gives the Mids aa 34-20 lead over Houston. Powell has 2 INTs in today's game.

5:10 - Will Worth completes a 17-yard TD pass to Darryl Bonner.  The PAT attempt was good and Navy leads Houston, 27-20 with 11:03 remaining in the third quarter.  The TD was Bonner's first career TD.

5:05 - Greg Ward was sacked by Patrick Forrestal and Tyler Sayles and fumbled the ball. Forrestal recovered the fumble and Navy takes over on the Houston 41 yard line.

5:01 - It was just announced that Navy FB Chris High will not return to today's game.  He suffered an announced hip injury.  Houston will receive the second half kickoff.

4:45 - First half stats of note - Houston has 241 (35 rushing, 206 passing) total yards and Navy has 193 (168 rushing, 25 passing).  Three Houston receivers have four catches in the game.  Worth has 64 yards rushing on 20 carries.  Gulley has 52 yards on 5 carries.  Worth and High have rushing TDs for Navy.  Dunbar and Birden have receiving TDs for Houston.  Matthew Adams leads Houston with 8 tackles.  DJ Palmore has 4 tackles for the Mids and Josiah Powell has an INT.

4:38 - Bennett Moehring kicks a 38 yard FG as time ran out in the half.  Navy and Houston are tied 20-20.  Navy's scoring drive was 10-42-2:50.

4:37 - Will Worth completes a 25 yard bass to Darryl Bonner to the Houston 27 yard line.  It was Bonner's first career catch.

4:34 - Navy is forced to punt after losing 9 yards following their INT.  Houston roughed the punter and Navy retains the ball and has a first down at the Navy 43 yard line with 1:30 remaining in the half.

4:30 - Micah Thomas tipped a Greg Ward pass and it was picked off by Josiah Powell.  Navy takes over on their own 37 with 2:50 remaining in the half.  Ward is 14-19-206 with 2 TDs and an INT in the game.

4:22 - Navy faced a fourth down and one at their own 37 yard line and attempted to convert.  Will Worth ran the ball for three yards to the 40 to convert the fourth down play.  Navy trails Houston, 20-17.

4:16 - Ward completes a 19 yard TD pass to Dillon Birden.  The PAT gives Houston a 20-17 lead with 8:41 remaining in the first half.  Houston's scoring drive was 6-80-1:52.  Houston has 200-149 total yardage advantage over Navy in the first half.

4:15 - Ward completes a 30 yard pass to Bonner to the Navy 37 yard line.

4:07 - Will Worth runs the ball for 2 yards for a Navy TD.  The PAT gives Navy a 17-13 lead over #6 Houston with 10:33 remaining in the first half.  Navy's scoring drive was 7-71-3:27.

4:02 - Will Worth runs the ball 20 yards to the Houston 5.  First and goal Navy.  Worth has 58 yards rushing on 11 carries so far in the game. The Mids have 144 rushing yards in the game. Navy takes a timeout with 11:11 remaining in the half.

3:59 - Will Worth carries the ball 13 yards to the Navy 48.  Toneo Gulley follows that up with a 19 yard run to the Houston 33.

3:54 - Cummings kicks a 36 yard field goal giving Houston a 13-10 lead over Navy with 14:00 remaining in the second quarter.  Houston's scoring drive was 9-25-3:11.

3:52 - It was just announced in the press box that Navy's Calvin Cass Jr is out for the rest of the game with a head injury.  Chris High has an injured hip and may return.

3:49 - Houston goes for a fourth down conversion and Ward Jr scrambles for 5 yards to the Navy 25 yard line to keep the drive alive.  The quarter ends with Navy and Houston tied 10-10.

3:44 - Bennett Moehring kicks a 24 yard field knotting up the score, 10-10.  Navy's scoring drive was 11-66-5:49.  Navy attempts another onside kick and it was again recovered by the Cougars.

3:38 - Darryl Bonner runs the ball 11 yards to the Houston 14 yard line.  Navy has a 1st and 10 with 4:11 remaining in the first quarter.

3:37 - Gulley with another big run for Navy.  This time a 10-yarder to the Houston 25.

3:35 - Toneo Gulley runs for 17 yards to the Houston 38 yard line.

3:33 - Chris High with a 13-yard carry to the Navy 40.  High has 2 carries for 25 yards and a TD in the game.

3:28 - Ty Cummings kicks a 40 yard field goal to give Houston the 10-7 lead with 8:00 remaining in the first quarter.  Navy attempted an onside kick following their quick TD and Houston recovered on the Navy 48 yard line.  Houston's scoring drive was 7-plays for 25-yards and lasted 2:55.

3:26 - The rain hasn't hampered the Houston passing attack at this point.  Greg Ward Jr. is 5-5 for 85 yards and a TD in the game.

3:24 - Navy graduate and PGA golfer, Billy Hurley was just recognized on the field during the TV timeout.

3:19 - Dishan Romine returns the Houston kickoff 85 yards to the Houston 12 yard line.  On the next play, Chris High takes the pitch from Worth off the right side and goes untouched into the end zone.  Navy's scoring drive was 1-play for 12-yards and took just 18 seconds off the clock.  Navy and Houston are tied, 7-7. Wow! What a great momentum shift for the Mids.

3:16 - Greg Ward Jr. throws a 32 yard TD pass to Steven Dunbar to cap off a 5-play, 70-yard drive that took just 1:39 off the clock.  Houston leads Navy 7-0 with 11:13 remaining in the first quarter.

3:12 - Navy is forced to punt on their first drive.  QB Will Worth carried the ball three times and gained zero yards on that series.

3:08 - Houston won the coin toss and deferred to the second half.  Navy will get the ball first.

3:06 - The Mids take the field.  Kendrick Mouton carried the Marine flag, Nnamdi Uzoma carried the US flag, and Josh Anton carried the Navy flag onto the field.

2:47 - The Brigade of Midshipmen are now performing their march-on in front of a very sparse crowd. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:05 on CBS Sports Network. A fly-over and a parachute jumper are scheduled to take place prior to kickoff, but the weather will probably force the cancellation of both.

2:37 - We're about 30 minutes away from kickoff here at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.  Both teams are on the field for pregame warmups and it's still raining. It doesn't look like it's going to let up any time soon.

Previewing the Navy vs. Houston matchup this afternoon in Annapolis, MD.

Navy comes into this afternoon's contest with a 3-1 record coming off last week's disappointing loss to service academy rival, Air Force.  Houston enters the game 5-0 and is ranked #6 in the country.

Houston is the highest ranked team to play at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium since #2 South Carolina visited Annapolis in 1984.  Navy upset the highly favored Gamecocks that day, 38-21.

The forecast calls for rain most of the afternoon.  The soggy weather could have more of an impact on the Houston offense as the Cougars have thrown for about 1000 more yards this season than the Midshipmen.  The weather also could impact the Navy triple option offense where ball control is critical.

It will be interesting too see what kind of crowd will be in attendance with today's rainy forecast in Annapolis.  Navy was selling standing room only tickets earlier in the week.  Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium seats 34,000.

Navy lost their starting linebacker and co-captain, Daniel Gonzales for the season to a foot injury in last week's Air Force game.  Navy earlier in the season lost starting quarterback Tago Smith to a season ending knee injury.

Linebacker Micah Thomas moved into Gonzales' position and senior Mike Kelly moved into the starting lineup.

Navy's senior wide receiver Jamir Tillman needs just 13 yards to pass Phil McConkey and move to #2 at Navy for all-time receiving yards.  He's 470 yards behind receiving leader Rob Taylor.  Tillman has been starting at wide receiver for the Mids since his sophomore season in 2014.

Houston's starting quarterback, Greg Ward Jr. has thrown for 1,325 yards and eight touchdowns and rushed for 178 yards and five touchdowns.  Ward Jr. is a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Final - Navy 28, Connecticut 24

6:39 - UConn runs the ball and was stopped on the goal line.  The time expired before the Huskies could get another play run.  Navy wins 28-24 and now has 12 straight wins at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

6:36 - UConn calls a timeout with a 2nd-and-goal on the Navy 1 yard line with 0:17 left in the game.  UConn needs a TD to take the lead.

6:34 - Connecticut calls a timeout after driving to the Navy 23 yard line with the arm and legs of Bryant Shirreffs. There are 45 seconds remaining in the game.

6:26 - Will Worth officially scores from 1-yard out, his second rushing TD of the game.  Bennett Moehring's PAT is good and Navy leads UConn, 28-24 with 3:08 left in the game. Navy's scoring drive was 4 plays-17 yards-1:49.

6:24 - Will Worth appears to score from 2 yards out, but Navy had called a timeout prior to the snap.

6:18 - Navy forces Connecticut to punt from their own 9 yard line.  Navy will get the ball back with 4:57 left in the game down 3.  Calvin Cass returns the punt 26 yards to the Huskie's 17 yard line.

6:14 - Navy is forced to punt and Erik Harris's kick travels 63-yards to the UConn 5 yard line.  The pressure is now on the defense to stop Bryant Shirreffs and the Connecticut offense.  Let's see what defensive coordinator, Dale Pehrson has up his sleeve.

6:08 - Bobby Puyol kicks a 38-yard field and Connecticut leads Navy, 24-21 with 9:08 remaining in the game.  The Huskies have scored 24 unanswered points in the game.  UConn's scoring drive was 9 plays-70 yards-4:29.

6:04 - The Huskies fumble again, their 5th of the game. They have recovered three of them.  UConn has the ball 3rd-and-7 on the Navy 27 yard line.

6:00 - On Connecticut's first play following Navy's punt, Shirreffs hits Hergy Mayala with a 41-yard pass completion to midfield.  The Huskies are out of the shadow of their own goal posts.

5:57 - Navy is forced to punt and Erik Harris pins the Huskies inside their own 10 yard line.  Connecticut has the ball and 91 yards between them and a go ahead TD.

5:52 - At the end of the third quarter, Navy and Connecticut are tied, 21-21. An interesting stat was just announced.  On Navy's first two drives they had 176 yards of offense.  Since then they have 175 yards of offense.

5:40 - Chris High fumbles the ball and UConn's Jamar Summers recovers and returns the ball 86 yards for a TD.  Navy and UConn are now tied, 21-21 with 2:39 remaining in the third quarter.

5:37 - Dishan Romine gets into the mix with a 19-yard carry to the UConn 21 yard line.  The Mids are moving the ball well on the ground after struggling their last few drives.

5:35 - Toneo Gulley takes a Will Worth pitch 15 yards on the left side to the Navy 39 yard line.  Calvin Cass takes the next carry 10 yards and Navy has the ball near midfield.

5:29 - UConn's Ron Johnson carries the ball 3 yards to the end zone to cut Navy's lead to 7.  The play of the series was a 25-yard pass from Tyler Davis to Alec Bloom on a fourth down fake punt at the Navy 28. Navy still leads 21-14 with 8:07 remaining in the third quarter.

5:22 - Navy pants on their first drive of the second half, their first punt of the game.  UConn takes over on their own 40 yard line.

5:20 - Navy has the ball to start the second half, 1st-and-10 at their own 25 yard line.

5:15 - The Midshipmen are returning to the field following the half.  Some first half stats - 
UConn has four fumbles in the first half, losing two of them
Will Worth has four more passing yards than Bryant Shirreffs - 109-105
Tyra's Wooten has 8 tackles to lead the Mids
UConn had 6 drives in the 1st half - 3 ended on punts, 2 on fumbles, and a TD

4:58 - The half ends with the Midshipmen holding a 14 point lead over visiting UConn in front of an announced crowd of 31,501.

4:54 - Bryant Shirreffs completes a 34-yard TD pass to Noel Thomas and UConn is on the board. Navy still leads the Huskies 21-7 with 1:10 remaining in the half.

4:47 - Moehring's 32-yard FG attempt was blocked and Navy came away with no points following the UConn fumble on the kickoff. 

4:44 - Navy's kickoff team forced a fumble and recovered on the UConn 20 yard line.  Khaylin Williams forced the fumble and Green recovered his second loose ball on the afternoon.

4:38 - Bryant Shirreffs fumbled on UConn's 2 yard line and Alohi Gillman returned it for a Navy TD. Gillman also forced the fumble.  This was the third consecutive play in the game that has been reviewed.  Moehring's PAT was good and with 5:36 left in the half, Navy leads 21-0.

4:34 - Will Worth was stopped on a 4th and 1 from the UConn 1 yard line.  The Huskies take over first and 10 at their own 1 with 5:48 remaining in the half.  Last year, UConn was the only team to stop the Mids in the Red Zone.  The Mids were 55-58 last year in the Red Zone.  They took a knee, missed a FG and were stopped by the Huskies on their third unsuccessful Red Zone attempt.

4:24 - UConn punts on all three drives so far.  This time Craig Scott returned the punt 20 yards to the Huskie's 44 yard line.

4:19 - Navy has 185 yards of total offense so far in the game.  The surprising part is that they have 3 more yards passing than rushing, 94 yards passing and 91 yards rushing.

4:14 - Worth runs it in from one yard out.  Moehring's PAT gives Navy a 14-0 lead with 10:35 remaining in the second quarter.  Navy's scoring drive was 9 plays-80 yards-4:51.

4:11 - High gains 26 yards on the ground following a Navy chop block penalty.  Navy has a first down at the Huskie's 16 yard line.

4:09 - Worth completes another long pass, this time a 40-yarder to Calvin Cass to the UConn 34 yard line.

4:04 - At the end of the first quarter, Navy leads UConn 7-0.

4:00 - Navy is forced to punt for the second time in as many series.  Wain's punt goes into the end zone and Navy takes over on their own 20 with 0:26 remaining in the first quarter.

3:58 - Navy forced an incomplete pass on a third down, but were flagged for roughing the passer when Amos Mason hit Bryant Shirreffs late.  1-10 UConn on the Navy 46 yard line.

3:52 - Lee Greenwood's "Proud to be an American" is being played through the stadium's PA system. The brigade of Midshipmen are singing along.  Touching!

3:50 - Fullback Chris High gets Navy on the board first with a 4-yard carry.  Moehrings PAT gives the Mids a 7-0 lead with 4:52 remaining in the first quarter.  Navy's scoring drive was 10 plays-96 yards-4:57.

3:46 - On a 3rd and 5 play, Will Worth completes a 47-yard pass to Jamir Tillman to the UConn 33 yard line.

3:39 - Navy forces the Huskies to punt on their first possession.  Justin Wain pins the Mids deep in their own territory as the punt was downed at the Navy 4 yard line.

3:31 - UConn has won the toss and elected to receive.  Navy's kickoff from Bennett Moehring is taken at the UConn 1 yard line and returned to the 16.

Previewing the Navy, UConn game - 

This afternoon, UConn (1-0) will take on Navy (1-0) at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

It's a hot one here in Annapolis.  The real feel during pregame warmups is 94 degrees with 74% humidity.

Both teams come into today's game, 1-0.  UConn defeated Maine last week when kicker Bobby Puyol kicked a 37-yard field goal with 11 seconds remaining in the game giving the Huskies the 24-21 win.  Navy defeated Fordham, 52-16 in the Midshipmen's home opener.

Navy has won 11 straight home games.  The Mids last lost at home to Western Kentucky on September 27, 2014.

Will Worth will be the starting QB for Navy this week after Tago Smith tore his ACL on a run in the second quarter last week against Fordham. Sophomore Zach Abey will be his backup.

Navy's co-captains, SB Toneo Gulley and LB Daniel Gonzalez are both wearing #2 for the rest of the season in honor of injured QB Tago Smith.

UConn held Maine to 40 yards rushing on 19 carries last week.  Last week the Midshipmen had 427 yards rushing.  FB Chris High had 176 yards rushing himself.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Navy's Win Over Fordham Bittersweet

Navy faced Patriot League foe, Fordham in the season-opener for both teams in Annapolis Saturday afternoon.  The Midshipmen came away with a 52-16 blowout win over the rams in Navy's eleventh consecutive home win dating back to last season.

The Mids were led offensively by Junior fullback Chris High who gained 176 yards on just 10 carries and found the end zone twice.  Navy's daunted triple option attack opened the way for 427 yards rushing on the afternoon.

Senior signal caller, Tago Smith guided the Mids to a 21-10 lead over their FCS opponent after just one quarter of play.  Smith has been biding his time in the shadow of Keenan Reynolds who set the NCAA record for all-time touchdowns scored with 88.  Smith was injured on a 22-yard carry at the beginning of the second quarter.  MRI results on Sunday confirmed that Smith had torn his ACL in his right knee and he is scheduled for surgery this week.

Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo became choked up about Smith's injury when asked about it in the post-game press conference.

“Just a great kid.  The kind of kid who really symbolizes who we are.  He hasn’t said crap for three years. He came to work every day.  He didn't complain, didn't get bitter.  I was the guy keeping him off the field.  There were other coaches that wanted to take him for other positions and play him.   I held him back. For three years he didn't say a word, just worked his butt off.

"What he did in the first half didn’t surprise me. We knew the guy was a really good football player who was just playing behind Keenan (Reynolds).  I just feel for the kid.”

Will Worth came in to replace the injured Smith and had nine carries for 22 yards and a rushing touchdown.  He also completed all three of his passes for 78 yards, including a 57-yard TD strike to Toneo Gulley.

Freshman QB Malcolm Perry was called from the stands after marching to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium with the rest of the Brigade of Midshipmen.  He changed at halftime and made his collegiate debut at the end of the third quarter with Navy leading, 49-13.

The Mids host Connecticut (1-0) next Saturday at 3:30.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Navy Football Getting No Respect

Navy's Senior Associate Athletic Director for Sports Information, Scott Strasemeier, shared this interesting fact about this year's Navy football team. 

Despite coming off a school record 11 win season against just two losses, winning the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy, the Lambert Trophy (best team in the East), sharing the American Athletic Conference West Division Championship with Houston and winning the Military Bowl, Navy is one of just four schools in the country that did not have one player make any of the numerous preseason award watch lists for 2016.  

The other three schools were UTSA (3-9 last year), North Texas (1-11) and UCF (0-12).

Navy opens the 2016 season at home on September 3 against Fordham.

Sunday, June 19, 2016


Article submitted by Jeff Batzel


Pennsylvania used a stifling defense, a pass on their first offensive play that completely caught Maryland off-guard, and a punishing running attack enroute to a 26-14 victory in the 59th Big 33 Classic at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday night.


Damar Hamlin (Pittsburgh Central Catholic-Pitt) interception of a batted Maryland pass in the first three minutes of the game set the stage for a Devante Cross (Parkland-Virginia) to Miles Sanders (Woodland Hills-Penn State) pass to get things started.   Sanders, a runningback, ran a backside wheel route and Cross came back to the weak side to find him completely unguarded for a TD on Pennsylvania’s first play from scrimmage.


Two more TD’s in just over a 3-minutes time span in the 2nd quarter added to the damage.  Again it was Sanders and his HS teammate Jo-El Shaw (Woodland Hills-Syracuse) doing the damage as runners behind the superb work of the Keystone State’s Offensive Line.   Sanders, the game's MVP, would score again in the third quarter on a 19 yard run to seal the deal.  Sanders had 7 rushes for 73 yards while Shaw had 80 yards on 14 totes of the pigskin.


Meanwhile, Pennsylvania’s defense was stifling and limited Maryland to just 143 total yards on the evening.  JoeJay Smith (Beth Catholic-Garden City CC) added a 2nd interception for Pennsylvania.


Maryland did get on the board twice late in the game, both on big plays when the game was no longer in doubt.   

Aaron Matthews (Clairton/Pitt) who led Pennsylania with 89 yards receiving makes a catch over the middle and is brought down by Maryland's Martin Foray, a St. Francis University of PA recruit.


Pennsylvania 26, Maryland 14

Pennsylvania - 6 - 13 - 7 - 0 -- 26
Maryland - 0 - 0 - 0 - 14 -- 14

Scoring Summary
First quarter
PA-Miles Sanders 21 pass from Devante Cross (kick failed), 8:52
Second quarter
PA-Sanders 5 run (pass failed), 8:37
PA-Jo-El Shaw 3 run (Mike Cushma kick), 5:24
Third quarter
PA-Sanders 19 run (Cushma kick), 8:59
Fourth quarter
MD-Dae’lun Darien 35 pass from Shawn Bliss (Mike Shinsky kick), 5:53
MD-Martin Foray Jr. 62 interception return (Shinsky kick), 1:43