Saturday, October 08, 2022

Navy Dominates Tulsa, 53-21

Navy came into their game against visiting Tulsa as a slight underdog.  With 5:10 left in the first quarter, Daniel Davies kicked the first of his three field goals giving Navy a lead that they would not give up for the rest of the game.  The Mids finished the game against their AAC opponent, 53-21 improving Navy's record to 2-3 and 2-1 in the AAC.

The Midshipmen were playing on all cylinders on both sides of the football for the first time this season.  The offense looked like Navy football of old and rushed for 455 yards and five touchdowns in the game.  Five ball carriers averaged over 5 yards per carry and four of them rushed for over 60 yards in the game.

Daba Fofana was impressive carrying the ball this afternoon, rushing for 159 yards and three touchdowns. Vincent Terrell II carried the ball 17 times for 94 yards and a touchdown to complement Fofana and created a one-two punch that Tulsa couldn't contain.

Brian Newberry's defense would not be outdone holding Tulsa to just 25 yards rushing in the game.  The defense also had three interceptions, six quarterback hurries, and five pass breakups in the game.

Colin Ramos, Nicholas Straw, and Elias Larry each had interceptions in the game.  Larry also had two pass breakups causing problems for Tulsa quarterback Davis Brin.

Where Did That Come From - On Navy's third drive of the game, freshman wide receiver got the fans excited.  Nathan Kent, on his first collegiate play,  took a Tai Lavatai hand off and used his impressive speed to run for 70 yards and a touchdown giving Navy a 10-0 lead.

Drive of the Game - On Navy's first drive of the second half, Coach Ken Niumatalolo obviously wanted to keep the momentum that they had build up in the first half.  The Mids faced a 4th-and-3 on their own 46 yard line and ran a perfect fake punt.  Rayuan Lane III took the snap, his first career carry, and sprinted down the sideline for 28 yards giving Navy a first down at Tulsa's 26 yard line.  On the next play, Niumatalolo called another gutsy play.  Lavatai pitched the ball to Kai Puailoa-Rojas who then threw the ball back to Lavatai for a 26 yard touchdown giving Navy a 43-14 lead.

Performance of the Game - The Navy offense scored 26 points in the second quarter.  Navy has not scored that many points in a game this season.  Fofana had three touchdowns on the ground, Davies kicked the second of his three field goals, and the defense forced a safety.

Tulsa Coach Philip Montgomery on Navy's Running Game - "Well obviously it's a tough offense to go against.  If you let the fullback get going then it really opens up the rest of their offense."

Navy Coach Ken Niumatalolo on Navy's Offense - "It is the young men.  They continue to come to work, continue to battle.  They haven't given up.  This team that showed up today, I expected this team. It's all them."

Next Week - Navy travels to SMU on Friday and Tulsa has an off week.

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