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.

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