Saturday, October 20, 2018

Navy Falls to AAC Rival Houston, 49-36

Navy entered Saturday's contest against the Houston Cougars with a 2-4 record and three consecutive losses.  With a difficult remaining schedule, a bowl bid was also in question. 

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium was energized early by beautiful fall weather, the march-on of Midshipmen, a flyover of F/A-18E Super Hornets, and a crowd of 33,924.  The Midshipmen used that energy to score on their first four drives of the game.  Navy led 24-14 with 5:19 remaining in the first half.

Unfortunately for Nayv, Houston's number three scoring offense in the country came alive in a big way at that point.  The Cougars scored touchdowns on five of their next seven drives to snatch the lead and the win from the struggling Mids.

The Houston defense also came up big, shutting out the Navy offense until just 4:03 remained in the game.  By that point, Houston held a 49-30 lead.  Some sloppy play by Houston backups late in the game gave Navy another scoring opportunity, but the Cougars came away with a big AAC West Division win, 49-36.

D'Eriq King was a thorn in the side of Navy all afternoon.  The Houston quarterback finished the game with 413 yards passing and 56 yards on the ground.  He was responsible for four total TDs, one on the ground and three passing.

Marquez Stevenson, Keith Corbin, and Courtney Lark all had over 100 yards receiving for the Cougars.  Stevenson finished with 141 yards on eight catches.  Corbin and Lark had 104 and 106 yards respectively with each receiver catching a TD pass from King.

Navy head coach, Ken Niumatalolo spoke highly of Stevenson. 

"Number 5 (Stevenson) was dynamic.  We haven't seen too many guys like him here in our stadium.  We had a hard time tackling him."

Navy played very much like they did in last week's 24-17 loss to Temple.  The offense started strong, but couldn't maintain that success through the second half.

Navy's offense was clicking early on the game.  Bennett Moehring tied the school record for most points in a career (192) for kickers when he kicked a 43 yard field goal to give Navy a 3-0 lead.  Later in the first half, Malcolm Perry found the end zone on a 32 yard touchdown run.  Moehring's PAT gave Navy a 10-7 lead and Moehring the career points leader record with 193 points.  

Zach Abey was called in to play quarterback on a short yardage situation in the second half.  Abey called his own number and scored from one yard out.  The touchdown gave Abey a touchdown in 13 of the last 17 games that he's played in.

Late in the second quarter offensive coordinator, Ivin Jasper made a great call.  Quarterback Garret Lewis pitched the ball to former QB, Malcolm Perry who found Taylor Jackson wide open for a 43 yard completion to the Houston 32 yard line.  Slotback Tazh Maloy scored his first career touchdown on the next play giving Navy a 10-point lead.  Maloy made a great read on a lead block and sprinted 32 yards for Navy score.  

Navy didn't score again until Myles Fells scored on a 14-yard carry with just 4:03 left in the game.  Taylor Jackson capped off Navy's scoring when he scored his first career touchdown on a 15-yard pass from Lewis with six seconds remaining in the game.

Navy falls to 2-5 on the season and travels to San Diego next Saturday to host undefeated Notre Dame.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Temple 24 - Navy 17 - Final

Fourth Quarter -

6:45 - The clock hits zero and Navy falls to 2-4 on the season with a 24-17 loss to Temple.  The Owls improve to 4-3.

6:42 - Navy calls their final timeout with 1:32 left.  Temple faces a 2nd-and-15 on the Navy 25.

6:40 - Navy can't convert a fourth-and-ten and the Mids turn the ball over to Temple on the Navy 20 with 1:42 left in the contest.  Temple holds a 7 point lead.

6:38 - Jarid Ryan picks off Anthony Russo's pass in the end zone,  Navy takes over on their own 20, down by 7 with 2:06 left in the game.

6:36 - Temple has the ball first-and-goal at the 10 with 2:56 left in the game.

6:34 - Navy takes a timeout to stop the clock with 4:07 remaining in the game.  The Mids D can't find an answer for the Temple offense who has a second-and-six on the Navy 31 yard line leading by 7.

6:32 - Temple is methodically moving the ball into Navy territory.  Temple has the ball on the Navy 44 yard line.

6:30 - Russo completes a 14 yard pass to Isaiah Wright for a Temple first down at their own 38.

6:25 - Navy is unable to get a first down on the drive and the Mids punt the ball back to the Owls.  Temple has the ball on their own 20 yard line with 8:13.  White boots a 52 yard punt.

6:22 - Navy returns the Temple kickoff to the 27 yard line.

6:18 - Anthony Russo completes a 62 yard TD pass to Ventell Bryant.  The PAT was good and Temple leads Navy, 24-17 with 9:14 left in the game.  The Temple scoring drive was 1-68-0:10.

6:15 - Navy couldn't convert the fourth down play and Temple gets the ball at their 38 yard line with the score tied 17-17.

6:15 - Navy faces a fourth-and-eight on the Temple 38 yard line with 9:46 remaining in the game.

6:11 - LT Jake Hawk is banged up and is helped off the field.  His backup, Kendel Wright, is not dressed for today's game due to illness.

6:09 - Nelson Smith carries the ball for 10 yards to go over the 100 yard mark for the first time in his career.

6:05 - On a third-and-14, Anthony Russo was sacked forcing a fourth-and-long and Temple punts the ball back to Navy.  The Mids take over on their own 39 yard line.

Third Quarter - 

6:00 - Temple chips away and moves to the 31 yard line.  A shotgun snap mishandled by Russo takes the ball back to the Temple 20 where they face a second-and-21.

5:57 - Malcolm Perry carries the ball 30 yards for a Navy TD, but the Mids were called for an illegal block in the back.  The ball will be spotted at the Temple 35, for a fourth-and 13.  The Mids take a delay of game and the Mids will punt from the ball back to Temple.  The Owls take over at their own 17.

5:55 - Navy faces a fourth-and-eight from the Temple 30.  Navy calls a timeout to discuss the play.

5:53 - Malcolm Perry carries the ball 15 yards to the Temple 32.

5:51 - Garret Lewis carries the ball for 7 yards to the 34.  A personal foul call after the play on Temple moves the ball to the Navy 49.

5:50 - The Temple kickoff goes into the end zone and the Mids take over at their 25.

5:46 - The TD stands and following the PAT, Navy and Temple are tied, 17-17 with 5:53 remaining in the third quarter.  The Temple scoring drive was 8-65-2:52.

5:44 - Rob Ritrovato carries the ball one yard for the Temple TD.  The scoring play is under review.

5:42 - Temple faces a fourth-and-goal at the one foot line.  The spot is under review and confirmed.

5:41 - Anthony Russo completes a 40 yard pass to Ventell Bryant to the Navy 8 yard line.  Jager Gardner carries the ball 7 yards to the Navy 1.

5:36 - Navy is not able to sustain the drive and Owen White punts the ball 32 yards to the Temple 35 yard line.

5:31 - Navy starts at their own 25 yard line.

5:27 - Anthony Russo completed two passes for 28 yards on the drive and Will Mobley kicked a 31-yard field goal to cut into Navy's lead.  The Mids lead 17-10 with 10:47 left in the third quarter.  The Temple scoring drive was 6-29-2:26.

5:24 - Temple fumbled the kickoff after a 39 yard return, but recovered at the Navy 43.

5:20 - Nelson Smith carries the ball 12 yards for his first career TD.  Navy leads Temple 17-7 with 13:13 left in the third quarter.  Navy's scoring drive was 4-75-1:47.

5:19 - Anthony Gargiulo carries the ball to the Temple 12.

5:17 - Temple kicks off to Navy to start the second half.  The Mids start at their own 25 yard line.  On the first play, Nelson Smith carries the ball 45 yard to the Temple 30.  He has 74 rushing yards in the game.

Halftime Stats - 

Total Yds165142
Pass Yds10710
Rush Yds58132
1st Downs1111
3rd Downs1-44-7
4th Downs0-01-1
Total Plays2934
Avg Yds/Play5.74.2
Avg Yds/Completion10.75
Avg Yds/Rush4.54.3
Sack-Adj Rush Yd(Avg)58 (4.5)132 (4.3)
Red Zone1-32-2
Time of Poss11:1018:50
Turnovers (Def Pts Off)1 (3)1 (0)
Sacks (Def Yds)0 (0)0 (0)
TFL (Def Yds)1 (4)1 (2)

Navy Stat Leaders - 

Garret Lewis 2-3-10

Garret Lewis 10-51-1 TD

Taylor Jackson 1-14

Hudson Sullivan 5 tackles

Temple Stat Leaders - 

Anthony Russo 10-15-107

Tyliek Raynor 3-25 1 TD

Ventell Bryant 3-29

Delvon Randall 5 tackles

Second Quarter - 
4:56 - Navy runs out of time and the first half ends with Navy leading Temple, 10-7 at halftime.

4:51 - Today's announced attendance is 30,106.

4:49 - Temple punts the ball away and Navy takes over at their own 12 yard line.  2:18 remain in the first half.

4:48 - Temple is now called for an illegal substitution call moving them back to the Navy 44 facing a third-and-fourteen.

4:47 - Navy has an illegal substitution penalty called on them following the Temple timeout.  The Owls convert the fourth down without running a play.

4:44 - Temple is facing a fourth-and-one on the Navy 45 with 3:07 remaining in the half.  The Owls take a timeout to discuss the situation.

4:40 - Temple returns the Navy kickoff to their own 31 yard line.

4:35 - Lewis carries the ball for one yard for a Navy TD.  Moehring's PAT gives the Mids a 10-7 lead with 5:45 remaining  in the half.  The Navy scoring drive was 11-75-5:46.

4:33 - Navy holds a 16:28 to 7:43 time of possession advantage so far in the half.

4:30 - Myles Fells carries the ball for Navy for 12 yards.  A face mask penalty moves the ball to the Temple 12.  Garret Lewis carries the ball 11 yards to the Temple 1.

4:26 - Garret Lewis carries the ball for 20 yards to midfield.

4:24 - Navy fair catches the kickoff and the Mids start at their own 25.

4:20 - Temple decided to reply on Russo's arm on this drive and it was successful.  Russo completed 5 of 6 passes for 52 yards down to the Navy 15.  On the next play, Tyliek Raynor carried the ball 15 yards for a Temple TD.  Temple's scoring drive was 9-77-3:24 and the Owls lead, 7-3.

4:16 - Temple returns the kickoff 10 yards to their own 23 yard line.

4:13 - Bennett Moehring kicked a 24-yard FG to give Navy a 3-0 lead.  Navy's scoring drive was 17 plays, 71 yards, and took 10:01 off the clock.

4:10 - Navy recognized the 1963 Navy football team between quarters.  Roger Staubach threw three autographed footballs into the stands where the Brigade of Midshipmen stand.

Roger Staubach throwing an autographed football to the Midshipmen

First Quarter - 

4:08 - The first quarter ends with Navy facing a fourht-and-two at the Temple 7 yard line.

4:03 - Navy converted their second fourth down on the drive, this time by a Temple offside penalty moving the ball to the Temple 15 yard line.

4:02 - Lewis completed a surprising 14 yard pass to senior WR, Taylor Jackson to the Temple 29.

3:56 - Navy faced a fourth-and-one and Lewis converted with a two yard carry to the Temple 44.

3:54 - Navy keeps their drive moving behind the fullbacks.  Nelson Smith and Anthony Gargiulo carried the ball four of the first five plays of the drive moving into Temple territory.

3:51 - On Temple's second play deep in Navy territory, Russo completed a pass to Isaiah Wright and Navy forced a fumble recovering at the 22 yard line.

3:47 - Garret Lewis started the game at QB with Malcolm Perry at slot back and Zach Abey at WR.  All three Navy QBs were on the field at the same time.  Navy fumbles on their second play and Temple recovers at the Navy 19 yard line.  Navy's Tre Walker was banged up on the play.

3:45 - Temple's Anthony Russo completed a 38 yard pass to Jager Gardner to the Navy 1 yard line.  Temple was called for a false start, Navy forced a tackle for a loss, and then Temple missed a 26-yard FG attempt wide left.  Navy dodges a bullet and takes over at their own 20.

3:39 - Navy was called for a personal foul and Temple has the ball with a first down at their own 33 yard line.

3:35 - Temple won the coin toss and elected to receive.

Pre-Game -

Image result for navy football anchor logoNavy (2-3, 1-1) hosts Temple (3-3, 2-0) in an American Athletic Conference match up at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.  The Mids look to break a two game losing streak while Temple looks to maintain their winning ways as the Owls have won three of their last four games.  Navy will honor the 1963 team this afternoon between the first and second quarters.  The '63 team finished 9-2 and was led by Heisman Trophy winner, Roger Staubach.

Temple vs Navy Preview

The Navy Midshipmen host the Temple Owls this afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.  The Mids come into the game with a 2-3 record (1-1 AAC) looking to end their two game losing streak.  Temple enters the game with a 3-2 record (2-0 AAC) and are coming off a lopsided win last week against East Carolina, 49-6.  The 43 point differential is their largest in program history against an FBS opponent.

Navy and Temple have met 13 times prior to today's match up and the Owls hold a 7-6 advantage against the Midshipmen.  The last time Navy defeated Temple was in 2014, a 31-24 victory in Philadelphia.

Navy will recognize the 1963 team between the first and second quarters of this afternoon's game.  The 63 squad finished the season 9-2 and featured Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, Roger Staubach, ranking as high as number two in the country.

The Mids enter the game looking for their first win since September 15, a 51-21 win over Lehigh.  The Mids are ranked number two in the country in rushing, averaging 310.4 yards per game.  Conversely, the Navy passing game is ranked 129 out of 130 FBS teams, averaging just 71.2 yards per game.

Malcolm Perry leads the Midshipmen in rushing with 584 yards and 6 TDs on the season.  Perry and Garret Lewis have combined for 339 passing yards and 2 TDs.  CJ Williams is the team leader in receptions with 6 grabs for 148 yards.  Hudson Sullivan and Taylor Heflin lead the defense in tackles with 30 and 29 respectively.

Temple is led by QB Anthony Russo who has completed 54.6% of his passes for 873 yards and 5 TDs.  The running game is led by Ryquell Armstead.  Armstead has 677 yards on the ground and 6 TDs.  Branden Mack has 22 catches and 257 yards along with 3 TDs.  Shaun Bradley leads the defense with 42 tackles, a sack, and an INT.

The Mids come into the game tied for second place in the AAC West Division with SMU and Tulane.  Temple is in a three-way tie for first place in the AAC East Division with UCF and Cincinnati.

We see the Mids bouncing back after two straight losses and getting back to .500 on the year.  The Mids win a tight one, 27-24.

We will be live blogging the game here on Mid-Atlantic Sports during the game.