NAVY SEA­SON RE­CAP

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Sept. 1: at Hawaii, L, 59-41 Hawaii quar­ter­back Cole McDon­ald passed for 428 yards and six touch­downs. Mid­ship­men quar­ter­back Mal­colm Perry rushed for 108 yards on 17 car­ries, in­clud­ing a 75-yard touch­down run. Sept. 8: Mem­phis, W, 22-21 Navy trailed 21-9 early in the fourth quar­ter be­fore touch­down runs from Perry and Zach Abey pushed the Mid­ship­men in front for good. Sept. 15: Le­high, W, 51-21 Perry tal­lied sea­son-highs with 223 rush­ing yards and three touch­downs as Navy got its only blowout win of the sea­son. Sept. 22: at SMU, L, 31-30 OT SMU got its first win of the sea­son in walk-off fash­ion when tight end Hunter Thed­ford caught a two-point con­ver­sion in over­time. Oct. 6: at Air Force, L, 35-7 Navy’s of­fense strug­gled, gen­er­at­ing just 178 yards of to­tal of­fense, as Air Force puts it­self in the driver’s seat for the Com­man­der In Chief’s Tro­phy. Oct. 13: Tem­ple, L, 24-17 Tem­ple quar­ter­back An­thony Russo con­nected on a go-ahead, 62-yard touch­down pass in fourth quar­ter, and Navy could not re­spond, fail­ing to con­vert a first down on its fi­nal two pos­ses­sions. Oct. 20: Hous­ton, L, 49-36 Navy quar­ter­back Gar­ret Lewis had his best pass­ing per­for­mance of the year, com­plet­ing nine of 13 at­tempts for 135 yards, one touch­down and an in­ter­cep­tion. But, it was not enough to slow Hous­ton’s po­tent of­fense led by quar­ter­back D’Eriq King, who threw for 413 yards and three touch­downs. Oct. 27: Notre Dame, L, 44-22 In San Diego, the Mid­ship­men scored all of their points in the se­cond half. The Fight­ing Ir­ish got 142 rush­ing yards and three touch­downs from run­ning back Dex­ter Wil­liams to move to 8-0. Nov. 3: at Cincin­nati, L, 42-0 A stout Cincin­nati de­fense, which was av­er­ag­ing just un­der 16 points al­lowed per game prior to the Nov. 3 matchup, handed Navy its first shutout since

2012, hold­ing the Mid­ship­men to just

171 to­tal yards. Nov. 10: at Cen­tral Flor­ida, L, 35-24 UCF got three to­tal touch­downs from quar­ter­back McKen­zie Mil­ton to ex­tend the na­tion’s long­est win­ning streak to 22 games. Navy had five play­ers with over 50 rush­ing yards. Nov. 17: Tulsa, W, 37-29 The Mid­ship­men snapped a se­v­engame los­ing skid as Abey rushed for 128 yards and two touch­downs. Nov. 24: at Tu­lane, L, 29-28 Down 21-3 at one point, Navy made a fu­ri­ous se­cond-half charge to take the lead 28-21 with un­der four min­utes to go in the fourth quar­ter. But, Tu­lane scored a touch­down on the fol­low­ing drive and boldly went for a two-point con­ver­sion. The de­ci­sion paid off as the Green Wave con­verted the two points and held on to win.

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