NCAAF Game Recap - Air Force at Navy
Sat Oct 5, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

UGA
43
Tenn
14
F
MSU
10
OHSt
34
F
UtSt
6
LSU
42
F
Okla
45
Kans
20
F
Aub
13
Fla
24
F
Kent
0
Wisc
48
F
BGSU
0
ND
52
F
Tex
42
WVU
31
F
Purd
7
PSU
35
F
Cal
7
Oreg
17
F
Iowa
3
Mich
10
F
Wash
13
Stan
23
F
Boise
38
UNLV
13
F
UCF
24
Cin
27
F
OkSt
35
TxTch
45
F
Tuls
37
SMU
43
F(2OT)
GaSo
20
SoAl
17
F(1OT)
Temp
27
ECU
17
F
NM
21
SJSU
32
F
SoFL
48
UConn
22
F
MD
48
Rut
7
F
Tul
42
Army
33
F
BC
39
Lou
41
F
TCU
24
IASt
49
F
E Mi
16
C Mi
42
F
Ball
27
NIU
20
F
WestMI
24
Toled
31
F
ArkSt
38
GASt
52
F
Ohio
21
Buff
20
F OT
Ill
17
Minn
40
F
Marsh
13
MidTN
24
F
Bayl
31
K St
12
F
AF
25
Navy
34
F
VaTec
42
MiaFL
35
F
Mem
52
ULMon
33
F
NW
10
Neb
13
F
Troy
10
Mizzu
42
F
UNC
38
GATec
22
F
Ariz
35
Colo
30
F
W Ky
20
OD
3
F
Rice
20
UAB
35
F
UMass
0
FLInt
44
F
Vand
6
Miss
31
F
UTSA
26
UTEP
16
F
Lib
20
NMSt
13
F
Pitt
33
Duke
30
F
OreSt
48
UCLA
31
F
SDSU
24
ColSt
10
F

Navy 34, Air Force 25

Oct 5, 2019, 3:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Air Force (3-2)

3

3

3

16

25

Navy (3-1)

0

14

7

13

34

Navy stuns Air Force 34-25
Sat Oct 5, 2019 8:30 PM

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Malcolm Perry's confidence never wavered.

The Navy quarterback had taken a pounding and watched Air Force storm back from a double-digit deficit to take the lead.

In the end, the Midshipmen had some late-game heroics of their own.

Perry had a 4-yard touchdown run with 23 seconds remaining to give the Midshipmen a stunning 34-25 victory over Air Force on Saturday.

"The offense played well," Perry said. "We had a couple of mistakes here and there. But just keeping the mindset that we were going to win the game. Never let it leave our minds."

The Falcons scored 16 consecutive points in the final quarter and took the lead on a 1-yard run by Taven Birdow with 3:15 left.

However, Perry led an 11-play, 75-yard scoring drive to claim the victory in the first leg of the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy. Navy linebacker Tony Brown returned a fumble 8 yards in the closing seconds to round out the scoring.

"We found a way to win," Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said. "That is a great team win. We went back and forth. We needed to step up and we did."

Perry finished with 111 yards on 23 carries with a pair of touchdowns. He also completed 5 of 7 passes for 144 yards.

A fumble by Navy fullback Nelson Smith gave Air Force the ball on the Midshipmen 37 midway through the fourth quarter. The Falcons capitalized on a 1-yard plunge by quarterback DJ Hammond III that pulled them within 21-19 with 7:38 left in the game.

The Falcons (3-2) then put together a six-play, 72-yard scoring drive, capped by the scoring run by Birdow to take their first lead since the first quarter before the Midshipmen (3-1) rallied.

"We came here and played our hearts out," Falcons defensive tackle Jordan Jackson said. "We did not play good enough to win."

Air Force kicker Jake Koehnke converted all four of his field-goal opportunities, including a career-long 49-yard kick that pulled the Falcons to within 14-9.

Hammond had 71 yards on 12 carries. He also competed 10 of 25 pass attempts for 205 yards with an interception.

Jake Springer managed a key sack in the third quarter that gave Navy a short field, setting up the 20-yard scoring run by Perry that provided a 12-point margin.

The Midshipmen used an almost identical strategy to boost the lead to 14-3. Perry completed a 28-yard pass to Mychal Cooper and Smith capped the drive with a 3-yard scoring run.

"They made a few plays and some really fine plays, too," Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said about Navy.

The Commander-In-Chief's Trophy is presented annually to the winner of the football competition among the three major service academies - Army West Point, Navy and Air Force. The Black Knights took home the crown the previous two years.

THE TAKEAWAY

Air Force: The Falcons have not won in Annapolis since 2011. The loss also takes them out of the running for the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy. After averaging 34.6 points over the opening four games, Air Force never fully got into sync against Navy until the final quarter.

Navy: It was an uplifting win for the Midshipmen, who were routed by Air Force 35-7 last season in Colorado Springs. When the Falcons stacked the box, Perry showed he could be effective throwing the ball downfield to set up a couple of scores. The Midshipmen can win their first Commander-In-Chief's Trophy since 2015 with a victory over Army on Dec. 14.

BIG CROWD

The game had an announced attendance of 37,957 -- the fourth-largest crowd in the history of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. It was also the eighth-consecutive time this matchup sold out in Annapolis.

CLEAN GAME

Air Force had just one penalty for 12 yards. Navy was penalized seven times for 52 yards.

UP NEXT

Air Force: Hosts Fresno State on Oct. 12

Navy: Visits Tulsa on Oct. 12

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Passing

AF Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
D. Hammond III 25 10 40.0 0 205 47 1 52.9
C. Stevenson 1 1 100.0 0 41 41 0 118.8
Navy Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
M. Perry 7 5 71.4 0 144 38 0 113.7
C. Warren 1 1 100.0 0 18 18 0 118.8

Rushing

AF Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Hammond III 12 77 6.4 42 1
T. Birdow 15 40 2.7 6 1
Navy Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
M. Perry 23 111 4.8 20 2
N. Smith 19 82 4.3 37 2

Receiving

AF Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
B. Waters 4 128 32.0 47 0
G. Sanders 3 44 14.7 22 0
Navy Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Cooper 3 90 30.0 38 0
C. Williams 2 54 27.0 32 0

Fumbles

AF F FL
G. Sanders 1 1
K. Remsberg 1 1
Navy F FL
N. Smith 1 1
M. Perry 1 0

Returning

AF KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
B. Peterson 0 - 0 0 1 0.0 0 0
J. Stoner 1 18.0 0 18 0 - 0 0
Navy KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
C. Warren 4 22.3 0 27 0 - 0 0
G. Winn 0 - 0 0 1 1.0 0 0

Punting

AF Punt Yds Avg LgPu
C. Scott 3 109 36.3 39
Navy Punt Yds Avg LgPu
O. White 5 220 44.0 54

Takeaways

AF Int Yds InTD
M. Fifita 0 0 0
Navy Int Yds InTD
J. Pittman 0 0 0
T. Brown 0 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

AF Navy
Points For 25 34
Total Yards 354 376
Rushing Yards 108 214
Passing Yards 246 162
Passing Completions / Attempts 11/26 6/8
Turnovers 3 3
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 3/2 5/3
First Downs 15 16
Penalties - Yards 1/12 7/52
Time Of Possession 9:09 51:51
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/17 4/11
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/3 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 3/36 5/44

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter AF Navy
AF 11:51 FG Jake Koehnke 42 yd FG 3 0
2nd Quarter AF Navy
Navy 1:36 TD Nelson Smith 1 yd run (Bijan Nichols kick) 3 7
Navy 7:21 TD Nelson Smith 3 yd run (Bijan Nichols kick) 3 14
AF 12:43 FG Jake Koehnke 40 yd FG 6 14
3rd Quarter AF Navy
AF 2:26 FG Jake Koehnke 49 yd FG 9 14
Navy 8:24 TD Malcolm Perry 20 yd run (Bijan Nichols kick) 9 21
4th Quarter AF Navy
AF 1:34 FG Jake Koehnke 26 yd FG 12 21
AF 7:22 TD Donald Hammond III 1 yd run (Jake Koehnke kick) 19 21
AF 11:45 TD Taven Birdow 1 yd run (failed 2pt pass) 25 21
Navy 14:38 TD Malcolm Perry 3 yd run (Bijan Nichols kick) 25 28
Navy 15:00 TD Tony Brown 8 yd fumble return 25 34

Game Information

Stadium: Jack Stephens Field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland
Attendance: 37,957
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