NCAAF Game Recap - Holy Cross at Navy
Sat Aug 31, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

GATec
14
Clem
52
F
Duke
3
Ala
42
F
UGA
30
Vand
6
F
Hou
31
Okla
49
F
FlAtl
21
OHSt
45
F
GaSo
3
LSU
55
F
MidTN
21
Mich
40
F
ND
35
Lou
17
F
LaTec
14
Tex
45
F
Oreg
21
Aub
27
F
TxSt
7
TxAM
41
F
EWa
14
Wash
47
F
Utah
30
BYU
12
F
Idaho
7
PSU
79
F
FlaAM
0
UCF
62
F
Tuls
7
MSU
28
F
Wisc
49
SoFL
0
F
MiaOH
14
Iowa
38
F
NoIa
26
IASt
29
F(2OT)
Syr
24
Lib
0
F
NMSt
7
WaSt
58
F
SoAl
21
Neb
35
F
NW
7
Stan
17
F
Alb
21
C Mi
38
F
UCLA
14
Cin
24
F
RMor
10
Buff
38
F
Wagn
21
UConn
24
F
Mor
3
BGSU
46
F
C Ark
35
W Ky
28
F
GWebb
28
Char
49
F
AlaSt
19
UAB
24
F
FLInt
14
Tul
42
F
SDSU
21
Minn
28
F
NoCol
18
SJSU
35
F
Kent
7
AzSt
30
F
Rice
7
Army
14
F
UMass
21
Rut
48
F
UtSt
35
Wake
38
F
Purd
31
Nev
34
F
ColSt
31
Colo
52
F
OkSt
52
OreSt
36
F
Miss
10
Mem
15
F
MisSt
38
ULLaf
28
F
InSt
17
Kans
24
F
Akr
3
Ill
42
F
ECU
6
NCSt
34
F
How
0
MD
79
F
Toled
24
KY
38
F
Ind
34
Ball
24
F
Boise
36
FlaSt
31
F
JMU
13
WVU
20
F
URI
20
Ohio
41
F
Buck
12
Temp
56
F
HolyC
7
Navy
45
F
Colg
7
AF
48
F
GASt
38
Tenn
30
F
SCar
20
UNC
24
F
E Mi
30
CoCar
23
F
ETenn
7
App
42
F
MonSt
10
TxTch
45
F
PorSt
13
Ark
20
F
VaTec
28
BC
35
F
SamHu
31
NM
39
F
(N/A)
7
UTSA
35
F
Camp
14
Troy
43
F
UCDav
13
Cal
27
F
VMI
17
Marsh
56
F
IllSt
10
NIU
24
F
Monm
13
WestMI
48
F
AlcSt
10
SMiss
38
F
Nich
14
K St
49
F
SFA
17
Bayl
56
F
SMU
37
ArkSt
30
F
Norf
21
OD
24
F
Mizzu
31
Wyo
37
F
Abil
31
NorTx
51
F
UVA
30
Pitt
14
F
Gram
9
ULMon
31
F
HBU
34
UTEP
36
F
ArkPB
7
TCU
39
F
Web
0
SDSU
6
F
SoUt
23
UNLV
56
F
Fres
23
USC
31
F

Navy 45, Holy Cross 7

Aug 31, 2019, 3:30 PM EDT

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Navy (1-0)

10

14

14

7

45

Navy rolls past Holy Cross 45-7 in opener
Sat Aug 31, 2019 8:10 PM

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) The new-look Navy football team passed its first test with flying colors.

Nelson Smith ran for 96 yards with three touchdowns, Diego Fagot had nine tackles and the Midshipmen dominated Holy Cross 45-7 in the regular-season opener Saturday.

"I thought it was a great team win," Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said. "I thought we played well today. We still have a lot of room for improvement. You can't take any of these wins for granted."

One of Niumatalolo's main areas of focus is improving the passing offense, which ranked last (130th) among FBS programs, averaging 72.8 passing yards per game in 2018. He wants to attack teams with elements of the run-and-shoot and Navy gained 103 yards through the air Saturday.

After passing for just 12 yards through much of the first half, Malcolm Perry found Mychal Cooper for a 44-yard gain in the final minute. Two plays later, Perry scored from the 1, boosting the lead to 24-7 and the Midshipmen were never threatened the rest of the way.

Perry was 6 of 9 for 103 yards and a 162.8 quarterback rating.

"Obviously, it wasn't perfect. It wasn't my best performance," said Perry. "But I was pleased to be able to go out there and throw the ball."

Navy still builds its offense around the triple-option and amassed 428 yards on the ground against the Crusaders.

"It was an exciting feeling," said slotback CJ Williams, who finished with 91 yards and a touchdown. "We've had a lot of hard work. We trusted our training."

The Midshipmen plan to be more aggressive under new defensive coordinator Brian Newberry and finished with three sacks, seven tackles for a loss and a forced fumble.

"I made a ton of mistakes personally. We're 1-0 and we just have to keep getting better everyday," Fagot said.

Quarterback Connor Degenhardt was 16 of 29 for 167 yards for Holy Cross, a member of the Patriot League in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Running back Domenic Cozier, who led Holy Cross with 643 yards rushing and eight touchdowns last season, did not play because of an illness. Miles Alexander filled the void and had a 16-yard touchdown run that cut the margin to 17-7 late in the first quarter.

"I think we shot ourselves in the foot at times," Holy Cross coach Bob Chesney said. "I thought we had a chance to hang with them a little bit at the beginning."

GOOD START

Bijan Nichols is the first freshman to start as the placekicker for Navy since Nick Sloan in 2012. Nichols converted a 44-yard field-goal attempt late in the first quarter that provided a 10-0 lead.

THE TAKEAWAY

Holy Cross: The Crusaders have four starters back on the defense that is expected to be among the best in their conference. This unit forced a turnover and were constantly tested by Navy's high-powered attack, which should bode well moving forward.

Navy: The Midshipmen took their first step toward bouncing back from a disappointing 2018 season when they went 3-10, losing to both Army and Air Force. It was their fewest wins since 2002. Niumatalolo hired seven new coaches to get back on track.

UP NEXT

Holy Cross: The Crusaders play the second of four straight non-conference games against visiting New Hampshire on Sept. 7.

Navy: The Midshipmen have a week off before opening conference play against visiting East Carolina on Sept. 14.

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Passing

HolyC Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
C. Degenhardt 29 16 55.2 0 167 32 0 72.1
Navy Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
M. Perry 9 6 66.7 0 103 44 0 105.3

Rushing

HolyC Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
M. Alexander 12 40 3.3 16 1
C. Degenhardt 10 17 1.7 10 0
Navy Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
N. Smith 15 96 6.4 49 3
C. Williams 10 91 9.1 18 1

Receiving

HolyC Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Mountain 4 62 15.5 32 0
T. Ayeni 7 46 6.6 10 0
Navy Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Cooper 2 48 24.0 44 0
K. Makekau 1 29 29.0 29 0

Fumbles

HolyC F FL
C. Degenhardt 1 1
Navy F FL
M. Perry 1 1

Returning

HolyC KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Jon Roberts 0 - 0 0 1 -1.0 0 0
M. Alexander 1 19.0 0 19 0 - 0 0
Navy KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Springer 0 - 0 0 1 -7.0 0 0

Punting

HolyC Punt Yds Avg LgPu
C. Wilkinson 5 188 37.6 50
Navy Punt Yds Avg LgPu
O. White 1 45 45.0 45

Takeaways

Navy Int Yds InTD
N. Cromartie 0 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

HolyC Navy
Points For 7 45
Total Yards 231 531
Rushing Yards 64 428
Passing Yards 167 103
Passing Completions / Attempts 16/29 6/9
Turnovers 1 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/1 2/1
First Downs 14 28
Penalties - Yards 3/15 3/25
Time Of Possession 55:55 5:05
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 3/12 8/12
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 2/2
Punts - Average Yards 5/38 1/45

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter HolyC Navy
Navy 4:18 TD Nelson Smith 4 yd run (Bijan Nichols kick) 0 7
Navy 9:04 FG Bijan Nichols 44 yd FG 0 10
2nd Quarter HolyC Navy
Navy 7:31 TD CJ Williams 16 yd run (Bijan Nichols kick) 0 17
HolyC 13:12 TD Miles Alexander 16 yd run (Derek Ng kick) 7 17
Navy 14:50 TD Malcolm Perry 1 yd run (Bijan Nichols kick) 7 24
3rd Quarter HolyC Navy
Navy 4:04 TD Nelson Smith 1 yd run (Bijan Nichols kick) 7 31
Navy 10:33 TD Isaac Ruoss 2 yd run (Bijan Nichols kick) 7 38
4th Quarter HolyC Navy
Navy 0:08 TD Nelson Smith 49 yd run (Bijan Nichols kick) 7 45

Game Information

Stadium: Jack Stephens Field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland
Attendance: 28,531
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