NCAAF Game Recap - East Carolina at Navy
Sat Sep 14, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

Clem
41
Syr
6
F
Ala
47
SCar
23
F
ArkSt
0
UGA
55
F
NWSt
14
LSU
65
F
Okla
48
UCLA
14
F
OHSt
51
Ind
10
F
NM
14
ND
66
F
Kent
16
Aub
55
F
Fla
29
KY
21
F
IdSt
0
Utah
31
F
Tex
48
Rice
13
F
Pitt
10
PSU
17
F
Mont
3
Oreg
35
F
Lamar
3
TxAM
62
F
Stan
27
UCF
45
F
AzSt
10
MSU
7
F
Iowa
18
IASt
17
F
WaSt
31
Hou
24
F
MD
17
Temp
20
F
PorSt
10
Boise
45
F
Hawaii
20
Wash
52
F
USC
27
BYU
30
F OT
FlaSt
24
UVA
31
F
UNC
18
Wake
24
F
Kans
48
BC
24
F
K St
31
MisSt
24
F
E Mi
34
Ill
31
F
NCSt
27
WVU
44
F
Furm
17
VaTec
24
F
Chat
0
Tenn
45
F
MiaOH
13
Cin
35
F
Cit
27
GATec
24
F OT
AF
30
Colo
23
F OT
Norf
7
CoCar
46
F
FlAtl
41
Ball
31
F
Akr
24
C Mi
45
F
ECU
10
Navy
42
F
Army
31
UTSA
13
F
OkSt
40
Tuls
21
F
Mem
42
SoAl
6
F
UNLV
14
NW
30
F
GaSo
32
Minn
35
F
SouLA
29
Miss
40
F
Lou
38
W Ky
21
F
ColSt
34
Ark
55
F
B-C
0
MiaFL
63
F
CAPly
7
OreSt
45
F
NorTx
17
Cal
23
F
Idaho
16
Wyo
21
F
LaTec
35
BGSU
7
F
SMiss
47
Troy
42
F
SCSt
16
SoFL
55
F
Buff
17
Lib
35
F
UMass
17
Char
52
F
Ohio
31
Marsh
33
F
GASt
10
WestMI
57
F
Murr
0
Toled
45
F
Web
13
Nev
19
F
TxSt
17
SMU
47
F
Duke
41
MidTN
18
F
UNH
17
FLInt
30
F
SEMO
0
Mizzu
50
F
TxSo
6
ULLaf
77
F
TCU
34
Purd
13
F
MoStU
6
Tul
58
F
SDSU
31
NMSt
10
F
NIU
8
Neb
44
F
TxTch
14
Ariz
28
F

Sep 14, 2019, 3:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

East Carolina (1-2)

0

3

0

7

10

Navy (2-0)

14

14

14

0

42

Perry runs, passes Navy past outclassed East Carolina 42-10
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:18 PM

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Navy's first priority on offense under coach Ken Niumatalolo will always be to run the football, yet there are times when the forward pass can also be a weapon.

Such was the case Saturday, when quarterback Malcolm Perry drilled East Carolina on the ground and in the air during a 42-10 blowout.

Perry ran for four touchdowns and threw for two scores. Operating as the focal point of the triple option, he carried 24 times for 156 yards. Just as impressive: Perry completed 5 of 7 passes for 151 yards to become the first Navy quarterback to amass at least 150 yards both running and passing since Ricky Dobbs against Arkansas State in November 2010.

The 5-foot-9 senior has rushed for at least 100 yards in seven of his 10 career starts at quarterback. His passing numbers, however, are what he will remember most about this game.

"We recognized what they were doing and we found a way to make it hurt," Perry said. "Passing for 151 yards, it feels good. That's what I worked on all summer. That was a weakness in my game. It feels good for all that practice to show on the field."

Navy scored TDs on each of its first four possessions and coasted to the finish. The Midshipmen (2-0, 1-0 American Athletic Conference) have won four straight against the Pirates, averaging 52 points per game.

East Carolina (1-2, 0-1) has lost 10 straight on the road and is 1-17 in away games since 2016.

Perry ran for touchdowns of 18 and 11 yards before capping an 85-yard drive with a 29-yard pass to CJ Williams for a 21-0 lead. After the Pirates temporarily interrupted the one-sided show with a field goal, Perry scored from the 6 to cap an 11-play march during which the Midshipmen converted a fourth-and-4.

Slithering through the East Carolina defense with remarkable ease, Perry topped the 100-yard mark rushing before the middle of the second quarter and had 128 yards on 18 attempts by halftime.

"The thing that is hard about preparing for a team like this is simulating how fast they operate," ECU coach Mike Houston said. "Hopefully, we will be more prepared the next time we see them."

Navy opened the second half with a 75-yard drive that lasted more than seven minutes and ended with Perry scoring from the 1. After an ECU punt, Perry immediately hit a wide-open Williams for an 80-yard TD, Navy's longest pass play since an 85-yarder by Dobbs that 2010 game against Arkansas State.

After that throw, with the score 42-3, Perry's work was done.

"Just his command of the offense, I'm just really pleased with the way he is playing," Niumatalolo said. "We have to be able to throw the ball like that."

Defense was not the Pirates' lone shortcoming in their third game under Houston. Unable to reach the end zone until the fourth quarter, East Carolina displayed none of the firepower it showed one week earlier in a 48-9 win over Gardner-Webb.

Holton Ahlers went 11 for 23 for 138 yards and an interception.

ROBINSON INJURED

Pirates DB Davondre Robinson ran into a teammate late in the game and sustained an injury that required him to be strapped to a board and taken from the field on a cart. He flashed a thumbs up as the cart went in motion.

Houston said Robinson had feeling in all his extremities.

IT'S HOW YOU START

Navy improved to 58-12 under Niumatalolo when scoring first and 56-18 when scoring on its first possession. The Midshipmen are 33-40 when they don't get points on their opening series.

THE TAKEAWAY

East Carolina: With a roster containing nearly 47 percent freshman, the Pirates are in the opening stage of a major rebuild. It showed in a big way in this mismatch.

Navy: After stomping Holy Cross and ECU, the Midshipmen appear far better than the team that went 3-10 in 2018. The schedule gets tougher, but Perry and the offense appear up to the task.

UP NEXT

East Carolina hosts William & Mary next Saturday.

Navy opens the road portion of its schedule on Sept. 26 against Memphis.

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Passing

ECU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
H. Ahlers 23 11 47.8 0 138 41 1 48.8
Navy Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
M. Perry 7 5 71.4 2 151 80 0 153.3
P. Olsen 1 1 100.0 0 2 2 0 79.2

Rushing

ECU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
H. Ahlers 9 36 4.0 24 1
H. Howe 6 31 5.2 17 0
Navy Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
M. Perry 24 156 6.5 30 4
N. Smith 14 52 3.7 12 0

Receiving

ECU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Snead 3 54 18.0 41 0
D. Farrier 2 32 16.0 22 0
Navy Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Williams 3 117 39.0 80 2
K. Makekau 1 27 27.0 27 0

Fumbles

ECU F FL
D. Mauney 1 1
Navy F FL
N. Smith 1 0

Returning

ECU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
C. Gore 3 19.0 0 23 0 - 0 0
T. Snead 1 12.0 0 12 1 0.0 0 0
Navy KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
C. Williams 0 - 0 0 2 8.0 0 11
D. Taylor 0 - 0 0 1 -1.0 0 0

Punting

ECU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Young 7 259 37.0 54
Navy Punt Yds Avg LgPu
O. White 3 130 43.3 50

Takeaways

Navy Int Yds InTD
K. Brennan 1 10 0

Team Stats Comparison

ECU Navy
Points For 10 42
Total Yards 222 468
Rushing Yards 84 315
Passing Yards 138 153
Passing Completions / Attempts 11/23 6/8
Turnovers 2 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/1 3/1
First Downs 10 27
Penalties - Yards 6/55 5/54
Time Of Possession 48:48 12:12
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 2/13 6/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/1 3/4
Punts - Average Yards 7/37 3/43

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter ECU Navy
Navy 3:34 TD Malcolm Perry 18 yd run (Bijan Nichols kick) 0 7
Navy 9:14 TD Malcolm Perry 11 yd run (Bijan Nichols kick) 0 14
2nd Quarter ECU Navy
Navy 1:22 TD CJ Williams 29 yd pass from Malcolm Perry (Bijan Nichols kick) 0 21
ECU 5:51 FG Jake Verity 23 yd FG 3 21
Navy 9:35 TD Malcolm Perry 6 yd run (Bijan Nichols kick) 3 28
3rd Quarter ECU Navy
Navy 7:07 TD Malcolm Perry 1 yd run (Bijan Nichols kick) 3 35
Navy 8:26 TD CJ Williams 80 yd pass from Malcolm Perry (Bijan Nichols kick) 3 42
4th Quarter ECU Navy
ECU 2:30 TD Holton Ahlers 2 yd run (Jake Verity kick) 10 42

Game Information

Stadium: Jack Stephens Field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland
Attendance: 30,707
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