NCAAF Game Recap - Navy at Memphis
Thu Sep 26, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

Clem
21
UNC
20
F
Miss
31
Ala
59
F
OHSt
48
Neb
7
F
TxTch
16
Okla
55
F
MisSt
23
Aub
56
F
NW
15
Wisc
24
F
Tows
0
Fla
38
F
UVA
20
ND
35
F
PSU
59
MD
0
F
MidTN
3
Iowa
48
F
AzSt
24
Cal
17
F
USC
14
Wash
28
F
WaSt
13
Utah
38
F
Rut
0
Mich
52
F
UConn
21
UCF
56
F
TxAM
31
Ark
27
F
K St
13
OkSt
26
F
Ind
31
MSU
40
F
Navy
23
Mem
35
F
Duke
45
VaTec
10
F
SJSU
24
AF
41
F
C Mi
15
WestMI
31
F
Buff
20
MiaOH
34
F
NIU
18
Vand
24
F
Kans
14
TCU
51
F
BYU
21
Toled
28
F
HolyC
3
Syr
41
F
Del
14
Pitt
17
F
CoCar
37
App
56
F
IASt
21
Bayl
23
F
GATec
2
Temp
24
F
Minn
38
Purd
31
F
Akr
29
UMass
37
F
FlAtl
45
Char
27
F
Wake
27
BC
24
F
SMU
48
SoFL
21
F
Cin
52
Marsh
14
F
ArkSt
50
Troy
43
F
ULLaf
37
GaSo
24
F
ECU
24
OD
21
F
NM
10
Lib
17
F
SoAl
17
ULMon
30
F
Stan
31
OreSt
28
F
UAB
13
W Ky
20
F
Nich
3
TxSt
24
F
UTEP
13
SMiss
31
F
LaTec
23
Rice
20
F OT
ColSt
24
UtSt
34
F
KY
7
SCar
24
F
NCSt
13
FlaSt
31
F
UNLV
17
Wyo
53
F
Fres
30
NMSt
17
F
Hou
46
NorTx
25
F
Hawaii
54
Nev
3
F
UCLA
17
Ariz
20
F

Memphis 35, Navy 23

Sep 26, 2019, 8:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Navy (2-1)

13

7

0

3

23

Memphis (4-0)

7

7

14

7

35

Memphis remains undefeated with a 35-23 win over Navy
Fri Sep 27, 2019 1:05 AM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Midway through the second quarter Thursday night, everything was going Navy's way.

As usual, the Midshipmen were controlling the ball, their defense was living up to its new reputation as a stingy unit and Memphis was struggling on both sides of the ball with Navy holding a 20-7 lead.

"They looked tired on defense," Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said. "We felt like we had them right in our wheelhouse."

Things were so bad early in the third quarter, the Memphis fans were booing quarterback Brady White.

Then things changed.

White led a second-half rally, finishing the game with 196 yards passing and three touchdowns as Memphis used big plays to defeat Navy 35-23.

Kenneth Gainwell rushed for 104 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown on the Tigers opening play from scrimmage as Memphis (4-0, 1-0 American Athletic Conference) knocked Navy from the unbeaten ranks.

"That game is a game - we talked about it all week long - that is a program-defining game," Memphis coach Mike Norvell said. "The reason being because of who we went against. That's a good Navy football team."

Malcolm Perry led the Midshipmen (2-1, 1-1) with 82 yards passing and 91 yards rushing. He ran for two touchdowns and threw for another. Keoni Makekau rushed for 101 yards for Navy.

The game was a contrast in styles with Navy grinding out yards and maintaining possession, while Memphis capitalized on big plays. The Tigers scored on long runs, a 99-yard kickoff return by Gabriel Rogers and the trio of touchdown passes from White, who was booed by Tigers fans early in the second half as the offense struggled under his leadership.

"You worry about that at times as a coach," Norvell said. "When there's a lot of outside influence that might not be positive all the time, you've got to truly believe in yourself, be true to who you are and trust your training. That's what he did."

After Navy took a 20-7 lead, Memphis scored three unanswered touchdowns to pull away in the second half. The run started after the Navy touchdown - Perry's second 1-yard run - put the Midshipmen up. Rogers took the ensuing kickoff and returned it 99 yards for the touchdown, pulling Memphis within 20-14 at the break.

"That took so much wind out of us," Niumatalolo said of Rogers' return.

During the first half, the Memphis defense, which entered the game allowing opponents an average of 226 yards, was mystified by Navy's triple option. The Midshipmen grabbed chunks of yards in the rushing game, while Perry kept the Tiger defense off balance with occasional passes, including a 17-yard scoring toss to Chance Warren for an early lead.

"That's Navy offense. That's how we win games," Perry said.

It was the Navy defense that initially was living up to its billing, stifling the Memphis offense. Even when Memphis reached the red zone, a fumble stalled the drive. Penalties and a missed field goal only contributed to the Memphis woes as the Tigers collected only 98 yards of offense, in the first half, and that included Gainwell's opening burst.

By the early stages of the second half, the Tiger faithful were booing White. Not long after that, Memphis put its offense together and the Tiger defense started to stymie the Midshipmen holding Navy to 81 yards of offense in the second half.

"To come out and not play our best ball in the first half, see our guys respond and continue to keep believing in each other (was impressive)," Norvell said, later adding: "Everything (the Midshipmen) do is a challenge. They came out and played an incredible game, had a great plan against us.

"But our kids wouldn't be denied."

TAKEAWAY

Navy: As expected, Navy controlled the ball and dominated time of possession at 38:39, and while it was successful in the first half, the Memphis defense adjusted in the second half. Meanwhile, the Navy defense that had been successful the first two games, continued to give up big plays at key times.

Memphis: The Tigers defense looked baffled in the first half, but adjusted to better control Perry's mastery at handling the ball. Quarterback Brady White managed to shut out the boos from Memphis fans early in the second half and bring the Tigers back for the victory.

FOR THE DEFENSE

Memphis safety Sanchez Blake led the Tiger defense with a team-best nine tackles. His interception of Navy reserve quarterback Perry Olsen on fourth-and-15 with about 2 minutes left sealed the win.

END OF A STREAK

Makekau rushing for 101 yards broke a string of 16 straight games in which defenses under Memphis coordinator Adam Fuller had not had a runner reach the century mark, that included three games this season, Fuller's first with the Tigers.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Playing the early game of the college football week, there is plenty of time to see if there is any shuffling in the Top 25. With Memphis in the category of "receiving votes" this week, and remaining undefeated, sneaking into the rankings is not out of the question, depending on losses by other teams.

UP NEXT

Navy: Home against Air Force on Oct. 5.

Memphis: Travels to Louisiana Monroe for a non-conference game on Oct. 5.

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Passing

Navy Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
P. Olsen 2 0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0.0
M. Perry 10 6 60.0 1 82 47 0 119.6
Mem Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
B. White 18 14 77.8 3 196 73 0 151.6

Rushing

Navy Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Makekau 8 101 12.6 41 0
M. Perry 25 91 3.6 27 2
Mem Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Gainwell 14 104 7.4 75 1
K. Watkins 3 18 6.0 16 0

Receiving

Navy Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
R. Mitchell 2 52 26.0 47 0
C. Warren 2 20 10.0 17 1
Mem Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
A. Gibson 3 105 35.0 73 1
D. Coxie 3 41 13.7 31 1

Fumbles

Navy F FL
N. Smith 1 1
M. Perry 1 0
Mem F FL
B. White 1 1
K. Gainwell 1 0

Returning

Navy KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
G. Winn 0 - 0 0 3 9.3 0 17
M. Fells 1 15.0 0 15 0 - 0 0
Mem KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. Gibson 3 29.3 0 38 0 - 0 0
T. Samuel 0 - 0 0 2 2.5 0 5

Punting

Navy Punt Yds Avg LgPu
O. White 4 181 45.3 52
Mem Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Williams 4 176 44.0 48

Takeaways

Mem Int Yds InTD
S. Blake Jr. 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Navy Mem
Points For 23 35
Total Yards 373 301
Rushing Yards 291 105
Passing Yards 82 196
Passing Completions / Attempts 6/13 14/18
Turnovers 2 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 2/1 2/1
First Downs 20 12
Penalties - Yards 6/55 5/39
Time Of Possession 39:39 21:21
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 7/17 4/10
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 3/5 0/0
Punts - Average Yards 4/45 4/44

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Navy Mem
Navy 5:05 TD Malcolm Perry 1 yd run (Bijan Nichols kick) 7 0
Mem 5:17 TD Kenneth Gainwell 75 yd run (Riley Patterson kick) 7 7
Navy 14:16 TD Chance Warren 17 yd pass from Malcolm Perry (missed kick) 13 7
2nd Quarter Navy Mem
Navy 7:59 TD Malcolm Perry 1 yd run (Bijan Nichols kick) 20 7
Mem 8:12 TD Gabriel Rogers 99 yd kick return (Riley Patterson kick) 20 14
3rd Quarter Navy Mem
Mem 5:55 TD Kedarian Jones 5 yd pass from Brady White (Riley Patterson kick) 20 21
Mem 11:23 TD Antonio Gibson 73 yd pass from Brady White (Riley Patterson kick) 20 28
4th Quarter Navy Mem
Navy 2:43 FG Bijan Nichols 49 yd FG 23 28
Mem 3:33 TD Damonte Coxie 31 yd pass from Brady White (Riley Patterson kick) 23 35

Game Information

Stadium: Liberty Bowl Memorial, Memphis, Tennessee
Attendance: 33,909
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