The Temple University Owls handed the Navy Midshipmen their first home defeat in fifteen games and took the American Athletic Conference title at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium yesterday afternoon.
Saturday’s game was the first conference championship game in Navy’s 136-year history of intercollegiate football.
Temple was strong out of the gate and did not stop until the final touchdown resulting in a 34-10 defeat of the Mids. Perhaps more critical, the game saw the loss of two key players on the Navy squad–QB Will Worth and Slot Back Toneo Gulley who both suffered a broken bone in the foot (opposite feet) on the same play. Both players will not be able to play in next week’s Army-Navy game nor the Armed ForcesBowl on December 23rd.
Of the defeat, Navy Coach Ken Niumatololo praised Temple, “First and foremost, all the credit to Coach Rhule and Temple, they got after us today and they were definitely more prepared than we were. They definitely outcoached us and you have to tip your hat to them for playing well. Overall, it was just a good ol’ fashioned butt whipping and it starts with me as the head coach and you have to give credit to Matt because his team was prepared. We have to find a way to bounce back because as painful as it is right now, we obviously have Army next week and need to bounce back.”
And with their starting QB out, and a strong Army team, it presents a challenge for 3rd string QB Zach Abey of Pasadena, Maryland. At the post game press conference, the status of Worth was unknown and Abey was asked about Army, “It is going to be a big responsibility and I will be up for it. As a second stringer, you have to warm up every game as if you are going to play, which showed today. My preparation is going to be the same and act as if I am going to play anyway. So whatever happens, whether Will comes back as I am not sure what his status is, I will be ready to play next Saturday if that comes to it.”
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Navy takes on Army and will try to extend their 14-year winning streak next Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Game time is 3:00pm.