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Abey’s Turnover Struggles Result In 30-27 Loss to Memphis

| October 15, 2017, 12:39 PM

No.25 Navy suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday, one week after being ranked in the top 25 for the first time this season. One of the biggest reasons it took so long for them to achieve that milestone, voters were concerned about QB Zach Abey’s turnover problem.

In the first two games of the season, Abey was responsible for four fumbles (two lost) and two picks. All of that seemed in the rearview after the thrilling victory against Air Force last weekend. Then Abey lost three fumbles and threw two picks, and the Memphis Tigers beat the Mids 30-27.

Then Abey lost three fumbles and threw two picks, and the Memphis Tigers beat the Mids 30-27.

“We just have to take better care of the ball,” Niumatalolo said. “We won’t win another game if we keep turning the ball over like that.”

Abey’s 146 yards rushing put him over the century mark for the 7th straight game, tying the school record. That effort also put him over 1,000 yards for the season in only six games.

Tigers quarterback Riley Ferguson had a much better day. He threw three touchdowns for 279 yards. Wide receiver Anthony Miller had 10 catches for 90 yards, two of those receptions were Ferguson touchdowns.

It was a game of firsts for the Mids defense, which played well considering the short field positions they had to defend throughout the game.

D.J Palmore led the way for Navy with eight tackles, including a tackle for loss and a forced fumble. His first strip of the year came at a crucial moment against the Tigers when he forced Darrell Henderson to lose the ball in the red zone. Sean Williams recovered that fumble for his first fumble recovery of the season. Junior DE Josh Webb’s first career sack came in the 3rd quarter when he took down QB Riley Ferguson in the end zone for a safety.

“Obviously, the defense played really well and gave us a chance to stay in the game,” Niumatalolo said.

The entire team will have to move on from their first loss of the season this weekend when Navy will host No.22 UCF. UCF is 5-0 and is coming to Annapolis after beating ECU 63-21.

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