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Navy 4-0 After Comeback Victory Against Tulsa

| October 01, 2017, 01:00 PM

Navy overcame a 14 point, 1st quarter deficit before rallying back and beating Tulsa 31-21 on Saturday in Oklahoma. Navy is now 4-0 on the season and is the only undefeated team remaining in the AAC West division.

The first quarter could not have gone worse for Navy. Tulsa received the kickoff and used ten plays to go 75 yards to score. It was the first time this season Navy didn’t score first in a game. After back to back punts from both teams, Navy moved the ball down the field only to have a field goal block by Tulsa CB Reggie Robinson II. 8 plays later, it was 14-0 and Navy looked lost.

But the Navy defense wouldn’t allow another Tulsa point until the end of the 4th quarter, and the Navy triple-option worked to perfection in the last three-quarters, rushing for an astounding 421 yards. The effort was led by QB Zach Abey with 185 yards and three touchdowns while SB Malcolm Perry rushed for 104 yards and one score.

Penalties and Turnovers

Navy is 4-0, but there is still plenty of room for improvement. For the first time since 2009, Navy has had consecutive games with 50-plus yards in penalties (4-50 vs. Cincinnati, 9-83 at Tulsa). The nine penalties are the most by the Mids under Niumatalolo, as were the 83 yards. Even worse, turnovers are becoming more and more common. Over the last five years, Navy is 27-2 when winning the turnover battle, but the Mids have yet to win the turnover battle this fall. If the Mids can find a way to correct these issues, there is no doubt Navy could have another top-25 team by the end of the year.

Abey Leading Historic Rushing Attack.

Say what you will about Zach Abey, but the Jr. QB is showing just how dangerous he can be despite early mistakes. He has rushed for 100 yards or more in each of the last five contests and has a touchdown in seven of his last nine games.

Navy rushed for 421 yards on 68 carries against Tulsa which is the second-best ground gain by the Mids this season and tied as the 36th best in program history. The Mids have topped 400 yards rushing in three of their four games (194 vs. Tulane) this season.

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