Abey, Navy's running game grinds down Tulsa to stay unbeaten
TULSA, Okla. (AP) Zach Abey rushed for 185 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries, while also throwing for 90 yards, to help lead unbeaten Navy to a 31-21 victory over Tulsa Saturday.
Malcolm Perry gained 104 yards and a touchdown on 10 rushes, while also adding 53 yards on two receptions, and Chris High ran for 89 yards on 13 carries as Navy (4-0, 3-0 The American) continued to display a devastating ground game. The Midshipmen rolled up 511 yards of total offense, 421 rushing.
Chad President rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown, while also completing 12 of 18 passes for 115 yards and another touchdown for Tulsa (1-4, 0-1), which lost its third straight contest.
The Golden Hurricane scored touchdowns on two of their first three drives, going ahead 14-0 on President's 1-yard run with 32 seconds left in the opening quarter. The Navy defense buckled down after that, forcing Tulsa into 3-and-out on its next two possessions, and allowing just one first down the rest of the first half.
Meanwhile, the Midshipmen found their offense in the second quarter, scoring on back-to-back drives, less than four minutes apart, both on Abey runs. When Abey fell across the goal line 27 seconds before halftime, it sent the teams into the locker rooms at a 14-14 tie.
NAVY: The Midshipmen proved once again that they are one of the nation's premier rushing teams, their 421 yards on the ground improved their season average of 393 yards per game, which ranked second in the country entering the day. They also once again dominated time of possession, 39:38 to 20:22.
TULSA: As impressive as President was rushing the ball early, gaining 110 yards in the first quarter alone, his limitations passing the ball were evident. When Navy went ahead 31-14 with 8:47 remaining, President had completed 4 of 9 passes for just 17 yards. He did engineer an impressive scoring drive immediately after that, but it turned out to be too little too late.
NAVY: The Midshipmen take a break from conference play to take on traditional rival Air Force at home next week.
TULSA: The Golden Hurricane go on the road to face Tulane next week.