Navy Falls To Memphis, 30-27
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)--The Memphis (5-1, 2-1 in the AAC) defense forced five Navy (5-1, 3-1) turnovers and held the Mids to 314 yards rushing on the ground as the Tigers upset #25 Navy, 30-27, in front of 40.177 fans at the Liberty Bowl.
Memphis quarterback Riley Ferguson completed 24 of his 40 pass attempts for 279 yards and three touchdowns, including two touchdown strikes to Anthony Miller (10 catches for 90 yards). Miller's second touchdown catch with 13:17 remaining gave the Tigers a 30-19 lead.
Riley Patterson kicked a 42-yard field goal with 11:08 lead to increase the Memphis lead to 11 and after Navy turned the ball over for the fourth time it looked like the game was over.
The Navy defense, which hung tough against a potent Memphis offense all day, forced a turnover and the Mids moved 82 yards in 10 plays taking just 3:09 off the clock to cut the lead to three on a one-yard touchdown run by Zach Abey and a two-point conversion rush by Darryl Bonner.
The Navy defense forced a Memphis punt on the ensuing possession and Navy got the ball back at their own 10, but Zach Abey threw an interception on the first play from scrimmage to seal the game for the Tigers.
Abey rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns on 37 carries for the Mids, but turned it over five teams (three fumbles and two interceptions) to lead Navy's fate.
Malcolm Perry rushed for 68 yards on nine carries for the Mids, while Darrell Henderson ran for 94 yards on 12 carries for Memphis.
Memphis will travel to Houston on Thursday night to take on the Cougars, while the Mids play host to UCF on Saturday afternoon in Annapolis.