Gridiron Matchup Between Navy and Cincinnati First Since 1956
|GAME 3: NAVY (2-0, 1-0 American) vs. Cincinnati (2-0, 0-0 American) | 2017 Media Center|
|When||Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 | 3:30 pm (ET)|
|Location||Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium | Stadium Parking & Fan Guide | Directions|
|Tickets||Buy Online | 1-800-US4-NAVY|
|Television||CBS Sports Network (John Sadak, Randy Cross, Sheehan Stanwick-Burch)|
|Live Video Stream||Navy Athletics - SUBSCRIPTION|
|Listen||Navy Football Radio Network (Pete Medhurst, Tom O'Brien, Joe Miller, Tim Murray) - WBAL (1090 AM; Baltimore) | WNAV (1430 AM, 99.9 FM; Annapolis) | WFED (1500 AM, 820 AM; Washington, D.C. / Northern Virginia) | WBQH (1050 AM; Washington, DC / Northern Virginia) | ESPN/XEPE 1700 AM (San Diego) | WXTG (102.1 FM; Virginia Beach, Va.) | WJXL 1010 AM (Jacksonville, Fla.) | KRKO 1380 AM (Seattle, Wash.) | Satellite Radio (Sirius Ch. 134 / XM Ch. 201)|
|Live Stats||Navy Athletics|
|Game Notes||Navy | Cincinnati | AAC|
|Season Statistics||Navy | Cincinnati | AAC|
|Social Media||@NavyAthletics | Facebook | Instragram|
Setting the Stage
• Navy and Cincinnati will meet for the third time overall and for the first time as American Athletic Conference members when they square off on Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000). Kickoff is set for 3:30 PM and the presenting game day sponsor is American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association. This will be the first meeting between the two schools since Oct. 20, 1956, when Navy defeated Cincinnati, 13-7, in Annapolis.
• Navy has won 14 consecutive regular-season games played on its home field, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, and the Mids are 9-0 in American Athletic Conference games at home during that stretch. Navy’s last regular-season loss at home was Sept. 27, 2014, when the Mids were upset by Western Kentucky, 36-27. The Mids’ last loss at home was to Temple, 34-10, in the AAC Championship game last December.
• Even though Cincinnati has not played at Navy since 1956, the Bearcats have played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Cincinnati lost to Virginia Tech, 33-17, in the 2014 Military Bowl.
• Over the last 10 years, Navy is 79-41 (.658), while Cincinnati is 78-41 (.655). The Mids have the 24th-most wins in the FBS over that time period, while Cincinnati has the 25th-most wins.
• Ken Niumatalolo is in his 10th year at Navy, making him the longest-tenured coach in school history. Both George Welsh and Eddie Erdelatz served as head coach at Navy for nine seasons.
• Saturday’s game will be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network with John Sadak, Randy Cross and Sheehan Stanwick-Burch on the call.
• The Navy Football Tailgate Show on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM will air at 1:30 PM.
• The Navy Football Insider Show with Tim Murray will air on WBAL Radio (1090 AM) at 2:00 PM
• The Navy Football Pregame Show with Pete Medhurst, Tom O’Brien, Joe Miller and Tim Murray will get underway at 2:30 PM, followed by game action beginning at 3:30 PM on the Navy Radio Network. • Following the contest, Medhurst, O’Brien, Miller and Murray will recap the day’s events in a 30-minute postgame show.
Game Day Festivities
• The Navy football team will arrive at the Blue Angel on the West (Blue) side of the stadium at approximately 1:00 PM. The team will walk down the sidewalk and through NavyFest before walking to the tunnel. Fans are invited to stand on both sides of the sidewalk to cheer on the players.
• The March-On of the Brigade of Midshipmen begins at 3:11 PM.
• The National Anthem will take place at 3:20 PM, followed by a flyby at the end of the National Anthem by two Sikorsky MH-60R helicopters from the “Airwolves” of HSM-40 based out of Naval Station Mayport in Mayport, Fla. Piloting the lead aircraft will be Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Miller, USNA Class of 2003, and Lt. Colin “POT” Looby, USNA Class of 2011 along with AWR2 Robert Flores. The wing aircraft will be piloted by Lt. Natalya “Winnie” Cooper and Lt. Robbie “Shawshank” King, both USNA Class of 2010, along with AWR1 Benjamin Latham. The Airwolves are responsible for training replacement air crew in the MH-60R. Once these students have completed their syllabus, they are assigned to squadrons based from Florida to Japan and actively deploy in support of U.S. Navy carrier strike groups and expeditionary forces.
• There will be a parachute jumper from Team Fastrax at 3:24 PM
• Kickoff on Saturday is slated for 3:32 PM. Please note, there is a chance kickoff and all activities noted above could be pushed back by five minutes if the first game on CBS Sports Network (Army at Tulane) is running long. That decision will be made before the 60-minute clock starts at 2:32 PM.
• The women’s rowing team will be honored between the first and second quarters. The Mids won the Patriot League Championship this past spring for the third straight year with a five-point win over Boston University. Navy finished 20th at the NCAA Championship, which is the second-best finish in school history.
• At halftime, the Naval Academy Drum and Bugle Corps will perform.
• The pilots from the fly-by will be recognized between the third and fourth quarters.
• Following the game, Navy’s alma mater, Navy Blue & Gold, will be played as the team stands at attention in front of the Brigade of Midshipmen. It is one of the best traditions in all of sports.
• Cincinnati enters Saturday’s game with a 2-1 record and is coming off a miracle 21-17 victory over Miami (Ohio).
• The Bearcats scored 15 points over the final 2:52 to knock off the Redhawks and win the Victory Bell for the 12th consecutive year over Miami.
• Hayden Moore threw a 20-yard TD pass to Kahlil Lewis with 2:52 left and then hit Lewis again for the two-point conversion to pull Cincinnati to within 17-14 with 2:52 left.
• Cincinnati had just one timeout remaining and was saving it for after the third down play, but on third-and-two from the Miami 13, the Redhawks inexplicably took a delay of game penalty despite having timeouts remaining. On third-and-seven, Miami elected to pass and Gus Ragland was picked off by Malik Clements, who returned it 14 yards for a touchdown.
• Miami still had a chance to win the game, moving the ball down to the Cincinnati 20. However, two passes to the end zone fell incomplete and Cincinnati hung on for the win.
• Freshman running back Gerrid Doaks filled in for leading rusher Mike Boone, who missed the game with a leg injury, and rushed for 71 yards on 17 carries. Moore completed 24 of 43 passes for 222 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Kahlil Lewis caught seven passes for 83 yards and a touchdown.
• The Cincinnati defense held Miami to just 14 first downs and 291 yards of total offfense, including just 70 yards on the ground. Jaylin Minor led the way with 10 tackles, while Clements had seven to go with his pick six. Cincinnati’s third-leading tackler, Perry Young, was ejected from the game in the second half for targeting and will have to miss the first half of the Navy game.
• Navy has seven players on its roster from the state of Ohio, including freshman corner Micah Farrar (Cincinnati) who could see action against the Bearcats on special teams.
• Other Navy players from Ohio include freshman linebacker Griffin Baumoel (Canton), freshman quarterback Myke Brooks (Richmond Heights), sophomore quarterback Jacob Harrison (Centerville), freshman offensive lineman Sean Rattay (Monclova), junior linebacker Matt Stewart (Mason) and junior fullback Akili Taylor (Columbus).
• Two of the greatest players in Navy history hail from Cincinnati. 1963 Heisman Trophy winner and College Football Hall of Famer Roger Staubach went to Purcell Marian High School, while College Football Hall of Famer Napoleon McCallum grew up in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood in Cincinnati before moving to the suburb of Milford where he went to high school.
• Navy radio color analyst Tom O’Brien, who played and coached at Navy before going on to be the head coach at Boston College and NC State, is also from Cincinnati and went to St. Xavier High School.
Navy Fast Facts
• In just its second season in a conference, Navy won the 2016 AAC West Division title after sharing the division crown with Houston in its first year. Navy is one of 10 schools that has won at least a share of the division title in each of the last two years (or more), joining Alabama, Florida, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Temple, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan and San Diego State.
• Navy is 28-8 (.778) over its last 36 games. The Mids own wins over No. 15 Memphis (2015) and No. 6 Houston (2016) during that time period.
• Navy is 15-3 (.833) against AAC teams since joining the conference in 2015, including a 15-2 (.882) in regular-season games.
• Navy is looking to get off to a 3-0 start for the third consecutive year.
• Last year’s senior class finished with a 37-16 (.698) mark. The 37 wins are the most in school history by a senior class. This year’s seniors (2018) have a career record of 30-12 (.714) career record. They are seven wins away from tying the school record for most wins by a class and eight from breaking it.
• Over the last five years, Navy is 27-2 (.931) when winning the turnover battle.
• The Mids are 40-10 (.800) at home under Niumatalolo, including a 25-4 (.862) mark over the last five seasons.
• Navy is 51-8 (.864) under Niumatalolo when scoring first, including 2-0 this year.
• Navy is 65-4 (.942) under Niumatalolo when entering the fourth quarter with the lead, including 2-0 this year.
• Navy has scored a rushing touchdown in 64 consecutive games. In 57 of those games (.891), Navy scored two or more rushing touchdowns.
• Niumatalolo is the only head coach in the FBS that has two sons playing FBS football. Va’a Niumatalolo is a senior at BYU and Ali’i Niumatalolo is a freshman at Utah. During Navy’s bye week, he got to see both sons play at their home stadiums (BYU lost to Wisconsin in the afternoon, Utah beat San Jose State at night).