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Navy Travels to the Liberty Bowl for AAC Showdown Against Memphis

Oct. 9, 2017

GAME 6: NAVY (5-0, 3-0 American) at Memphis (4-1, 1-1 American) | 2017 Media Center
 When Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 | 3:45 pm (ET) / 2:45 pm (CT)
 Location Memphis, Tenn. | Liberty Bowl | Directions
 Television ESPNU (Mike Corey and Rene Ingoglia)
 Live Video Stream WatchESPN
 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)
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 Game Notes Navy Get Acrobat Reader | Memphis Get Acrobat Reader | AAC Get Acrobat Reader
 Season Statistics Navy | Memphis | AAC
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Setting the Stage

• #25 / #24 Navy and Memphis will meet for the third time in series history when they square off on Saturday afternoon at the Liberty Bowl (56,862).  Kickoff is set for 3:45 PM (ET) and the game will be televised by ESPNU with Mike Corey and Rene Ingoglia on the call.
• Navy will enter play Saturday in first place in the American Athletic Conference West Division with a 3-0 record. The Mids have a 1/2 game lead over Houston (2-0) and a 1 1/2 lead on Memphis, SMU and Tulane. The Mids already own a win over the Green Wave.  
• Ranked 25th in the Associated Press Poll, it marks the first time since 1958-60 that Navy has been ranked in the AP Poll for three consecutive seasons.   
• The Navy Football Tailgate Show on WNAV Radio 1430 AM / 99.9 FM will air at 1:45 PM.
• The Navy Insider Show with Tim Murray on WBAL Radio (1090 AM) will air at 2:00 PM.
• The Navy Football Pregame Show with Pete Medhurst, Tom O'Brien, Joe Miller and Tim Murray will get underway at 2:45 PM, followed by game action beginning at 3:45 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.

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 31-8 (.795) over its last 39 games. The Mids own wins over No. 15 Memphis (2015) and No. 6 Houston (2016) during that time period and a win over Notre Dame.
• Navy is 17-3 (.850) against AAC teams since joining the conference in 2015, including a 17-2 (.895) mark in regular-season games.
• Navy is off to a 5-0 start for the first time since 2004, when the Mids won their first five games en route to a 10-2 record and the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy. With a win over Memphis, the Mids would move to 6-0 for the first time since 1979 (finished 7-4) and for just the seventh time ever. Navy also started 6-0 in 1978 (finished 9-3), 1960 (finished 9-2 and Joe Bellino won the Heisman Trophy), 1934 (8-1), 1926 (9-0-1) and 1905 (10-1-1).
• 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 33-12 (.733). They are four wins away from tying the  school record for most wins by a class and five from breaking it.
• Over the last five years, Navy is 28-2 (.933) when winning the turnover battle. This year the Mids have won the turnover battle just once, finishing +2 vs. Air Force. Navy was even against FAU and Cincinnati, -2 vs. Tulane and -1 vs. Tulsa.
• The Mids are 42-10 (.808) at home under Niumatalolo, including a 27-4 (.871) mark over the last five seasons. Navy is 3-0 at home this year.
• Navy is 53-8 (.869) under Niumatalolo when scoring first, including 4-0 this year.
• Navy is 68-4 (.944) under Niumatalolo when entering the fourth quarter with the lead, including 5-0 this year.
• Navy has scored a rushing touchdown in 67 consecutive games. In 60 of those games (.896), Navy scored two or more rushing touchdowns.
• Navy has won 17 consecutive regular-season games played on its home field, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, and the Mids are 10-0 in American Athletic Conference regular-season 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. The 17-game home regular season winning streak is the longest in the country.
• 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. His 82 career wins also makes him the winningest coach in school history.
• 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).

Scouting Memphis
• Memphis is off to a 4-1 start, which includes a victory over then 25th-ranked UCLA, 48-45.  Memphis has also beaten Louisiana Monroe (37-29), Southern Illinois (44-31) and UConn (70-31). The Tigers' only loss was at UCF, 40-13.
• Quarterback Riley Ferguson has thrown for 1,535 yards and 16 touchdowns with just five interceptions while completing 116 of his 196 pass attempts (.592).  Ferguson's favorite target is Anthony Miller, who has caught 35 passes for 516 yards and seven touchdowns. Joey Magnifico has 14 catches for 182 yards and three touchdowns.
• Memphis is also dangerous on the ground with Darrell Henderson rushing for 448 yards and three touchdowns on 55 carries (8.1 yards per carry).  Patrick Taylor has carried the ball 52 times for 276 yards and three touchdowns.
• Defensively, Austin Hall has 34 tackles and 4.5 tackles for a loss, while Jonathan Cook has recorded 31 tackles and two tackles for a loss. T.J. Carter has intercepted three passes for the Tigers.

Recruiting Tennessee
• Tennessee has been an absolute gold mine for the Mids, producing Navy greats Shun White, Jabaree Tuani and Keenan Reynolds.
• This year has been no different as the Mids have 20 different players from the state, making Tennessee the second-most represented state on the Navy roster next to Texas (24).
• Seven of Navy's 22 starters hail from Tennessee, including three starters on defense that are from Memphis.  Senior outside linebacker Jerry Thompson went to White Station High School,  junior safety Sean Williams went to Cordova High School, while senior outside linebacker and co-captain D.J. Palmore is from right outside of Memphis in Bartlett, Tenn. and attended Christian Brothers.
• Other Navy starters from Tennessee include sophomore slot back Malcolm Perry (Clarksville), sophomore nose guard Jackson Pittman (Antioch), senior center Parker Wade (Nashville) and junior tackle Andrew Wood (Mt. Juliet).
• Other Navy players from Tennessee that could see time include freshmen defensive backs Kerrick Jones (Memphis) and Cameron Kinley (Memphis) and junior offensive lineman Steven Satchell (Franklin).

Mids Consistently Among Nation's Top Rushing Teams
• Over the last 14 years, Navy has consistently been one of the top rushing teams in the country, never finishing lower than sixth.  
• The Mids kicked off the trend in 2002 when they finished third in the country in rushing, averaging 270.8 yds/gm.
• In 2003, Navy led the nation averaging a then school-record 323.2 yds/gm.
• In 2005, Navy led the country in rushing for the second time in three years, averaging 318.7 yds/gm.
• Navy finished the 2006 campaign averaging a nation's-best and then school-record 327.0 yds/gm.  
• The Mids rushed for a school-record 348.8 yds/gm in 2007, becoming the first team in NCAA history to lead the nation in rushing three-consecutive years.     
• In 2008, Navy led the country in rushing for an unprecedented fourth straight year, averaging 292.4 yds/gm.
• The Mids finished No. 2 in the country in 2013, averaging 325.4 yards per game.
• Navy finished No. 2 in the country in 2014, rushing for 338.1 yards per game.  It was the Mids' best rushing effort since 2007 when they set the school record.
• In 2015, the Mids finished No. 2 in the country, averaging 326.7 yards per game.  Georgia Southern, coached by current Tulane coach Willie Fritz, led the country in 2015 averaging a whopping 363.0 yards per game.
• Navy finished 2016 ranked No. 4, rushing for 310.9 yards per game.
• The Mids are leading the country in rushing this fall, averaging an incredible 414.2 yards per game.
• With at least seven and possibly as many as nine games remaining, the Mids are on pace shatter the school record of 348.8 yards per game.  If Navy can maintain that average for the rest of the year, it would rank as the fourth-best rushing average in FBS history.



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