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Inaugural Meeting Between Mids and Nationally-Ranked UCF Set For Saturday

Oct. 16, 2017

GAME 7: NAVY (5-1, 3-1 American) vs. #20 UCF (5-0, 3-0 American) | 2017 Media Center
 When Saturday, Oct. 21, 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)
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Setting the Stage

• Navy and #20 UCF will meet for the first time when they square off on Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000) on Navy’s Homecoming.  Kickoff is set for 3:30 PM (ET) and the game will be televised by CBS Sports Network with John Sadak, Randy Cross and Sheehan Stanwick-Burch on the call.  Navy Mutual Aid Association will serve as the presenting game day sponsor.
• Navy, Memphis, Houston, SMU and Tulane all have one loss in the American Athletic Conference West Division.  Memphis owns the tiebreaker over Navy, while the Mids hold the tiebreaker over Tulane.  Navy still has to play SMU and Houston.  UCF and USF are tied for first in the American Athletic Conference East Division with 3-0 records and those two teams are three games ahead in the loss column of everone else. UCF and USF will meet on Nov. 24 in Orlando.  
• UCF is the first ranked team to visit Annapolis since last October when Navy stunned #6 / #5 Houston, 46-40.  In 2015, Navy defeated #15 / #16 Memphis, 45-20, in the Liberty Bowl. Navy has not beaten a ranked team in three consecutive years since the 1940s when Navy beat at least one ranked team in five consecutive years (1941-45).   
• Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalol has four wins against top-25 opponents which is tied with George Welsh for the second most in school history. Eddie Erdelatz holds the record with nine.
• The Navy Football Tailgate Show on WNAV Radio 1430 AM / 99.9 FM will air at 1:30 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 2:30 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 by two Boeing F/A-18F Superhornets from the “Swordsmen” of Strike Fighter Squadron 32, and two Boeing F/A-18C Hornets from the “Blue Blasters” of Strike Fighter Squadron 34, both based out of Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Va.  The lead aircraft will be piloted by Lt. Gregory Eastburg, USNA Class of 2012, and Lt. Dennis Heinz.  In Dash-2, Lt. Matthew Carrasquillo, USNA Class of 2010, and Lt. Adam Collins. In Dash-3, Lt. Cmdr. Michael Saylor, and in Dash-4, Lt. Cmdr. Ben Orloff, USNA Class of 2005. The Swordsmen are attached to Carrier Air Wing Three and returned from a Combat Deployment onboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in December 2016. The Blue Blasters are attached to Carrier Air Wing Two and will be deploying next year onboard the USS Carl Vinson in support of Combat Operations.
• 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 is running long. That decision will be made before the 60-minute clock starts at 2:32 PM.
• The Navy women’s basketball team will be honored between the first and second quarter.  The Mids, led by head coach Stefanie Pemper, finished with a 24-10 record to tie the school record for single-season victories. Navy, who was picked sixth in the Patriot League preseason poll, finished second in the league with a 14-4 record, won three games against Army West Point, advanced to the championship game of the league tournament, won the first postseason tournament game in program history and recorded just the second WNIT victory in Patriot League history with a 61-51 victory over George Washington.
• At halftime, the Naval Academy Drum and Bugle Corps will perform.
• The pilots from the flyby 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.

Recruiting Florida
• Navy has 12 players on its roster from the state of Florida, which makes it the fifth-most represented state on the roster.
• Senior wide receiver Tyler Carmona (Davie), senior guard Robert Lindsey (Palm Bay), senior defensive end Tyler Sayles (Coral Springs) and senior corner Tyris Wooten (Palm Bay) are all starters for the Mids from Florida, while junior linebacker Conner Dorris (Palm Harbor) and sophomore slot back Mason Plante (Windermere) should also see action.

Scouting UCF
• The 20th-ranked and undefeated UCF Knights bring to Annapolis the most prolific scoring offense in the country, averaging 50.6 points per game and winning by almost 34 points per game.
• UCF has absolutely hammered every team it has played, beating FIU (a team that beat Tulane last week), 61-17; Maryland, 38-10; a Memphis team that just beat Navy, 40-13; a Cincinnati team that gave Navy all it wanted, 51-23 and East Carolina, 63-21
• The Knights are No. 22 in the country in rushing offense (225.4), 13th in passing offense (321.8) and fifth in total offense (547.2).
• UCF is led by quarterback McKenzie Milton, who has completed 70% of his passes while throwing for 1,489 yards with 15 touchdowns and just two interceptions.  He has also rushed for 198 yards and a touchdown. Milton is fourth in the nation in completion percentage, second in passing efficiency (203.6) and fourth in passing yards per completion (16.54).
• Running back Adrian Killins leads the UCF rushing attack with 291 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carriers.
• Wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith has seven touchdown catches, which is the seventh most in the country, to go along with his 20 catches for 430 yards.
• The UCF defense has also been outstanding this year giving up just 16.8 points per game, which ranks 14th nationally. UCF is giving up just 110.2 yards per game on the ground (19th nationally), 223 passing yards per game and 333.2 yards per game (29th nationally).
• Pat Jaskinski leads the UCF defense with 33 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss, one sack and one fumble recovery. Shaquem Griffin is second on the team with 26 tackles and five tackles for a loss.

Air Force Hangover
• Since 2002, Navy is 8-8 in games following the Air Force game, including a 5-6 record the week after beating Air Force. The Mids have lost three-straight against opponents the week after beating Air Force.  
• Navy beat Air Force in 2017 and lost to Memphis the next week; 2015 lost to Notre Dame the following week; 2013 lost to Duke the following week; 2008 lost to Pitt the following week; 2006 lost to Rutgers the following week and 2004 lost to Notre Dame the following week.

Too Many Turnovers
• The Mids turned it over five times in the 30-27 loss at Memphis. It was the most turnovers by a Navy team since 2002 when Navy turned it over six times against Boston College in 2002.  
• The Mids have turned it over 11 times in six games this fall after recording 16 turnovers in 14 games last year.  
• Navy has lost seven fumbles in the first six games after losing just nine fumbles in 14 games last year.



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