Friday Night Lights Matchup Set for Navy and USF in Tampa
|GAME 7: NAVY (5-1, 4-0 AAC) at USF (6-2, 3-1 AAC) | 2016 Media Center|
|When||Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 | 7:00 pm (ET)|
|Location||Tampa, Fla. | Raymond James Stadium Stadium | Fan Guide|
|Television||ESPN2 (Adam Amin, Mack Brown, Molly McGrath)|
|Live Video Stream||ESPN2-WatchESPN|
|Listen||Navy Football Radio Network (Pete Medhurst, Omar Nelson, 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. 84 / XM Ch. 84)|
|Live Stats||Navy Athletics|
|Game Notes||Navy | USF | AAC|
|Season Statistics||Navy | USF | AAC|
|Social Media||@NavyAthletics | Facebook | Instragram|
Setting the Stage
Navy and USF will meet on Friday night at Raymond James Stadium (65,890) in Tampa in a prime time game that will be televised nationally by ESPN2. Kickoff is set for 7:00 PM.
Navy enters play with a 4-0 league mark and in first place in the AAC West, while USF is 3-1 and tied with Temple for first place in the AAC East. Navy is the only undefeated team left in the American Athletic Conference.
Navy leads the all-time series against USF, 1-0, winning last year in Annapolis, 29-17.
Navy is 22-4 (.846) over its last 26 games with three of the four losses coming against ranked opponents (Notre Dame at FedExField in 2014, at Notre Dame in 2015, at Houston in 2015 and at unranked Air Force in 2016). The Mids own wins over top-15 programs Memphis (2015) and Houston (2016) during that same time period.
The Mids are 11-1 (.917) in the AAC since joining the conference a year ago.
Over the last five years, Navy is 24-1 (.960) when winning the turnover battle.
Navy, ranked #22 in both the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll, is ranked in the top 25 in back-to-back years for the first time since 1978-79. The Mids finished last year ranked 18th in the country.
Adam Amin, Mack Brown and Molly McGrath will be on the call for ESPN2.
The Navy Football Tailgate Show on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM will air at 5:00 PM.
The Navy Football Pregame Show with Pete Medhurst, Omar Nelson, Joe Miller and Tim Murray will get underway at 6:00 PM, followed by game action beginning at 7:00 PM on the Navy Radio Network. Following the contest, Medhurst, Nelson, Miller and Murray will recap the day's events in a 30-minute postgame show.
The Bulls are 6-2 on the year with wins over Towson (56-20), Northern Illinois (48-17), Syracuse (45-20), Cincinnati (45-20), East Caroilina (38-22) and UConn (42-27). The Bulls have lost to Florida State (55-35) and Temple (46-30).
USF is led by its outstanding quarterback, Quinton Flowers, who has completed 117 of his 200 pass attempts for 1,722 yards with 15 touchdowns and five interceptions. Flowers is also USF's leading rusher with 745 yards and eight touchdowns on 108 carries.
Marlon Mack is a terrific running back for the Bulls with 659 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns on 97 carries.
Flowers' favorite receiver is Rodney Adams, who has 34 catches for 502 yards and four touchdowns. Adams returned a kickoff for a touchdown against Navy last year. D'Ernest Johnson has 18 catches for 171 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for 321 yards and four touchdowns on 59 carries.
Auggie Sanchez leads the defense with 71 tackles, eight tackles for a loss, six sacks and a fumble recovery, while Nigel Harris has recorded 49 tackles, seven tackles for a loss two sacks and two interceptions.
Kicker Emilio Adelman is a perfect 6-for-6 on field goals, while Jonathan Hernandez is averaging 41.3 yards per punt.
Florida a Recruiting Hotbed For Mids
Navy has 13 players on its roster from the state of Florida, which is the fifth most of any state. Texas leads the way with 25, while Tennessee and California both have 17. North Carolina is fourth with 14.
Key contributors on the roster from Florida include starting wide receiver Tyler Carmona (Davie), special teams player Conner Dorris (Palm Harbor), second team defensive end Tyler Sayles (Coral Springs), second team fullback Shawn White (Palm Coast), starting corner Tyris Wooten (Palm Bay) and starting quarterback Will Worth (Valrico).
No. 24 Navy Holds Off memphis, 42-28
(AP) - Will Worth and No. 24 Navy played keep-away with Memphis while running the Tigers into the ground. Worth rushed for a career-high 201 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 24 Navy ran over Memphis, 42-28, last Saturday for its 14th consecutive home victory.
In addition to operating the triple option in near-flawless fashion, Worth completed three of four passes for 85 yards and two scores.
The last Navy player to rush for 200 yards was Keenan Reynolds in 2014.
Worth carried 31 times and orchestrated an attack that held the ball for nearly 40 minutes. That left high-scoring Memphis little time to counter-punch.
The Midshipmen gained a season-high 447 yards on the ground, averaging 6 yards per carry.
The victory put Navy in sole possession of first place in the AAC West and served as a suitable encore for its 46-40 upset of defending league champion Houston two weeks ago.
Navy's 14-game home winning streak is its longest at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium since the facility opened in 1959.
Tony Pollard returned a kickoff 100 yards and Riley Ferguson completed 25 of 40 passes for 333 yards and two touchdowns for Memphis. But the Tigers simply couldn't score enough to offset the damage inflicted by Navy's sensational running attack.
Worth's second touchdown run put Navy ahead 28-14 early in the third quarter. Memphis responded with a 9-yard TD pass from Furguson to Daniel Hurd.
As the clock wound down in the third quarter, Navy faced a fourth-and-4 at the Memphis 18. Norvell called a timeout, hoping to make the Mids try to kick a field goal into a stiff wind. Instead, Navy went up 35-21 on a touchdown pass from Worth to Tyler Carmona.
After Memphis again got within a touchdown, a 52-yard completion by Worth led to a 32-yard field goal try by Bennett Moehring. The kick clanged off the left upright with 5:40 to go.
But a fumble by Tigers wide receiver Roderick Proctor that was forced by Elijah Merchant and was recovered by Tyler Sayles with 3:39 remaining, gave Navy the ball back and Worth clinched it with a 1-yard plunge.
Where There's A Will, There's A Way
In his first two career starts, senior quarterback Will Worth led Navy on fourth-quarter drives to give the Mids a come-from-behind win.
Against UConn, Navy trailed 24-21 with 4:57 left and Worth, set up by a 26-yard punt return by Calvin Cass Jr., drove the Mids 17 yards in four plays and scored the game-winning touchdown from one-yard out to give Navy a 28-24 lead with 3:08 left. Navy held on to win after the Mids' defense made a goal-line stand in the final seconds.
Against Tulane, Navy trailed 14-13 with 7:39 remaining and Worth led the Mids on a 10-play, 72-yard drive over 4:48 and capped it himself with a one-yard TD run with 2:57 left to give Navy a 19-14 lead. Worth then hit a wide open Toneo Gulley in the flat for the key two-point conversion and the Mids held on for the 21-14 win.
Worth is the first Navy QB to lead the Mids to comeback victories in the fourth quarter in back-to-back games since Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada did it against Air Force and Pitt in 2007.
Worth was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll in each of his first two weeks as a starter.
After an off week against Air Force, Worth bounced back for his best game yet against #6 Houston, rushing for 115 yards and one touchdown on 32 carries, while completing three of his five pass attempts for 76 yards and two touchdowns in leading Navy to a 46-40 upset of the Cougars. He was named AAC Offensive Player of the Week and was a finalist for the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week award.
Worth was even better last week against Memphis, earning AAC Offensive Player of the Week recognition after rushing for a career-high 201 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries, while completing three of his four pass attempts for 85 yards and two scores as the Mids rolled up 532 yards of total offense, including 447 yards on the ground.
Worth's 201 rushing yards against Memphis were the most by a Navy player since Keenan Reynolds rushed for 277 yards on 30 carries and six touchdowns against Georgia Southern on Nov. 15, 2014. The three rushing touchdowns are the most by a Navy player since Reynolds scored three against Pitt in the 2015 Military Bowl and his five total touchdowns (rushing and passing) were the most by a Navy player since Reynolds was responsible for five against SMU (four rush, one pass) on Nov. 14, 2015.
Worth has now scored a touchdown in every game this year and leads the Mids with nine rushing touchdowns, which are tied for the 14th most in the country and tied for the second most for a quarterback.
Four of Worth's last six pass attempts have gone for touchdowns.