Navy and Temple Battle Thursday Night Under the Lights
|GAME 8: NAVY (5-2, 3-2 American) at Temple (3-5, 1-3 American) | 2017 Media Center|
|When||Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 | 8:00 pm (ET)|
|Location||Philadelphia, Pa. | Lincoln Financial Field | Directions|
|Television||ESPN (Dave Flemming, Mike Golic, Mike Golic Jr., Laura Rutledge)|
|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. 84 / XM Ch. 84)|
|Live Stats||Navy Athletics|
|Game Notes||Navy | Temple | AAC|
|Season Statistics||Navy | Temple | AAC|
|Social Media||@NavyAthletics | Facebook | Instagram|
Setting the Stage
• Navy and Temple will meet on Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field (69,956) in Philadelphia in a rematch of last year’s American Athletic Conference Championship Game. Kickoff is set for 8:00 PM (ET) and the game will be televised by ESPN with Dave Flemming, Mike Golic, Mike Golic Jr. and Laura Rutledge on the call. This is the 13th meeting all-time between the two schools, but just the second as American Athletic Conference foes and the first regular-season AAC meeting.
• Navy enters play tied with Houston for third place in the American Athletic Conference West Division with a 3-2 record. The Mids are 1/2 game behind SMU for second (3-1) and one game behind Memphis (4-1) for first. Navy will play host to SMU next Saturday (11/11). The Mids shared the West Division title in 2015 and won it outright in 2016.
• Temple is tied for fourth place with East Carolina in the American Athletic Conference East Division, 1/2 game behind UConn for third.
• The Navy Football Tailgate Show on WNAV Radio 1430 AM / 99.9 FM will air at 6:00 PM.
• The Navy Football Pregame Show with Pete Medhurst, Tom O’Brien, Joe Miller and Tim Murray will get underway at 7:00 PM, followed by game action beginning at 8:00 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 outright 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. The Mids lost in the AAC Championship Game to Temple, 34-10, as Navy lost starting quarterback Will Worth and starting slot back Toneo Gulley on the same play in the second quarter.
• A win on Thursday night over Temple would make the Mids bowl eligible for the sixth consecutive year and for the 14th time in the last 15 years.
• Navy is 31-10 (.756) over its last 41 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 in Jacksonville.
• Navy is 17-5 (.773) against AAC teams since joining the conference in 2015, including a 17-4 (.810) mark in regular-season games.
• 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 33-14 (.702), which puts them four wins away from tying the school record and five from breaking it. Navy has at least five and as many as seven games remaining if it makes it to the AAC Championship Game and a bowl game.
• 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 in a win over Air Force. Navy was even against FAU (win) and Cincinnati (win), -2 vs. Tulane (win), -1 vs. Tulsa (win), -4 in the loss to Memphis and -2 in the loss to UCF.
• Navy is 53-9 (.855) under head coach Ken Niumatalolo when scoring first, including 4-1 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 69 consecutive games. In 62 of those games (.899), Navy scored two or more rushing touchdowns.
• 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).
Road Sweet Road
• Navy is 12-0 (1.000) all-time at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
• The Mids are 10-0 against Army West point and 2-0 against Temple at the Linc. The Mids defeated Temple, 30-17, at Lincoln Financial Field in 2007 and 31-24 in 2014.
Philadelphia is Navy’s Second Home
• Outside of Annapolis, no city has hosted more Navy football games than the city of Philadelphia.
• Thursday will be the 142nd game that Navy has played in the city and the Mids have compiled a 68-65-8 all-time record in the City of Brotherly Love.
• Navy has played Army 86 times in Philly (44-38-4), Penn 39 times (19-16-4), Notre Dame nine times (1-8), Temple four times (2-2), Princeton once (1-0), Dartmouth once (1-0) and Penn State once (0-1).
• Philadelphia will once again host the Army-Navy Game presented by USAA on Dec. 9 at a sold-out Lincoln Financial Field. It is the greatest rivalry in all of sports.
• Philadelphia has also been awarded future Army-Navy games in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2022.