Abey leads Navy past Tulsa 37-29
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Navy football captain Anthony Gargiulo said teammate Zach Abey never ceases to amaze him.
Abey did not complain after being moved to wide receiver prior to the season, despite leading the team in rushing and touchdowns as a quarterback last season.
Abey took the change in stride and Gargiulo joked he wouldn't be surprised to see him playing center.
Tulsa, Navy have taken similar paths to last place in AAC
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — When Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo watched tape of Tulsa's football team, the footage was all too familiar.
There were numerous narrow defeats, mistakes that made the difference between winning and losing, and a whole lot of simple bad luck.
And that is why the Midshipmen (2-8, 1-5 American Athletic Conference) and Golden Hurricane (2-8, 1-5) find themselves tied for last in the West Division of AAC heading into Saturday's game at the Naval Academy.
Navy back in a Navy town to face undefeated No. 3 Notre Dame
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Navy Midshipmen are returning to one of the world's great Navy towns, this time with the No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish in tow.
Being the "home" team will only go so far for the struggling Midshipmen (2-5) on Saturday night against the Fighting Irish (7-0), who, playing in San Diego for the first time, are looking to remain in the playoff picture.
No. 3 Notre Dame faces struggling Navy in a Navy town
No. 3 Notre Dame (7-0) vs. Navy (2-5) at San Diego, 8 p.m. ET (CBS).
Navy has 2 QBs with 6 rushing TDs going into AAC game at SMU
DALLAS (AP) — Zach Abey still gets a chance to score touchdowns for Navy even though he is no longer the starting quarterback.
Abey doesn't have a catch as a starting receiver, but still takes snaps in short-yardage and goal-line situations and has six rushing touchdowns on 15 carries. That is tied for second-most among FBS players with Malcolm Perry, the Midshipmen's sprinting starting quarterback.
Navy must avoid overconfidence against FCS foe Lehigh
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Navy seemingly faces a lesser opponent this weekend in Lehigh, a member of the Football Championship Subdivision.
At least that's the perception the Midshipmen conveyed during a lackluster mid-week practice that drew the ire of coach Ken Niumatalolo.
The coach was worried that his players were overconfident after defeating Memphis 22-21 in a matchup of contenders within the West Division of the American Athletic Conference.
Navy uses fourth-quarter rally to beat Memphis 22-21 in rain
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Because Navy relies so heavily on the run, comebacks are not exactly its specialty.
So when the Midshipmen found themselves in a driving rain and trailing Memphis by 12 points in the fourth quarter, only two options remained in play.
"You can fold and accept the loss, or line up on the ball like every play counts," quarterback Malcolm Perry said.
Navy seeks to blunt Memphis’ potent offense in AAC opener
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo justifiably focused on fixing his team's defense in the wake a season-opening 59-41 loss to Hawaii.
The result of his work will be tested Saturday, when the Midshipmen (0-1) face Memphis (1-0) in an American Athletic Conference matchup.
Navy opener at Hawaii a homecoming for coach Niumatalolo
HONOLULU (AP) — Navy's season opener will also serve as a homecoming in many ways for coach Ken Niumatalolo.
Niumatalolo, who is kicking off his 11th season leading the Midshipmen when they face Hawaii on Saturday at Aloha Stadium, is a native of Laie, a small community on Oahu's north shore. He played quarterback at Hawaii and also began his coaching career there as an assistant in 1992.
Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo emerges as strong candidate for Arizona Wildcats football job
Ken Niumatalolo was unexpectedly absent from the Navy football offices today, fueling strong speculation that he will be the next coach of the Arizona Wildcats.
Niumatalolo, a disciple of former UA coach Dick Tomey, is believed to be interviewing and is considered one of the finalists.
A native of Hawaii, Niumatalolo has been the head coach at Navy for the past 10 years. The Midshipmen have gone 84-47 during that span, qualifying for a bowl game in all but one season.
Abey’s 5 TDs help Navy beat Virginia 49-7 in Military Bowl
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Two quarterbacks put on one heck of a show for Navy in the Military Bowl.
Backup Zach Abey scored five touchdowns, starter Malcolm Perry ran for 114 yards and two scores and the Midshipmen rolled to a surprisingly easy 49-7 victory over Virginia on Thursday.
After Virginia's Joe Reed took the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, the Midshipmen (7-6) got two TDs apiece from Perry and Abey in taking a 28-7 halftime lead.
Niumatalolo brings Navy to forefront of service academies
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Ken Niumatalolo has made Navy the football king of service academies.
Niumatalolo is the first coach in the history of the Army-Navy rivalry to win his first eight games. He has grounded Air Force in four of the last six years and is 14-5 lifetime against his two biggest rivals.
Navy, Houston contend for 2nd in American’s West Division
HOUSTON (AP) — Though the season is winding down, Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo is still looking for improvement from his team.
Navy (6-4, 4-3 American) will get its second-to-last opportunity in the regular season to get better when it travels to Houston (6-3, 4-3) on Friday. The game will determine who finishes second in the American's West Division, but Niumatalolo doesn't think that should be his team's motivation.
Perry’s huge day leads Navy past SMU 43-40
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Coach Ken Niumatalolo was confident Malcolm Perry could provide a spark after Navy played listlessly over the past couple of games.
The versatile sophomore rewarded him with a breakout performance.
Perry ran for 282 yards with four touchdowns in his first start at quarterback and backup kicker J.R. Osborn hit an 18-yard, game-winning field goal as time expired to give the Midshipmen a 43-40 victory over SMU on Saturday.
SMU seeks redemption vs Navy after last year’s performance
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A year ago, Navy was on a roll when it faced SMU.
The Midshipmen arrived in Dallas riding a four-game winning streak, and they left the Lone Star State savoring a 75-31 victory that clinched a berth in the American Athletic Conference championship game.
As Navy prepares for Saturday's game against SMU, coach Ken Niumatalolo would love to see his team recapture the magic it displayed during that run.
No. 25 Navy puts undefeated start on line against Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The 25th-ranked Navy Midshipmen will put a pair of unbeaten streaks on the line when they play at Memphis.
Not only are the Midshipmen (5-0, 3-0 American Athletic Conference) off to a perfect start this season that has put them in the Top 25, Navy has swept Memphis in the first two games of this fledging series.
Navy uses last-minute TD to beat Air Force 48-45
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — For all its misdeeds in a very meaningful game, Navy found a way to come away with an emotional victory in thrilling fashion.
Zach Abey threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Carmona with 15 seconds left, and the unbeaten Midshipmen defeated Air Force 48-45 Saturday after blowing a 21-point lead in the second half.
Unbeaten Navy looking for revenge in clash with Air Force
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo didn't need to assemble the team together to inform them the importance of Saturday's game against Air Force.
"The Commander-in-Chief's Trophy and winning the conference are our two biggest goals," Niumatalolo said. "This is the first leg and it's going to be a battle, a real tough game."
Abey, Navy’s running game grinds down Tulsa to stay unbeaten
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Navy has made a habit of utilizing a blistering running game and it was on full display again on Saturday.
Zach Abey rushed for 185 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries, while also throwing for 90 yards, to help unbeaten Navy overcome an early 14-0 deficit to claim a 31-21 victory over Tulsa.
Navy runs for 569 yards in 42-32 win over Cincinnati
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Navy quarterback Zach Abey broke a 53-yard run with just under two minutes left in the game against Cincinnati.
The home crowd roared, imploring Abey to score his third rushing touchdown. He fell just short of reaching the end zone and so did the Midshipmen in trying to punctuate their 42-32 victory with a new rushing record.
Abey finished with 128 of the Midshipmen's 569 rushing yards against the Bearcats in an American Athletic Conference game Saturday.
Cincinnati readies for Navy triple-option in AAC clash
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Navy and Cincinnati will meet for the first time Saturday since 1956, yet both coaching staffs are quite familiar with each other.
Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell previously served as defensive coordinator at Ohio State and faced Navy twice — in Columbus to open the 2009 season and in Baltimore in 2014.
Tulane vs Navy: Stopping the option is the only option
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo and Tulane counterpart Willie Fritz are two of the nation's foremost practitioners of the option offense.
Niumatalolo played quarterback in the triple-option at Hawaii then served as an assistant under option architect Paul Johnson for 13 years. Fritz pioneered the zone option and has employed that type of attack throughout his successful 24-year career as a head coach.
Navy reserves fill key positions in showdown with rival Army
BALTIMORE (AP) — Navy's triple option will have to rely on spare parts Saturday against Army, a less-than-ideal position for a team seeking to beat its biggest rival for the 15th time in a row.
Record-setting quarterback Will Worth and slot back Toneo Gulley both sustained season-ending foot injuries last week in the American Athletic Conference championship, a 34-10 loss to Temple.
Navy, Temple reach AAC championship game on the run
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A power rushing game designed to chew up the clock and wear down opposing defenses.
That is the definition of Navy's triple-option attack. It also accurately describes what Temple wants to do on offense.
The Midshipmen (9-2, 7-1) and Owls (9-3, 7-1) will bring similar styles to the field Saturday in the American Athletic Conference championship game.
Worth leads Navy to 75-31 win over SMU
DALLAS (AP) — Will Worth has become a dual threat in Navy's triple-option offense.
While the Midshipmen still stay mainly on the ground, Worth accounted for four touchdowns while becoming the first Navy quarterback with more than 100 yards rushing and 100 yards passing in three consecutive games in a 75-31 victory at SMU on Saturday.
Navy in AAC title game, SMU trying to get bowl eligible
DALLAS (AP) — Navy could still play the American Athletic Conference championship game at home. SMU needs one more win to get bowl eligible.
The two teams that beat Houston this season have a lot on the line Saturday.
Triple-option Navy has already clinched the West Division and a spot in the conference title game. But the Midshipmen (8-2, 6-1 AAC, No. 25 CFP) still have a chance to host the Dec. 3 game depending on who wins the East.
Worth scores 4 TDs, Navy beats East Carolina 66-31
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Navy's ground attack was relentless, and its defense definitely got the job done when it mattered.
And now Navy has something it has never had before — a division championship.
Will Worth rushed for 159 yards and four touchdowns and Shawn White added 150 yards and three scores as Navy walloped East Carolina 66-31 on Saturday.
Tulsa-Navy meet for 1st place in AAC West Division
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Navy will seek to extend an historic winning streak Saturday while seizing control of the West Division of the American Athletic Conference.
Coming off a 28-27 victory over Notre Dame, the Midshipmen (6-2, 4-1) host Tulsa (7-2, 4-1). The winner will have the inside track toward representing the division in the AAC title game next month.
Worth scores twice, Navy gets rare win vs Notre Dame, 28-27
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Will Worth ran for 175 yards and two touchdowns, his eighth consecutive game with a rushing score, and Navy beat Notre Dame 28-27 Saturday in the nation's longest-running intersectional rivalry.
It was a rare victory in the series for the Midshipmen (6-2), who beat the Irish for just the fourth time since 1963. Notre Dame (3-6) had won five in a row against Navy.
Flowers shines, South Florida beats No. 22 Navy 52-45
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — South Florida beat No. 22 Navy at its own game.
Quinton Flowers rushed for 176 yards and two touchdowns, and the Bulls scored on their first six possessions Friday night to build a 28-point halftime lead before holding off the Midshipmen 52-45 to get back on track in the American Athletic Conference.
"We ran into a buzzsaw," Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said. "They just had so many things going. ... We sputtered early on offense and that compounded the problems for us."
No. 22 Navy braces for challenge of slowing potent USF
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Houston one game, Memphis the next, and now South Florida.
No. 22 Navy is facing a steady stream of high-scoring teams in the American Athletic Conference and finding one of the best ways to defend them is to keep the ball away from opposing offenses.
No. 24 Navy hosts Memphis in duel for 1st in AAC West
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Two of the most surprising teams in the American Athletic Conference meet Saturday in an unlikely duel for first place in the West Division.
No. 24 Navy (4-1, 3-0) knocked off previously unbeaten and then-No. 6 Houston two weeks ago. Memphis (5-1, 2-0) announced itself as a contender by defeating Temple in its AAC opener on Oct. 6.
After Saturday's matchup only one will remain unbeaten in league play.
Unbeaten No. 6 Houston brings high-powered offense to Navy
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo offered a unique strategy when asked about defending Houston's high-powered offense on Saturday.
"We're trying to petition to the NCAA to see if we can play 15 guys on the field," Niumatalolo said.
Worth scores winning TD as Navy beats Connecticut 28-24
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Navy had already blown a 21-point lead, and now the Midshipmen were in desperate need of a late stop to stave off another Connecticut comeback.
Aided by a questionable bit of clock management by the Huskies, Navy pulled out a 28-24 victory Saturday.
Will Worth scored two touchdowns in his debut as Navy's starting quarterback, the last on a 1-yard run with 3:08 remaining following a 26-yard punt return to the UConn 17.