It seemed as if Tulsa was about to finally get off the struggle bus they had been riding on four the past three games on Saturday. The Golden Hurricane sat comfortably with a 14-0 lead and just having recovered a fumble nearing the end of the first quarter.
Navy, however, did not let a disastrous beginning spoil their undefeated start to the season.
The Midshipmen responded by scoring 31 unanswered points to monster their way through Tulsa by 10 and give the Golden Hurricane their third consecutive loss of the season.
After giving Tulsa the early momentum on offense, Navy’s defense woke up in the second quarter and continued their firepower through the second half. Navy forced Tulsa into punting situations in five out of their next six drives, with the other one resulting in a turnover on downs.
D’Angelo Brewer was shut down in Saturday’s game at H.A. Chapman Stadium, rushing for only 65 yards and ending his game streak of 100-yard rushing performances. Tulsa quarterback Chad President seemed to be the only one that showed any kind of positive for the Golden Hurricane’s offense. President completed 12 of 18 passes with one touchdown and no interceptions while adding 151 rushing yards with a touchdown.
President’s passes were just short-range throws, with his longest being 31 yards. The Tulsa receivers did not seem to be of much help, with only two coming up with more than 10 yards. Justin Hobbs came down with four receptions for 53 yards while Nigel Carter added four receptions for 43 yards.
Although Tulsa’s defense was exceptional at the start of the game, giving up 30 plus points is not going to put any team in a position to be successful. The Golden Hurricane give up an average of 455.4 yards per game while allowing 35 points per game this season.
Navy threw for less than 100 yards on Saturday, but their successful offense was created on the ground. The Midshipmen rushed for over 400 yards, had two players rush for over 100 and a third only nine yards away from reaching that mark while having all of their touchdowns through the running game.
Quarterback Zach Ab
ey only passed the ball four times, but led Navy in rushing with 185 yards rushing with a 5.1 yards per carry average and getting in the end zone three times. Malcolm Perry’s 10.4 yards per carry allowed him to total his yardage to 104 on Saturday and also managed to obtain a touchdown. Chris High gave Navy a reliable third option, rushing for 89 yards and averaging 6.8 yards per carry.
Navy plays rival Air Force on Oct. 7 at 2:30 p.m. while Tulsa searches for their first conference win in the American at Tulane on Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. Tulane almost knocked off Navy, losing by two points in week two, and are coming off a bye week after a 2-2 start to the season.