College Football Preview: Tulsa (2-8) at Navy (2-8)

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Tulsa at Navy, Sat. Nov. 17; 3:30pm ET (image: NavySports.com)

Tulsa Golden Hurricane (2-8, 1-5) at Navy Midshipmen (2-8, 1-5)
Saturday, Nov. 17; 3:30 pm ET
Annapolis, MD; Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

The Navy Midshipmen welcome the Tulsa Golden Hurricane to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon for the Midshipmen’s Senior Day.

Navy returns from a three-game road trip that saw the Mids face two (Notre Dame, UCF) of the nation’s four unbeatens. Their current seven-game losing streak is the longest for Navy since 2002.

Tulsa comes to Annapolis with the same record as Navy, both overall and in AAC play. Last week, the Golden Hurricane lost to Memphis, 47-21. The team is led by Philip Montgomery, who is in his fourth year as Tulsa head coach.

Here’s a look at how the two programs compare in the numbers.

Team Averages

Points per Game: Tulsa: 23.3… NAVY: 25.0
Rushing Yards per Game: Tulsa: 210.4… NAVY: 295.6
Passing Yards per Game: Tulsa: 164.8… NAVY: 64.7
Total Offense per Game: Tulsa: 375.2… NAVY: 360.3
Penalties/Penalty Yards per Game: Tulsa: 73/63.1… NAVY: 37/30.5
Time of Possession: Tulsa: 28:56… NAVY: 34:21

Individual Leaders

Rushing

Tulsa:
1.) Shamari Brooks (797)
2.) Corey Taylor II (748)
Navy:
1.) Malcolm Perry (951)
2.) Nelson Smith (319)

Passing

Tulsa:
1.) Seth Boomer (921)
2.) Luke Skipper (716)
Navy:
1.) Garret Lewis (398)
2.) Malcolm Perry (185)

Receiving

Tulsa:
1.) Justin Hobbs (397)
2.) Keylon Stokes (379)
Navy:
1.) Taylor Jackson (198)
2.) CJ Williams (148)

Defense

Tulsa:
1.) Cooper Edmiston (92 tackles / 7.0 for loss)
2.) Zaven Collins (76 tackles / 8.5 for loss)
Navy:
1.) Taylor Heflin (76 tackles / 6.5 for loss)
2.) Hudson Sullivan (71 tackles / 1.0 for loss)

Tulsa Players to Watch

Shamari Brooks (RB): 186 carries for 797 yards and six TDs
Corey Taylor II (RB): 146 carries for 748 yards and seven TDs
Seth Boomer (QB): 43% pass completion rate (62-143) for 921 yards and eight TDs
Justin Hobbs (WR): 32 catches for 397 yards and three TDs
Keylon Stokes (WR): 29 catches for 379 yards and two TDs
Cooper Edmiston (LB): 92 tackles (7.5 for loss); three interceptions (21st in the nation); three fumble recoveries (2nd in the nation); three forced fumbles
Zaven Collins (LB): 76 tackles (8.5 for loss)
Thomas Bennett (punter): ranked 5th in nation averaging 47.0 yards

Keys to a Navy Win:

1.) Play hard.
2.) Play clean.
3.) Feed off the home crowd. (Welcome home, Midshipmen!)

Chloe Stowe

Full-time novelist and blogger, Chloe Stowe loves to spin a tale almost as much as she loves her Nats and Navy sports (on Twitter, she's the #NavyMaven and #curlyWchick). This season will be her first as the Director of Nationals Coverage for the Maryland Sports Blog.

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