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By the Numbers: Navy’s Win Over Memphis

Bill the Goat, Navy's mascot
Bill the Goat, Navy’s mascot

On Saturday afternoon in the Annapolis rain, a one-point win could not have felt much larger.

The Navy Midshipmen beat their AAC West foes, the Memphis Tigers, 22-21. While it was only the second game of the 2018 season, the victory has the makings to be a turning point for this year’s football team.

Before Saturday

After a disappointing loss to Hawai’i on Sept. 1, Navy fans had every reason to feel uneasy going into the Memphis game. Despite it being the home opener, the Mids had played with a surprising lack of effectiveness and passion the previous week in Honolulu. With the 2017 Military Bowl win over Virginia being the exception, Navy had mostly floundered since their heartbreaking 27-30 loss to Memphis last season.

If a 5-0 Midshipmen team couldn’t conquer Memphis last October, what hope did an 0-1, 2018 team have?

Furthermore, the Tigers, fresh off a lopsided win over Mercer in their season opener, came into Annapolis with a head of steam. Add a sloppy weather system settling in over Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, and uneasiness in the stands on Saturday afternoon would have been well understood.

But it would have been entirely misplaced.

Saturday

Below is a look at the numbers Navy ground out against Memphis. Take particular note of the time of possession (Navy owned it), the tackling stats (Navy’s D rocked them) and the number of players who contributed to the Mids’ offense (text book definition of a ‘team effort’).

Total Yards: Memphis: 378… NAVY: 316
Passing Yards: Memphis: 145… NAVY: 52
Rushing Yards: Memphis: 233… NAVY: 264
Penalty Yards: Memphis: 4 for 20 yards… NAVY: 1 for 10 yards
1st Downs: Memphis: 14… NAVY: 20
3rd Downs: Memphis: 4 of 10… NAVY: 6 of 17
4th Downs: Memphis 0 of 1… NAVY: 2 for 2
Time of Possession: Memphis: 17:13… NAVY: 42:47

Navy Rushing vs. Memphis

Malcolm Perry (QB, junior)… 36 attempts… 166 yards… 2 TDs… 4.6 yards per carry
Anthony Gargiulo (FB, senior)… 11 attempts… 30 yards… 0 TDs… 2.7 yards per carry
Tre Walker (SB, senior)… 3 attempts… 22 yards… 0 TDs… 7.3 yards per carry
Mike Martin (FB, senior)… 1 attempt… 12 yards… 0 TDs… 12.0 yards per carry
Garret Lewis (QB, senior)… 3 attempts… 12 yards… 0 TDs… 4.0 yards per carry
C.J. Williams (SB, sophomore)… 2 attempts… 8 yards… 0 TDs… 4.0 yards per carry
Collins Woods III (WR, freshman)… 1 attempt… 8 yards… 0 TDs… 8.0 yards per carry
Tazh Maloy (SB, junior)… 5 attempts… 7 yards… 0 TDs… 1.4 yards per carry
Zach Abey (WR / QB, senior)… 5 attempts… 6 yards… 1 TD… 1.2 yards per carry
Nelson Smith (FB, sophomore)… 2 attempts… 1 yard… 0 TDs… 0.5 yards per carry
Keoni-Kordell Makekau (SB, sophomore)… 1 attempt… -2 yards… 0 TDs… -2.0 yards per carry

Navy Receiving vs. Memphis

Malcolm Perry (QB, junior)… 1 reception… 17 yards… 0 TDs… 17.0 yards per reception
C.J. Williams (SB, sophomore)… 1 reception… 16 yards… 0 TDs… 16.0 yards per reception
Taylor Jackson (WR, senior)… 1 reception… 13 yards… 0 TDs… 13.0 yards per reception
Anthony Gargiulo (FB, senior)… 1 reception… 6 yards… 0 TDs… 6.0 yards per reception

Tackles by Navy Defense vs. Memphis

Sean Williams (S, senior)… 7 solo… 2 assists… 9 total {2 forced fumbles}
Taylor Heflin (LB, senior)… 4 solo… 3 assists… 7 total {1.0 tackle for loss}
Hudson Sullivan (LB, senior)… 1 solo… 4 assists… 5 total
Nizaire Cromartie (OLB, junior)… 4 solo… 1 assist… 5 total
Juan Hailey (S, senior)… 3 solo… 1 assist… 4 total {1 forced fumble}
Anthony Villalobos (DE, senior)… 1 solo… 2 assists… 3 total
Jackson Pittman (DT, junior)… 2 solo… 1 assist… 3 total
Jacob Springer (S, sophomore)… 1 solo… 1 assist… 2 total
Jarid Ryan (CB, senior)… 1 solo… 1 assist… 2 total {1 interception; 1 break-up}
Khaylan Williams (CB, senior)… 2 solo… 0 assists… 2 total
Alema Kapol (DT, sophomore)… 1 solo… 1 assist… 2 total
Josh Webb (DE, senior)… 2 solo… 0 assists… 2 total
Noruwa Obanor (CB, junior)… 1 solo… 0 assists… 1 total
Chike Otaluka (DB, freshman)… 1 solo… 0 assists… 1 total
Tory Delmonico (OLB, senior)… 1 solo… 0 assists… 1 total
Travis Kerchner (LB, senior)… 1 solo… 0 assists… 1 total
Jarvis Polu (DE, senior)… 0 solo… 1 assist… 1 total {1 QB hurry}

Beyond Saturday

While it is clearly too early to declare the 22-21 victory a defining point in the 2018 season for Navy, it certainly was a long-awaited and needed victory. As the Midshipmen prepare to welcome Lehigh this coming weekend to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, there will be no uneasiness in the Navy stands.

 

Chloe Stowe

Full-time novelist and blogger, Chloe Stowe loves to spin a tale almost as much as she loves her Nats, Navy sports and DC United. #LineupGirl #NavyMaven-- www.chloestowe.net -- @chloeontherocks on Twitter

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