College Football Preview: Navy (2-6) at Cincinnati (7-1)

Navy at Cincinnati

Navy at Cincinnati, Saturday, Nov. 3. – 3:30pm ET (image:

Navy Midshipmen (2-6, 1-3) at Cincinnati Bearcats (7-1, 3-1)
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018; 3:30pm ET
Cincinnati, OH: Nippert Stadium

The Navy Midshipmen (2-6) make their first trip to Nippert Stadium Saturday afternoon to face the 7-1 Cincinnati Bearcats.

The Mids enter the game on a five-game losing streak. Head coach Ken Niumatalolo’s team needs to win the final five games of the season to post a winning record in 2018 and to become eligible for a bowl.

The Bearcats, under second-year head coach Luke Fickell, have made a huge turnaround this season. Posting 4-8 records in the last two years, Cincinnati began 2018 with impressive wins against UCLA and Miami. Their one loss came against a surging Temple team in OT. Fickell’s emphasis on the running game and a strong defense has led the Bearcats to compete with UCF and Temple for the AAC East lead.

Here’s a look at how Navy and Cincinnati matchup by the numbers.

The Stats

Points per Game: NAVY: 28.2… Cincinnati: 34.1
Rushing Yards: NAVY: 307.3… Cincinnati: 232.3
Passing Yards: NAVY: 75.0… Cincinnati: 217.1
Total Offense: NAVY: 382.2… Cincinnati: 449.4
Penalties/Yards: NAVY: 30 for 30.5 yards… Cincinnati: 67 for 81.25 yards
Time of Possession: NAVY: 34:40… Cincinnati: 32:39


Navy Leaders:

1.) Malcolm Perry: 862 yards
2.) Nelson Smith: 314 yards

Cincinnati Leaders:

1.) Michael Warren: 863 yards
2.) Desmond Ridder: 371 yards


Navy Leaders:

1.) Garret Lewis: 398 yards
2.) Malcolm Perry: 185 yards

Cincinnati Leaders:

1.) Desmond Ridder: 1,525 yards
2.) Hayden Moore: 137 yards


Navy Leaders:

1.) Taylor Jackson: 198 yards
2.) CJ Williams: 148 yards

Cincinnati Leaders:

1.) Kahlil Lewis: 414 yards
2.) Josiah Deguara: 343 yards


Navy Leaders:

1.) Taylor Heflin: 57 tackles, 6 for loss
2.) Sean Williams: 52 tackles, .5 for loss

Cincinnati Leaders:

1.) Perry Young: 41 tackles, 2 for loss
2.) Malik Clements: 39 tackles, 3 for loss

Cincinnati Players to Watch

James Wiggins (CB): After winning last week’s game against SMU for the Bearcats with an 86-yard INT return for TD, the AAC named Wiggins their Defensive Player of the Week Monday. For the year, he has four pass breakups, three interceptions and seven deflections.
Desmond Ridder (QB): The redshirt freshman took over for the Bearcats’ returning QB in the first game of the season. With a completion rate of 62% of his 208 pass attempts, Ridder’s numbers are impressive: 1,525 yards in the air and 12 TDs. Add to that his 371 yards on the ground and Ridder is a true threat to opponents’ defenses.
Michael Warren (RB): The true freshman has run for 863 yards and 12 TDs this season.
Kahlil Lewis (WR): Ridder’s favorite target, Lewis has 31 receptions for 414 yards and five TDs in 2018.
Perry Young (LB): The sophomore has 41 tackles on the year.
Bryan Wright (DE): Wright is second on the Bearcats’ team with 38 tackles this season.
Josiah Deguara (TE): Having recorded a reception in each of Cincinnati’s eight games in 2018, Deguara has 27 catches for 321 yards and three TDs on the year.
Cortez Broughton (DT): Broughton’s seven sacks and average of 1.86 tackles for loss per game ranks him third in the AAC in both categories.
James Smith (P): Smith averages 46.4 yards per punt, ranking him #6 in the nation and #2 in the AAC in YPP.

Keys to a Navy Win

1.) Perry at SB: Malcolm Perry must continue to excel at slotback. Though he may no longer be the starting QB, Perry is still the leader of the Mids’ offense.
2.) Defense, defense, defense: Navy must play flawlessly on this side of the ball. The Bearcats need no assistance moving the ball down the field.
3.) Wanting it: The Mids must want this win. Really, really want it. Navy’s season is on the line and the Midshipmen must play like it.

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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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