Featured by: Sean Archer
Last season, Navy shocked Houston at home, 46-40. That wouldn’t be a shocker this season, as the Cougars are playing without quarterback Greg Ward Jr. The Cougars fell to Tulane, 20-17 last week to halt at two game winning streak.
Mids are struggling but playing hard - Navy is 4-3 in the AAC West, tied with Houston for second place behind 6-1 Memphis. The Mids gave No. 9 Notre Dame all they could handle last week. Navy led 10-3 but gave up a late touchdown run by quarterback Brandon Winbush with 8 seconds left in the half to tie the game at 10-10. Quarterback Zach Abey came back with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Craig Scott to put the Mids ahead, 17-10. But the Irish scored the last two touchdowns on passes from Wimbush to Kevin Stephenson to finish the game. Abey did not have one of his premier games, rushing for just 87 yards on 29 carries and passing for 41 yards with one TD and one pick. He was missing one of his best weapons in Malcolm Perry, who was out due to an ankle sprain. Perry played option quarterback the previous game against SMU and ran for 282 yards.
Cougars stuffed by Green Wave - Houston scored just three points in the first half and found themselves behind 13-3 at the half to Tulane. The Cougars came on in the second half but didn’t have enough to get over the hump. Quarterback D’Eriq King played decently, but an interception in the corner of the end zone down 13-3, came back to haunt the Cougars. King completed 18 of 26 for 225 yards with no TDs. He also ran for 141 yards and two TDs on 10 attempts. Houston’s offense amassed 445 yards, but wasn’t up to the task defensively. They allowed 421 yards including 251 in the air to Tulane.
Both teams are solid but not great. If Perry returns, Navy should win this outright. Even without him, they should be able to cover this game with their option offense, that Notre Dame was able to slow down some. Houston’s defense is nowhere as good as Notre Dame’s. Got to love the points in this one.
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