Tulsa scored two touchdowns in the first quarter, but Navy’s offense proved to be too much for the Golden Hurricane defense as Navy beat Tulsa 31-21 Saturday at H.A. Chapman Stadium.
A crowd of 21,354 watched as Tulsa’s running back D’Angelo Brewer and quarterback Chad President each scored on one-yard runs, to give the Golden Hurricane a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Those two drives were highlighted by a pair of long runs by President; one of 35 yards and one of 71 yards.
“We jump out to a good, early lead and keep battling,” said Tulsa head coach Philip Montgomery. “For me, I feel like it’s a tough loss.”
However, Tulsa’s lead didn’t last long as Navy scored 31 consecutive points. The Midshipmen scored two touchdowns in the second quarter, both on short runs by Zach Abey, and the game was tied 14-14 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Navy scored on a 24-yard field goal by Bennett Moehring, to take the lead. Malcom Perry ran 27 yards into the end zone to put Navy up by 10 in the fourth quarter, and Abey scored his third TD of the game to make it a 31-14 lead.
The Golden Hurricane did score one more time with 7:01 left in the fourth quarter, when President connected with Chris Minter on a four-yard TD pass.
Overall, Montgomery was happy with the play of the Hurricane defense, and took some of the blame for the offensive woes.
“I thought our defense played extremely well,” he said. “I thought we showed flashes at times offensively. I probably got too conservative and probably needed to take a little bit more of a chance, but we’re right in the thick of it all and needing that win pretty bad.”
President completed 12-of-18 passes for 115 yards, but he carried the ball 12 times for 151 yards rushing. Brewer had 22 carries for 65 yards. President said the run game was a part of the Golden Hurricane game plan.
“Coach’s game plan was to have a key run game this week and we executed well,” President said. “The offensive line played great, they’re opening holes. I mean, one play, the hole opened up like the Red Sea, and I hit it. Hats off to Coach’s game plan and offensive line execution.”
The Midshipmen ran up 511 total yards on offense, while Tulsa compiled 344 total offensive yards.
Navy improved to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the American Athletic Conference, while Tulsa fell to 1-4 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
The Golden Hurricane will play at Tulane this Saturday at 3 p.m. The Green Wave comes into the game with a 2-2 overall record, and 0-1 in the conference. Tulane beat Grambling 43-14, in their opening game of the season, and won last week against Army, 21-17. Sandwiched in between were losses to Navy, 32-21, and Oklahoma, 56-14.