ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– No. 22-ranked Tulsa used a third quarter touchdown and four Zack Long field goals to claim a 19-6 victory over the Navy Midshipmen Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
The win clinched Tulsa a spot in the American Athletic Conference Championship game on Dec. 19 against the Cincinnati Bearcats. The two teams will square-off next week at Tulsa’s H.A. Chapman Stadium in the final regular season game for both teams.
Tulsa moved to 6-1 overall and 6-0 in AAC play with today’s win and won its sixth straight game, while Navy fell to 3-6 and 3-4 in league competition.
The Hurricane defense held the Midshipmen to 6 points, the lowest for a Tulsa opponent since Sept. 10, 2011 when Tulane scored just 3 points. It was also the last time a Tulsa opponent did not score a touchdown.
For the game, Tulsa outgained the Mids, 296 to 153, as the Hurricane had 128 rushing yards and 168 through the air. Corey Taylor II had 69 rushing yards, while Zach Smith completed 10 passes for 168 yards and Tulsa’s only TD of the game.
The Hurricane defense, missing All-America candidate Zaven Collins most of the second half with an injury, totaled 12 TFLs for -49 yards and 5 sacks, as tackle Jaxon Player was a beast with a career-high 12 tackles, 4.5 TFLs for -12 yards and 2.
GAME RECAP COURTESY TULSA ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS