Navy @ Tulsa Game Notes
October 29, 2021
H. A. Chapman Stadium, Tulsa, OK
After a slow start with defensive stops and punts from both teams, the Tulsa offense began to drive mid-way through the 1st quarter. With the help of a pass interference penalty against Navy junior bandit Taylor Robinson, the Golden Hurricane moved into the red zone and threatened to score. But Navy junior linebacker Johnny Hodges sacked Tulsa quarterback Davis Brin on 3rd-&-10, forced a fumble, and Navy recovered to end the threat.
The Navy defense played very well in the opening quarter, consistently getting pressure on the quarterback while also stuffing the running game. The secondary broke up passes and prevented big gains. Tulsa gained only 19 yards in the 1st quarter.
But the Mids equally struggled on the offensive side, only managing 32 yards and a single first down in the 1st.
Navy 0, Tulsa 0
The second quarter opened much like the first, with both defenses forcing 3-and-outs. Navy senior linebacker Diego Fagot got a key tackle on Brin when, on a 3-and-11, finding no open receivers, the quarterback attempted to run for the first down. Fagot got to him after only a short gain to force another punt.
After receiving another Navy punt deep in their own territory, Tulsa running back Anthony Watkins found a hole and went 78 yards before he was brought down by senior cornerback Michael McMorris on the Navy 7 yard line. But the Navy defense held firm and stopped the Hurricane offense, again, and forced Tulsa to settle for a Zack Long field goal for the game’s first score.
The drive went 77 yards on 5 plays, 1:53
Navy 0, Tulsa 3
Navy continued to struggle to make headway on offense at the end of the 1st half. After earning just their second first down of the game on a rush by quarterback Tai Lavatai , the Mids failed to convert on a 4th-and-2 on the Tulsa 28 and gave the ball to the Hurricane on downs. But the Navy defense put up another 3-and-out to force the 4th Tulsa punt of the half.
Deep in their own territory with just about 1 minute to go in the first half, the Mids didn’t run out the clock. On 2nd-and-8 senior slot back Carlinos Acie took the pitch from Lavatai and went 64 yards to the Tulsa 12 yard line. Yet the Navy offense couldn’t find the endzone. Kicker Bijan Nichols entered and tied the game with 29-yard field goal just before halftime.
Navy 3, Tulsa 3
Tulsa kick returner Anthony Watkins took the second half's opening kickoff 96 yards to endzone to score the game's first touchdown and give Tulsa the 7-point lead. During the return Navy missed a number of tackles and no one could catch the speedy Watkins.
Navy 3, Tulsa 10
The Midshipmen answered as their offense finally figured out how to make some progress against the Tulsa defense. The ensuing drive started with a big 18-yard run to the outside by senior slotback Chance Warren. That was followed by a 14-yard gain from Lavatai. Navy ultimately got to the 1 yard line, from where James Harris, II punched it over the goal line to tie the game. It was the first offensive touchdown of the game.
The drive went 75 yards on 10 plays, 5:44
Navy 10, Tulsa 10
The Tulsa offense also made some halftime adjustments and put together an impressive drive. But the Navy defense held firm when it mattered. Tulsa quarterback Brin went for a touchdown pass from the Navy 16 yard line, but the bobbled catch was intercepted by Navy's freshman safety Rayuan Lane in the endzone.
In the first half Navy gained 149 yards, then 103 in the third quarter alone.
The Navy offense pushed down the field in a classic, triple-option, ball-control drive. Lavatai and Warren combined to lead the rushing attack and it was Lavatai who capped it off from the 1 yard line to give Navy its first lead.
The drive went 80 yards on 15 plays, 8:09
Navy 17, Tulsa 10
On a 2nd-and-10, Navy's sophomore defensive end Jacob Busic nailed Tulsa quarterback Brin for a sack and an 8-yard loss.
Then, facing 4th-and-3 Tulsa chose to go for it. Brin dropped back and the Navy pass defense, which hadn’t let any receivers open all game, got the job done. Davis couldn’t find an open receiver and threw it incomplete to turn the ball over on downs.
The Navy offense was unable to capitalize on the opportunity. On 4th-and-2 from the Tulsa 29 yard line, Navy chose to kick the field goal rather than go for a 1st down. Nichols put the ball through the uprights and the Midshipmen had a 2-score lead late in the 4th quarter.
The drive went 19 yards on 7 plays, 3:56
Navy 20, Tulsa 10
The Navy defense finally gave a little when Davis connected on a 43-yard pass play to wide receiver JuanCarlos Santana that was ruled to be a touchdown on the field, but was overturned after review. Instead, Tulsa settled for a 1st-and-goal on the Navy 1 yard line.
Then it appeared that the Navy defense would again keep the Hurricane out of the endzone after goal line stops on first and second downs. But on third down Davis dropped back and found a wide-open Ezra Naylor, II in the back of the endzone and the Tulsa offense finally scored.
The drive went 65 yards on 8 plays, 1:52
Navy 20, Tulsa 17
Tulsa attempted an onsides kick, but Navy recovered with 2:20 to go and ran out the clock to claim the victory.
FINAL SCORE: Navy 20, Tulsa 17
Carlinos Acne: 3 rushes, 80 yards, 0 TDs
Chance Warren: 10 rushes, 70 yards, 0 TDs
Tai Lavatai: 18 rushes, 64 yards, 1 TD
James Harris, II: 7 rushes, 13 yards, 1 TD
Navy Total Rushing: 60 rushes, 302 yards, 2 TDs
Anthony Watkins: 5 rushes, 81 yards, 0 TDs
Deneric Prince: 8 rushes, 35 yards, 0 TDs
Shamari Brooks: 10 rushes, 27 yards, 0 TDs
Tulsa Total Rushing: 30 rushes, 129 yards, 0 TDs
Tai Lavatai: 3 attempts, 0 completions, 0 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs
Davis Brin: 23 attempts, 13 completions, 165 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
John Marshall: 9 tackles
Diego Fagot: 8 tackles
Yohance Burnett: 13 tackles
Justin Wright: 8 tackles