GAMEDAY College Football

Memphis 35, Navy 17

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Seth Henigan completed eight of 11 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns as Memphis scored on five of its first six drives to halt a three-game slide and defeat Navy 35-17 on Thursday night.

Four of the five touchdown drives included at least one big play to burn the Navy defense. Henigan competed a 49-yard pass to Javon Ivory on the first play of the game, a 74-yard TD pass to Eddie Lewis and a 51-yard gainer to Koby Drake in the third quarter. The Tigers (4-3, 1-2 American Athletic Conference) also scored on a 69-yard reverse.

Calvin Austin III sprinted 69-yards to score on a reverse, staking Memphis to a 14-7 lead it wouldn't relinquish, one play after Navy ground 21 plays to tie the game at 7. It was the most plays for any drive by any team at the FBS level this season.

Austin's reverse was all speed, looping out of the backfield and slipping through a knot of three would-be tacklers converging on him just beyond the line of scrimmage.

Navy (1-5, 1-3) took over after Memphis' game-opening touchdown and ground up the rest of the first quarter with a nearly 12-minute, 75-yard monster of a drive taking 21 plays. James Harris II punched the ball over from the 2 - scoring his first career touchdown- as Navy advanced on 17 plays of five yards or less.

The 21-play campaign was Navy's longest since a 26-play drive in the 2004 Emerald Bowl.

Tai Lavatai left the game after a sack early in the fourth quarter. He passed for 27 yards and rushed for a net of 28, The Midshipmen had 10 rushers for 198 yards on the ground.

Navy had two apparent scoring plays nullified by penalties just minutes apart in the second quarter and wound up with a Bijan Nichols 39-yard field goal, trailing 14-10.

The Tigers are 9-0 in Thursday night games, 21-1 in regular season games not played on Saturday.

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Updated October 14, 2021


Scoring Summary
First Quarter NavyMem
Mem TD 12:10 Sean Dykes 3 yard TD pass from Seth Henigan (Joe Doyle Extra Point) 0 7
Navy TD 0:20 James Harris II 2 yard TD run (Bijan Nichols Extra Point) 7 7
Mem TD 0:00 Calvin Austin III 69 yard TD run (Joe Doyle Extra Point) 7 14
Second Quarter NavyMem
Navy FG 8:21 Bijan Nichols 36 yard field goal 10 14
Mem TD 7:30 Eddie Lewis 74 yard TD pass from Seth Henigan (Joe Doyle Extra Point) 10 21
Mem TD 0:40 Brandon Thomas 3 yard TD run (Joe Doyle Extra Point) 10 28
Third Quarter NavyMem
Navy TD 8:09 Mychal Cooper 21 yard TD pass from Tai Lavatai (Bijan Nichols Extra Point) 17 28
Mem TD 6:07 Marquavius Weaver 4 yard TD run (Joe Doyle Extra Point) 17 35
Team Stats
  Navy Memphis
First downs 18 15
  Rushing 15 9
  Passing 2 6
  Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Efficiency 7-18, 39% 4-9, 44%
4th down efficiency 5-5, 100% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 66-198 34-200
Passing Yards 43 215
Return Yards 22 44
Completions-Attempts-Int 4-6-0 8-12-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 4-36 0-0
Punts 4 2
Fumbles Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 4-49 4-35
Navy Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Lavatai 3 4 27 1 0
C. Warren 1 1 16 0 0
X. Arline 0 1 0 0 0
Memphis Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Henigan 8 12 215 2 1
Navy Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
I. Ruoss 18 75 4.2 0
C. Acie 7 54 7.7 0
J. Harris II 11 32 2.9 1
T. Lavatai 18 28 1.6 0
D. Jones 1 9 9.0 0
C. Warren 2 9 4.5 0
M. Mauai 1 4 4.0 0
T. Goslin 1 0 0.0 0
X. Arline 5 -5 -1.0 0
J. Umbarger 2 -8 -4.0 0
Memphis Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Austin III 1 69 69.0 1
M. Weaver 11 65 5.9 1
B. Thomas 15 56 3.7 1
S. Henigan 4 14 3.5 0
A. Martin 1 0 0.0 0
K. Watkins 2 -4 -2.0 0
Navy Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Cooper 1 21 21.0 1
I. Ruoss 1 16 16.0 0
J. Umbarger 1 6 6.0 0
C. Acie 1 0 0.0
0
Memphis Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
E. Lewis 3 92 30.7 1
K. Drake 1 51 51.0 0
J. Ivory 1 49 49.0 0
C. Austin III 2 20 10.0 0
S. Dykes 1 3 3.0 1
Navy Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Fagot 1 18
Memphis Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Navy Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Riethman 4 141 35.3
Memphis Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Doyle 2 105 52.5
Navy Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Warren 1 4 4.0
Memphis Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Drake 2 -2 -1.0
Navy Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Memphis Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Ivory 2 46 23.0
A. Martin 1 0 0
Navy Missed FG
Player Length
B. Nichols 55
Memphis Missed FG
Player Length




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