EditorsNote: Modified stat on Arline (first begin, not second)
No. 24 Tulsa struggled however nonetheless locked up a spot within the American Athletic Convention Championship by beating Navy 19-6 on Saturday in Annapolis, Maryland.
The Golden Hurricane (6-1, 6-0 AAC) will host No. 7 Cincinnati (8-0, 6-0 AAC) subsequent Saturday to resolve home-field benefit within the title recreation.
Zach Smith (10 of 25) handed for under 168 yards because the Hurricane managed 296 yards in complete offense, with 66 approaching a landing strike to Josh Johnson late within the third quarter.
The Hurricane’s Zack Lengthy kicked 4 subject objectives, together with a career-long 48-yarder within the second quarter.
Freshman quarterback Xavier Arline (4 of 8) handed for under 27 yards and rushed for a team-best 60 yards on 27 carries in his first begin for Navy, however he could not get the Midshipman (3-6, 3-4 AAC) in the long run zone.
Each groups had been lacking key gamers.
Tulsa was with out main rusher Deneric Prince (356 yards) and misplaced backup TK Wilkerson within the second quarter, turning the dashing workload over to senior Corey Taylor. Taylor completed with 69 yards on 19 rushes.
Linebacker Zaven Collins, who leads Tulsa in sacks and interceptions, injured his foot late within the second quarter and didn’t return. Defensive lineman Jaxon Participant, nonetheless, had an enormous recreation with 12 tackles and two sacks.
Navy was with out slotback CJ Williams and misplaced slotback Myles Fells to a head harm within the first half.
The Hurricane managed solely 117 yards within the first half and settled for a pair of subject objectives from Lengthy for a 6-3 lead on the break.
The Midshipmen had solely 71 yards in complete offense the primary half with 57 approaching their final possession of the half that culminated in Bijan Nichols’ 34-yard subject objective as time ran out.
The Middies then opened the third quarter with a methodical 60-yard drive for Nichols’ second subject objective to tie the sport at 6-6.
–Subject Degree Media