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Navy uses last-minute TD to beat Air Force 48-45

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) For all its misdeeds in a very meaningful game, Navy found a way to come away with an emotional victory in thrilling fashion.

Zach Abey threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Carmona with 15 seconds left, and the unbeaten Midshipmen defeated Air Force 48-45 Saturday after blowing a 21-point lead in the second half.

''I don't know why I am so blessed to coach these guys,'' coach Ken Niumatalolo said, his eyes welling with moisture. ''Just proud of our players: their resolve, their grit, their perseverance.''

Despite allowing five touchdowns after halftime, Navy (5-0) took a huge step toward regaining possession of the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy, awarded annually to the team with the most wins in games between Army, Navy and Air Force.

Air Force won it last season after beating Navy 28-14.

Though beating Army will always be the supreme accomplishment for Navy, this one produced no small measure of joy - especially because the winner of the Navy-Air Force matchup has captured the trophy every year since 1997.

In this one, after Arion Worthman threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Bennett with 1:53 remaining to put the Falcons up 45-41, Abey moved the Midshipmen 75 yards in 11 plays for the go-ahead score.

Asked what it took for that to happen, Niumatalolo replied, ''A lot of praying. Trying to get guys in and out of the huddle. Game management. Clock management.''

It turned out to be the final salvo in a wild game in which Air Force (1-4) amassed 621 yards and Navy accumulated 557, including 471 on the ground.

''We didn't quit and kept fighting to the very end,'' Worthman said. ''It was just a matter of who was going to get the ball last.''

Well, 15 seconds just wasn't enough time.

''If we had a couple more minutes left we could've put a drive together,'' said Worthman, who threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores.

Abey ran for 214 yards and two touchdowns, and Malcolm Perry contributed two long scores.

Of the last drive, Abey said, ''In our minds we felt we would score. The guys did their job.''

The Midshipmen converted a short punt and two Air Force fumbles into three touchdowns and a 28-10 halftime lead. After a 75-yard quarterback keeper by Abey made it 38-17 in the third quarter, Air Force rallied.

But the Falcons still came away with their fourth straight loss.

Perry got the Midshipmen started with a 91-yard run and added a 40-yard touchdown catch late in the second quarter. The sophomore finished with a career-high 127 yards rushing.

Though Air Force leads the series between these two military academies 29-21, Navy has won 11 of the last 15.

TAKEAWAYS

AIR FORCE: This young, rebuilding team knows how to move the football. But the defense is a mess. The Falcons yielded 56 points at New Mexico last week and weren't much more effective against Navy.

NAVY: The Midshipmen are poised to reclaim the CIC Trophy, and that might be only part of what they accomplish this season if they can get their defense together. Their performance in the second half was nothing short of embarrassing.

PACKED HOUSE

A stadium-record crowd of 38,792 watched. The previous record was for the Air Force game in 2013.

JARREN IN THE HOUSE

Jarren Jasper, 14-year-old son of Navy offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper, was in attendance just two days after ending a lengthy and distressing hospital stay.

Over the summer, an operation to fix Jarren's abnormally fast heart rate went awry. He went into cardiac arrest and had to be revived on the operating table.

Jarren left the hospital Thursday for the first time since Aug. 4. He is confined to a wheelchair and uses a battery-operated mechanical pump that enables his heart to deliver blood to the body.

UP NEXT

AIR FORCE: The Falcons host UNLV next Saturday in a Mountain West Conference matchup. Air Force leads the series 14-6.

NAVY: The Midshipmen travel to Memphis in AAC action. Navy is 2-0 against the Tigers, winning 45-20 in 2015 and 42-28 last year.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:15
16-B.Moehring extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
45
48
Touchdown 0:15
9-Z.Abey complete to 88-T.Carmona. 88-T.Carmona runs 16 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
75
yds
01:38
pos
45
47
Point After TD 1:53
11-L.Strebel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
45
41
Touchdown 1:53
2-A.Worthman complete to 8-M.Bennett. 8-M.Bennett runs 51 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
57
yds
00:35
pos
44
41
Point After TD 4:09
11-L.Strebel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
38
41
Touchdown 4:09
33-T.McVey runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
75
yds
01:59
pos
37
41
Field Goal 6:13
16-B.Moehring 25 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
52
yds
05:05
pos
31
41
Point After TD 11:28
11-L.Strebel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
31
38
Touchdown 11:28
2-A.Worthman runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
99
yds
03:26
pos
30
38
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:30
11-L.Strebel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
38
Touchdown 4:30
2-A.Worthman runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
11
plays
73
yds
04:38
pos
23
38
Point After TD 9:14
16-B.Moehring extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
38
Touchdown 9:14
9-Z.Abey runs 75 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
75
yds
00:12
pos
17
37
Point After TD 9:26
11-L.Strebel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
31
Touchdown 9:26
33-T.McVey runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
73
yds
01:24
pos
16
31
Field Goal 11:01
16-B.Moehring 21 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
66
yds
03:59
pos
10
31
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:05
11-L.Strebel 26 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
75
yds
01:47
pos
10
28
Point After TD 1:52
16-B.Moehring extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
28
Touchdown 1:52
9-Z.Abey complete to 10-M.Perry. 10-M.Perry runs 40 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
40
yds
00:14
pos
7
27
Point After TD 3:45
16-B.Moehring extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
21
Touchdown 3:45
9-Z.Abey runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
6
plays
41
yds
03:06
pos
7
20
Point After TD 8:36
16-B.Moehring extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
14
Touchdown 8:36
29-D.Bonner runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
40
yds
04:58
pos
7
13
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:30
11-L.Strebel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 5:30
2-A.Worthman complete to 8-M.Bennett. 8-M.Bennett runs 59 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
71
yds
02:16
pos
6
7
Point After TD 7:52
16-B.Moehring extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 7:52
10-M.Perry runs 91 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
91
yds
00:14
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 27 22
Rushing 18 19
Passing 8 3
Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Conv 7-10 7-14
4th Down Conv 0-0 1-1
Total Net Yards 607 557
Total Plays 72 69
Avg Gain 8.4 8.1
Net Yards Rushing 340 471
Rush Attempts 55 57
Avg Rush Yards 6.2 8.3
Net Yards Passing 267 86
Comp. - Att. 10-17 4-12
Yards Per Pass 15.7 7.2
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-14 0-0
Penalties - Yards 3-25 4-35
Touchdowns 6 6
Rushing TDs 4 4
Passing TDs 2 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 1-1
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 3-35.0 4-45.3
Return Yards 103 42
Punts - Returns 2-14 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 5-89 2-42
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 7/7 8/8
Extra Points 6/6 6/6
Field Goals 1/1 2/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Air Force 1-4 73142145
25 Navy 5-0 721101048
267 PASS YDS 86
340 RUSH YDS 471
607 TOTAL YDS 557
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Worthman 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.3% 257 2 0 232.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
49.1% 653 8 1 188.2
A. Worthman 9/16 257 2 0
J. Sanders 7 LB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 24 0 0 301.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 24 0 0 301.6
J. Sanders 1/1 24 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
A. Worthman 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
20 139 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
113 384 5
A. Worthman 20 139 2 52
N. Eriksen 19 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 90 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
20 132 1
N. Eriksen 15 90 0 16
R. Cleveland 3 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 62 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 140 2
R. Cleveland 5 62 0 24
T. McVey 33 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 46 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
53 324 5
T. McVey 11 46 2 19
P. Wilson 36 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
37 182 0
P. Wilson 3 5 0 3
J. Stafford 30 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 26 0
J. Stafford 1 2 0 2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
M. Bennett 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 161 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 234 2
M. Bennett 5 161 2 59
R. Cleveland 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 65 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 167 2
R. Cleveland 2 65 0 60
A. Worthman 2 QB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 24 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 24 0
A. Worthman 1 24 0 24
R. Reffitt 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 21 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 57 1
R. Reffitt 1 21 0 21
N. Eriksen 19 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
N. Eriksen 0 0 0 0
J. Matkovich 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Matkovich 0 0 0 0
G. Sanders 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 147 3
G. Sanders 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Flor 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
12-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-8 0 0.0
J. Flor 12-4 0.0 0
K. Floyd 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-6 0 0.0
K. Floyd 8-5 0.0 0
G. Ross 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-4 0 0.0
G. Ross 8-4 0.0 0
S. Vereen 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-1 0 0.0
S. Vereen 6-0 0.0 0
J. Sanders 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-2 0 0.0
J. Sanders 6-1 0.0 0
J. Jones 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-5 0 0.0
J. Jones 3-3 0.0 0
M. Griffin 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-5 0 0.0
M. Griffin 3-2 0.0 0
M. Fifita 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 1.0
M. Fifita 3-2 0.0 0
S. Coppola 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
S. Coppola 2-3 0.0 0
M. Capra 90 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
M. Capra 2-1 0.0 0
R. Bullard 16 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
R. Bullard 1-0 0.0 0
D. Sutton 5 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Sutton 1-0 0.0 0
C. Gessler 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-6 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-7 0 0.0
C. Gessler 0-6 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
L. Strebel 11 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 6/6
SEASON FG XP
5/6 19/19
L. Strebel 1/1 26 6/6 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Scott 91 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 35.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
21 42.7 1
C. Scott 3 35.0 1 41
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. McVey 33 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
5 17.8 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 16.7 25 0
T. McVey 5 17.8 25 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Cleveland 3 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 7.0 10 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 4.7 10 0
R. Cleveland 2 7.0 10 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
Z. Abey 9 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
36.4% 86 2 0 162.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
40% 471 5 2 170.2
Z. Abey 4/11 86 2 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Z. Abey 9 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
29 214 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
146 870 9
Z. Abey 29 214 2 75
M. Perry 10 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 127 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
27 346 3
M. Perry 4 127 1 91
C. High 33 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 72 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
78 360 1
C. High 18 72 0 10
D. Bonner 29 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 68 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 92 1
D. Bonner 5 68 1 38
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
M. Perry 10 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 45 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 98 1
M. Perry 2 45 1 40
B. Colon 87 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 25 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 62 0
B. Colon 1 25 0 25
T. Carmona 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 16 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 204 3
T. Carmona 1 16 1 16
Defense T-A SACK INT
S. Williams 6 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-2 0 0.0
S. Williams 6-2 0.0 0
E. Merchant 14 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
E. Merchant 6-0 0.0 0
D. Palmore 45 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-3 0 1.0
D. Palmore 6-0 1.0 0
M. Thomas 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 0.0
M. Thomas 6-0 0.0 0
J. Thompson 11 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 1.0
J. Thompson 5-1 1.0 0
T. Wooten 17 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-2 0 0.0
T. Wooten 4-1 0.0 0
T. Sayles 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-4 0 0.0
T. Sayles 4-1 0.0 0
J. Hailey 13 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
J. Hailey 3-1 0.0 0
J. Ryan 2 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
J. Ryan 2-2 0.0 0
H. Sullivan 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-5 0 0.0
H. Sullivan 2-2 0.0 0
J. Polu 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
J. Polu 2-2 0.0 0
Ja. Pittman 99 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
Ja. Pittman 2-0 0.0 0
J. Webb 92 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Webb 1-0 0.0 0
T. Heflin 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Heflin 1-0 0.0 0
M. Davenport 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
M. Davenport 1-0 0.0 0
K. Williams 7 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Williams 1-0 0.0 0
A. Villalobos 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
A. Villalobos 1-2 0.0 0
J. Norton 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.0
J. Norton 0-2 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. Moehring 16 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 6/6
SEASON FG XP
3/6 25/25
B. Moehring 2/2 25 6/6 12
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
O. White 4 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 45.3 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
18 40.1 2
O. White 4 45.3 2 56
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Perry 10 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 21.0 33 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 22.8 33 0
M. Perry 2 21.0 33 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:52 AF 19 1:36 3 5 Punt
11:08 AF 20 2:49 6 30 Punt
7:46 AF 23 2:16 5 77 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:07 AF 16 0:36 5 5 Punt
8:31 AF 11 1:34 5 48 Fumble
3:45 AF 35 1:28 7 36 Fumble
1:52 AF 35 1:47 10 55 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:50 AF 27 1:24 4 73 TD
9:08 AF 27 4:38 11 73 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 AF 11 3:26 10 89 TD
6:08 AF 25 1:59 5 75 TD
2:28 AF 43 0:35 3 57 TD
0:15 AF 25 0:08 2 1 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:10 NAVY 36 1:51 3 8 Punt
8:06 NAVY 9 0:14 1 91 TD
5:25 NAVY 20 4:08 9 21 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:34 AF 45 4:58 10 45 TD
6:51 AF 41 3:06 6 41 TD
2:06 AF 40 0:14 2 40 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NAVY 35 3:59 8 61 FG
9:26 NAVY 25 0:12 1 75 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
4:30 NAVY 25 4:21 9 34 Punt
11:18 NAVY 41 5:05 9 52 FG
4:09 NAVY 25 1:31 3 4 Punt
1:53 NAVY 25 1:38 11 75 TD