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Abey's 5 TDs help Navy beat Virginia 49-7 in Military Bowl

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Two quarterbacks put on one heck of a show for Navy in the Military Bowl.

Backup Zach Abey scored five touchdowns, starter Malcolm Perry ran for 114 yards and two scores and the Midshipmen rolled to a surprisingly easy 49-7 victory over Virginia on Thursday.

After Virginia's Joe Reed took the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, the Midshipmen (7-6) got two TDs apiece from Perry and Abey in taking a 28-7 halftime lead.

Perry left in the third quarter with a foot injury, leaving Abey to score on runs of 5 and 20 yards to make it 42-7 in a game Navy entered as a 1 1/2-point favorite.

''Malcolm did a masterful job. The kid's phenomenal, man,'' Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said. ''He brings another dimension to our offense. To Zach's credit, he came in there and played really, really well.''

The Midshipmen rolled up a Military Bowl-record 452 yards rushing, including 101 by Chris High and 88 by Abey, who began the season as the starter before losing the job.

''That's the best we've played all year,'' Niumatalolo said. ''We put it together on both sides of the ball.''

Going back and forth with Perry and Abey might be the way to go in 2018.

''They're both really good football players. I've got to find a way to use them both,'' Niumatalolo said. ''Just what you saw today is probably what you're going to see next year.''

After scoring on a 1-yard run with 11:11 remaining, Abey sat down after becoming the fifth player in FBS history to rush for five TDs in a bowl game.

''We did what we were supposed to do,'' Perry said. ''It all starts up front. The guys were really physical. We played Navy football today.''

Playing in their first bowl since 2011, the Cavaliers (6-7) could not contain Navy's triple option and had no success moving the ball.

''I think coach Niumatalolo had his team very well prepared,'' Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall said. ''Clearly, I didn't have our team prepared to perform to their true potential, offensively, defensively or special teams.''

Seeking its first winning season in six years, Virginia instead absorbed its sixth loss in seven games.

''The team worked really hard to get to this point, and that's an accomplishment,'' Mendenhall said. ''I don't think it takes the edge off (the season), but it certainly takes some off because it's never fun to not play well and to lose the game. But it's also reflective of exactly where we are.''

They're currently in the second tier of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and at least on this day not nearly as good as Navy.

''They just outplayed us,'' Virginia free safety Quin Blanding said. ''That's the bottom line. They came ready to play and we didn't.''

Virginia senior Kurt Benkert came in with a school-record 3,062 yards passing this season, along with 25 touchdown passes. In this one, he went 15 for 34 for 133 yards and an interception, and the Cavaliers finished with a season-low 175 yards in offense.

''It was windy and it was cold,'' Benkert said. ''It was hard to get into a rhythm, and we never really found our stride.''

After Reed went the distance with the opening kickoff, Navy responded with a 69-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard run by Abey. The Midshipmen then forced a three-and-out, and Perry finished an eight-play drive with a 22-yard touchdown run for a 14-7 lead.

Perry scored from 19 yards out and Abey concluded the first-half scoring with a 1-yard TD.

By then, Reed's kickoff return was irrelevant.

''It's nothing we haven't seen all year. We just knew we had to respond,'' Abey said.

PASS ON THE PASS

Navy attempted only one pass, a toss by Abey in the third quarter. It fell incomplete.

THE TAKEAWAY

Virginia: The Cavaliers tripled their win total of a year ago and ended their six-year bowl drought, but now they've got this defeat to think about during the offseason.

''It might be the most valuable game of the year, in terms of now having the opportunity to reassess what we did, and reframing and addressing weaknesses in our program,'' Mendenhall said.

Navy: The Midshipmen salvaged a disappointing season in which they started 5-0 before losing six of the next seven, including 14-13 to Army. Navy also discovered just how good Perry can be at QB, with Abey available when needed.

UP NEXT

Virginia: Following an offseason to reflect upon their improvement and shortcomings, the Cavaliers open the 2018 season on Sept. 1 against visiting Richmond.

Navy: The Midshipmen launch the 2018 season with a lengthy journey for a Sept. 1 game against Hawaii.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 11:11
16-B.Moehring extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
49
Touchdown 11:11
9-Z.Abey runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
9
plays
23
yds
00:00
pos
7
48
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:57
16-B.Moehring extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
42
Touchdown 1:57
9-Z.Abey runs 20 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
80
yds
03:54
pos
7
41
Point After TD 9:46
16-B.Moehring extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
35
Touchdown 9:46
9-Z.Abey runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
39
yds
05:07
pos
7
34
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:39
16-B.Moehring extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
28
Touchdown 1:39
9-Z.Abey runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
4
plays
36
yds
01:15
pos
7
27
Point After TD 3:12
16-B.Moehring extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
21
Touchdown 3:12
10-M.Perry runs 19 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
70
yds
03:53
pos
7
20
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:18
16-B.Moehring extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
14
Touchdown 4:18
10-M.Perry runs 22 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
85
yds
02:52
pos
7
13
Point After TD 8:43
16-B.Moehring extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 8:43
9-Z.Abey runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
13
plays
64
yds
06:00
pos
7
6
Point After TD 14:48
95-A.Mejia extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 14:48
16-B.Moehring kicks 63 yards from NAV 35. 2-J.Reed runs 98 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
63
yds
00:12
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 11 24
Rushing 4 23
Passing 7 0
Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Conv 4-13 9-16
4th Down Conv 1-3 3-3
Total Net Yards 169 447
Total Plays 54 77
Avg Gain 3.1 5.8
Net Yards Rushing 30 452
Rush Attempts 18 76
Avg Rush Yards 1.7 5.9
Net Yards Passing 139 -5
Comp. - Att. 16-36 0-1
Yards Per Pass 3.9 -5.0
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-6 1-5
Penalties - Yards 4-40 3-25
Touchdowns 1 7
Rushing TDs 0 7
Passing TDs 0 0
Other 1 0
Turnovers 3 0
Fumbles - Lost 2-2 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 4-38.8 3-32.0
Return Yards 205 43
Punts - Returns 1--2 1-7
Kickoffs - Returns 8-207 2-36
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-0
Kicking 1/2 7/8
Extra Points 1/1 7/7
Field Goals 0/1 0/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Virginia 6-7 70007
Navy 7-6 141414749
139 PASS YDS -5
30 RUSH YDS 452
169 TOTAL YDS 447
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Benkert 6 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
44.4% 145 0 1 72.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.5% 3207 25 9 124.1
K. Benkert 16/36 145 0 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Ellis 1 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 37 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
215 836 6
J. Ellis 11 37 0 20
J. Reed 2 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
21 112 1
J. Reed 2 11 0 7
K. Benkert 6 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 -4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
65 -63 0
K. Benkert 4 -4 0 5
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
O. Zaccheaus 4 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 62 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
85 895 5
O. Zaccheaus 5 62 0 20
A. Levrone 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 27 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
34 689 7
A. Levrone 3 27 0 12
J. Ellis 1 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 19 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 137 1
J. Ellis 2 19 0 20
D. Dowling 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 15 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
50 647 5
D. Dowling 2 15 0 8
J. Reed 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
23 244 2
J. Reed 2 12 0 12
E. Butts 46 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
32 266 2
E. Butts 2 10 0 5
H. Dubois 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 120 1
H. Dubois 0 0 0 0
T. Jana 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 21 0
T. Jana 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
Q. Blanding 3 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
14-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-2 4 0.0
Q. Blanding 14-2 0.0 0
J. Thornhill 21 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-1 4 0.0
J. Thornhill 9-1 0.0 0
M. Kiser 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-4 0 0.0
M. Kiser 7-4 0.0 0
C. Peace 13 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 1 0.0
C. Peace 5-3 0.0 0
B. Nelson 28 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 4 0.0
B. Nelson 5-1 0.0 0
E. Hanback 58 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
E. Hanback 4-1 0.0 0
B. Hall 34 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
B. Hall 4-0 0.0 0
M. Cook 17 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.5
M. Cook 3-4 0.5 0
J. Mack 37 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-6 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-6 0 0.0
J. Mack 3-6 0.0 0
C. Moore 39 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
C. Moore 2-1 0.0 0
M. Alonso 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Alonso 2-0 0.0 0
A. Brown 9 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.5
A. Brown 2-2 0.5 0
C. Snowden 38 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
C. Snowden 2-0 0.0 0
J. Blount 29 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
J. Blount 2-2 0.0 0
R. Burney 16 TE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Burney 1-0 0.0 0
C. Stalker 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
C. Stalker 1-2 0.0 0
J. Trucilla 57 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Trucilla 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Mejia 95 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 1/1
SEASON FG XP
8/12 37/37
A. Mejia 0/1 0 1/1 1
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
L. Coleman 47 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 38.8 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
75 43.7 1
L. Coleman 4 38.8 1 45
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
O. Zaccheaus 4 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
5 17.8 30 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 20.7 30 0
O. Zaccheaus 5 17.8 30 0
J. Reed 2 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 39.3 98 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
29 29.7 98 1
J. Reed 3 39.3 98 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Hamm 22 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 -2.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
22 4.5 0 0
D. Hamm 1 -2.0 0 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
Z. Abey 9 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
43.1% 805 7 7 149.6
Z. Abey 0/1 0 0 0
M. Perry 10 RB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 5 1 1 136.0
M. Perry 0/0 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
M. Perry 10 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 114 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
138 1182 11
M. Perry 16 114 2 33
C. High 33 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
19 101 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
144 621 2
C. High 19 101 0 20
Z. Abey 9 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 88 5
SEASON ATT YDS TD
293 1413 19
Z. Abey 13 88 5 39
J. Brown 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 47 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
22 203 2
J. Brown 5 47 0 31
A. Gargiulo 38 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 40 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
76 423 3
A. Gargiulo 5 40 0 28
G. Lewis 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 36 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
26 83 0
G. Lewis 6 36 0 16
D. Bonner 29 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 15 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
33 178 1
D. Bonner 3 15 0 8
N. Smith 43 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 17 0
N. Smith 4 8 0 3
K. Mahekau 36 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
16 103 0
K. Mahekau 2 5 0 6
J. Brown III 20 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 90 0
J. Brown III 1 2 0 2
A. Taylor 46 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -2 0
A. Taylor 1 -2 0 -2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
B. Colon 87 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 78 1
B. Colon 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
T. Heflin 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
T. Heflin 5-0 0.0 0
T. Sayles 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
T. Sayles 4-0 0.0 0
E. Merchant 14 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
E. Merchant 3-0 0.0 0
J. Norton 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
J. Norton 3-1 1.0 0
S. Williams 6 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
S. Williams 3-1 0.0 1
N. Cromartie 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
N. Cromartie 2-0 0.0 0
K. Williams 7 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
K. Williams 2-0 0.0 0
T. Wooten 17 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
T. Wooten 2-2 0.0 0
W. Howard 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 0.0
W. Howard 1-1 0.0 0
J. Hailey 13 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Hailey 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
1-0 0 0.0
M. Davenport 1-0 0.0 0
D. Palmore 45 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
D. Palmore 1-1 0.0 0
J. Polu 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Polu 1-0 0.0 0
B. Jones 3 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Jones 1-0 0.0 0
Ja. Pittman 99 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
Ja. Pittman 1-0 0.0 0
J. Webb 92 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Webb 0-1 0.0 0
K. McCoy 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
K. McCoy 0-1 0.0 0
E. Jones 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
E. Jones 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. Moehring 16 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 7/7
SEASON FG XP
8/15 42/43
B. Moehring 0/1 0 7/7 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
O. White 4 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 32.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
42 40.5 1
O. White 3 32.0 1 38
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Bonner 29 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 18.0 20 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 13.0 20 0
D. Bonner 2 18.0 20 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Scott 82 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 7.0 7 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 7.3 7 0
C. Scott 1 7.0 7 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NAVY 35 0:12 1 63 TD
8:38 UVA 27 1:16 3 -3 Punt
4:13 UVA 15 3:06 8 39 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:19 UVA 46 0:55 4 -20 INT
9:14 NAVY 49 2:04 7 19 Downs
3:06 UVA 40 0:07 2 -4 Fumble
1:34 UVA 42 1:01 7 28 FG Miss
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:41 UVA 25 3:40 14 43 Punt
1:50 UVA 22 1:21 5 1 Downs
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:05 UVA 20 1:47 3 5 Punt
0:39 UVA 20 0:27 2 20
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:43 NAVY 31 6:00 13 69 TD
7:10 NAVY 45 2:52 7 55 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:58 NAVY 1 0:27 7 15 Punt
11:16 NAVY 14 1:53 3 6 Punt
7:05 NAVY 30 3:53 7 70 TD
2:54 UVA 36 1:15 4 36 TD
0:28 NAVY 30 0:00 1 -2 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:53 NAVY 30 5:07 9 70 TD
5:51 NAVY 20 3:54 8 80 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:29 UVA 23 0:00 9 23 TD
9:06 NAVY 35 8:22 12 46 FG Miss