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Worth’s late TD run leads puts Mids past UConn

Will Worth rushed for two touchdowns against UConn, including the game-winner in the fourth quarter to re-take the lead for the Mids.

Will Worth rushed for two touchdowns against UConn, including the game-winner in the fourth quarter to re-take the lead for the Mids.

With 17 seconds left, trailing by four points, the UConn Huskies were lined up on the Navy one-yard-line ready to run the ball into the endzone. They set up the play during a time out, but when Navy stuffed the attempt that was it. The clock ran out on a clueless looking Huskies team that had no backup plan and the Mids improved to 2-0 on the young season with a 28-24 victory.

Navy at one point led Connecticut 21-0 before the Huskies stormed back with 24-straight points while holding the Mids without a score for over 30 minutes of game time. With 3:06 remaining, however, Will Worth punched in the game-winning touchdown and they came up with a huge goal line stand to secure the win.

Worth attempted only eight passes in the game against the Huskies, but Navy’s triple options resulted in 235 rushing yards as a team and three scores with two coming from Worth and the other being run into the endzone by Chris High.

Navy scored on their first drive of the game after High bolted into the endzone for the score from your yards out. Navy ran the ball every play on that drive and went 96 yards in nearly five minutes. They scored on their next drive too was Worth scrambled out for a one-yard touchdown rushing touchdown.

On forth and goal from the one-yard line the Mids were unable to punch the ball into the endzone, but the defense came up huge. Knowing that, that close up on the endzone the Huskies were going to run the ball, Navy stacked the line. To their surprise Bryan Shirreffs dropped back, but Navy got in the endzone. Nearing a safety Shirreffs ran forward but lost the ball when Alohi Gilman made the stop. Gilman then pounced on the loose ball to put the Mids ahead 21-0.

Everything was going Navy’s way. Even more when Alohi recovered another fumble on the kickoff by UConn’s Tyraiq Beals.

But no, it wouldn’t be that easy.

In a way, Navy collapsed.

They were ahead 21-0 and UConn just nearly got hit with the knockout punch after fumbling the ball on back-to-back plays. Navy was already in field goal range after the recovery to set up scoring another three points, but UConn came up huge with a game-changing play.

Foley Fatukasi was able to get a tremendous jump towards the kick, got his hand up and blocked it to prevent Navy from going ahead by any more and after that the Huskies mounted their first scoring drive, going 80 yards, with a 34-yard touchdown pass from Shirreffs to Noel Thomas putting the Huskies on the board.

That momentum going into halftime carried through the break. UConn scored on their first drive of the third quarter with Ron Johnson capping off the 60-yard drive with a three yard dart into the endzone. Then they evened the score right award as Mikal Myers ripped the ball out of High’s hands. Jamar Summer scooped up the ball and bolted down the field for the 86-yard touchdown.

Just like that, UConn looked to be on their way to being blown out and tied the game with 21-straight points and two touchdowns coming off huge defensive stops.

Their next possession too led to a score. In the early fourth quarter the Huskies moved into field goal range. Navy stopped a pass from Shirreffs to Thomas just short of the first down marker to force a 38-yard field goal from Bobby Puyol. Navy went three-and-out on their next drive too.

But the Mids never got down on themselves. Later in the fourth quarter a 26-yard return by Calvin Cass Jr. set Navy up in the redzone. three plays later, Worth slipped into the endzone to give Navy the eventual game-winning touchdown with 3:08 remaining in the game.

There was plenty of time for UConn to march down the field for a score, and they nearly did too. The Huskies went 79 yards after beginning the drive on their own 20 yard line. Shirreffs completed all six of his passing attempts on the drive but when faced with a second and goal from the one-yard line with barely any time left, Navy stuffed the run to the right side and watched as the time ran out.

Worth threw for 130 yards and rushed for 44 and two touchdowns in the game. Gilman and Tyris Wooten led Navy with 10 tackles each.

Navy will hit the road for the first time next week when they travel to face Tulane in New Orleans in a second-straight American Athletic Conference game at 7 pm on Saturday.

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