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USF run over No. 22 Mids, 52-45

Will Worth had five touchdowns and over 400 total yards, but Navy couldn't keep up with a South Florida Bulls team that scored touchdowns on their first six possessions.

Will Worth had five touchdowns and over 400 total yards, but Navy couldn’t keep up with a South Florida Bulls team that scored touchdowns on their first six possessions.

The path to a potential New Year’s six bowl game was destroyed on Friday night as the No. 22 Navy Midshipmen were out-dueled in a high-scoring affair on Friday night in Tampa, Florida against the South Florida Bulls, falling 52-45.

The Bulls gained 629 total yards and somehow managed to out-rush the Mids by over 100 yards, totaling 412 in the game. Will Worth led the Mids with 129 yards on the ground and four touchdowns to go with 299 yards passing and another score, but the Mids couldn’t keep up with South Florida’s three-headed attack out of the backfield that featured three players top 100 yards on the ground. Quinton Flowers had 219 yards passing and two touchdowns to go with a monstrous game on the ground where he averaged 13.5 yards per carry for 176 in the game with two more scores. Overall, South Florida rushed for five touchdowns.

Flowers broke loose for a 63 yard touchdown run on just the fourth offensive player of the game to put USF ahead 7-0 in a matter of minutes. Navy turned the ball over on downs on their response drive. USF made them pay with another touchdown drive. This time it was D’Ernest Johnson with a 23-yard touchdown run.

Once again the Mids failed to get anything going on their offensive end, failing to cross midfield before having to give the ball back to South Florida. And South Florida scored another quick touchdown off a huge play. Marlon Mack ran for a 85-yard touchdown run.

Before the end of the first quarter the Bulls scored again to go ahead 28-0 with Flowers hitting Elkanah Dillon for a 31-yard score.

Navy finally scored just a few seconds into the second quarter after a four-yard rush by Worth, but USF’s offense continued to shred the Mids and went 68 yards on 12 plays before Flowers ran into the endzone again.

Worth scored again on Navy’s ensuing drive, plowing into the endzone from a yard out, but, South Florida scored on a sixth-straight drive to open the game and led 42-14 by halftime.

Navy opened the second half with a three-and-out, gaining only five yards before punting the ball away. USF then took the ball 74 yards on 14 plays despite four false starts backing the Bulls up five yards every times. USF had to settle for a field goal, but still led 45-14 early in the second half.

Navy scored again in response with Worth again dashing into the endzone and mounted another touchdown drive the next time they had the ball to make it a 45-27 game early in the fourth quarter after a Toneo Gulley touchdown run.

The Mids finally hit their strike in the fourth quarter, scoring 24 points, but another touchdown by Johnson for USF put the game out of reach. The Bulls led 52-27 with less than 10 minutes remaining. Gulley and Worth each had touchdowns after Johnson’s last touchdown, but Navy wasn’t able to cut the deficit down to seven until the final play of the game when Worth hit Darryl Bonner for a nine-yard touchdown.

Despite the loss, Navy may still win the American Athletic Conference as their 4-1 conference record leads the Western Division. South Florida leads the East and the two teams may square off in a rematch in the title game, but the Mids’ loss evaporated their hopes of a trip to the Cotton Bowl, which they were a fringe contender to make at the “Group of Five” Championship anyway.

Navy will remain in Florida next weekend when they play storied rival Notre Dame in Jacksonville on a neutral site on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 11:30 am.

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