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Navy shocks No. 6 Houston in 46-40 triumph

Oct 08, 2016 09:26PM ● Published by Jake Russell

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The Navy Midshipmen continued their dominance at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on a rainy Saturday with a 46-40 upset over the sixth-ranked Houston Cougars. The victory is Navy's first over a Top 10 opponent since knocking off No. 2 South Carolina in Annapolis in 1984.

Quarterback Will Worth led Navy (4-1, 3-0 American Athletic Conference) with 115 yards on the ground and one rushing touchdown. He added two more through the air.

Houston quarterback Greg Ward Jr. ran for 94 yards and one touchdown and went 32 of 50 passing for 359 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions, both of which were picked off by Navy linebacker Josiah Powell, who returned one of them for a touchdown in the third quarter.

The Cougars had one last chance for a victory when it took possession with nine seconds remaining in the game. After an incomplete pass that left the team with three seconds left, an unsuccessful attempt to lateral multiple times eventually resulted in the ball being thrown out of bounds.

The brigade of Midshipmen then stormed the field in celebration of Navy's victory heard round the country. The win is Navy's 13th straight at home. The Midshipmen have won 20 of their last 22 in Annapolis.

Navy travels to take on East Carolina in a rare Thursday night tilt. The Mids return home to face Memphis on Saturday, October 22.
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