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No. 24 Navy tramples Memphis, 42-28

Oct 22, 2016 11:28PM ● By Jake Russell
The last time Navy played in Annapolis, they were an unranked team reeling from a tough road loss to Air Force. They regained their identity by beating No. 6 Houston, which was followed by the Midshipmen storming the field.

Fast forward two weeks and the No. 24 Mids continue to establish themselves as an American Athletic Conference power by running past the Memphis Tigers (5-2, 2-1 American Athletic Conference).

Quarterback Will Worth ran for a career-high 201 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Mids to their 14th-straigh win at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, the longest such streak since the stadium was built in 1959. Navy (5-1, 4-0) is 21-2 in their last 23 games in Annapolis and 20-3 in their last 23 games overall. Not bad for a team that lost one of the greatest players in program history when Keenan Reynolds graduated in May.

Worth is the first Midshipman to run for 200 yards since Reynolds in 2014. The senior also tossed two touchdowns. As a team, the Midshipmen ran for 447 yards, their highest total since compiling 469 yards on the ground at Tulsa on November 21, 2015. Navy is 17-3 in their last 20 games when running for at least 400 yards.

This is the 18th time since the start of the 2013 season that the Midshipmen have scored at least 40 points. The win also puts them at an incredible 11-1 in conference play since joining the AAC in 2015.

Navy now takes hold of sole possession of first place in the AAC West and hits the road to face AAC East co-leader South Florida (6-2, 3-1) on Friday night. They then travel to Jacksonville, Florida to face Notre Dame on November 5 and return home to face Tulsa on November 12 at noon.