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Navy tops Tulsa, 42-40, now leads AAC West

Nov 13, 2016 01:53AM ● By Jake Russell
By Jake Russell

With first place of the American Athletic Conference's Western Division hanging in the balance, the Navy Midshipmen had their hands full with the formidable Tulsa Golden Hurricane in town on senior day.

In his final regular season game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, senior quarterback Will Worth led the Mids with 122 yards rushing and three touchdowns on the ground along with 111 yards and one touchdown through the air. Slotbacks Dishon Romine and Darryl Bonner added rushing touchdowns and receiver Tyler Carmona was on the receiving end of Worth's second-quarter touchdown pass. Their efforts led the Mids to a 42-40 victory in front of a crowd of 36,397, the 10th-largest attendance in stadium history.

At 35-13, Navy's senior class needs one win to tie the program record for wins over a four-year period, which would match the Class of 1909 (36-7-5).

Navy (7-2, 5-1 American Athletic Conference) secured their 15th straight home win, now the longest streak in the country thanks to Clemson's loss to Pittsburgh Saturday night. The Midshipmen now control their own conference destiny and could host the conference title game on Saturday, December 3.

High-powered Tulsa (7-3, 4-2) arrived in Annapolis having won six of its last seven, scoring no less than 43 points in each victory. The Golden Hurricane gave the Midshipmen a run for their money, outgaining them 576-501 but Navy's time of possession (37:25) helped control the pace of the game.

Navy faces East Carolina on November 19 in a remake of the October 13 game that was washed out by Hurricane Matthew. The Mids close out their regular season with a road tilt at SMU on November 26 and the annual Army-Navy Game in Baltimore on December 10.