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  • Navy Upsets #20 UCF

    Navy beat their first ranked opponent of the season. Fullback Daba Fofana rushed for 114 yards to lead an offense that held the ball for almost 40 minutes, while outside linebacker John Marshall totaled 10 tackles and four sacks to spearhead a defense that totally shut down a high-powered attack as Navy stunned No. 20 Central Florida, 17-14.

    During a game in which Navy rushed for 248 yards and converted 4-of-4 fourth downs, the Midshipmen were just a little bit better than the slow-starting Knights.

    Starting quarterback John Rhys Plumlee was pulled after a first half of going 11-of-18 for 107 yards passing, plus an interception on the last play of the half that was tossed towards the end zone. Part of the issue with why Plumlee struggled came from the lack of a consistent running game.

    That helped Navy build a 14-6 lead going into intermission. Not a whole lot changed after halftime either. UCF battled, especially on defense, but the offense struggled all game long. That is even when Mikey Keene entered the contest, sans his first drive.

    Keene finished 8-of-15 for 123 yards and a touchdown. He was constantly harassed by Navy’s aggressive front. Most notably, UCF was poor at slowing down the Navy blitzes. They blew up runs and passes alike.

    For the game, UCF mustered just 84 rushing yards from 24 carries, a paltry 3.5 average. Coming into the contest, the Knights were averaging 250 yards on the ground.

    Navy out-schemed and out-efforted the UCF offensive game plan for the vast majority of the contest to take the win.
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