Horned Frogs Gore Navy 17-3
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ Corey Connally and Lonta Hobbs had second-half touchdown runs as No. 25 TCU overcame a sluggish start to beat Navy 17-3 Saturday night.
The Horned Frogs (2-0), playing just five days after a win at Tulane, scored on their first two drives of the second half. Nick Browne’s 23-yard field goal tied the game and Connally ran 2 yards for the go-ahead score on his only carry of the game.
Navy (1-1) has lost 35 straight games to Top 25 teams, its last win over a ranked opponent coming eight years ago, 17-13 over No. 20 Virginia.
Eddie Carthan recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass in the first half for Navy, which managed only Geoff Blumenfeld’s 32-yard field goal despite getting into TCU territory on all six of its first-half drives.
The Midshipmen, who had 598 total yards in their opener against VMI, were held to 207 yards Saturday _ just 37 after halftime.
TCU sophomore Tye Gunn completed 14 of 20 passes for 173 yards, and improved to 6-0 as a starter. The Frogs had averaged 40 points a game in his first five starts.
TCU didn’t cross midfield until the opening drive of the second half, and that came after a pass interference penalty.
The Frogs then had third-and-9 before Gunn found Harrell wide open over the middle on two straight plays for gains of 17 and 22 yards to get down to the Navy 9. Hobbs appeared to have an open lane to the end zone after taking a pitch to the right, but stumbled and fell down at the 5 before Browne’s field goal.
Connally’s TD capped a 10-play, 88-yard scoring drive that included passes of 26 and 25 yards and a 19-yard run by Hobbs, who had 79 yards on 20 carries.
Harrell caught five passes for 70 yards.
It was the seventh time since 1991 that the Horned Frogs played two games within a six-day period. This is the first time they’ve won both of them, and now they have a week off before playing Vanderbilt on Sept. 20.
Marvin Godbolt’s interception early in the fourth quarter came two plays before Hobbs’ TD. The sophomore has 16 rushing TDs in 10 career games.
Blumenfeld’s field goal came on the first of three straight drives when Navy drove to at least the TCU 15. The kick came nine plays after Carthan recovered Gunn’s fumble.
Craig Candeto’s 43-yard pass helped the Midshipmen get to the TCU 13 on their next drive, but the quarterback then bobbled the snap on a 30-yard field goal attempt.
Navy got the ball back two plays later when Carthan intercepted a pass by Gunn, whose throw was woefully underthrown under pressure. On first-and-goal from the 3, Kyle Eckel tried to bull into the end zone, but Brandon Williams knocked the ball loose and Jeremy Modkins recovered at the 1.
TCU’s average starting field possession in the first half was its own 11, starting at the 1 and 3 after Navy’s Shalimar Brazier downed punts.
Candeto was 7-for-15 for 75 yards, and rushed for 48 yards on 24 carries for Navy, which had won consecutive games for the first time since 1999.
The Midshipmen haven’t won three in a row since 1997, when they won their last four games to go 7-4 _ their last winning season.