Navy throttles Virginia in a lopsided Military Bowl

Posted at 4:54 PM, Dec 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-28 23:16:42-05

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - If someone told you that a team could win a football game throwing the ball once, incomplete at that, you would be skeptical.

Malcolm Perry breaks free from UVA's defense. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

When you're talking about Navy, who's known to have a lethal triple-option attack, you'd believe it. The Midshipmen (7-and-6) slashed Virginia's defense all day in the Military Bowl, gaining 452 yards rushing.

UVA got off to a grand start with a 98-yard kickoff return to open the game, but wouldn't score the rest of the way in the 49-7 defeat.

Virginia, playing in their first bowl game since 2011, ends their season at 6-and-7. The Cavaliers have not won a bowl game since 2005.

The Cavaliers offense hadn't scored an offensive touchdown since November 18th at Miami. The struggles continued on Thursday as they were held to 175 total yards of offense.

Navy scores a touchdown.
(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

UVA also turned the ball over three times.

Navy quarterback Malcolm Perry rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns before going down with an injury. His replacement, Zach Abey, rushed for five touchdowns on 13 carries.