Sophomore outside linebacker Josh Tate recorded seven tackles, two tackles for a loss and a sack, while senior linebacker Brye French was in on six tackles and a sack to lead the defense to a 58-53 victory over the offense on Saturday morning at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
The defense scored points by coming up with a third down stop (three points), a fourth down stop (six points) a turnover (six points) and a sack or tackle for a loss (three points).
The offense scored points for first downs (three points), plays greater than 20 yards (three points) and touchdowns (six points).
If either side committed a penalty they lost two points, while a personal foul penalty was a minus five points.
“I will have to save judgment until I watch the tape,” said head coach Ken Niumatalolo. “There is always good and bad in every scrimmage. One guy I’m really excited about is Brye French. He’s been super consistent and has done a nice job.”
Senior linebacker John Michael Nurthern was also in on seven tackles for the defense, while junior linebacker Shawn Reed and sophomore safeties Chris Ferguson and James Britton had six tackles apiece.
A week after committing six turnovers the offense did not commit a turnover today. Junior quarterback Trey Miller was extremely sharp, completing 15 of his 18 pass attempts for 159 yards and one touchdown. Miller also rushed for 69 yards on 17 carries despite being hampered by a blown whistle every time he was touched.