Perry tops 300 yards, Navy trickery tops Army 31-7

Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo wrapped Malcolm Perry tighter than an Army defense could muster for an embrace that served as a bit of an apology.

Perry had done it all for Navy in a 31-7 victory Saturday in Philadelphia that earned him the MVP honor in the 120th game between the service academies. Perry became the fourth quarterback in FBS history to rush for 300 yards, running for 304 yards with two touchdowns, and he set a slew of program records.

It forced Niumatalolo to go on TV and issue a mea culpa: “I’m a bad coach. How did I bench him last year?”

Perry’s biggest number? It was one, as in, the first time he led the No. 21 Mids past Army.

“This was the biggest game I’ve played in my life,” Perry said. “We didn’t win the last three games. But that makes this even more sweet.”

Navy (10-2, No. 23 CFP) used a trick play to help reverse a three-game losing streak against Army and won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the 16th time.

Navy leads the series 61-52-7. The Black Knights (5-8) were trying to win four straight games in the Army-Navy series for the first time since 1993 to 1996.

Perry, a 5-foot-9, 190-pound senior quarterback, helped the fleet of foot Navy offense run away with the game with another game for the record book. He ran for a 55-yard TD in the first half, added a 44-yard scamper and set Navy season records in yards rushing and total 100-yard games.

But Perry’s role in Navy’s most GIF-worthy play didn’t end up with his name on the scoring sheet. Perry took the snap at the 1-yard line, ran to his left and handed off to receiver Chance Warren, who threw to Jamale Carothers for the score and a 14-7 lead. It was Navy’s twist on the Philly Special — the Naval Special? — at the home of the Philadelphia Eagles.

It was Navy’s only yard passing of the game.

President Trump attended the game for the second straight year. He wore a red “Keep America Great” hat for the traditional coin flip in misty conditions. Trump sat on the Army side of the field in the first half and crossed the field to the Navy side for the second half.

Briefly: Boston College hired Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley to be the Eagles’ head coach. … Arizona State hired Boise State’s Zak Hill as its new offensive coordinator. Hill will join Herm Edwards’ staff after spending four years as the Broncos’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. … Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chip Long, who held the position the past three seasons, and head coach Brian Kelly mutually agreed to part ways. … North Carolina State football player Payton Tanner Wilson is facing multiple charges after he allegedly ran from a police officer and hid under a parked car after obtaining a fake ID to try to buy alcohol.

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