Navy tops South Alabama 42-14, qualifies for bowl

9:04 PM, Nov 16, 2013   |    comments
Navy Midshipmen slotback Darius Staten (20) scores a first half rushing touchdown against the South Alabama Jaguars at Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Darius Staten had a career-high 127 yards on seven carries with a touchdown to lead Navy to a 42-14 victory over South Alabama on Saturday night.

With the win, the Midshipmen qualified for a bowl game for the 10th time in the past 11 years. Navy (6-4) will accept a bid to the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas, on Dec. 30 against a team from the Mountain West Conference.

The Midshipmen, who scored 22 consecutive points in the second half, also finished undefeated at home for the first time since 2004.

South Alabama's Ross Metheny completed 18 of 27 passes for 160 yards with two touchdowns. Both touchdown passes were to Shavarez Smith, who had five receptions for 65 yards for the Bengals (3-6).

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