ANNAPOLIS, Md. — With every Navy touchdown, No. 6 Houston saw its hope of playing for a national title become a little more distant. After the Cougars had their quest for an unbeaten season dashed in a 46-40 loss Saturday, all they could do was shrug.
"This one hurts, but we still have everything in front of us," Houston coach Tom Herman said. "Our goal, as it is each and every year, is to win our conference championship and go to a New Year's Six bowl game."
Newsome High graduate Will Worth ran for 115 yards and threw for two touchdowns to help the Midshipmen pull off the upset. Navy hadn't defeated a Top 10 team since 1984, when No. 2 South Carolina fell in Annapolis.
Navy shredded the nation's top-ranked rushing defense. Coming off a 28-14 loss to Air Force, the Midshipmen came in as a 17-point underdog.
"Sometimes you get your butt whipped and you move on," coach Ken Niumatalolo said. "I'm just so proud of the way our guys responded after such a difficult, heart-wrenching, gut-blowing loss last week."
Houston committed three turnovers, gave up two points on a poor snap in punt formation and allowed 306 rushing yards to Navy's triple option.
Connecticut 20, Cincy 9: The host Huskies had 20 straight points and kept Cincinnati out of the end zone. Arkeel Newsome ran for 116 yards for UConn.