NCAAF Game Recap - Navy at Tulane
Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:00 PM EST

Aub
21
Ala
52
F
SCar
35
Clem
56
F
ND
24
USC
17
F
Mich
39
OHSt
62
F
GATec
21
UGA
45
F
Okla
59
WVU
56
F
Wash
28
WaSt
15
F
UCF
38
SoFL
10
F
LSU
72
TxAM
74
F(6OT)
Tex
24
Kans
17
F
Fla
41
FlaSt
14
F
UtSt
24
Boise
33
F
MD
3
PSU
38
F
KY
56
Lou
10
F
BYU
27
Utah
35
F
Syr
42
BC
21
F
Ill
16
NW
24
F
MisSt
35
Miss
3
F
Pitt
3
MiaFL
24
F
K St
38
IASt
42
F
NIU
21
WestMI
28
F
Ball
21
MiaOH
42
F
ColSt
19
AF
27
F
Hou
31
Mem
52
F
Neb
28
Iowa
31
F
C Mi
13
Toled
51
F
Akr
28
Ohio
49
F
E Mi
28
Kent
20
F
Buff
44
BGSU
14
F
Ark
0
Mizzu
38
F
CoCar
28
SoAl
31
F
UVA
31
VaTec
34
F OT
ECU
6
Cin
56
F
Oreg
55
OreSt
15
F
Navy
28
Tul
29
F
Bayl
35
TxTch
24
F
W Ky
30
LaTec
15
F
Purd
28
Ind
21
F
Marsh
28
FLInt
25
F
NCSt
34
UNC
28
F OT
Wake
59
Duke
7
F
OD
13
Rice
27
F
GaSo
35
GASt
14
F
NMSt
21
Lib
28
F
Wyo
31
NM
3
F
Troy
10
App
21
F
ULLaf
31
ULMon
28
F
Stan
49
UCLA
42
F
SMiss
39
UTEP
7
F
UAB
3
MidTN
27
F
AzSt
41
Ariz
40
F
Minn
37
Wisc
15
F
SMU
24
Tuls
27
F
Temp
57
UConn
7
F
ArkSt
33
TxSt
7
F
Tenn
13
Vand
38
F
Rut
10
MSU
14
F
Char
27
FlAtl
24
F
SJSU
13
Fres
31
F
Colo
21
Cal
33
F
NorTx
24
UTSA
21
F
OkSt
24
TCU
31
F
Nev
29
UNLV
34
F
Hawaii
31
SDSU
30
F OT

Tulane 29, Navy 28

Nov 24, 2018, 12:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Navy (3-9)

0

3

18

7

28

Tulane (6-6)

0

21

0

8

29

Late score lifts Tulane past Navy, 29-28, Wave bowl eligible
Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:21 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Tulane coach Willie Fritz looked at the man who'd hired him to turn the Green Wave football program around and held up two fingers.

Athletic Director Troy Dannen said third-year coach signaled his intent to attempt a high-stakes, 2-point conversion several snaps before Tulane's decisive drive had even reached the end zone, adding, "I knew he had the play."

Justin McMillan connected with Jaetavian Toles for a 26-yard touchdown with 1:27 left, passed back across the field to Charles Jones for the 2-point conversion, and Tulane avoided a devastating collapse with a 29-28 victory over Navy to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2013.

"We were doing really well offensively. Our defense was kind of tired," Fritz said. "I went over and told the AD I was going for 2 - just wanted make sure I still had that contract.

"He said I did, so we went ahead with it."

McMillian said he could not see where exactly Jones was when he let his pass fly with the season in the balance.

"I knew the vicinity where he would be at, and I'd seen him release, and was like, `OK, Chuck should be somewhere over there,"' McMillan recalled. "I just knew he would handle the rest."

The game-winning score completed a seven-play series that covered 71 yards in 2:11. It came in direct response to Tazh Maloy's 9-yard TD run, which capped a string of 25 straight points that turned Navy's 21-3 halftime deficit into a late, 28-21 lead.

Tulane (6-6, 5-3 AAC) sealed the win by stopping Navy (3-8, 2-6) in four plays. That allowed the Wave to run out the clock and storm the field in celebration, having won four of its last five games to reach the six-win plateau, normally the benchmark for bowl bids.

"Our loyal fans - which we've got a ton - they've had some tough times here, and it's about time we got the opportunity to win and celebrate like that," Fritz said.

McMillan threw for three touchdowns and rushed for one.

His first and longest scoring strike went 55 yards to Darnell Mooney, who broke behind the Navy secondary down the left sideline as McMillan hit him in stride. The second TD pass covered 52 yards on a deep crossing route to Jabril Clewis.

OUT OF CHARACTER

Zach Abey passed for a 73-yard touchdown and caught a 37-yard scoring pass - a sudden surge from a passing game that ranked last in the nation coming in.

"Obviously, that's not really who we are, but in the time of need, we needed to do that and it showed that we were prepared," Abey said.

Abey finished 7-of-13 for 167 yards, including a fourth-down completion that kept alive Navy's go-ahead scoring drive in the fourth quarter.

ROARING BACK

Sean Williams' interception and 36-yard return to the Tulane 7 set up a short field goal to ignite Navy's second-half rally. Next came Malcom Perry's halfback pass across the field to Abey.

"We've had that in the playbook for a long, long time, but I think it was the perfect time to do it," Abey said. "When I pitched to Malcolm, the whole defense was just gone."

After Tulane stalled again, Abey found Perry uncovered over the middle for his game-long scoring play, and hit Taylor Jackson in the back of the end zone for a 2-point conversion to tie it.

Tulane responded by driving into Navy territory, but Merek Glover's 32-yard field goal attempt hit the right upright, setting up the roller-coaster of finish.

THE TAKEAWAY

Navy: The Mids have lost 12-straight away from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, dating back to a 31-21 triumph at Tulsa on Sept. 30, 2017. But Navy had to be encouraged by newfound success in the passing game heading into its annual rivalry game with Army. Navy also went 4-for-5 on fourth-down conversions.

Tulane: An enthusiastic crowd on senior day looked and sounded incredulous as chances for a first bowl in five years seemed to slip away - all because of big passing plays by a struggling Navy team that hardly throws and hadn't won on the road all season. But the Tulane faithful were jubilant after the Green Wave offense regrouped just in time. The Wave defense sold out to stop the run, holding Navy to 117 yards rushing, 187 yards below its average coming in.

UP NEXT

Navy meets arch rival Army in their traditional regular-season finale, played this season in Philadelphia on Dec. 8.

Tulane awaits its bowl bid, with the most likely invitations coming from Cheribundi Tart Cherry Bowl in Boca Raton, Florida, and the Frisco Bowl in Frisco, Texas, both of which have contractual ties to the AAC.

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Passing

Navy Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
G. Lewis 2 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
Z. Abey 13 7 53.8 1 167 73 0 124.7
Tul Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. McMillan 29 18 62.1 3 291 55 1 115.7

Rushing

Navy Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
G. Lewis 1 0 0.0 0 0
A. Gargiulo 12 44 3.7 13 0
Tul Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
A. Jones 1 0 0.0 0 0
D. Bradwell 15 66 4.4 15 0

Receiving

Navy Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Perry 1 73 73.0 73 1
R. Mitchell 2 52 26.0 26 0
Tul Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Mooney 5 135 27.0 55 1
J. Clewis 4 83 20.8 52 1

Fumbles

Navy F FL
Z. Abey 2 0

Returning

Navy KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Springer 0 - 0 0 2 10.5 0 21
Tul KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. Jones 4 18.3 0 28 3 7.7 0 9
B. Newman 1 18.0 0 18 0 - 0 0

Punting

Navy Punt Yds Avg LgPu
O. White 5 255 51.0 58
Tul Punt Yds Avg LgPu
R. Wright 4 159 39.8 53
Z. Block 1 35 35.0 35

Takeaways

Navy Int Yds InTD
S. Williams 1 36 0

Team Stats Comparison

Navy Tul
Points For 28 29
Total Yards 321 420
Rushing Yards 117 129
Passing Yards 204 291
Passing Completions / Attempts 8/16 18/29
Turnovers 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 2/0 0/0
First Downs 13 19
Penalties - Yards 2/10 2/20
Time Of Possession 19:19 41:41
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 2/15 4/12
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 4/5 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 5/51 5/39

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Navy Tul
No scores this quarter
2nd Quarter Navy Tul
Tul 0:07 TD Darnell Mooney 55 yd pass from Justin McMillan (Merek Glover kick) 0 7
Navy 7:20 FG Bennett Moehring 48 yd FG 3 7
Tul 10:34 TD Justin McMillan 5 yd run (Merek Glover kick) 3 14
Tul 14:00 TD Jabril Clewis 52 yd pass from Justin McMillan (Merek Glover kick) 3 21
3rd Quarter Navy Tul
Navy 5:18 FG Bennett Moehring 19 yd FG 6 21
Navy 10:58 TD Zach Abey 37 yd pass from Malcolm Perry (Bennett Moehring kick) 13 21
Navy 12:13 TD Malcolm Perry 73 yd pass from Zach Abey (Taylor Jackson 2pt pass from Zach Abey) 21 21
4th Quarter Navy Tul
Navy 11:16 TD Tazh Maloy 9 yd run (Bennett Moehring kick) 28 21
Tul 13:33 TD Jaetavian Toles 26 yd pass from Justin McMillan (Charles Jones II 2pt pass from Justin McMillan) 28 29

Game Information

Stadium: Benson Field at Yulman Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana
Attendance: 20,042
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