NCAAF Game Recap - Tulane at Navy
Sat Oct 26, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

Ark
7
Ala
48
F
Aub
20
LSU
23
F
Wisc
7
OHSt
38
F
BC
7
Clem
59
F
Okla
41
K St
48
F
PSU
28
MSU
7
F
ND
14
Mich
45
F
WaSt
35
Oreg
37
F
Cal
0
Utah
35
F
Tex
27
TCU
37
F
SMU
34
Hou
31
F
MD
10
Minn
52
F
Iowa
20
NW
0
F
App
30
SoAl
3
F
OkSt
34
IASt
27
F
AzSt
32
UCLA
42
F
USC
35
Colo
31
F
BGSU
10
WestMI
49
F
MisSt
30
TxAM
49
F
Lib
34
Rut
44
F
Ill
24
Purd
6
F
MiaFL
16
Pitt
12
F
SJSU
34
Army
29
F
SMiss
20
Rice
6
F
Ohio
34
Ball
21
F
Nev
3
Wyo
31
F
W Ky
23
Marsh
26
F
NMSt
7
GaSo
41
F
Akr
0
NIU
49
F
E Mi
34
Toled
37
F OT
MiaOH
23
Kent
16
F
C Mi
20
Buff
43
F
Tul
38
Navy
41
F
Ariz
31
Stan
41
F
Ind
38
Neb
31
F
FLInt
17
MidTN
50
F
FlAtl
41
OD
3
F
UConn
56
UMass
35
F
UVA
21
Lou
28
F
Syr
17
FlaSt
35
F
NorTx
38
Char
39
F
SoFL
45
ECU
20
F
Hawaii
45
NM
31
F
SCar
21
Tenn
41
F
Duke
17
UNC
20
F
TxSt
14
ArkSt
38
F
Troy
33
GASt
52
F
Mem
42
Tuls
41
F
UCF
63
Temp
21
F
TxTch
34
Kans
37
F
ColSt
41
Fres
31
F
Mizzu
7
KY
29
F
LaTec
42
UTEP
21
F
UtSt
7
AF
31
F
SDSU
20
UNLV
17
F

Navy 41, Tulane 38

Oct 26, 2019, 3:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Tulane (5-3)

0

14

14

10

38

Navy (6-1)

21

10

0

10

41

Nichols' 48-yard field goal lifts Navy past Tulane, 41-38
Sat Oct 26, 2019 8:39 PM

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Navy senior quarterback Malcolm Perry has watched Bijan Nichols kick long field goals in practice ever since the freshman arrived at the academy over the summer.

Still, he wasn't taking any chances when Nichols lined up for a game-winner Saturday against Tulane.

"At the end of practice, everybody's screaming and everybody's trying to get in his head and try to emulate this situation on the field," Perry said. "I've seen him do it before, and I was really confident in him. But my eyes were closed. I was praying."

Perry's prayers - as well as the Midshipmen's - were answered when Nichols connected on a 48-yarder as time expired to help Navy edge the Green Wave 41-38 on Saturday.

"I had a really good feeling that our offense was going to get me in range, if not score, so I needed to be ready," Nichols said. "I just went through my normal routine and practiced what I always practice doing."

Nichols' kick - a yard shy of a career long - capped a seven-play drive to secure bowl eligibility for the Midshipmen (6-1, 4-1 American Athletic Conference) for the 15th time in 17 years.

Navy, which squandered a 24-0 lead against the Green Wave (5-3, 2-2), has doubled its win total from 2018, when it went 3-10 and endured its worst season since 2002.

"After last year, it's great to be bowl eligible," coach Ken Niumatalolo said. "I'm never going to take that for granted again."

After Tulane tied it at 38 with 1:01 left, Perry rushed five times for 44 yards on the ensuing drive to set up Nichols' winner from the left hash.

"We wanted to get a stop there and go into overtime," Tulane coach Willie Fritz said. "I thought we were playing well, and I made a decision to play into overtime. We just did not tackle on a couple plays there at the end. If we would have gotten some tackles, they probably would have played for overtime, too."

Sophomore fullback Jamale Carothers rushed for a career-high 154 yards and accounted for four touchdowns and Perry rushed for 142 yards and threw for a touchdown for the Midshipmen.

Diego Fagot returned an interception for a touchdown late in the first half for Navy, which scored on its first four possessions and never trailed.

Tulane quarterback Justin McMillan threw for 290 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another two scores in the loss.

Carothers capped Navy's first two possessions with touchdown runs of 52 and 35 yards, running untouched into the end zone on both occasions. He then collected a 31-yard touchdown catch from Perry to cap the Mids' third series.

Navy would push the lead to 24-0, but Tulane stitched together a pair of second-quarter touchdown drives to climb back in it. The Green Wave was starting a push for another score just before halftime, but Fagot collected a carom off running back Tyjae Spears and returned it 17 yards for a score to make it 31-14 at the break.

Tulane drew closer on McMillan's short touchdown passes to Jaetavian Toles and Ygenio Booker in the third quarter. The Green Wave finally tied it on Merek Glover's 39-yard field goal with 10:17 to play.

Carothers scored his fourth touchdown of the day on a 15-yard rumble with 5:23 to go, but Tulane responded with McMillan's sneak with 1:01 remaining to tie it at 38. Navy then went 44 yards in less than a minute before Nichols trotted onto the field with 2 seconds left.

"He kicks 55-plus in practice," Niumatalolo said. "He gets the ball up, he gets the ball out fast. He's as talented as a kicker as we've ever had."

IT'S BEEN AWHILE

Fagot's interception return for a touchdown was Navy's first in 36 games. The last Mid to return an interception for a score was Justin Norton against Southern Methodist on Nov. 26, 2016.

STREAK EXTENDED

After a slow start, Tulane finished with 187 rushing yards. It was the 48th consecutive game the Green Wave surpassed the 100-yard plateau, a streak that dates to 2015.

THE TAKEAWAY

Tulane: After a promising 5-1 start, the Green Wave has dropped consecutive road games to AAC West contenders. Tulane will need help to climb back into contention in the division, but a second bowl berth in a row remains well within reach.

Navy: The Midshipmen are back to playing meaningful conference games in November like they did in 2015 and 2016, their first two years in the AAC. They still have a game against AAC West leader Southern Methodist, which visits Annapolis on Nov. 23.

UP NEXT

Tulane: Returns home to face Tulsa next Saturday. The Green Wave is 4-11 all-time against the Golden Hurricane but has won the last two meetings.

Navy: At Connecticut on Friday. The struggling Huskies (2-6) have lost 15 consecutive American Athletic Conference games but handled Massachusetts 56-35 in a nonconference game Saturday.

Passing

Tul Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. McMillan 29 20 69.0 3 290 45 2 107.0
Navy Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
C. Williams 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
M. Perry 7 2 28.6 1 68 37 1 67.6

Rushing

Tul Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
C. Carroll 8 71 8.9 27 0
T. Spears 12 60 5.0 15 0
Navy Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Carothers 14 154 11.0 52 3
M. Perry 22 142 6.5 38 0

Receiving

Tul Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Mooney 5 112 22.4 34 1
T. James 1 45 45.0 45 0
Navy Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Cooper 1 37 37.0 37 0
J. Carothers 1 31 31.0 31 1

Fumbles

Returning

Tul KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. Jones 6 19.7 0 26 2 8.0 0 10

Punting

Tul Punt Yds Avg LgPu
R. Wright 3 144 48.0 51
Navy Punt Yds Avg LgPu
O. White 4 189 47.3 61

Takeaways

Tul Int Yds InTD
P. Hall 1 15 0
Navy Int Yds InTD
M. McMorris 1 1 0
D. Fagot 1 17 1

Team Stats Comparison

Tul Navy
Points For 38 41
Total Yards 477 453
Rushing Yards 187 385
Passing Yards 290 68
Passing Completions / Attempts 20/29 2/9
Turnovers 2 1
Interceptions Thrown 2 1
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 0/0
First Downs 24 21
Penalties - Yards 2/18 2/10
Time Of Possession 35:35 25:25
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/12 5/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 2/2 3/3
Punts - Average Yards 3/48 4/47

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Tul Navy
Navy 3:11 TD Jamale Carothers 52 yd run (Bijan Nichols kick) 0 7
Navy 9:51 TD Jamale Carothers 35 yd run (Bijan Nichols kick) 0 14
Navy 14:43 TD Jamale Carothers 31 yd pass from Malcolm Perry (Bijan Nichols kick) 0 21
2nd Quarter Tul Navy
Navy 5:20 FG Bijan Nichols 31 yd FG 0 24
Tul 7:15 TD Justin McMillan 1 yd run (Merek Glover kick) 7 24
Tul 10:41 TD Darnell Mooney 22 yd pass from Justin McMillan (Merek Glover kick) 14 24
Navy 12:57 TD Diego Fagot 17 yd interception return (Bijan Nichols kick) 14 31
3rd Quarter Tul Navy
Tul 7:17 TD Jaetavian Toles 5 yd pass from Justin McMillan (Merek Glover kick) 21 31
Tul 13:01 TD Ygenio Booker 2 yd pass from Justin McMillan (Merek Glover kick) 28 31
4th Quarter Tul Navy
Tul 4:43 FG Merek Glover 39 yd FG 31 31
Navy 9:37 TD Jamale Carothers 15 yd run (Bijan Nichols kick) 31 38
Tul 13:59 TD Justin McMillan 1 yd run (Merek Glover kick) 38 38
Navy 15:00 FG Bijan Nichols 48 yd FG 38 41

Game Information

Stadium: Jack Stephens Field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland
Attendance: 31,118
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