Friday's contest marks just the second meeting (1980) between the Mids and Cougars.
The Mids and Golden Hurricane last met in 2006 in a series that is even at 1-1.
By Gary Lambrecht
The Midshipmen force three straight turnovers in the second half for a 31-14 victory over Tulane
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2014 Navy-USF FB
2015 Navy-SMU FB
Navy defeats SMU 55-14 at Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, USATSI Photos
Photos from Navy @ Memphis on Nov. 7, 2015.
2015 Navy-Tulane Football
• At Navy: Enters the fall listed as the starter at wide receiver after starting all 13 games there in the fall ... named the 2014 winner of the Admiral Mack Award, which is given to the player that has improved the most during spring practice ... talented receiver who has great size and good speed ... has a chance to be one of Navy's best receivers in the triple option era ... has a great attitude and is a hard worker ... was named to the Preseason All-AAC fourth team by Phil Steele ... has earned two varsity letters.
• 2014: Started all 13 games ... part of an offensive unit that ended the year ranked No. 1 nationally in fewest penalties per game (2.54), fewest penalty yards per game (24.77), No. 2 in rushing offense (338.1), No. 2 in passing yards per completion (17.06), No. 6 in fewest passes intercepted (5), No. 11 in third down conversion (.481), No. 34 in fourth down conversion (.583) and No. 36 in red zone offense (.873) ... led Navy's receiving corps with 20 catches for 386 yards and three touchdowns ... also carried the ball twice for 27 yards ... caught a pair of passes in the win over Army, including a nine-yard touchdown pass from Keenan Reynolds to knot the game up in the second quarter ... ran a reverse on fourth down at South Alabama, but came up short with just a three-yard gain ... caught a 14-yard pass for his second career touchdown in the Mids' win over Georgia Southern ... caught a pass for 21 yards against Notre Dame ... part of an offense that rushed for 423 yards against San Jose State, Navy's third 400-yard rushing game of the season and the 27th-best rushing performance in program history ... made one catch for eight yards against San Jose State ... caught one pass for 34 yards in the win over VMI ... produced 63 yards on four receptions against Air Force, including a 26-yard catch ... caught a 12-yard pass against Western Kentucky ... caught five passes for a career-best 99 yards against Rutgers ... his five receptions were the most by a Navy players since Casey Bolena caught five against Penn State on 9-15-12 ... the 99 yards were the most by a Navy player since Greg Jones put up 129 yards against Arkansas State on 11-20-10 ... among his 99 yards was a 53-yard reception ... gained 24 yards off a reverse on 3rd-and-12 at Texas State ... it was his first career rush ... caught a 67-yard touchdown pass from Tago Smith in the fourth quarter, his first collegiate touchdown reception ... it was Navy's longest touchdown pass since Ricky Dobbs threw a 77-yarder to John Howell against Army on Dec. 11, 2010 ... caught a career-best three passes for a personal-high 20 yards in Navy's road win against Temple ... earned his first collegiate start in the Mids' opener against fifth-ranked Ohio State.
• 2013: Made appearances in seven games where he caught two passes for 12 yards ... member of Navy's offensive unit that finished the year ranked No. 1 nationally in turnovers lost (10), No. 2 in rushing offense (325.4), No. 6 in passing yards per completion (15.09), No. 6 in third down conversion (51.1) and 11th in fourth down conversions (67.9) ... helped pave the way for QB Keenan Reynolds to score touchdown runs of 47 (2:38, 2Qtr), 11 (6:22, 4Qtr) and 1 yards (0:46, 4Qtr) against Army and in doing so set the NCAA record for single-season rushing TDs by a quarterback ... additionally, Reynolds broke the school record for single-season points thanks to his 20-point effort against the Black Knights which included being on the receiving end of a two-point conversaion ... the previous record of 174 points was set in 1917 by Bill Ingram ... Navy's 34 points are the most it has scored against Army since defeating the Black Knights 34-0 in 2008 ... the 343 yards rushing by the Mids are the most in an Army-Navy game since 2008 (368) ... member of the Mids' offense that rushed for 432 yards on 62 carries and scored a season-high 58 points in a triple overtime win at San Jose State ... the 432 yards are the second most by the Mids on the ground this season ... it also marked the fourth consecutive game in which the Mids have topped the 300-yard mark, the longest stretch since 2007 ... it paved the way for Keenan Reynolds to rush for an NCAA record seven touchdowns (most for a QB) and throw for another which set a Navy record for most touchdowns responsible for ... caught a career-long 11-yard pass against South Alabama ... caught his first collegiate pass in the Mids' win over Pitt ... made his collegiate debut in the Mids' home-opener against Delaware ... also made an appearance at Notre Dame and against Hawai'i.
• High School / Personal: A 2013 graduate of Bishop Gorman High School, Tillman was a three-sport athlete who earned letters in basketball (2), football (4) and track & field (hurdles, high jump) ... garnered All-State (Nev.) football honors as a senior ... caught 58 passes for 958 yards and 12 touchdowns his senior year ... rated the No. 16 player in the state of Nevada ... served as captain of the football team his senior year ... member of four state championship football teams (2009-12) and two state championship basketball squads (2012-13) ... his high school football team was ranked 15th in the country a year ago ... member of the National Honor Society ... also had offers from Tulsa, Georgetown and multiple Ivy League schools ... attended the same high school as former starting defensive end Evan Palelei ... father, Cedric, played at Alcorn State in the NFL for the Denver Broncos (1992-96) and the Jacksonville Jaguars (1997) ... son of Cedric and Roshanda Tillman ... majoring in economics.