Mids to Face Tulane Saturday in Home and AAC Opener
|GAME 2: NAVY (1-0, 0-0 American) vs. Tulane (1-0, 0-0 American) | 2017 Media Center|
|When||Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 | 3:30 pm (ET)|
|Location||Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium | Stadium Parking & Fan Guide | Directions|
|Tickets||Buy Online | 1-800-US4NAVY|
|Television||CBS Sports Network (John Sadak, Randy Cross, Sheehan Stanwick-Burch)|
|Live Video Stream||Navy Athletics - SUBSCRIPTION|
|Listen||Navy Football Radio Network (Pete Medhurst, Tom O'Brien, Joe Miller, Tim Murray) - WBAL (1090 AM; Baltimore) | WNAV (1430 AM, 99.9 FM; Annapolis) | WFED (1500 AM, 820 AM; Washington, D.C. / Northern Virginia) | WBQH (1050 AM; Washington, DC / Northern Virginia) | ESPN/XEPE 1700 AM (San Diego) | WXTG (102.1 FM; Virginia Beach, Va.) | WJXL 1010 AM (Jacksonville, Fla.) | KRKO 1380 AM (Seattle, Wash.) | Satellite Radio (Sirius Ch. 134 / XM Ch. 201)|
|Live Stats||Navy Athletics|
|Game Notes||Navy | Tulane | AAC|
|Season Statistics||Navy | Tulane | AAC|
|Social Media||@NavyAthletics | Facebook | Instragram|
Setting the Stage
• Navy and Tulane will meet for the 22nd time overall and for the third time as American Athletic Conference division rivals when they square off on Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000). Kickoff is set for 3:30 PM and the presenting game day sponsor is BB&T. Tulane leads the all-time series, 11-9-1, but Navy is 7-1 against the Green Wave in Annapolis and has won three straight over Tulane.
• Navy is 8-1 (.889) in home openers under head coach Ken Niumatalolo with its only loss a 31-24 decision against Rutgers in 2014. Navy owns wins over Towson, LA Tech, Georgia Southern, Delaware (twice), VMI, Colgate and Fordham in home openers under Niumatalolo.
• Niumatalolo is in his 10th year at Navy, making him the longest-tenured coach in school history. Both George Welsh and Eddie Erdelatz served as head coach at Navy for nine seasons.
• Saturday’s game will be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network with John Sadak, Randy Cross and Sheehan Stanwick-Burch on the call.
• WBAL Radio (1090 AM) will air a two-hour conference preview show on Friday night from 8:00-10:00 PM live from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium with Pete Medhurst, Joe Miller and Tim Murray.
• The Navy Football Tailgate Show on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM will air at 1:30 PM on Saturday.
• The Navy Football Pregame Show with Medhurst, Tom O’Brien, Miller and Murray will get underway at 2:30 PM, followed by game action beginning at 3:30 PM on the Navy Radio Network.
• Following the contest, Medhurst, O’Brien, Miller and Murray will recap the day’s events in a 30-minute postgame show.
Game Day Festivities
• The Navy football team will arrive at the Blue Angel on the West (Blue) side of the stadium at approximately 1:00 PM. The team will walk down the sidewalk and through NavyFest before walking to the tunnel. Fans are invited to stand on both sides of the sidewalk to cheer on the players.
• The March-On of the Brigade of Midshipmen will be at 3:11 PM.
• The National Anthem will take place at 3:20 PM, followed by a flyby at the end of the National Anthem with three F-18s from Naval Station Oceana. Among the three pilots are two former Navy athletes - Navy football player Lt. Cmdr. Frank Irons (‘05) and Navy soccer player Lt. Cmdr. Tom Shelly (‘07). The third pilot, Cmdr. Chris Holbert, is a 1996 graduate of Georgia.
• There will be a parachute jumper from Team Fastrax that will be carrying an American flag at 3:24 PM.
• Kickoff on Saturday is slated for 3:32 PM. Please note, there is a chance kickoff and all activities noted above could be pushed back by five minutes if the first game on CBS Sports Network is running long. That decision will be made before the 60-minute clock starts at 2:32 PM.
• The historic 2017 Navy women’s lacrosse team will be honored between the first and second quarter. Navy, led by head coach Cindy Timchal, became the first Service Academy women’s team in any sport to make the Final Four as the Mids knocked off #7 Penn, 11-10, UMass, 23-11, and defending National Champion and #2 North Carolina, 16-14, before falling to Boston College in the National Semifinals, 16-15. Navy finished 18-5 on the year and won the Patriot League Tournament by defeating Loyola, 15-5. It was Loyola’s first conference loss since joining the Patriot League, snapping its 41-game winning streak.
• At halftime, the Naval Academy Drum and Bugle Corps will perform.
• The pilots from the fly-by will be recognized between the third and fourth quarter.
• Following the game, Navy’s alma mater, Navy Blue & Gold, will be played as the team stands at attention in front of the Brigade of Midshipmen. It is one of the best traditions in all of sports.
• Navy has two players on its roster from Louisiana and both traveled to Boca Raton last weekend for the opener at Florida Atlantic.
• Freshman quarterback Reggie Hayes and freshman fullback Nelson Smith both hail from Baton Rouge.
• Tulane’s defense has given Navy fits the last two years.
• Last year, Navy trailed Tulane 14-13 entering the fourth quarter only to pull out the win, 21-14, when Will Worth scored on a one-yard touchdown run with 2:57 left and then connected with Toneo Gulley on the two-point conversion. Navy was held to 346 yards of total offense, including 287 on the ground.
• The Green Wave throttled Grambling State, 43-14, in the season opener. Junior college transfer Jonathan Banks rushed for 69 yards and a touchdown and threw for 185 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Green Wave. Terren Enclade had a 58-yard touchdown run and Dontrell Hilliard caught a 62-yard touchdown pass from Banks, as the Green Wave hurt the Tigers with big plays. The Tulane defense recorded eight tackles for a loss and three sacks.
Abey Has Huge Day Against Florida Atlantic
• Junior quarterback Zach Abey rushed for 235 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries, while throwing for 110 yards and a touchdown to lead Navy to a 42-19 victory over Florida Atlantic in the season opener. He was named AAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts.
• Abey is the first Navy quarterback in school history to rush for over 200 yards and throw for over 100 yards in a single game.
• His 235 yards rushing were the most by a Navy player since Keenan Reynolds rushed for 277 yards against Georgia Southern on Nov 15, 2014.
• His 235 yards rushing broke the record for the most rushing yards by a quarterback in American Athletic Conference history. The previous record was 210 yards set by USF’s Quinton Flowers last year against Memphis.
• His 235 yards rushing are the most by any player in the country this season.
• Abey’s 345 yards of total offense was the best by a Navy player since Oct. 28, 2016, when Will Worth set a school record with 428 yards of total offense against USF.
• Abey has now scored a touchdown in five-consecutive games dating back to last year.
• Abey has had back-to-back games of rushing for more than 100 yards and passing for more than 100 yards. He rushed for 114 yards and threw for 159 yards against Louisiana Tech in the Armed Forces Bowl.
FAU Career Bests
• Senior wide receiver Tyler Carmona caught a career-long 56-yard pass from Zach Abey in the second quarter. His previous long was 47 yards against East Carolina.
• Sophomore defensive back Noruwa Obanor recorded his first careeer interception in the fourth quarter.
• Senior linebacker Micah Thomas picked off his first career pass in the fourth quarter.
• Senior outside linebacker Jerry Thompson recorded his first career sack in the second quarter.
• Senior fullback Joshua Walker’s 48-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was a career long.
• Junior slot back Tre Walker’s four-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was the first of his career.
Mids Tough Against The Run Against FAU
• The Navy defense held Florida Atlantic to just 40 yards on the ground on 24 carries.
• The 40 rushing yards were the fewest Navy has allowed since Oct. 10, 2009, when Navy held Rice to just 21 yards on the ground and the fifth fewest in the Niumatalolo era.
Mids Pile Up The Yards Against FAU
• Navy produced 526 yards of total offense against Florida Atlantic, with 416 of it coming on the ground.
• The 526 yards of total offense is the 45th most in school history, while the 416 rushing yards ranks as the 42nd most in school history.