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TULANE HEADS TO NAVY; LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK AFTER LOSS
• The Green Wave returns to action this week as it travels to Navy on Saturday to take on the Midshipmen at 2:30 p.m. CT.
• Tulane’s matchup with Navy will mark the 24thall-time meeting between the two teams.
• Tulane will look to become bowl eligible for the second straight year. The last time Tulane played in back-to-back bowls was in 1979 and 1980.
• The Green Wave will be in search of the first win at Navy since 2001.
• The Green Wave enters the game following a 47-17 loss at Memphis.
• Tulane will look to avoid losing back-to-back games for the first time this season.
• Tulane is receiving votes in the Coaches Poll for the eighth straight week and the Associated Press poll for the fifth straight week.
FIRST AND 10
1. Tulane is in the midst of its best start to a season since 2013.
2. The Green Wave will be in search of their fifth straight win. Tulane has not won five straight games since the 1998 season.
3. Senior quarterback Justin McMillan is 10-3 as a starter for the Green Wave.
4. McMillan leads the Green Wave with seven rushing touchdowns. He is one of only six quarterbacks in FBS that have rushed for seven-or-more touchdowns.
5. The Green Wave secondary is limiting opponents to just 204.9 passing yards per game – a figure which ranks fifth in The American and 53rd among FBS teams.
6. Tulane finished with a season-best 634 yards of total offense in its outing against UConn. The Green Wave have surpassed 400 yards of total offense 22 times since the start of the 2016 season. Tulane owns a 19-3 record in those games.
7. Sophomore Amare Jones ranks third in the American Athletic Conference and 24th nationally in all-purpose yards.
8. Tulane has rushed for at least 100 yards in 47 consecutive games dating back to the end of the 2015 season. The Green Wave had 146 rushing yards in their last game against Memphis.
9. The Green Wave enters their matchup with Navy having rushed for over 250 yards in six of the last eight games (337 vs. UL-Lafayette -2018, 350 vs. FIU, 298 vs. Missouri State, 325 vs. Houston, 324 vs. Army and 311 vs. UConn).
10. Tulane’s defensive unit has held four of its six opponents under their season average in total yards (FIU, Auburn, Missouri State and Army).
• Navy comes into the game with the nation’s best rushing attack averaging 345.0 yards per game. The Midshipmen also rank 16th against rush only allowing opponents 96.7 yards on the ground.
• The Midshipmen have won three-straight games with victories coming over Air Force, Tulsa and USF.
• Senior quarterback Malcolm Perry ranks fifth in the NCAA in rushing yards per game with 132.0 per contest.
• Perry’s 14 rushing touchdowns are third in the nation. He only trails the NCAA leader by one touchdown on the season while playing one less game.
• Navy is the least penalized team in the AAC with only 2.79 per game, this figure ranks seventh nationally.
• The Midshipmen rank ninth nationally and first in the AAC in time of possession holding the ball for an average for 33:49 per game.
• Head coach Ken Niumatalolo has posted a winning record in nine of his first 11 seasons at Navy.
• Niumatalolo has led the Midshipmen to eight-or-more wins in eight of his 11 previous seasons.
• Junior full back Nelson Smith is second on the team with 343 yards and six touchdowns rushing.
RECAPPING TULANE’S LAST MATCHUP VS. NAVY
• The Tulane football team exploded for 21 points in the second quarter but had to come-from-behind in the fourth quarter to get a 29-28 win over Navy.
• The Green Wave out-gained the Midshipmen 420-321 int total yards of offense – including 291 through the air – while holding Navy to a season-low 117 yards rushing.
• The win was Tulane’s first against Navy since 2004, breaking a four-game losing streak against the Midshipmen.
• Justin McMillan threw for 291 yards ad three touchdowns on 18-29 passing. He also added 51 yards and one touchdown on the ground. McMillan was part of all four of the Green Wave’s touchdowns on the day.
• Tulane held Navy without a score in the redzone for the first time all season when the Midshipmen missed a field goal in the first quarter.
• Wide receiver Darnell Mooney led the Green Wave with five receptions for 135 yards and one touchdown. Jabril Clewis added four catches, 83 yards and touchdown of his own.
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