Tulane opens conference play Saturday at Navy

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Navy Football

 When:  Saturday, Sept. 9 | 2:30 p.m. CT
 Where:  Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)
 Watch:  CBS Sports Network
 Commentators:  John Sadak (PBP), Randy Cross (Analyst), Sheehan Stanwick Burch (Sidelines)
 Radio:  Fox Sports AM 1280 New Orleans | TuneIn Radio
 Radio Commentators:  Todd Graffagnini (PBP), Steve Barrios (Analyst)
 Stats:  Live Stats
 Notes:  Tulane | Navy | American
 Social:  @GreenWaveFB

NEW ORLEANS – Tulane football hits the road for the first time in 2017 and opens American Athletic Conference play at Navy on Saturday, Sept. 9. Kickoff is slated for 2:30 p.m. CT on CBS Sports Network.

•  Tulane is looking to win its first two games to start the season for the first time since 2002 when the Green Wave opened with wins vs. Southern and at Houston.
•  A win over Navy would give Tulane a win in its conference opener for the third time in five seasons. The other conference opening wins came in 2013 (at Louisiana Tech as members of Conference USA and 2015 (vs. UCF as members of The American).
•  The 43 points in Tulane’s season-opening win over Grambling State was the Green Wave’s highest scoring season opener since a 47-33 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 3, 2011 and was the first victory in a season opener since a 34-7 win over Jackson State to start the 2013 season.
•  With 481 total offensive yards in the win over Grambling State, Tulane has recorded more than 400 yards of offense in its last two games, dating back to the 2016 season finale at UConn.
•  Tulane has held its opponent scoreless in the first half for two straight games, dating back to the 2016 season finale at UConn.
•  The Green Wave have rushed for 100 or more yards in 16 straight games, dating back to the final three games of the 2015 season.
•  Second-year head coach Willie Fritz enters the season just two wins away from reaching 200 for his coaching career. Of his 198 wins, 62 have come on the NCAA Division I level (Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision).

•  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 American Athletic Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts.
•  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.

•  Tulane and Navy are meeting for the 22nd time on the gridiron.
•  Tulane owns a 11-9-1 series advantage, though Navy has won the last three meetings in the series.
•  The Green Wave’s last win in the series was a 42-10 victory on Nov. 6, 2004.
•  Tulane’s last win in Annapolis over Navy was a 42-28 victory on Nov. 10, 2001.
•  Saturday’s game marks Tulane’s 25th football game as a member of the American Athletic Conference. The Green Wave hold a 4-20 conference record since joining The American prior to the 2014 season.

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