Saturday, October 24, 2015

Navy vs. Tulane Live Blog

We will be live blogging the Navy-Tulane game from Annapolis, MD this afternoon where the Midshipmen (4-1) will host Tulane (2-4) in their third American Athletic Conference game.  Today is also Navy's homecoming game.

4:31 PM - Coach Niumatalolo shared that he heard a player in the locker room say that "A win's a win, Dawg" and that's the approach he's taking with this game. 

4:20 PM - The Navy team sings their alma mater, Navy Blue and Gold.

4:16 PM - Tago Smith takes a knee and the Mids win, 31-14.

4:14 PM - Jordy Joseph completes a 13-yard touchdown pass to Charles Jones capping off a 10-play, 81-yard drive. Navy leads 31-14 with 0:26 remaining in the game. Navy recovers the Tulane onside kick attempt.

4:12 PM - Tulane has the ball inside Navy's Red Zone with 0:53 remaining in the game.

4:10 PM - Josh Rounds rushes for 27 yards for Tulane to their own 48 yard line.

4:06 PM - Tago Smith completes his first pass attempt to a wide open Calvin Cass Jr. for a 24-yard Navy touchdown. Grebe's PAT completes the 2-play, 23-yard drive that took 0:37 off the clock. Navy now leads 31-7 with 2:46 left in the game.

4:04 PM - Tago Smith in now at quarterback for Navy.

4:01 PM - Navy sacks Tulane's Tanner Lee causing a fumble. The ball was recovered by DJ Palmore. Navy takes over following Tulane's second consecutive drive with a turnover. Navy has the ball at the Tulane 23 yard line up 17 with 3:23 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Keenan Reynolds

3:55 PM - Reynolds' last TD was the 75th rushing TD of his career, now just two TDs behind Monte Ball for the all-time NCAA career rushing TD record.

3:52 PM - Navy caps off a 9-play, 36-yard drive with a 1 yard TD run by Keenan Reynolds. Grebe converts the PAT and Navy leads Tulane 24-7 with 3:38 remaining in the game.

3:47 PM - Tanner Lee's pass is intercepted by Navy's Lorentez Barber.  Navy takes over at the Tulane 36. The INT was Barber's first career interception.

3:42 PM - Navy is forced to punt and pins Tulane back at their 15 yard line.  9:15 remaining in the game and Navy leads 17-7.

3:40 PM - Navy in the midst of an 8-play, 52-yard drive in Tulane territory.

3:38 PM - Not sure the last time that this has happened, but Navy currently has more passing yards (134) than they do rushing (83).

3:34 PM - This is the 13th straight game that the Navy defense has caused a turnover. They have forced 23 turnovers in those 13 games.

3:33 PM - Runs by Chris Swain and Reynolds move the ball to the Navy 17.
Will Anthony

3:31 PM - Tulane QB Tanner Lee fumbles at the Navy 1 yard line recovered by Will Anthony. Navy takes over at their own 1 yard line. The fumble was forced by Daniel Gonzales.

3:26 PM - It was announced that Houston defeated UCF to remain undefeated in the AAC.  Two other teams are also undefeated - Temple and Memphis. Two of the three teams are in the AAC West division with Navy.

3:25 PM - At the end of the third quarter, Navy leads Tulane 17-7. Tulane has the ball 1st-and-10 at the Navy 11.

3:23 PM - Lee completes his second pass to Breaux giving Tulane a first down at the Navy 21.

3:20 PM - Tulane continues to move the ball against the Mids. They are just having difficulty putting points on the board. The Green Wave have out-gained Navy 245-192.

3:15 PM - There are 32,033 announced fans here for today's Navy homecoming game.

3:12 PM - Keenan Reynolds completes a 36-yard pass to DeBrandon Sanders to the Tulane 9 yard line. Quentin Ezell rushes to the left side for a 9-yard TD run. Grebe kicks the PAT and Navy leads 17-7 with 5:23 remaining in the third quarter. The TD was Ezell's fifth career TD.

3:05 PM - Navy holds Tulane on a 4th-and-1 on the Navy 34. Micah Thomas tackles Dontrell Hilliard for no gain on the play.  The Mids take over 1st-and-10 on their own 34 with 8:25 remaining in the third quarter leading 10-7.

2:57 PM - Tulane's Devon Breaux is shaken up on a pass downfield from Tanner Lee. The pass fell incomplete with good coverage from Navy's Brendon Clements.  Breaux is able to walk off the field under his own power.

2:54 PM - Navy is forced to punt after Reynolds was sacked for the fourth time in the game. Tulane has definitely done their homework on defending the triple option and stifling the Navy running game.

2:50 PM - Navy is set to return the second half kickoff.  They take a knee in the end zone and take over at their own 25 yard line.

2:29 PM - The first half ends with Navy leading Tulane 10-7. Navy's offense has been held to just 44 yards rushing in the first half. This is the first time Navy has been held under 100 yards rushing in the first half since Western Kentucky held the Mids under 100 in 2013.

2:27 PM - Trevor Simms comes in to attempt a 48-yard FG for Tulane.  Navy calls a timeout. After the timeout Simms misses the field goal wide right.

2:25 PM - Tulane is called for holding forcing a 2nd-and-13 from Navy's 31 with 0:21 left in the half.  

2:22 PM - Tulane is utilizing the hurry-up offense and has a 2nd-and-5 on the Navy 35 with 0:47 remaining in the first half.

2:20 PM - Tulane forces a Navy punt and takes over on their own 21 with 2:15 remaining in the half.  On their second play of the drive, Lee completes a 23 yard pass to Trey Scott.

2:18 PM - Reynolds is sacked for the third time by the Tulane defense forcing a 3rd-and-19 at the Navy 30.  Tulane has held Navy to just 44 yards rushing at this point in the first half.

2:13 PM - Navy forces Tulane to punt from their own 30 yard line. Sanders returns the punt to the Navy 39.

2:07 PM - Navy loses 5 yards on three carries inside the Tulane 5 yard line.  Austin Grebe comes in to kick a 25-yard field goal.  Navy leads Tulane 10-7 with 5:14 remaining in the first half.  Navy's scoring drive was 12-67-5:29.

2:06 PM - Reynolds runs for six yards to convert Navy's third fourth down conversion today.  On the next play Reynolds completes a 41-yard pass to Jamir Tillman to the Tulane 3-yard-line.

2:02 PM - Navy calls a timeout to discuss a 4th-and-1 at midfield.  They have converted two fourth downs today.

2:00 PM - Keenan Reynolds completes a 23-yard pass to Thomas Wilson to the Navy 41.  The play converts a 3rd-and-17.

1:57 PM - Navy takes a knee in the end zone on the kickoff and starts on their own 25 yard line.

1:53 PM - Dontrell Hilliard caps of a 60-yard Tulane drive with a 19-yard TD run to tie the game at 7-7.

1:52 PM - Lee completes another pass to Veal, this time to the Navy 15 for another Tulane first down.

1:50 PM - Tanner Lee completed a 26-yard pass to Teddy Veal for a Tulane first down at the Navy 35.

1:44 PM - Navy is forced to punt from their own 14 yard line. Tulane's Darian Monroe returns the punt 11 yards.  However, a holding call against the Green Wave gives Tulane the ball at their own 40 yard line.

1:40 PM - At the end of the first quarter, Navy leads Tulane 7-0 and faces a third-and-22 on their own five yard line.  Both teams have 56 yards of offense in the first quarter.

1:33 PM - Tulane has a fourth-and-f our on the Navy 32 and get charged with a delay of game.  Tulane elects to punt on the Navy 37. Navy calls for a fair catch on their own six yard line.

1:31 PM - Tulane has the ball on the Navy 38 yard line following a 15-yard facemask penalty.

1:21 PM - Reynolds' rushing TD was the 74th of his career.  He currently is in second place behind Monte Ball (77 TDs) on the NCAA Career Rushing TD List.

1:18 PM - Keenan Reynolds scores on a five yard TD runs for Navy.  Austin Grebe converts the PAT and Navy leads Tulane 7-0 with 5:48 remaining in the first quarter.

1:16 PM - Jamir Tillman makes an acrobatic catch to give Navy another fourth-and-one.  Reynolds converts Navy's second fourth down attempt on this drive giving Navy a first-and-goal from the four yard line.

1:11 PM - Navy converted a fourth-and-one on the Tulane 33 yard line.  QB Keenan Reynolds rushed for one up the middle.

1:09 PM - Navy forced a three-and-out for Tulane.  The Mids return the punt to the Tulane 42.

1:05 PM - Tulane bobbled the kickoff and was tackled at their own 10-yard line.  Navy's Toneo Gulley was shaken up on the play.

1:02 PM - Navy won the coin toss and deferred to the second half.  

1:00 PM - Two F/A 18E's and two F/A 18C's performed today's fly-over.

12:20 PM - The last time the Midshipmen faced Tulane was in 2005, less than three months after Hurricane Katrina devastated the New Orleans area.  The Naval Academy Athletic Association paid for Tulane's trip to Annapolis that weekend, including meals and hotel accommodations.

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