College Football
Navy 27, Tulane 24
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, September 19, 2020
Where: Yulman Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana
Temperature: 72°
Head Official: Hank Johns
Attendance: N/A

Bijan Nichols kicked a 33-yard field goal with no time remaining as visiting Navy overcame a 24-point deficit to post a 27-24 victory over Tulane on Saturday in the American Athletic Conference opener for both teams.

It was the second consecutive season that Nichols kicked a game-winning kick against Tulane as time expired. Nichols made a 48-yard kick that produced a 41-38 victory after the Green Wave had scored 24 unanswered points to pull even.

This time it was 24 consecutive points by Navy (1-1, 1-0) that preceded the winning kick. The Midshipmen also bounced back from a 55-3 loss to BYU in their season opener 12 days earlier.

Cameron Carroll rushed for two touchdowns for the second consecutive game for the Green Wave (1-1, 0-1), who overcame a 24-6 deficit in the third quarter in a 27-24 victory over South Alabama in their season opener.

The last four meetings between Navy and Tulane have been decided by a total of nine points.

Navy's first scoring threat fizzled midway through the third quarter when Nichols missed a 57-yard field goal.

But on the Midshipmen's next possession, Dalen Morris threw a 44-yard pass to Mark Walker, setting up Nelson Smith's 1-yard touchdown run on the next play. That cut Tulane's lead to 24-7.

Smith added another 1-yard touchdown and the Midshipmen defense tackled Carroll for a 1-yard loss and a safety. That pulled Navy within 24-16 at the end of the third quarter.

Morris' 32-yard touchdown pass to Mychal Cooper and a two-point conversion tied the score early in the fourth quarter.

Carroll concluded Tulane's first possession Saturday with a 3-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead.

Merek Glover's 22-yard field goal ended a 14-play possession and increased the lead to 10-0 at the end of a first quarter. Navy had just one first down in the opening quarter.

Phat Watts' 3-yard touchdown run gave the Green Wave a 17-0 lead early in the second quarter.

Carroll's 24-yard touchdown run completed a 93-yard drive that gave Tulane its 24-0 lead.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Navy   Tulane
Jamale Carothers Player Tyjae Spears
25 Attempts 18
127 Yards 119
5.1 Avg Yards 6.6
0 Touchdowns 0
0 Long 0
Navy   Tulane
Mychal Cooper Player Tyrick James
3 Receptions 2
71 Yards 38
23.7 Avg Yards 19.0
1 Touchdowns 0
0 Long 0
Team Stats Summary
  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sck FF
Navy 350 204 146 3 1 1 1.0 0
Tulane 373 265 108 3 1 0 0.0 0