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Abey, defense lead Navy past Tulane 23-21

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Zach Abey is still having some growing pains as the starting quarterback for Navy.

The junior is absorbing the nuances of the Midshipmen's signature triple-option offense. He also committed a few costly turnovers.

Still, the Navy coaches are encouraged by his recent strides.

Abey amassed 240 total yards with a touchdown, leading the Midshipmen past Tulane 23-21 in the American Athletic Conference opener Saturday.

''I think we made a lot of mistakes,'' Abey said. ''A lot of that is on me. We made plays when we had to, but we had a lot of missed opportunities. I made a lot of bad decisions.''

Abey was coming off a record-setting performance last week against Florida Atlantic when he ran for 235 yards -- the most-ever for a quarterback in the the AAC. He was the difference again with 108 yards on 29 carries. Abey also completed 4 of 12 passes for 132 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown throw to Tyler Carmona, with an interception.

Tulane quarterback Jonathan Banks, a junior college transfer, took a hard hit in the second quarter, suffering an undisclosed injury, and did not return. Sophomore Johnathan Brantley, however, provided a spark off the bench and scored his first career touchdown with a 3-yard run in the second quarter.

''I was surprised but I had to be ready,'' Brantley said. ''That's my job as a backup, to step in if he goes down. I was ready.''

The Green Wave (1-1, 0-1) cut the margin to 23-21 on a 1-yard dive by Dontrell Hilliard and a two-point conversion with 12:56 left in the game. Tulane, however, failed to convert a pair of key fourth downs late in the fourth quarter to extend drives.

A penalty for too many players on the field gave Navy a fourth and 1 from the Green Wave's 46 with 1:58 left. Abey converted the first down and the Midshipmen (2-0, 1-0) were able to run out the clock to seal the victory.

''I thought our guys really fought back,'' Tulane coach Willie Fritz said. ''We had some big plays in there that we converted to get back in the ball game, which was great. I'm proud of the guys and their effort, and everything else. But I would have liked to have the opportunity to see what we could have done there at the end. It would have been tough but I would have liked to have that opportunity.''

Brantley completed five of eight passes for 58 yards. He also ran for 73 yards on nine carries with the score.

The game was a battle of two teams with a similar offense.

Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo ran the triple-option as a quarterback at Hawaii and was later an assistant under coach Paul Johnson, who ran the same system. Fritz has used the zone option throughout his 24-year coaching career.

On this day, Navy was more successful moving the ball, out-gaining the Green Wave 326 to 262.

Tulane was looking to open the season with two straight wins for the first time since 2002.

''It was a hard-fought win,'' Niumatalolo said. ''We knew it would be coming in. I always said playing those guys is like playing a service academy. We both run the ball. Everything is a grind.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Tulane: The Green Wave has looked more comfortable running the zone option under Fritz, who is in his second year. One of the keys is the arrival of Banks, who transferred from Independence Community College in Kansas. While his status for the next game is uncertain, Brantley showed he can be a capable backup.

Navy: The junior Abey has been overall solid running the offense, but he must do a better job protecting the ball. Abey has been involved in all four of the team's turnovers in the opening two games -- two fumbles, an interception and a bad exchange with the center. That's an area the Mids will look to improve over the next several games.

FAMILY AFFAIR

Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo had two sons playing against one another in a NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision game Saturday. Va'a Niumatalolo is a senior linebacker at BYU and his brother Ali'i is a freshman linebacker for Utah. With that game kicking off at 10:15 p.m. ET, the coach would have the opportunity to watch.

UP NEXT

Tulane: The Green Wave travel to No. 5 Oklahoma for the first of two consecutive non-conference games. Tulane is playing the Sooners for the first time in program history.

Navy: The Midshipmen host Cincinnati in their second AAC game on Sept. 23. Navy leads the all-time series 2-0.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Two Point Conversion 12:56
11-J.Brantley complete to 84-C.Jones. 84-C.Jones to NAV End Zone for 2 yards. Conversion is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
23
Touchdown 13:00
26-D.Hilliard runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
16
plays
83
yds
6:55
pos
19
23
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 8:30
16-B.Moehring extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
13
21
Touchdown 8:30
9-Z.Abey to TUL End Zone FUMBLES (36-C.Kuerschen). 61-A.Wood runs no gain for a touchdown.
10
plays
-16
yds
04:17
pos
13
20
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:16
16-B.Moehring extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
13
14
Touchdown 3:16
9-Z.Abey complete to 88-T.Carmona. 88-T.Carmona runs 79 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
25
yds
00:49
pos
13
13
Missed Point After Touchdown 4:13
43-C.Neenan extra point is no good.
plays
yds
pos
13
7
Touchdown 4:13
11-J.Brantley runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
10
yds
02:54
pos
13
7
Point After TD 12:34
43-C.Neenan extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 12:47
9-Z.Abey to TUL 48 FUMBLES (2-R.Teamer56-R.Marbley). 2-R.Teamer runs 52 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
21
yds
02:13
pos
6
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 8:08
16-B.Moehring extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 8:08
33-C.High runs 9 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
5
yds
01:16
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 11 14
Rushing 10 12
Passing 1 2
Penalty 0 0
3rd Down Conv 3-14 6-15
4th Down Conv 2-4 1-2
Total Net Yards 257 308
Total Plays 59 64
Avg Gain 4.4 4.8
Net Yards Rushing 191 194
Rush Attempts 46 52
Avg Rush Yards 4.2 3.7
Net Yards Passing 66 114
Comp. - Att. 8-13 4-12
Yards Per Pass 5.1 9.5
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-5 3-18
Penalties - Yards 8-60 0-0
Touchdowns 3 3
Rushing TDs 2 2
Passing TDs 0 1
Other 1 0
Turnovers 0 2
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-1
Int. Thrown 0 1
Punts - Avg 6-35.2 5-40.6
Return Yards 81 39
Punts - Returns 1-9 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 3-64 3-39
Int. - Returns 1-8 0-0
Kicking 1/2 3/3
Extra Points 1/2 3/3
Field Goals 0/0 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Tulane 1-1 0130821
Navy 2-0 779023
66 PASS YDS 114
191 RUSH YDS 194
257 TOTAL YDS 308
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Brantley 11 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.5% 58 0 0 123.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.5% 58 0 0 123.4
J. Brantley 5/8 58 0 0
J. Banks 1 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60% 13 0 0 81.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65% 198 3 0 197.7
J. Banks 3/5 13 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Brantley 11 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 73 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 88 1
J. Brantley 8 73 1 42
D. Hilliard 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 66 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 66 1
D. Hilliard 14 66 1 17
S. Badie 3 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 37 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 58 0
S. Badie 9 37 0 10
D. Bradwell 10 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 23 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
16 81 1
D. Bradwell 10 23 0 8
J. Banks 1 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
19 75 1
J. Banks 3 6 0 6
S. Huderson 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
S. Huderson 1 0 0 0
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Encalade 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 39 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 39 0
T. Encalade 5 39 0 14
D. Mooney 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 24 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 53 1
D. Mooney 1 24 0 24
C. Jones II 84 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 8 0
C. Jones II 1 8 0 8
J. Clewis 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Clewis 0 0 0 0
D. Hilliard 26 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 0 0
D. Hilliard 1 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
R. Marbley 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
R. Marbley 2-0 1.0 0
C. Kuerschen 36 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Kuerschen 1-0 0.0 0
L. Jackson 44 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.5
L. Jackson 1-1 1.5 0
R. Teamer 2 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Teamer 1-0 0.0 0
P. Nickerson 17 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
P. Nickerson 0-0 0.0 1
S. Wilson 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
S. Wilson 0-1 0.5 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Neenan 43 P
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 1/2
SEASON FG XP
1/1 5/8
C. Neenan 0/0 0 1/2 1
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
Z. Block 49 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 35.2 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
6 35.2 2
Z. Block 6 35.2 2 44
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
S. Badie 3 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 21.3 29 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 27.3 29 0
S. Badie 3 21.3 29 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Robertson Jr. 15 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 9.0 9 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 9.0 9 0
J. Robertson Jr. 1 9.0 9 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
Z. Abey 9 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
33.3% 132 1 1 136.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
31.8% 242 2 2 136.0
Z. Abey 4/12 132 1 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Z. Abey 9 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
29 108 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
61 343 2
Z. Abey 29 108 0 54
C. High 33 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 52 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
31 113 1
C. High 15 52 1 9
M. Perry 10 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 17 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 15 0
M. Perry 2 17 0 16
J. Walker 24 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 89 2
J. Walker 1 14 0 14
J. Brown III 20 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 19 0
J. Brown III 1 10 0 10
T. Walker 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 0 1
T. Walker 2 -4 0 2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Carmona 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 79 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 135 1
T. Carmona 1 79 1 79
D. Bonner 29 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 53 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 92 1
D. Bonner 2 53 0 52
C. High 33 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
C. High 0 0 0 0
B. Colon 87 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
B. Colon 0 0 0 0
M. Perry 10 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 0 0
M. Perry 1 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. Palmore 45 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
D. Palmore 0-1 0.5 0
A. Villalobos 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
A. Villalobos 0-1 0.5 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. Moehring 16 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 3/3
SEASON FG XP
0/1 9/9
B. Moehring 0/0 0 3/3 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
O. White 4 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 40.6 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
8 38.1 1
O. White 5 40.6 1 45
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Walker 21 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 19.5 29 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 19.5 29 0
T. Walker 2 19.5 29 0
C. Scott 82 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
C. Scott 1 0.0 0 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:43 TULANE 10 2:11 4 15 Punt
7:59 TULANE 31 2:52 5 21 Punt
2:15 TULANE 32 1:18 3 9 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:34 NAVY 7 0:00 1 -58
10:58 TULANE 33 1:48 3 9 Punt
7:07 TULANE 32 2:54 8 68 TD
3:09 TULANE 27 2:21 5 18 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 TULANE 25 2:01 4 16 Punt
8:24 TULANE 8 1:10 3 -8
5:19 TULANE 17 4:58 12 67 End of quarter
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:04 TULANE 27 1:46 4 7
6:45 TULANE 44 2:19 7 24
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NAVY 25 3:07 6 62 INT
9:24 NAVY 37 1:16 4 5 TD
5:00 NAVY 13 2:33 6 10 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NAVY 31 2:13 6 21 TD
12:23 NAVY 36 1:15 3 -6 Punt
9:02 NAVY 14 1:48 3 9 Punt
4:05 NAVY 17 0:49 3 25 TD
0:33 NAVY 25 0:00 1 1 End of quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:47 TULANE 42 4:17 10 42 TD
7:11 NAVY 27 1:44 5 13 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:56 NAVY 25 2:45 6 14 Punt
8:12 TULANE 34 1:22 4 -22
4:22 NAVY 32 3:40 8 20 End of game