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Worth scores late to lift Mids past Tulane

Will Worth score the game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter to lift the Mids past Tulane.

Will Worth score the game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter to lift the Mids past Tulane.

Navy football coach Ken Niumatalolo knows perfectly well how hard it is to prepare and to defend the triple-option offense. That’s why he’s used his so much and that’s how he’s kept Navy so successful on the gridiron. But that’s why Tulane was able to put push the Mids to the limit on Saturday night; Willie Fritz implemented the triple-option in the Big Easy.

However, despite the battle Navy was able to come away with the 21-14 victory as Will Worth score the game-winning touchdown late in the game, keeping Navy undefeated at 3-0.

“It was a back-alley fight,” Niumatalolo said. “They punch us, we punch them, we punch them… Fortunately, at the end, we found a way to win that game.”

Navy scored first with a six-yard run by Chris High late in the first quarter, but Tulane responded with a touchdown drive on their next possession that ended with Josh Rounds putting it into the endzone from two yards out.

Tulane had an opportunity to get a lead after Navy fumbled the ball at the beginning of the second half, but the Mids defense held strong, allowing only seven yards before forcing a punt. Navy then responded with a touchdown from Shawn White. Bennett Moehring, however, missed the extra point.

That miss was potentially crucial as Tulane took a lead on the next possession after a 36-yard run by Dontrell Hilliard gave them a 14-13 lead.

Navy went three-and-out on their next drive too, and lost a fumble on their drive after that.

But with less than three minutes remaining Worth capped off a 10-play, 72-yard drive with the game-winning touchdown run. Navy also went for and converted their two-point try to make it a full touchdown lead. They wouldn’t allow Tulane to comeback, though. Navy stuffed Johnathan Brantley for a loss of one on their first play of the next drive. Then one fourth-and-11, Tulane’s Glen Guiellette was sacked by DJ Palmore, giving the Mids the ball back so they could run out the clock.

Navy has a bye next week before traveling to Colorado to take on Air Force for the Commander-In-Chief trophy. Air Force leads the series 28-20 all-time, but Navy won the last game 33-11.

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