Football Writers Association of America Sept. 21, 2020
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ted Gangi
Midshipmen stage greatest comeback in program history
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DALLAS (FWAA) The Navy Midshipmen overcame a 24-point second-half deficit to post the biggest comeback in school history, stealing a 27-24 win at Tulane. Bijan Nichols' 33-yard field goal as time expired helped Navy (1-1) even its record and earn the Reveal Suits National Team of the Week honor for games of the weekend of Sept. 19 as selected by the Football Writers Association of America.

This is the fifth time for Navy to earn the Team of the Week honor and the first since 2016. All Division I FBS and FCS schools are eligible to be selected. This is the 19th season for the FWAA to award a Team of the Week.

Navy ran just two plays in Tulane territory in the first half and looked as if it might suffer another blowout, trailing 24-0 at halftime after falling 55-3 to BYU in its opener. An interception deep in its own territory turned the game when Cameron Kinley picked off a pass at the Navy 3-yard line. Navy found its offensive rhythm from there, scoring 16 points in the last parts of the third quarter on two short Nelson Smith touchdowns and a safety. Navy outgained Tulane 291-82 in the second half.

Tulane left the door open with five minutes left, failing to convert a fourth-down pass at the Navy 32. Navy drove to the Tulane 16 from there to set up Nichols' kick. Jamale Carothers rushed for 127 yards on 25 carries, and quarterback Dalen Morris, the starter in the opener but coming off the bench to replace Myles Fells here, used six completions to gain 139 yards and a touchdown.

It was the second consecutive year that Nichols and Navy beat Tulane on a field goal as time expired. The Midshipmen won 41-38 in Annapolis last year on Nichols' 48-yarder.

The other Reveal Suits National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend of Sept. 19 are:

Marshall (2-0): The Thundering Herd shut down No. 23 App State, 17-7, to earn their first win over a ranked team in 17 years and the first win against a Top 25 team at home in 44 seasons. Marshall kept App State scoreless twice after it advanced inside the Marshall 10-yard line in the fourth quarter, which resulted in App State's lowest point total since moving into the FBS in 2014.

Miami (2-0): The Hurricanes had 485 yards of offense in a 47-34 win at No. 20 Louisville in their ACC opener. Making his second start at Miami, quarterback D'Eriq King finished with 325 passing yards on 18-of-30 with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Running back Cam'ron Harris finished with 134 rushing yards on nine carries, including a career-long 75-yard touchdown run on Miami's first offensive play of the second half.

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2020 Reveal Suits National Teams of the Week
Weekend of Sept. 5: South Alabama Jaguars
Weekend of Sept. 12: Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns
Weekend of Sept. 19: Navy Midshipmen
Weekend of Sept. 26: Mississippi State Bulldogs
Weekend of Oct. 3: Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Weekend of Oct. 10: Texas A&M Aggies
Weekend of Oct. 17: Florida State Seminoles
Weekend of Oct. 24: Indiana Hoosiers
Weekend of Oct. 31: Michigan State Spartans
Weekend of Nov. 7: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Weekend of Nov. 14: Marshall Thundering Herd
Weekend of Nov. 21: Northwestern Wildcats
Weekend of Nov. 28: Buffalo Bulls
Weekend of Dec. 5: Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, Rice Owls
Weekend of Dec. 12: Army Black Knights