Today's game

October 26, 2002|By Kevin Van Valkenburg

Navy (1-6) at Tulane (5-3)

Site: Tad Gormley Stadium, New Orleans

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Radio: WJFK (1300 AM), WNAV (1430 AM)

Line: Tulane by 16

Series: Tulane leads 9-5-1

Last meeting: Tulane won, 42-28, in 2001 in Annapolis

Last game: Tulane defeated UAB, 35-14; Navy lost to Boston College, 46-21.

Navy offense vs. Tulane defense: Navy has lost 19 fumbles, more than any other team in Division I. That spells trouble against Tulane, which has forced 26 turnovers, the most in the country. Navy QB Craig Candeto needs to make plays and smart decisions if the Mids are going to have a chance. The Green Wave defense has scored five touchdowns this year.

Navy defense vs. Tulane offense: Only twice this season has Navy held an opponent under 40 points. Tulane's strength on offense is giving the ball to junior running back Mewelde Moore, who needs 56 yards to become the Green Wave's all-time leading rusher. The Mids' defense has been hampered by injuries. Middle linebacker Dustin Elliott is out for the season, and freshman Jeremy Chase might start in his place. Safety Josh Smith is Navy's leading tackler with 77.

Special teams: Navy's kickoff return team has been brutal this season, committing five turnovers. Last week against UAB, Tulane put on quite a show with its punt return team. In the second quarter, Lynaris Elpheage returned a punt 57 yards and as he was being tackled lateraled to teammate Gerald Brobbey, who ran the final 21 yards for a touchdown.

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