Mids add wrin­kles to crack Tu­lane’s de­fense

Baltimore Sun - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL - By Bill Wag­ner

mage so they can help block lineback­ers and safeties.

“We had to ac­count for all those NEW OR­LEANS – Navy had a guys in­side, and we were also unique and in­ter­est­ing of­fen­sive try­ing to get some two-for-one game plan against Tu­lane, which block­ing schemes,” Jasper said. de­fended the triple op­tion as well “It’s been our best for­ma­tion. We as any op­po­nent last sea­son. Will Worth fin­ished with 12 athave a lot of an­swers out of it, both

The Green Wave re­turned eight tempts, com­plet­ing five for 59 block­ing-wise and throw­ing the starters on de­fense, in­clud­ing­ball.”first-yards. team All-Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con“Weknewthey would be loaded Worth had ca­reer highs for fer­ence se­lec­tions in de­fen­sive up to stop the run. We had to try to rush­ing yards (111) and car­ries (26). tackle Tanzel Smart and out­side back them off a bit,” Jasper Tu­lane was de­ter­mined to take line­backer Nico Mar­ley. ex­plained. “We just wanted to give away the full­back, which is why

Off­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Ivin Jas­them a dif­fer­ent look.” Chris High and Shawn White per knew the Mid­ship­men might Drop­ping back to throw so com­bined for only 57 yards on 11 strug­gle to move the foot­ball. They of­ten on the first se­ries set up the at­tempts. Al­most half that to­tal did, as Navy had to earn ev­ery yard quar­ter­back draw, which Jasper came on a 26-yard run by High. in a 21-14 vic­tory over Tu­lane on called three times on Navy’s sec“We knew they were go­ing to Satur­day night at Yul­man Sta­dium. ond pos­ses­sion. How­ever, the try to make Will carry the foot­ball.

“It’s ex­actly what we ex­pected. threat of deep throws did not stop I thought we could use the midIt was go­ing to be a slugfest, a Tu­lane from stack­ing the box with line to pick up three and four yards grind-it-out type of game,” Jasper nine and 10 de­fend­ers. in­side, which we did do a good job said. Tu­lane’s de­fen­sive strat­egy led of at times,” Jasper said. “At the

Jasper pulled some­what of a Jasper to use the tight for­ma­tion same time, we have some very sur­prise by call­ing pass plays on for the bulk of the game. That tal­ented slots and we had to get the six of seven downs on Navy’s in­volves bring­ing the wide re­ceivball in their hands.” open­ing pos­ses­sion. Quar­ter­back ers in close to the line of scrim- Navy pitched the ball to the Oct. 1, 3:30 p.m. TV: CBS Sports Net­work Ra­dio: 1090 AM, 1430 AM slot­backs four times in the first half and pro­duced just 32 yards, 18 on one run by To­neo Gul­ley. Slot­backs got 10 pitches in the sec­ond half and were able to break some big gains.

“At half­time, we made some ad­just­ments and got a hat for a hat as far as block­ing on the perime­ter,” Jasper said. “We got the ball out there and Gul­ley made some great runs, Dis­han made some nice runs. Whenit came down to it, let’s do what we do best. We had to find a way to get the ball to our play­mak­ers.”

Af­ter manag­ing only 139 to­tal yards in the first half, Navy found some an­swers in the sec­ond half. The Mids amassed 207 of their 287 rush­ing yards af­ter in­ter­mis­sion as the Green Wave de­fense wore down.

“We were able to pick up some chunks of yardage here and there,” Jasper said. “We would have had more to show for it if we didn’t turn the foot­ball over.”

Worth showed his lead­er­ship and de­ter­mi­na­tion by di­rect­ing a long touch­down drive when Navy needed it most. The Mids took over at their own 28-yard line fol­low­ing a missed field goal and pro­ceeded to march 72 yards in 10 plays while tak­ing al­most five min­utes off the clock.

“We just want Will to be who he is and do what he does best,” Jasper said. “He’s a hard-nosed kid with good size and strength who doesn’t go down eas­ily.”

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