Navy embarrassed by Virginia, 53-0 QB Kubiak injured in opening defeat

September 13, 1992|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,Staff Writer

ANNAPOLIS -- Here's all you need to know about Navy's season-opening loss to Virginia last night: Virginia running back Gary Steele recorded the longest run of his career, wide receiver Tyrone Davis established his career best for touchdown catches and Bobby Goodman tied a Virginia record for touchdown passes.

And it happened in the first half.

As one can imagine, it all added to up to one nightmarish night for Navy, which, in addition to the embarrassment, suffered the loss of starting quarterback Jim Kubiak during the 53-0 defeat to No. 23 Virginia (2-0) before a crowd of 28,627 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. It was the worst loss by Navy since a 70-14 defeat at Michigan on Sept. 25, 1976, and the worst shutout loss since a 54-0 defeat at Michigan in 1925.

"Quite frankly, I don't feel like talking about the game," an obviously dejected coach George Chaump said afterward. "If this serves anything, it serves notice that we have a lot of work to do. We're not proud of what happened."

And definitely not happy to lose the services of Kubiak, who suffered a dislocated right shoulder that is expected to keep him out three to six weeks. Kubiak, who completed just 6 of 15 passes for 35 yards, was hurt while trying to make a tackle after his second interception early in the third quarter. In obvious pain, Kubiak had to be helped off the field and did not return.

For that matter, neither did the scores of fans seen exiting the stadium at halftime following a dismal half of football. Navy could do little right in recording just 56 yards in total offense in the first zTC half, while Virginia was racking up 318 yards. Goodman, the senior quarterback who got his first career start in last season's 17-10 win over Navy, completed 10 of 17 passes for 210 yards and four touchdowns in the first half that at the time set a Virginia record.

Goodman (14 of 22 for 306 yards) broke the record when he threw a fifth scoring pass, a 20-yarder to tight end Aaron Mundy with 1:36 left in the third quarter to give Virginia a 46-0 lead. In the fourth quarter Goodman gave way to freshman quarterback Symmion Willis, who scored on a 45-yard run.

Other Virginia players posting big numbers were wide receiver Pete Allen (three catches, 114 yards, two touchdowns), Davis (three catches, 85 yards and two touchdowns) and Mundy (five catches, 82 yards, one touchdown).

Virginia racked up 557 yards in total offense -- the seventh most ever against a Navy team.

It was total dominance by the Cavaliers, but still Virginia coach George Welsh, who was at the helm of the 1976 Navy team that was crushed at Michigan, did not sound pleased with his team's showing.

"We're still not in sync offensively," Welsh said. "I hope we get it straightened out."

It appeared straightened out last night in a game that will go down as perhaps the worst Navy performance in recent years. Kubiak's strong throwing arm was rendered useless by a Virginia defensive front that kept heat on the Navy quarterback. And the defense was beaten badly on pass plays and suffered from poor tackling.

"We just didn't make the plays," said Navy defensive back Chad Chatlos. "It was no one individual's fault. The plan is there, it will work, but we just have to execute it better."

Navy actually started the game with promise. Fullback Duke Ingraham gained 23 yards on his first two carries and Navy seemed to be able to move the ball. But a holding call nullified a long pass from Kubiak to Kevin Hickman and the drive ended when Kubiak was intercepted by Virginia defensive back Greg Jeffries on the Navy 49-yard line.

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