Bowling Green swamps 'out of sync' Navy, 59-21

September 18, 1994|By Amy Ford | Amy Ford,Special to The Sun

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- The Naval Academy football team was marching to a familiar tune yesterday, and it wasn't "Anchors Aweigh."

For the third straight game, Navy was unable to stop an opponent's offense, this time losing to Bowling Green, 59-21. Navy has given up an average of 54 points and 467 yards. Yesterday, Bowling Green gained 480 yards, 243 on the ground.

"They gave us a good licking, that's about all I can say," Navy coach George Chaump said. "We had a tough time once we got out of sync."

Navy played even with Bowling Green until late in the second quarter. After Bowling Green quarterback Ryan Henry threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Ronnie Redd for a 21-14 second-quarter lead, the Falcons' defense held Navy to three plays and a punt, the first of the game with 5:53 to go in the half. The Falcons capped the ensuing drive with a 47-yard field goal by Brian Leaver, which gave Bowling Green a 24-14 lead.

The back-breaker came on Navy's first play of its next possession. Bowling Green cornerback Tony Everhart intercepted Navy quarterback Jim Kubiak on Navy's 39 and returned it to the 20 -- which led to another Bowling Green touchdown.

"You look for one little point, and it's the whole game," Chaump said. "I wish one play meant that much. You have to stop teams for whole football games.

"I wish there was a little magic here. You can look at those things all you want. I like to give credit where it's due. The way they were audiblizing on the line, going into a good football play and keeping us off balance, that was the difference."

Two plays after the interception, Bowling Green receiver Rameir Martin made a leaping catch of a Henry pass between Navy defenders for a 31-14 halftime lead.

Henry, who tied a Bowling Green record with four touchdowns passes, completed 16 of 23 passes for 208 yards. The longest was the 35-yard scoring pass to Redd.

Bowling Green opened the margin on its first drive of the second half when short-yardage quarterback Mark Dunaway rolled right and scored from the 5.

Navy showed its only glimmer of life in the second half on the ensuing drive. Kubiak passed to Matt Scornavacchi for 39 yards and again for 9. After a 1-yard run by Patrick McGrew, Kubiak and Jim Mill hooked up for a 16-yarder. McGrew then scored on a 12-yard run.

Bowling Green scored on its next drive to make it 45-21, and then

added two more scores in the fourth quarter to sink Navy.

Kubiak was 15-for-28 for 198 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions.

"When the score got out of hand, they started teeing off on the pass," Kubiak said. "They were nickel-and-diming us most of the second half. We couldn't throw the ball."

Navy's offense was effective early. After Bowling Green scored on the opening drive, Kubiak directed a four-play, 71-yard drive that ended when he and Scornavacchi hooked up on a 49-yard pass for a touchdown. Scornavacchi caught three passes for 97 yards.

Bowling Green pulled ahead 14-7 on a 23-yard run by Michael Parker -- the first of three touchdowns for the fullback -- but Navy responded with a 17-play, 77-yard drive. Monty Williams ran in from the 1 to tie the score at 14.

Navy 7 7 7 0 -- 21

Bowling Green 14 17 14 14 -- 59

NEXT FOR NAVY

Who: Duke

When: Oct. 1, at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis

Record: 3-0

Last week: Defeated Army, 43-7, Thursday

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