Duke runs over Navy, 47-14

October 02, 1994|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Writer

The last time Navy coach George Chaump matched wits with Fred Goldsmith, at Rice Stadium four years ago, a tornado swept both teams off the field in the third quarter. Rice used the interruption to rally for a 27-22 victory.

But Goldsmith did not need help from Mother Nature at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium yesterday as his unbeaten Duke Blue Devils blew away the Midshipmen, 47-14, before a crowd of 25,579.

It gave Goldsmith a 5-0 record in his new coaching job, and also marked Duke's best start since the Blue Devils won their first five games under Steve Spurrier in 1988.

Navy, heading in the opposite direction, lost its fourth straight this season and ninth overall. The Mids have not won since beating Colgate, 31-3, last October. They have allowed an average of 41 points, while losing by a margin of 37.5 points.

To dramatize the difference between these two teams, Duke never has trailed this season and Navy never has led.

The Mids geared their defense to stop senior tailback Robert Baldwin, who entered the game averaging 146 yards and leading the Atlantic Coast Conference in every rushing category.

They held Baldwin to a more modest 117 yards on 24 carries, but in doing so, were picked apart by Duke's short and efficient passing game.

Junior quarterback Spence Fischer completed 23 of 27 passes for 286 yards, including second-half touchdown tosses to senior tight end John Farquhar and freshman wide receiver Corey Thomas, who grabbed a 40-yard pass in the end zone between two Navy defenders.

Navy managed to keep it respectable for the first half, trailing 19-7.

Duke capitalized on a question able pass interference call, two ,, roughness penalties and a bonehead play by Navy to keep its first four scoring drives alive. "We got some really good breaks in the first half," said Goldsmith, who played all his reserves in the second half.

"They got caught with 12 men on the field to keep our first touchdown drive going, and the interference calls set up the two field goals [by Tom Cochran] in the first quarter."

The well-balanced Blue Devils rolled up 517 yards on offense, but it was their defense that most impressed Chaump and senior Navy quarterback Jim Kubiak, who spent almost the entire afternoon trying to elude the blitzing Duke linemen.

Kubiak (21 of 42, 229 yards), who is within 26 yards of becoming the Academy's all-time passing yardage leader, was sacked four times and intercepted once. But his bloody nose and chin showed the extent of Duke's relentless pressure.

"Their obvious plan was to get to the quarterback before he could throw, and it worked," said Kubiak.

"They were bringing six or seven guys at a time to stop the pass. When a team brings that many guys and their secondary still plays you man-to-man, you should be able to take advantage. But we never really won the downfield situations."

Navy's two long touchdown drives in the second and fourth quarters were capped by runs of 5 and 3 yards by freshman tailback Patrick McGrew, starting in place of injured sophomore Omar Nelson.

McGrew's first touchdown of his college career made it 12-7 midway in the second quarter and gave the Mids, 22-point

underdogs, cause for hope.

But that quickly was dispelled. The Blue Devils answered with a 79-yard drive, featuring Baldwin's longest run -- a 29-yard scamper to the Navy 8. On third down, Baldwin crashed over from 2 yards.

Duke took control by starting the second half with an 84-yard march, climaxed by Fischer's pitch to Farquhar, who bounced off a defender to go the final 5 yards of a 20-yard run.

"That drive changed everything," said Chaump. "They could become even more courageous on defense, and it made us a one-dimensional [passing] team. Their front line just dominated us."

The Mids will try to end their losing streak at Air Force on Saturday, and Duke has a chance to extend its winning streak when it plays host to Clemson.

NOTES: Navy sophomore split end Ross Scott played yesterday despite the death of his father, Gary, who succumbed to cancer Friday after a prolonged illness. Scott will join his family in Georgia today. Scott left the game in the second half with a pulled hamstring. . . . Junior safety Joe Speed suffered a bruised lung and was to have X-rays taken.

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