UMass knows about option



September 04, 2006|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN REPORTER

Navy coach Paul Johnson continues to take advantage of extra time to prepare. Saturday's season-opening 28-23 victory over East Carolina, which featured 403 yards rushing by the Midshipmen, improved Johnson's record to 14-5 at Navy when he has more than one week to get ready for an opponent.

That luxury is gone this week, as Navy sets its sights on the visiting Massachusetts Minutemen. Do not let the Division I-AA status of UMass deceive you. The Minutemen (1-0) play in the ultra-competitive Atlantic 10, they entered the season ranked No. 10 among I-AA teams, they are coming off a 28-7 win over Colgate, and they won't be intimidated by the Mids' spread offense.

Massachusetts @Navy Saturday 1:30 p.m., Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 1050 AM, 1370 AM, 1430 AM

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