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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | December 31, 2003
HOUSTON - The nation's top rushing offense virtually held up its end yesterday in the Houston Bowl, but Navy's 38-14 defeat by Texas Tech pointed up the need to develop greater passing capability if the team is to climb another notch on college football's ladder. With a bowl-record 289 net yards on the ground, the Midshipmen approached their season average of 326.1. The futility in the air was another matter. Although they uncharacteristically threw on first down three times and even tried to surprise Texas Tech with a bomb on occasion, almost all of the air damage belonged to Texas Tech.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | December 30, 2004
SAN FRANCISCO - Two teams with a final point to prove collide today in the third Emerald Bowl at soggy SBC Park. The goal of Navy (9-2) is to tack another achievement - a bowl victory - onto its resurgence while New Mexico (7-4) seeks to squash more than four decades of postseason futility since it beat Western Michigan in the Aviation Bowl in 1961. Both programs are striving to step further into the national spotlight after finishing just below the Top 25 in the regular-season rankings.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | November 29, 2003
The resurgent Naval Academy football team has accepted an invitation to play in the EVI.net Houston Bowl on Dec. 30. Athletic director Chet Gladchuk made the official announcement yesterday after informing the players Thursday at their Thanksgiving Day meal. "Everybody's real excited and upbeat," Gladchuk said. "Obviously, we're very focused on playing Army, but there's a little swagger in them now." The game at Reliant Stadium in Houston will pit Navy against an opponent from the Big 12 Conference that won't be determined until all regular-season games and that league's championship game are completed.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | December 31, 2003
HOUSTON - The nation's top rushing offense virtually held up its end yesterday in the Houston Bowl, but Navy's 38-14 defeat by Texas Tech pointed up the need to develop greater passing capability if the team is to climb another notch on college football's ladder. With a bowl-record 289 net yards on the ground, the Midshipmen approached their season average of 326.1. The futility in the air was another matter. Although they uncharacteristically threw on first down three times and even tried to surprise Texas Tech with a bomb on occasion, almost all of the air damage belonged to Texas Tech.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | December 28, 2003
HOUSTON - Navy's battering ram is ready to rumble. Sore shoulder notwithstanding, fullback Kyle Eckel is looking forward to the challenge of meeting Big 12 Conference member Texas Tech in Tuesday's Houston Bowl. "This is a great opportunity because we haven't been here [in a bowl game] for a long time," Eckel said. "I don't think a lot of people are giving us a chance, but that's OK. We've been underdogs almost all the time. We're used to that role." The Red Raiders are 12 1/2 -point favorites in a game that pits Navy's No. 1 rushing offense against Texas Tech's No. 1 passing attack.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | December 29, 2003
HOUSTON - The end of an era is a day away and Navy quarterback Craig Candeto is feeling mixed emotions. "It's been bittersweet," he said of his four years with the academy football team. "It was a long, hard road that has had a rewarding ending." Candeto endured three of the worst years in the program's 122-year history, a 3-30 stretch that can never be totally forgotten. Now, in coach Paul Johnson's second season, the Midshipmen (8-4) have fulfilled all their goals, including a winning record, the Commander In Chief's Trophy (awarded to the team with the best record in games among the three service academies)
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | December 17, 2003
The eyes of Texas will be upon a host of Texans playing in the Houston Bowl on Dec. 30, and not all of them will be suited up for the in-state entry, Texas Tech. Navy will invade the city with its share of homebred players, including three starters on an offensive line that has cleared the way for the Midshipmen to lead the nation in rushing offense. A nationally based team, Navy has listed 35 states as the homes of team members since fall practice, but the predominant area is Texas, which has had 29 players involved in the program in one way or another this season.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | December 24, 2003
The unlikely hero of Navy's last bowl game is torn between two worlds for the upcoming one. When the Houston Bowl kicks off Tuesday, former quarterback Ben Fay will have a rooting interest in both sides - like a parent who has a sibling playing on opposite teams. Now a pilot assigned to Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fay, a native Texan, signed with Texas Tech out of high school, stayed approximately seven months, then transferred to Annapolis. "My blood is blue and gold," Fay said via telephone.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | December 29, 2003
HOUSTON - To defend successfully against the air show Navy is going to be subjected to in the Houston Bowl will require a coordinated effort by all segments involved in the plan. The defensive line must apply some pressure. The linebackers must be mobile and alert. The secondary must be ready to take on a lot of heat. The defensive coaches must vary their approaches. Navy's offense must be resourceful, secure the ball and not concede favorable field position. And the entire team must be willing to concede that completely stopping the nation's No. 1 passer, Texas Tech's B.J. Symons, and his fleet-footed fleet of receivers is unrealistic.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | December 30, 2003
HOUSTON - A successful and gratifying season in which Navy football regained its self-respect reaches its climax today when the Midshipmen tackle what is probably their toughest assignment so far against Texas Tech in the Houston Bowl. Victory in the 4:30 p.m. matchup on ESPN would apply an exclamation point to a resurgence led by coach Paul Johnson that has happened in rapid order after three seasons in which the team won only three of 33 games and underwent the worst two-year stretch (1-20)
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | December 31, 2003
HOUSTON - The relentless air assault of a team from the powerful Big 12 Conference wore down Navy's defenses in the Houston Bowl yesterday. Texas Tech quarterback B.J. Symons passed for 497 yards and four touchdowns, leading the favored Red Raiders to a 38-14 victory before 51,068 fans at Reliant Stadium. Navy completed its comeback season with an 8-5 record, the same as Texas Tech, which lost its final two regular-season games - to Texas and then-No. 1 Oklahoma. Symons revealed after the game that he had been playing since Oct. 11 with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, but that it felt better in this game than at any time since he sustained the injury.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | December 30, 2003
HOUSTON - A successful and gratifying season in which Navy football regained its self-respect reaches its climax today when the Midshipmen tackle what is probably their toughest assignment so far against Texas Tech in the Houston Bowl. Victory in the 4:30 p.m. matchup on ESPN would apply an exclamation point to a resurgence led by coach Paul Johnson that has happened in rapid order after three seasons in which the team won only three of 33 games and underwent the worst two-year stretch (1-20)
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | December 29, 2003
HOUSTON - To defend successfully against the air show Navy is going to be subjected to in the Houston Bowl will require a coordinated effort by all segments involved in the plan. The defensive line must apply some pressure. The linebackers must be mobile and alert. The secondary must be ready to take on a lot of heat. The defensive coaches must vary their approaches. Navy's offense must be resourceful, secure the ball and not concede favorable field position. And the entire team must be willing to concede that completely stopping the nation's No. 1 passer, Texas Tech's B.J. Symons, and his fleet-footed fleet of receivers is unrealistic.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | December 29, 2003
HOUSTON - The end of an era is a day away and Navy quarterback Craig Candeto is feeling mixed emotions. "It's been bittersweet," he said of his four years with the academy football team. "It was a long, hard road that has had a rewarding ending." Candeto endured three of the worst years in the program's 122-year history, a 3-30 stretch that can never be totally forgotten. Now, in coach Paul Johnson's second season, the Midshipmen (8-4) have fulfilled all their goals, including a winning record, the Commander In Chief's Trophy (awarded to the team with the best record in games among the three service academies)
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | December 28, 2003
HOUSTON - Navy's battering ram is ready to rumble. Sore shoulder notwithstanding, fullback Kyle Eckel is looking forward to the challenge of meeting Big 12 Conference member Texas Tech in Tuesday's Houston Bowl. "This is a great opportunity because we haven't been here [in a bowl game] for a long time," Eckel said. "I don't think a lot of people are giving us a chance, but that's OK. We've been underdogs almost all the time. We're used to that role." The Red Raiders are 12 1/2 -point favorites in a game that pits Navy's No. 1 rushing offense against Texas Tech's No. 1 passing attack.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | December 27, 2003
HOUSTON - To Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk, the Houston Bowl is all about "showing we can deliver." The Midshipmen could have as many as 20,000 backers in the stands at Reliant Stadium when the game is played Tuesday, a statement that would serve the academy football team well when it is being considered for future bowl appearances. Thanks to an unusual loyalty-discount plan, Navy is guaranteed to outsell the home-state representative, Texas Tech. "My goal has been 20,000 all along," Gladchuk said.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | December 27, 2003
HOUSTON - To Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk, the Houston Bowl is all about "showing we can deliver." The Midshipmen could have as many as 20,000 backers in the stands at Reliant Stadium when the game is played Tuesday, a statement that would serve the academy football team well when it is being considered for future bowl appearances. Thanks to an unusual loyalty-discount plan, Navy is guaranteed to outsell the home-state representative, Texas Tech. "My goal has been 20,000 all along," Gladchuk said.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | December 30, 2004
SAN FRANCISCO - Two teams with a final point to prove collide today in the third Emerald Bowl at soggy SBC Park. The goal of Navy (9-2) is to tack another achievement - a bowl victory - onto its resurgence while New Mexico (7-4) seeks to squash more than four decades of postseason futility since it beat Western Michigan in the Aviation Bowl in 1961. Both programs are striving to step further into the national spotlight after finishing just below the Top 25 in the regular-season rankings.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | December 24, 2003
The unlikely hero of Navy's last bowl game is torn between two worlds for the upcoming one. When the Houston Bowl kicks off Tuesday, former quarterback Ben Fay will have a rooting interest in both sides - like a parent who has a sibling playing on opposite teams. Now a pilot assigned to Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fay, a native Texan, signed with Texas Tech out of high school, stayed approximately seven months, then transferred to Annapolis. "My blood is blue and gold," Fay said via telephone.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | December 17, 2003
The eyes of Texas will be upon a host of Texans playing in the Houston Bowl on Dec. 30, and not all of them will be suited up for the in-state entry, Texas Tech. Navy will invade the city with its share of homebred players, including three starters on an offensive line that has cleared the way for the Midshipmen to lead the nation in rushing offense. A nationally based team, Navy has listed 35 states as the homes of team members since fall practice, but the predominant area is Texas, which has had 29 players involved in the program in one way or another this season.
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