Navy Victorious Again, Tops Connecticut 41-17
Reggie Campbell runs across the goal line on a 77 yard pass play from quarterback Brian Hampton. (AP Photo/Bob Child)
Sept. 30, 2006
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Navy quarterback Brian Hampton ran for 182 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 141 yards and another score as the Midshipmen routed Connecticut 41-17 Saturday.
Reggie Campbell ran for 101 yards on just five attempts, and scored on the Midshipmen's first offensive play of each half.
Navy (4-1) racked up 605 yards with its triple-option offense, including 464 on the ground, against what had been the nation's 10th-ranked defense.
Fullback Adam Ballard added 88 yards rushing, most of it on an 81-yard run in the first half that set up a field goal. He left the game in the second half with an injured right hand.
On Navy's first snap, Campbell found himself wide open in the secondary after UConn safety M.J. Estep bit on the play-action. Campbell caught the ball over the middle and sprinted for a 77-yard touchdown.
A fumble by Deon Anderson gave the ball right back to the midshipmen on the Huskies' 42. Four plays later, Hampton took an option 24 yards around the left end to make it 14-0 at 9:40 of the first quarter.
He also had touchdown runs of 52 and 4 yards.
Matt Bonislawski, making his first start of the season, threw for 176 yards and two touchdowns for Connecticut (2-2). His first score, a 14-yarder to tailback Terry Caulley was set up by a diving 42-yard reception from freshman receiver Brad Kanuch, the first catch of his college career.
Bonislawski also hit fullback Deon Anderson from 4 yards out to cap a 93-yard drive in the third quarter that made it 27-17.
Navy kept the ball four over four minutes on the ensuing drive but was stopped on fourth-and-2 from the UConn 3.
After a three-and-out, the Midshipmen got the ball back on their own 48, and on the next play Hampton went around left end for the touchdown that sealed the victory.
Caulley had 87 yards rushing on 14 carries for UConn.
The Huskies, whose defense had been giving up just 231 yards per game, allowed 317 before intermission.