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Navy Destroys Army, 58-12





12/7/2002

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Quarterback Craig Candeto set a school record with six rushing touchdowns as he led the Midshipmen of Navy to a lopsided 58-12 win over the Army Black Knights in the 103rd meeting between the two service academies.

The victory put an end to a 10-game slide for the Midshipmen (2-10), who won their season opener versus SMU in Dallas, 38-7. They have now captured three of the last four meetings with the Black Knights (1-11) and three of the four contests that have taken place at Giants Stadium.

Candeto finished the contest with 18 carries for 103 yards and completed 4-of-5 passes for 87 yards and a score.

Army, which was held to 56 yards rushing on 30 attempts, was paced by Reggie Nevels, who completed 15-of-27 for 171 yards and the only touchdown for the Black Knights in the contest.

Candeto opened the day's scoring with a one-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter. The Black Knights followed that with a 27-yard field goal by Joe Riley, his first of two on the day.

Seconds into the second period, Candeto struck again with another one-yard rushing score to give the Middies a 14-3 advantage.

Riley's second field goal of the afternoon, a 21-yard effort, cut the deficit to 14-6, but the game belonged to Navy the rest of the way as it scored 44 unanswered points.

Candeto added touchdown runs of 42 and seven yards to close out the first half and give the Midshipmen a 28-6 lead.

The third quarter saw Navy tally 23 points on a pair of touchdown runs by Candeto, from three and one yard out, as well as a 23-yard scoring pass from Candeto to Tony Lane. Just prior to Lane's score, the Middies recorded a safety as the ball traveled through end zone. Navy held a 51-6 lead after three periods.

The Midshipmen scored their final points of the game on a 10-yard scoring run by Bryce McDonald, pushing the score to 58-6 with 13:45 left in the contest.

The Black Knights finally found the end zone on a 36-yard scoring strike from Nevels to Aaron Alexander, who finished the day with four catches for 65 yards. The extra-point kick failed, leaving Army with a 46-point deficit with 12:11 remaining.

Navy produced 508 yards of total offense, including 421 yards on the ground, compared to just 241 yards overall for the Black Knights.

Game Notes: Army's only win of the season came against Tulane, 14-10, on November 16...The Midshipmen have just three victories over the last three seasons, two of them coming against the Black Knights...The 58 points scored by Navy were the most in this series since a 51-0 shutout in 1973...The 70 combined points were the most in a single game in the series...It marked the most points for Navy since beating Kent State, 62-29, on November 22, 1997...The Midshipmen did not commit a single penalty in the game, while Army was flagged four times...Navy recorded four sacks on the afternoon, two each by Steve Adair and Pete Beuttenmuller.

 

 

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