JACKETS STING MIDSHIPMEN

ANNAPOLIS, Md. George Godsey threw for two touchdowns and ran for another during an abbreviated performance Saturday as No. 10 Georgia Tech handed Navy its worst loss ever, 70-7. Georgia Tech (3-0) reached the endzone on it's first five possessions and also scored on a fumble return in building a 42-0 halftime lead, the Yellow Jackets' most prolific half in 85 years. The Jackets showed no signs of looking past Navy for their big ACC showdown next week with Florida State.

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Although Georgia Tech coach George O'Leary pulled his starters late in the second quarter, Navy couldn't keep the Yellow Jackets' reserves from scoring. The 63-point margin of defeat was the largest for Navy in the 121-year history of the program, surpassing a 70-14 loss at Michigan in 1976.

Navy (0-2) has been outscored 115-33 this year.

Reserve running back Jimmy Dixon scored three touchdowns for the Yellow Jackets, whose 42-point half was most by a Georgia Tech team since 1916, when they used a 96-point second half to finish off a 222-0 rout of Cumberland (Tenn.).

Godsey was pulled after throwing a 66-yard TD pass to Kerry Watkins with 5:42 left in the second quarter for a 42-0 lead. The senior went 8-for-9 for 158 yards.

The Yellow Jackets, who have outscored their opponents 80-0 in the first half this season, face sixth-ranked Florida State next week.

Georgia Tech dominated from the start. After Ross Mitchell took the opening kickoff 45 yards, Godsey went 4-for-5 for 32 yards on a 55-yard drive, including an 11-yard touchdown pass to Kelly Campbell.

Navy lost a fumbled on its own 40 to conclude its opening drive, and a 27-yard pass from Godsey to tight end Russell Matvay set up an 8-yard TD run by Joe Burns for a 14-0 lead.

Dixon scored from the 2 to cap a 77-yard drive and make it 21-0 with 3:29 to go in the first quarter, and Navy's next possession ended when Tech's Cory Collins tackled receiver Marshaun Minter, forcing a fumble that Recardo Wimbush took 25 yards for a score.

A 1-yard run by Godsey made it 35-0, and minutes later, the quarterback connected with Watkins on a third-and-26 play.

Navy's fourth turnover, a fumble on the opening kickoff of the third quarter, led to a 1-yard touchdown run by Dixon. After a Navy punt, Andy Hall threw a 50-yard TD pass to Levon Thomas to make it 56-0.

Dixon scored from the 2 on the first play of the fourth quarter.


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