We predicted a 21-20 Navy
win six months ago. But things have changed since
the prediction. Boston College
coach Tom O'Brien
, who played defensive end for Navy from 1968-70, left the Eagles for
N.C. State earlier this month. Navy quarterback Brian Hampton
season-ending knee injury and was replaced by Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada
Of course, announcers will mention O'Brien's absence, and the fact that
Navy coach Paul Johnson is also was candidate for the job. Next topic? Boston
College interim coach Frank Spaziani, the Eagles' defensive coordinator
for the last eight years.
Kaheaku-Enhada shakes off his average game against Army
by engineering a
15-play 78-yard drive that eats 7:44 off the clock. Eric Kettani
scores on a
2-yard touchdown run.
Score: Navy 7, BC 0
It's shades of Army-Navy (and for the record: does Army really think it's
closing the gap on us) Navy linebacker Tyler Tidwell
sacks BC quarterback Matt Ryan
in the end zone for a safety.
Score: Navy 9, BC 0
Ryan hits L.V. Whitworth
on a screen pass that seems like it will be
stopped in the backfield. But Whitworth breaks three tackles, hits the open
field, and goes 44 yards for a touchdown.
Score: Navy 9, BC 7
Kaipo goes deep! He hits Reggie Campbell
57-yard score. Hey, it's a bowl game, Campbell has to go off.
16, BC 7
The first name? Not a problem. The last name? Try it:
BC kicker Steve Aponavicius
hits a 37-yard field goal as time
expires in the first half.
Score: Navy 16, BC 10Third quarter
For whom the bell Toals. BC has junior linebacker lineup at fullback
and he gets the job done. He scores on a 3-yard run midway through the third
Score: BC 17, Navy 16
After Navy goes three-and-out, BC takes over with good field position, at
Navy's 49-yard line. Time for another flashback to Army (hey, why not rub it in
some more). Keenan Little
picks off Ryan, just like he did Army freshman
quarterback Carson Williams
, and returns it 40 yards for a touchdown.
Score: Navy 23, BC 17
Navy gets the ball back. Time to chew the clock up. Oh, no!
Score: BC 24, Navy
Slotback Shun White
fumbles at Navy's 23-yard line and Toal picks up the
ball. Four players later, Ryan scores on a 6-yard run.
It comes down to this: Navy ball at its own 30-yard line. Exactly five
minutes are left on the clock.
Campbell runs for five yards.
Kettani follows with six.
Five more for Campbell.
Kaheaku-Enhada gains 11 yards on a pretty option play.
Campbell gains 12 yards on a neat screen pass.
Kettani gains three yards.
Four more yards for Kettani.
Two yards on
an Enhada keeper.
Navy calls timeout with 47 seconds left on the clock. It's
fourth-and-1 on the Eagles' 22-yard line.
Johnson rolls out kicker Matt Harmon
for a 39-yard field goal.
The kick is up, it's long enough, it's just
Harmon nails it.