Army Uses a Secret Weapon, Beats Navy, 30-20 : Rivalry: Cadets attempt only one pass--and the result is their first scoring throw against Midshipmen since 1971.
Army used a powerful ground attack--and one aerial surprise--to beat Navy Saturday.
Quarterback Willie McMillian rushed 35 times for a personal-best 195 yards and threw for a 35-yard touchdown on his only pass of the game as the Cadets gave Coach Jim Young a 30-20 farewell present.
Using running back Mike Mayweather primarily as a decoy for McMillian, Army got 357 rushing yards in 73 carries.
“I felt we could run the quarterback,” said Young, who will retire after eight years as Army’s coach.
“When you run the option, you run the quarterback until they take it away from you.”
Navy never did.
“They were trying to contain Mike,” said McMillian, whose previous rushing best was 182 yards. “I think they were keying on him. That opened up things for me.”
Army finished with a 6-5 record, giving Young a 51-39-1 mark at West Point. He guided the Cadets to the only three bowl games in their history.
“It’s an emotional time for me right now,” Young said. “Already I miss the enjoyment.”
Navy, which was seeking its first winning season since 1982, finished 5-6 in its first year under Coach George Chaump.
“It was a frustrating day,” Chaump said. “No matter what we tried, we couldn’t stop them.”
The Army victory evened the series at 42-42-7.
After Army took a 17-0 lead, Navy rallied to make the score 17-14 on a 35-yard touchdown run by freshman Brad Stramanak with 13:51 to play in the third quarter. But Army came right back to score on McMillian’s pass to Myreon Williams at the start of the fourth quarter.
It was the first passing touchdown by Army against Navy since 1971.
Navy recovered a fumbled punt at the Army 23 and scored five plays later on a one-yard run by quarterback Alton Grizzard. A pass on the conversion attempt failed, leaving Army with a 24-20 lead.
Army sealed the victory on two field goals by Patmon Malcom, a 38-yarder with 6:14 to play and a 25-yarder with 46 seconds remaining.
Mayweather, Army’s all-time leading rusher, closed his career with 87 yards in 22 carries. Army drove to the Navy 19 on its first possession but had to settle for a 30-yard field goal by Malcom. The Cadets made the score 10-0 on Mayweather’s three-yard run early in the second quarter and extended their lead to 17-0 on McMillian’s seven-yard run with 4:45 to play in the half.
Navy then drove 90 yards in nine plays, capping the drive with a six-yard scoring pass from Grizzard to Jerry Dawson.