Football Notches Win Over Navy, 46-21
Oct 19, 2002
By HOWARD ULMAN
BOSTON - Derrick Knight ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns, and Brian St. Pierre threw for three scores Saturday, giving Boston College a 46-21 victory and Navy its sixth straight loss.
BC (4-2) led 46-7 early in the fourth quarter before Aaron Polanco ran for two of his three touchdowns.
It was a breather for the Eagles, whose losses have been to top-ranked Miami and No. 3 Virginia Tech. Navy (1-6) began the game having lost 14 fumbles, second only to Purdue's 15 in Division I-A, and lost five more. Craig Candeto threw an interception for Navy's sixth turnover.
But Navy was able to move the ball, gaining 446 yards and rushing 65 times for a season-high 380 yards. BC totaled 469 yards, but had the ball nearly four minutes less than the Midshipmen.
Navy, 2-26 in its last 28 games, was never in this one.
The Midshipmen turned the ball over on downs on their first series, and BC moved 73 yards to Knight's 22-yard touchdown run. Navy failed again on fourth down later in the first quarter, leading to another 73-yard march and St. Pierre's 14-yard scoring pass to Grant Adams.
Lamar Owens fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and Greg Toal recovered for the Eagles at the Navy 14. BC needed just three runs by Knight - for 8, 4 and 2 yards - to score and make it 22-0 early in the second quarter.
St. Pierre's 10-yard pass to Adams made it 29-0 before Polanco went in from 7 yards. But BC went ahead 36-7 at halftime on St. Pierre's 10-yard scoring pass to Joel Hazard.
St. Pierre, who threw four touchdown passes against Navy in a 38-21 win last year, completed 17-of-25 passes for 274 yards.
Five Midshipmen rushed for at least 50 yards, led by Candeto with 63 on 10 carries.
Navy already had allowed more than 46 points in three of its first five losses and began the day ranked 108th of 117 I-A teams in scoring defense. That increased Saturday from 38.2 points per game to 39.3.