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Army Beats Air Force to Remain Undefeated

November 10, 1996|From Associated Press

Undefeated Army ended a string of seven consecutive losses to Air Force with a 23-7 victory Saturday at West Point, N.Y.

Army (9-0) has its best record since Coach Earl "Red" Blaik's 1949 team finished 9-0 and the Black Knights have won 11 in a row. But Air Force (5-4) is only the second opponent this season with a winning record.

Army can win the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy, emblematic of service-academy supremacy, for the first time since 1988 by beating Navy on Dec. 7.

Against Air Force, fullback Joe Hewitt, with 29 carries, rushed for a career-best 161 yards and two touchdowns. Air Force's all-everything quarterback Beau Morgan, who was averaging 148 rushing yards per game, was held to six in 11 carries.


Chad Johnston threw three touchdown passes in the first 23 minutes and West Virginia (8-2, 4-2) built a 38-0 halftime time on its way to a 55-14 Big East victory over Rutgers (1-7, 1-5) at Piscataway, N.J. . . . Chris McCoy ran for 201 yards and Navy (6-2), off to its best start in 17 years, pulled away from Division I-AA Delaware (7-3) in the second half for a 30-14 victory at Annapolis, Md.

Jon Aljancic ran for one touchdown and passed for two as Dartmouth (8-0, 5-0) took charge in the first half at Hanover, N.H., and went on to a 40-0 Ivy League victory over Columbia (6-2, 3-2), which lost its second in a row after a 6-0 start. . . . Cornell tailback Chad Levitt, with 218 yards in 39 carries, moved within 85 yards of Ed Marinaro's school record of 4,715 as the Big Red (3-5, 3-2) recorded a 28-20 Ivy League victory over Yale (2-6, 1-4) at West Haven, Conn.


No. 25 Virginia Tech overcame a week of turmoil caused by player suspensions and a night of finger-numbing weather to defeat East Carolina, 35-14, at Blacksburg, Va. Jim Druckenmiller passed for 268 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Hokies (7-1) over the Pirates (5-3). Virginia Tech played without All-America defensive end Cornell Brown, who along with five reserves was suspended last week after being charged with beating up a member of the track team. . . . Donovan McNabb passed for 271 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 24 Syracuse (6-2) to an 31-7 nonconference victory over Tulane at New Orleans for the Orangemen's sixth consecutive victory.


Antowain Smith scored six touchdowns, the last on a 12-yard run in overtime, to lead Houston (6-4, 3-1) to a 56-49 Conference USA victory over No. 20 Southern Mississippi (8-2, 4-1) at Houston.


Chris Lemon caught two touchdown passes from John Dutton and Matt Lasker scored three short-yardage touchdowns as Nevada (7-3, 4-1) earned a berth in the Las Vegas Bowl with a 54-27 Big West victory over Utah State (6-5, 4-1) at Logan, Utah. Nevada will play the champion of the Mid-America Conference on Dec. 19. . . . Jeff Graham's 33-yard field goal with two seconds left rallied North Texas (4-6, 2-2) to a 30-27 Big West victory over Boise State (1-9, 0-3) at Boise, Idaho. . . . Cal State Northridge scored 35 points in the second quarter, when Aaron Flowers threw for two touchdowns--including one on a 90-yard play to David Romines--but the Matadors (5-5, 3-3) barely managed a 42-40 Big Sky victory over Idaho State (3-6, 1-5) at Pocatello, Ida. . . . Sean Laird threw for 282 yards and five touchdowns to lead Division I-AA St. Mary's (6-3) to a 42-29 victory over Division III Chapman (6-2) at Moraga, Calif.

Anthony Rice ran for 154 yards and one touchdown as La Verne (7-1) rolled to a 37-16 nonconference victory over Menlo (5-3) at La Verne. . . . Jack Ramirez passed for five touchdowns as Pomona-Pitzer (6-2) breezed to a 63-7 victory over Claremont-Mudd (2-7) at Pomona. Ramirez completed 12 of 16 passes for 242 yards. . . . San Diego (4-5) led 27-3 after Jeb Dougherty returned the second-half kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown, then held on for a 44-34 victory over Azusa Pacific (7-2) at Azusa. Azusa Pacific, ranked No. 13 in the NAIA, tied the game 27-27 three touchdowns and three two-point conversions in seven minutes. . . . Rob Compson threw for 261 yards and four touchdowns as Montana State (5-4) rolled to a 37-20 victory over Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (5-5) at Bozeman, Mont.

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