For the fourth time in the last five years, Army marched all over Navy.
Executing its wishbone offense effectively, Army ran for 367 yards Saturday to hand Navy a 30-20 defeat and even the 100-year-old series between the two service academies 42-42-7.Junior quarterback Willie McMillian ran for a career-high 195 yards and one touchdown and senior Mike Mayweather ran for 87 yards and another score.
"I felt we could run the quarterback," Army Coach Jim Young said. "Air Force stopped the quarterback (in a 15-3 victory). When you run the option, you run the quarterback until they take it away.
"He's an excellent runner. He stretched it out, then he made the cuts and he made the big plays."
Army, 6-5, got field goals of 30, 38 and 25 yards from Patmon Malcom as it gave Coach Jim Young a victory against Navy in his last game. The Cadets also scored a touchdown on their only pass of the day.
Young, who announced his retirement before the season, finished with a 51-39-1 record in eight years at Army, including a 5-3 mark against Navy.
"This is the second time I retired," Young said. "The chances are not very good that I'll come back. I'm ten years older than the last time."
Navy, 5-6, scored on a 1-yard run by Alton Grizzard, a 6-yard pass from Grizzard to Jerry Dawson and a 45-yard run by Brad Stamanak.
"It was a frustrating day," said Navy Coach George Chaump. "Nothing was able to stop them. They used their forces and got long sustained drives that kept the ball away from us."
The Cadets ran 74 plays, to 53 for Navy, and had the ball for 35:45, compared to 24:15 for the Midshipmen.
The Cadets took a 3-0 lead on Malcom's 30-yard field goal on their first possession. Army moved from its own 29 to the Navy 13 before the drive stalled.
Army went ahead 10-0 on Mayweather's 3-yard run three seconds into the second quarter, capping an eight-play, 65-yard drive.
Army took over when Navy's Jason Pace fumbled at the Cadets' 35 and the ball was recovered by Rone Reed. Army needed to convert a fourth-and-one play to keep the drive going.
McMillian's 7-yard run gave Army a 17-0 lead with 4:15 to play in the first half after a 16-play, 73-yard march in which the Cadets converted two fourth-and-one plays.