Scores

Final

Navy 38

(5-2)

Rice 6

(1-5, 1-1 C-USA)

3:00 PM ET, October 18, 2003

Rice Stadium, HOUSTON, TX

1 2 3 4 T
NAVY 14 14 0 1038
RICE 3 3 0 06

Navy 38, Rice 6

HOUSTON (AP) -- Craig Candeto ran for 151 yards and two touchdowns and also threw a scoring pass as Navy beat Rice 38-6 on Saturday.

"We were right on our assignments and we moved the ball every time we touched it," Candeto said. "On offense, we want to score every time we touch the ball and we did that in the first half. (The coaches) have us ready for every defense we see out there."

The Midshipmen (5-2) ran 69 times for 366 yards, and scored on all four of their first-half possessions to take a 28-6 lead.

Candeto scored on a 7-yard run with 6:22 left in the first quarter and added a 1-yarder with 4:19 remaining in the second.

"I can't say enough about Craig. He's one tough cookie. He's a tough rascal," Navy coach Paul Johnson said.

Eric Roberts had a 69-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Candeto with 16 seconds left in the half.

Until Navy went three-and-out to open the second half, it had scored on nine straight possessions dating to its 37-27 victory over Vanderbilt last Saturday. Navy was 9-for-9 on third-down conversions in the first half and finished 13-of-19.

"We did not tackle well in the first half," Rice coach Ken Hatfield said. "Part of that was us and part of that was them. Their quarterback and fullback are so darned good they're tough to contain."

Backup quarterback Aaron Polanco had an 8-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.

Rice (1-5) ran for 206 yards and had only 17 yards passing. The Owls also had two turnovers in the second half, one of which, a fumble, resulted in a field goal by Navy.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NAVY
RICE
1st Downs2214
Total Yards442223
Passing7617
Rushing366206
Penalties3-255-41
3rd Down Conversions13-193-13
4th Down Conversions0-22-4
Turnovers02
Possession35:2824:32

Passing Leaders

NavyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Candeto6/10767.610-
RiceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Herm3/870.900-
Henderso...3/6101.701-

Rushing Leaders

NavyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Candeto361514.2231
Roberts59318.6169
RiceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Henderson14543.9017
Lott44210.5024

Receiving Leaders

NavyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Roberts33612.0117
Wesley23216.0020
RiceRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lott382.704
Battle273.504

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNAVYRICE
FG10:32BRENNAN LANDRY 34 YD FG
Drive info: 11 plays, 0 yards.
03
TD6:22CRAIG CANDETO 7 YD RUN (ERIC ROLFS KICK)
Drive info: 11 plays, 66 yards.
73
TD4:12ERIC ROBERTS 69 YD RUN (ERIC ROLFS KICK)
Drive info: 1 plays, 69 yards.
143
SECOND QUARTERNAVYRICE
FG12:41BRENNAN LANDRY 38 YD FG
Drive info: 14 plays, 59 yards.
146
TD4:19CRAIG CANDETO 1 YD RUN (ERIC ROLFS KICK)
Drive info: 17 plays, 72 yards.
216
TD0:16ERIC ROBERTS 15 YD PASS FROM CRAIG CANDETO (ERIC ROLFS KICK)
Drive info: 13 plays, 84 yards.
286
FOURTH QUARTERNAVYRICE
FG7:29ERIC ROLFS 45 YD FG
Drive info: 7 plays, 12 yards.
316
TD0:19AARON POLANCO 8 YD RUN (ERIC ROLFS KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 48 yards.
386