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Navy 38, Rice 6

10/18/2003

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.