Delaware 20

(6-2, 5-0 CAA)

Navy 34


1:30 PM ET, October 30, 2004

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD

1 2 3 4 T
DEL 7 3 0 1020
NAVY 7 7 13 734

Top Performers

Passing: S. Riccio (DEL) - 255 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: K. Eckel (NAVY) - 23 CAR, 143 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Boler (DEL) - 16 REC, 153 YDS

Navy 34, Delaware 20

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Aaron Polanco and Kyle Eckel combined to lead Navy to a season-high 346 yards rushing in a 34-20 win over Delaware -- avenging Navy's last loss at home

Saturday was the first time in five games Navy had rushed for more than 300 yards in a game. With the win, the Midshipmen (7-1) remained undefeated at home this season; their last home loss came Nov. 1 to the Blue Hens. Navy hasn't been 7-1 since 1978.

Delaware (6-2) came into the game ranked No. 3 in Division 1-AA and had a six-game winning streak snapped.

Polanco, the nation's top rushing quarterback, scored on runs of 22, 1 and 7 yards for the third three-touchdown game of his career. He gained 64 yards on 15 carries and also threw a 6-yard scoring pass to Eric Roberts.

Eckel gained a season-high 143 yards on 23 carries, rushing for 100 yards for the 11th time in his career and third time this season.

Eckel scored Navy's final touchdown on a 4-yard run, and his career-best 44-yard run set up another score.

"We played with a lot of emotion," Eckel said. "Plus, you always want to get revenge on a team that beats you."

Navy scored late in the second period to take a 14-10 halftime lead. The Mids drove 99 yards in 12 plays to take a 21-10 lead with 6:28 left in the third period on a 1-yard run by Polanco.

The drive got a lift from a 26-yard pass from Polanco to Amir Jenkins that moved the ball from the 12 to the 38.

Navy followed that drive with another of 68 yards. Polanco scored from the 7 to give Navy a 27-10 lead with 2:08 left in the third period.

After scoring on a first-quarter touchdown to tie Navy 7-7, the Blue Hens yielded two field goals.

Brad Shushman's 35-yard field goal put the Hens ahead 10-7 in the second, and he added another late in the third. But the only other touchdown by the Hens came on Sidney Haugabrook's 65-yard punt return with 46 seconds left.

Delaware quarterback Sonny Riccio completed 30 of 50 passes for 255 yards. He threw a touchdown pass for the eighth straight game, a 5-yarder to Niquan Lee in the first quarter.

NOTE: For the first time since 1964, a Navy player wore jersey No. 12. John McLaughlin made his debut as Navy's designated "12th Mid." He was a member of Navy's special teams for the opening kickoff. McLaughlin, who was selected with one other Mid among 18 players, had "12th Mid" written on the back of his jersey instead of his name. Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach wore jersey No. 12. The jersey has been retired since he wore it, but he gave his permission to "unretire" the jersey.