- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 7, 2001

The Navy football team gave away six points to Air Force yesterday, and lost by that same margin, 24-18 before an announced 36,251 at Fed-Ex Field.
On one drive, the Midshipmen had a touchdown negated by a blocking-in-the-back penalty away from the play, dropped a short touchdown pass following the penalty and settled for a field goal. In addition, the Mids missed two extra points and had several long drives halted by penalties.
Even so, Navy had a chance to win in the final two minutes.
Quarterback Brian Madden led the Mids 30 yards to his team's 40-yard line with a little more than one minute to play. Madden then hit receiver Dominic Bailey in the shoulder pads 10 yards across midfield, but the ball bounced around as Bailey went to the ground, kicked it into the air and Air Force picked it off to seal the victory.
"It's frustrating, once again," Madden said. "It's frustrating to make mistakes like that in key situations. We are a school based on discipline, and that's something we should reflect. We were in a position to win."
Madden put his team in that position with a tremendous offensive day, carrying the ball 27 times for 110 yards. It was his seventh straight 100-yard rushing game, a school record. In the air, he was just as deadly, completing 13 of 20 passes for a career-high 189 yards.
But it was the miscues that Madden and the Mids (0-4) stressed after the game.
Navy jumped on top 6-0 on a 54-yard touchdown pass to Tony Lane but had the extra point blocked. Air Force (3-1) responded and took a 7-6 lead on the next drive.
Back came Navy as Madden broke a 78-yard touchdown run but the play yielded only 55 yards after Navy was flagged for clipping. The penalty hurt that much more because it had no bearing on the run as Madden already had broken free.
The Mids took over on the Air Force 32-yard line and pushed to the Air Force 6. On third down, Madden found Lane free in the back of the end zone, but he dropped the ball, and Navy settled for a field goal and a 9-7 first-quarter lead.
"Tony is a resilient player," Navy coach Charlie Weatherbie said. "I'd put him in the same situation to beat Army tomorrow. He will bounce back."
The dropped pass hurt the Mids, but penalties and turnovers killed them. In the second quarter, Navy marched 53 yards to the Air Force 22-yard line but fumbled, and came away with no points.
In the third quarter, the Mids seemed to have a first-and-goal at the 7 but picked up a personal foul penalty after a 12-yard run by Madden.
After Madden completed his run, Navy offensive tackle David Walsh blatantly stepped on Justin Pendry, who was lying on the ground, and was called for a 15-yard dead-ball penalty. The Mids once again had to settle for a field goal and trailed 18-12 with 8:09 remaining in the third quarter.
Mistakes and penalties aside, Navy's defense kept the Mids in striking distance. The Mids received a boost from senior defensive end Michael Wagoner, who started after serving a three-game suspension for his role in the theft of a parking meter in Baltimore. The Mids forced six punts, impressive, considering they forced just seven in their first three games. Navy also allowed a mere 371 total yards, down 129 yards from its 500-yard a game average.
But the Mids struggled containing quarterback Keith Boyea (118 yards rushing) and fullback James Burns (81 yards rushing) on the ground.
Air Force took the first step in winning the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy, the award given to the winner of round robin play among the service academies. Navy has not won the award since 1981, and cannot win it this year due to tiebreak rules.

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