- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 13, 2001

The Navy football team's homecoming games in recent years have been more like home wreckings.
The Midshipmen are a paltry 6-8 in their homecoming efforts since 1987, with five of those losses at the hands of Division I-AA teams.
When Rice (4-1) visits Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium today at noon for this year's festivities, the string of poor performances might end. The Mids (0-4) have their best chance so far this season to win a game; the Owls field similar personnel to Navy.
"The recruiting pool at [state] schools is enormous compared to the standards at Rice," Rice coach Ken Hatfield said. "We recruit the same type of people that the academies do."
Although the statistics say otherwise Rice has the nation's second-best rushing attack, while the Mids rank 115th in rushing defense Navy, which has played well in recent weeks with Brian Madden at quarterback, could get its first win of the season today.
"This football team is hungry," Navy coach Charlie Weatherbie said. "We had a chance to win [against Air Force], and we didn't find a way to win. We'll find a way to win [this] one."
Weatherbie likes his team's chances because of the play of Madden. Since returning from a two-game suspension, Madden has helped ignite the team's ground game with his option-running ability. He has rushed for 216 yards in two games and has looked good passing too, throwing for 313 yards, including 189 against Air Force.
Rice already has seen the top option quarterback in the country, Nebraska's Eric Crouch, who led the Cornhuskers to a 48-3 victory in Sept. 20. Navy clearly is not Nebraska, but Madden is as valuable to his team's option success as Crouch is to Nebraska.
"Brian has the tenacity and toughness to carry the ball 25 to 30 times a game like an 'I' tailback, which is what he does a lot of," Hatfield said. "He's very durable, he threw the ball on the money [against Air Force] and I think he executes their offense extremely well."
Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk announced this week that Baltimore's PSINet Stadium will hold the 2002 Navy-Notre Dame game and Giants Stadium will play host to the 2004 Navy-Notre Dame contest. The Navy-Notre Dame game is the longest, continuous intersectional football rivalry in the country. The two teams will square off for the 75th consecutive time Nov.17 in South Bend.
"I am excited about playing Notre Dame at PSINet and Giants Stadium," Weatherbie said. "The Ravens and the city of Baltimore put on a great show last year for Army-Navy, and the Meadowlands has always been a great place to play a college football game. It will be a great experience for our players."

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