- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 9, 2001


ANNAPOLIS Navy's football team yesterday sank to an uncharted depth of despair.
The Midshipmen suffered their worst loss in the 121-year history of the program as No. 10 Georgia Tech romped 70-7 before 30,602 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Previously, the Mids largest margin of defeat was 56 points.
Georgia Tech's 70 points ties the most ever allowed by the Mids, who lost to Michigan 70-14 in 1976. Navy has not beaten a ranked opponent in its last 31 tries.
"It's a long season still we have only played two games, and we have nine left to play," said senior quarterback Ed Malinowski, who was 6-for-15 passing for 85 yards and finished with 17 yards rushing on 12 carries. "We know we're better than the 63-point differential they put on us."
The Yellow Jackets (3-0) scored touchdowns on their first five possessions, and added a defensive score to enter halftime ahead 42-0. Not since 1916 had Tech scored more points in a half: 96 in the last two quarters in a famous 222-0 devastation of Cumberland (Tenn.).
Tech quarterback George Godsey completed eight of nine for 158 yards and two touchdowns, and running back Joe Burns carried 11 times for 70 yards. Most first-team players departed after the first 25 minutes.
Second-string Tech quarterback Andy Hall played well, completing seven of nine for 133 yards before being replaced by freshman Damarius Bilbo early in the fourth quarter. Bilbo led the Yellow Jackets to a touchdown with a little more than three minutes left after Navy scored its lone touchdown with 3:59 remaining.
"I thought the [quarterbacks] played well," Tech coach George O'Leary said. "George was very sharp and his throws were on time… . We wanted to get our third quarterback in because it is a long season. He only had four different plays to run. I didn't call that play at the end for Bilbo, but it was good to get him in the end zone."
Navy turned the ball over five times and had just 217 yards of total offense compared with Tech's 561. Navy starting quarterback Craig Candeto was ineffective, finishing 5-for-10 passing for 26 yards, and added 15 yards rushing on 14 carries.
It doesn't get much easier next week for the Mids (0-2), who visit No. 16 Northwestern on Saturday. There is a glimmer of hope, however, because No. 1 quarterback Brian Madden will return this week from a two-game suspension. Madden led the nation in rushing among quarterbacks in 1999 but missed all of last season with a knee injury. With Navy's flexbone offense sputtering, Madden will bring much-needed toughness to its otherwise vulnerable inside running attack.
Coach Charlie Weatherbie declined to name a starter for the Northwestern game, saying it would be a game-time decision. Since 1999, Navy is 3-2 in games Madden has started and 3-17 when he doesn't.
"As far as the quarterback situation … all three of us right now are thinking we are going to play," Malinowski said. "Right now we've been using two quarterbacks, and I think we probably won't get away from [playing multiple quarterbacks]."
With Georgia Tech leading 49-0, the Yellow Jackets scored again when Hall tossed a 50-yard touchdown pass with 10:21 to play in the third quarter. Asked about the play call, Weatherbie replied, "What goes around comes around."

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