With the Mids uncharacteristically running the ball, they used Stramanak's off-tackle slashes to march 76 yards to Army's 3. But on first-and-goal, James was rocked by defensive back Jason Sutton. The ball sprung loose, and Heckathorne again recovered, this time on the 2.
The Cadets then began a 98-yard scoring drive that consumed more than six minutes. Kevin Vaughn, Chad Davis and Lane took turns in crashing through Navy's interior line before Lane turned the right corner for a 16-yard gain to the Mids' 6.
The Cadets dominated the second quarter, maintaining possession for 11 minutes, 40 seconds. But after freshman tight end Ken Leshinski couldn't hold on to a pass from Roper in the end zone, Army's 67-yard drive ended when Wicks missed a 24-yard field-goal attempt with 24 seconds left in the half.
Navy wasted a chance in the third quarter when Kubiak's passing gave the Mids a first down on the Army 32. The Mids turned the ball over on downs after picking up only 2 yards.
That set the stage for another march by the Cadets. Roper did an excellent job of keeping the Navy defense off balance with his fakes and keeper plays out of the wishbone.
Roper ran 21 yards to the Navy 29. Five plays later, the junior
quarterback darted 9 yards through a big hole to score untouched. Wicks converted to boost Army's lead to 16-0 with 3:50 left in the third quarter.
Suddenly, Navy started doing everything right. Kubiak drove the team, teaming with Damon Dixon on 19- and 16-yard completions, to move to the Army 2.
Three straight runs by Stramanak resulted in a loss of a yard. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Kubiak rolled right and beat the Army defenders into the end zone. Kubiak passed to Dixon for a two-point conversion to cut Army's lead to 16-8.
In less than two minutes, the Mids scored again. Keith Galloway forced a fumble by Dondra Jolly on the kickoff, and linebacker Matt Kaslik recovered on the Army 19.
After three running plays, Kubiak found tight end Jim Mill on a crossing pattern for an 8-yard score. This time, Navy botched a reverse play on another two-point conversion attempt, and Army led, 16-14.
NOTES: Kubiak, who completed 16 of 26 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown, was named the game's MVP. His 11 touchdown passes this season were one shy of Grizzard's record, set in 1990. . . . James bounced back from his first-quarter fumble to gain 90 yards on 10 carries. . . . A memorial service for Grizzard will be held at the Naval Academy chapel today at 3 p.m.
Army 16, Navy 14