California (6-5) vs. Navy (8-3)
Time: 3: 30 p.m. today
TV: Chs. 2, 7
Radio: WITH (1230 AM), WJFK (1300 AM), WNAV (1430 AM)
Line: Navy by 1
Players to watch:
Chris McCoy, Navy: Rushed for 1,228 yards, including nine 100-yard rushing games, and 16 touchdowns in the run-oriented attack.
Pat Barnes, California: Flourished with 3,499 yards, 31 touchdowns in high-powered West Coast offense.
Navy 36, Georgia Tech 26: A defense that struggled to stop the Yellow Jackets responded with interceptions by junior safeties Gervy Alota and Rashad Smith in the final six minutes yesterday to give Navy a dramatic victory and keep its bowl hopes alive.
California 56, Arizona 55, 4OT: Pat Barnes threw for eight touchdowns and 503 yards, both school records in the longest football game in major college history on Nov. 2.
Outlook: It points to a high-scoring game, since Navy averaged 31.8 points per game and the Bears 31.3. However, one team prefers moving the ball on the ground, the other through the air. Statistically, Navy finished fifth nationally in rushing with 283.6 22 yards a game with McCoy and Omar Nelson combining for more than 2,000 yards and 25 touchdowns in running the spread option. Bears quarterback Barnes was eighth in passing efficiency with a 159.1 rating and California finished third in total offense (310.5 yards a game).
Pub Date: 12/25/96