NEWTON, Mass. - A week after suffering a 27-point trouncing by Georgia Tech and the loss of senior quarterback Brian Broadwater, Navy finds itself having to pick up the pieces once again.
The latest salvage job comes after yesterday's 48-7 blowout at the hands of Boston College before an Alumni Stadium crowd of 42,681.
It's a task that may be more difficult than expected, given the way Navy was pounded on both sides of the ball by the Golden Eagles (2-1).
Quarterback Tim Hasselbeck enjoyed a career day against the Mids, completing 20 of 28 throws to pick them apart for a career-high 355 yards and a pair of scores.
"You've got to forget about it," said Navy safety Chris Lepore. "You've got to move on. You can't think about what's happened in the past."
All told, Navy (0-3) was out-gained 625-223, and was all but finished after falling behind 17-0 early in the second quarter.
"It hurts to lose," said Charlie Weatherbie, who is 0-3 for the first time in his six years as Navy coach. "We didn't play very well at all. You've got to have 11 cylinders firing on both sides of the ball."
Backup quarterback Ed Malinowski, making his first career start in place of Broadwater, was limited to 86 yards on 8-for-17 passing.
The Mids responded well to Malinowski, at first. The junior from Canonsburg, Pa., led them smartly from their own 20 deep into Eagles territory on the game's opening series, and Navy threatened to grab the early lead.
In that series, tailback Josh Bock reeled off several big gains, including an 8-yard carry on third-and-eight that gave Navy a first down at the Eagles' 25.
"We came out on that first drive and executed," Malinowski said. "We played our kind of ball."
Four plays later, on fourth-and-inches, the Mids pulled off a fake field goal, and Malinowski dived for a first down at the 13.
Then came the unraveling.
On the next play, Malinowski's attempted pitchout to Bock was tipped by Eagles defender Willie Poole. Bock recovered the ball for a 15-yard loss.
Matters worsened when the Mids were forced to settle for a 44-yard field-goal attempt. Holder Billy Hubbard fumbled the snap, and Boston College recovered at midfield.
"Anytime we got things going," Weatherbie said, "we either had a turnover, a penalty or a busted assignment."
More costly was the loss of starting left guard Philip Yeh, who suffered a broken left ankle on that drive and is lost to the team indefinitely.
The Eagles promptly took the lead on a 1-yard plunge by William Green. That score was set up by a 26-yard throw from Hasselbeck to DuJuan Daniels, who made an over-the-shoulder circus catch.
Hasselbeck followed that with a 30-yard scoring strike to Dedrick Dewalt with 1:08 left in the quarter.
"I figure that any D-I quarterback can throw the ball 50 yards," Lepore said. "But he threw it with a lot of accuracy."
Navy attempted a mild comeback midway through the second period, when they drove 80 yards on six plays for its only score, a 12-yard run by Rashad Jamal that cut the deficit to 17-7. Earlier in the drive, Jamal had reeled off a 33-yard gain. A 15-yard personal-foul penalty tacked onto the play brought the ball to the Eagles' 28.
But Boston College answered that immediately when Hasselbeck and Dewalt connected again on a 37-yarder, and took a 24-7 lead into halftime. The Mids had nothing to offer after that.
"I think we have to look at what we're doing," Weatherbie said, "and who we're doing it with to see if we can help ourselves."
NOTE: Navy's football game at Air Force on Oct. 7 will kick off two hours earlier than originally scheduled. The new starting time is 1 p.m. (EST), 11 a.m. in the Mountain time zone. The game is scheduled for regional television with details to be announced.
Navy 0 7 0 0 - 7 Boston College 14 10 10 14 - 48
Next for Navy
Opponent: Texas Christian
Site: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis
When: Saturday, noon
Yesterday: Beat Arkansas St., 52-3