STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- The Navy players gathered in the corner
of the stadium to celebrate with their band after the final horn
What started as a celebration of Stanford's renovated stadium
ended in a dominating Navy win and more disappointment for the
Reggie Campbell ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns to help
Navy spoil the unveiling of the new Stanford Stadium by beating the
Cardinal 37-9 Saturday night.
"We knew they would come out excited because they were opening
a brand new stadium, the fireworks, the flyover," Navy defensive
back Jeremy McGown said. "I think the excitement of being the
opening and them being so fired up got us fired up as well."
The Cardinal (0-3) were left to wonder about the state of the
program in Walt Harris' second year as coach. This is the worst
start for Stanford since it lost the first four games in 1987.
"We wanted to impress our fans and we wanted to play well,"
said receiver Evan Moore, who left in the first quarter with a
stress reaction in his right foot. "It definitely hurts. It's just
not our time right now. We have to pick it up and get rolling
Stanford began the renovation project last November, immediately
after the team's season-finale against Notre Dame. The venue looks
like its old self from the outside, but otherwise there's little
resemblance of the former stadium.
The number of seats has been decreased from 85,500 to 50,000 to
make for a more intimate setting. With fans closer to the field and
the metal seats in the second deck, the noise level is expected to
be louder than at the old stadium.
But the Stanford contingent in the crowd of 44,022 didn't have
much to cheer. The Cardinal committed three turnovers, including
two fumbled kickoffs, and didn't score a touchdown until Anthony
Kimble's 3-yard run with 11:55 to go made it 27-9.
Navy, which relies almost exclusively on the run in its option
offense and had only three completions the first two games,
actually completed two passes before Trent Edwards had his first
for Stanford in the opening minute of the second quarter.
The Midshipmen even had the advantage in yards passing before
Stanford put together an 86-yard drive to end the half with a
22-yard field goal by Aaron Zagory that cut Navy's lead to 10-3.
Edwards finished 23-for-35 for 226 yards and an interception as
Stanford struggled without its starting receivers. Receiver Mark
Bradford could miss the rest of the season after tearing ligaments
in his right foot and Moore left in the first quarter.
"It's frustrating because we know what we need to do to win but
we're just not executing right now," Edwards said.
Hampton finished 8-for-11 for 74 yards and ran for 53 more. Navy
finished with 367 yards rushing.
Navy took control at the start of the second half after Campbell
returned the opening kick 57 yards to the Stanford 42. He then
capped the drive with a 14-yard run off an option play to make it
"I don't think we played as well as we could the first half,
but I think in the second half we came out and had a good first
drive," Ballard said. "I think that set the tone for the entire
After a 39-yard field goal by Joey Bullen, Stanford's Brandon
Harrison fumbled the kickoff and Rashawn King recovered at the 16.
Four plays later, Hampton scored on a 2-yard keeper that made it
27-3 and sent many of the fans home early.
Campbell added a 17-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Navy put together a 15-play drive in the first quarter, leading
to a 20-yard field goal by Bullen for the first score of the game.
On the ensuing kickoff, Byron McCoy knocked the ball loose from
returner Jason Evans and recovered the fumble at the Cardinal 25.
The Midshipmen drove down and scored on Hampton's 1-yard run on the
first play of the second quarter to make it 10-0.
The game was played without the Stanford marching band. The
school said this week the band will not be allowed to perform at
any athletic events this month because members vandalized their
rehearsal trailer in July with spray paint and sledgehammers.
Navy's band put on the halftime show and even played Stanford's
fight song on occasion.