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8The Daily Tar HeelMonday, September 17, 1984
Alternating QBs were
By SCOTT FOWLER
Assistant Sports Editor
The splitting of playing time between
UNC quarterbacks Kevin Anthony and
Mark Maye was as successful as it was
The two combined for 243 passing
yards and completed 15 of 25 passes,
but four of those completions fell into
the open arms of Navy defenders. Three
of those interceptions were crucial to
the game's outcome.
The first interception set up a Navy
touchdown, the third killed a UNC
drive at the Midshipmen two, and the
last one ended any UNC hope of a last
Anthony was certainly cut a bigger
piece of the playing-time pie. He played
10 of the Tar Heels' 14 offensive series
and almost seven more minutes than
The twosome put on a show in the
first half, completing over 90 percent
of their passes. They made everyone
believe that the alternating quarterback
system was the answer to UNC prayers.
The tandem completed its first 10
passes, and Earl Winfield almost came
up with the 11th in the end zone but
lost control of the ball when he hit the
turf. The aerial game netted 162 yards,
yielded no interceptions and produced
one touchdown a 3 1 -yard strike from
Maye to split end Eric Streater in
the first 30 minutes.
"We came out strong," Anthony said.
"I completed quite a few in a row, and
when Mark came in the team continued
to do well. But it was a different story
in the second half."
Indeed. A combined five-for-14, no
touchdowns and four interceptions.
"I don't think Navy made any
adjustments," head coach Dick Crum
said. "We didnt have as good field
Anthony, who was seven-for-seven in
the first half, saw things differently.
"Navy made some changes in what they
were doing and got into some different
Game-winning pass was ironic twist for
By LEE ROBERTS
Assistant Sports Editor
Life at the Naval Academy is rigid,
strict and sometimes pretty rough. That
is what makes Navy's game-winning
touchdown bomb with 2:24 remaining
Saturday in a 33-30 win over North
Carolina so ironic.
Sophomore quarterback Bill Byrne
who threw the winning toss was
not expected to start, senior tailback
Rich Clouse who caught the pass
was playing in the spot where
heralded Napoleon McCallum would
have been were he on the field, and the
piay, which covered 60 yards, about 45
in the air, was not supposed to go but
about 15'to 18 yards.
Can someone please explain why this
strict institution relied on such a
haphazard play to win Saturday?
"I guess it wasnt that good of a play,"
a sweat-covered Byrne said outside
Kenan Field House after the game. "I
don't quite know how I did it. I
dropped, then stepped up, and I don't
know if they were on my back or just
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The Midshipmen did something
right. On the first four UNC offensive
series of the second half with Anthony
at the helm, UNC punted twice and
Anthony threw two interceptions.
Next Maye got two chances, with the
field-position cards stacked in his favor,
starting at the Navy 39 and 33 yard
lines. On the first of those drives, UNC
found itself faced with a fourth-and-one
from the Navy two. In the most crucial
situation of his young career, Maye
dropped back under heavy pressure and
lofted a wobbly pass in the direction
of flanker Arnold Franklin.
"I looked up and saw Arnold in the
end zone," Maye said. "I don't think
there was a whole lot on the ball. I don't
know what happened, but then the
Navy guy had it."
Maye did lead UNC to one first down
the next time they had the ball and Rob
Rogers kicked a 41-yard field goal.
That was it for Maye. Anthony took
the controls for the rest of the game,
leading the Tar Heels to one touchdown
with three straight completions, includ
ing a 40-yarder to Winfield, then
throwing an interception on UNC's final
possession with 2:10 left in the game,
and the Tar Heels trailing by three.
"We were in the hurry-up offense,"
Anthony said of the interception. "We
were running an option where I throw
to the tight end. I shouldVe thrown the
ball away, but I tried to force it."
For the game, Anthony was 12-for-18
for 197 yards, with three intercep
tions, and Maye was three-for-seven for
46 yards and one interception.
Quarterback coach Randy Walker
said he wasnt surprised by his proteges'
performances. "We scored 30 points and
that's not bad, but we obviously also
made some critical errors. These two
guys are going to go through some
"I hate that they had to experience
losing so early. But I told them both,
'It's not important what happened today
blowing by. I just put a duck in the
air, and all I could see was little number
23, streaking down the middle."
Well, why don't you get it right next
"The play was actually a mistake,"
Navy coach Gary Tranquill said. "It was
a 9-route, and we substituted a tailback
for a fullback because our fullbacks
havent been catching the ball well. The
play is only designed to go 15 to 18
yards. I dont know if Bill even saw him
at first, which is why I guess the play
went for so long."
With about 2:30 left in the fourth
quarter, Navy or. its own 40, and down
30-25, the play was called. North
Carolina put on a blitz, and it looked
like linebacker Noel McEachern had
Byrne sacked, but the sophomore who
had been sixth on Navy's depth chart
during the preseason pump-faked,
throwing off the defense, and let loose.
"I felt the defensive pressure," Byrne
said. "The pass was a wobbler, but I
got it there."
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grow from this and become better
Despite the second-half turnovers,
UNC players and coaches remained
optimistic about the dual quarterback
system. "We have great confidence in
both of them, so it doesn't matter who's
in there," Streater said.
arms of Clouse, who was open by five
yards and streaked untouched into the
The only thing about the play that
wasn't a surprise was that it was a pass.
Tranquill figured that the Tar Heels
would be keying on Heisman candidate
McCallum so much that the forward
pass would be an effective weapon. So,
after 41 Navy passes on the day, 28 by
Byrne and 13 by Bob Misch, and four
touchdowns, Tranquill's game plan
seemed sound indeed.
"We knew we had to throw the ball
well, come hell or high water," Tranquill
said. "Our intention was to open up the
defense to the pass, and then give the
ball to Napoleon on the ground."
Sure enough, McCallum made the
most of his uncharacteristically low 19
carries on the day, picking up 1 17 yards.
"Usually, I carry the ball a lot more,"
McCallum said. "But now I have good
players around me, so I just want to
do more with the fewer times I carry
One of those good players surround
ing McCallum was Byrne, an unlikely
hero if one had talked to coach
Tranquill before the preseason drills
started. Byrne was not even mentioned
in Navy's press guide because, as Navy
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They throw about the same," split
end Larry Griffin said. "Mark does put
more velocity on his ball though."
"They (Anthony and Maye) made
some good plays, and Navy made some
good plays on defense," offensive
coordinator John Matsko said. "I
thought the switching was very
had said, "we wanted to go with the
top 56 players."
Yeah, sure Bill. Good luck making
When he came into practice this
summer in the middle of a highly
competitive quarterback situation,
Byrne rose from the multitudes and
established himself as a leading candi
date for the position.
"Bill has played very well in the
preseason," Tranquill said of his
decision to start Byrne Saturday. "He
is intelligent and shows good field
Saturday, Byrne switched off with
Misch for most of the afternoon. In fact,
when Navy took the field with 4:02
remaining and down 30-25, Byrne
wasnt even sure whether he or Misch
would get the call. Byrne did, and the
rest of this story came down to the
But as usual, this organized, efficient,
strict Navy team was on the ball.
Clouse, answering a reporter's ques
tion after the game, said, "I'm not even
sure who the primary receiver is on that
Another reporter filled Clouse in.
"You're the primary receiver."
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'D' as in dilemma; Navy
shoots holes in defense
Like their compatriots in the Air
Force, they pierced the sky with an
aerial attack that often left the
Like their colleagues in the Army,
they moved by land, eating up
enemy territory and pushing back
farther and farther their foe's front
The only method of warfare Navy
didn't employ on Saturday was the
one they had been taught. And the
only reason was that such tactics
were impossible. Had this game
been played earlier in the week and
nearer the North Carolina coast, the
Midshipmen likely would have
polished their Polaris missiles and
submarined themselves into the
UNC end zone.
The theme of the game took time
to unfold, but when the clock finally
had run out and the Tar Heels had
lost their season-opening game, 33
30, it became evident. Join the
Navy, and see Kenan Stadium. The
Middies became well acquainted
with the facility. Specifically, the
100 yards of grass between the goal
lines. And the Carolina blue
rectangles on either end.
While Navy did not move the ball
up and down the field at will against
the Tar Heels, the fact remains that
Lawrence Taylor, Mike Wilcher
and William Fuller would have
shaken their heads and rolled their
eyes in dismay had they been
watching this edition of the UNC
defense. Known in recent years for
its strangling defensive play, North
Carolina was considered suspect in
that, area when the annual
preseason analyses came out. In
their first football game of 1984, the
Tar Heels lived up to their
Remember the Oklahoma game
in 1980? The one everyone tried to
forget? UNC hadn't allowed as
many points as they did Saturday
since the Sooners drilled the Tar
Heels, 41-7, in Norman, Okla. It
was North Carolina's only loss of
the 1980 season.
Nothing should be inferred from
that last fact.
For the record, Navy got 23 first
downs, liberally sharing them
among the run, the pass and the
penalty flag. Ten came on the
ground, 10 more through the air
and three as a result of penalties.
The Midshipmen amassed 410
yards of offense, split almost
equally between rushing and
passing. They averaged more than
four yards a carry, and while
quarterbacks Bill Byrne and Bob
Misch completed just 18 of 41
. passes, four of them were
Perhaps most importantly, Navy
converted on eight of 17 third-down
"We had some ups and downs,"
defensive coordinator Denny
Marcin said, "but unfortunately, we
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had more downs than ups. When
we needed to stop them, they came
right down the field."
A perfect, concise synopsis of
Navy's game-winning touchdown
drive late in the fourth quarter.
The Midshipmen had taken over
on their own 20, moved quickly to
their 40, and on second and 10,
Byrne fired a strike to reserve
tailback Rich Clouse, who went
into the end zone untouched.
Micah Moon, Brian Johnston
and Dennis Barron were pressuring
Byrne. But the quarterback
displayed a unique dance step,
jumping up and pumping the ball
at the same time. It froze the
defense, and seconds later, Navy
officers the world over were
"We had him, and he just threw
the ball, and he threw a perfect
pass," Moon said. "The fans were
yelling, 'Ball,' we were yelling, 'Ball.' ,
When he threw it, I looked up, and
when he (Clouse) caught it, I just
said, 'Oh, man.' I couldn't believe
In the past, North Carolina had
at times been able to get away with
poor defensive performances and
still come out ahead. With this
year's defense, that may not be the
"When we needed it, it wasn't
there," Marcin said. "We almost
had him sacked, and we almost did
a lot of things, but it just wasn't
The fact that Saturday was the
first game and that UNC's defense
is plagued by inexperience might
make one hesitate to be critical. The
answer to that should be obvious.
If the game had been against Boston
College (next on the schedule) and
Doug Flutie had been North
Carolina's nemesis, this story
probably wouldn't have to be told.
But consider the opponent. Navy
won three games last year against
Lehigh (who?), Princeton (Brooke
Shields could play for the Tigers)
and Army (UNC beat the Cadets,
62-8, not that long ago). Byrne
played his first varsity game
Saturday. He had moved up from
sixth on the depth chart to start this
fall. Nor had Misch ever taken a
snap in a varsity game before
North Carolina's defense showed
positive signs, stopping Navy in
several important situations. It also
yielded touchdown drives of 80, 76
and 80 yards.
"Our fundamentals beat us,"
linebacker Troy Simmons said,
referring to a dearth of strong
hitting, the inability to fend off
blockers and in general, poor
reading of and reacting to offensive
"We've got to file this," Simmons
said. "It's over with, and now weVe
got to think about Boston College
Boston College, ranked in the top
10 in the nation. Flutie, with almost
8,000 career passing yards. In two
games this year, 41 for 69, with 584
yards and six touchdowns.
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