Duke 12

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Navy 27

(1-0, 1-0 home)

6:00 PM ET, September 4, 2004

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD

1 2 3 4 T
DUKE 3 3 6 012
NAVY 0 6 14 727

Top Performers

Passing: A. Polanco (NAVY) - 129 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: K. Eckel (NAVY) - 23 CAR, 100 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Tomlinson (NAVY) - 3 REC, 91 YDS, 1 TD

Navy 27, Duke 12

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Aaron Polanco threw a touchdown pass, ran for another score and finished with 259 yards of total offense to help Navy beat Duke 27-12 on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams.

Polanco ran for 130 yards on 23 carries and was 8-of-9 for 129 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown pass to Jason Tomlinson at the end of the first half.

Kyle Eckel fumbled twice in the first half for Navy, but scored on a pair of 3-yard runs in the second half. He finished with 100 yards on 23 carries.

"We moved the ball well in the first half, but we just turned it over," Navy coach Paul Johnson said. "Once Aaron settled down, I thought he played well."

Polanco carried the ball for most of the yardage on Navy's final 59-yard drive, which ended with Eckel's second score with 3:06 to play.

Navy, which led the nation in rushing last season, gained 301 yards on the ground and had 430 yards of total offense.

"It is always good to get a win, especially with how we played in the first half," Polanco said. "We had some trouble holding on to the ball, but once we did, we settled down."

Polanco's scoring pass to Tomlinson with 12 seconds left in the first half tied the game at 6.

Duke's Cedric Dargan rushed for a career-best 114 yards on 20 carries. He had 101 yards on 17 carries in the first half.

Duke used two quarterbacks. Mike Schneider was 8-of-13 passes for 59 yards, and Chris Dapolito was 5-of-7 for 51 yards.

Led by Lane Jackson's 12 tackles, Navy's defense held Duke to 265 yards.