1995: Navy 33, SMU 2
Navy lost to Southern Methodist 42-13 in 1993. It was not an atypical score for the George Chaump era, when Navy won only 14 games in five years.
Chaump came to the Naval Academy from Marshall, and his hiring was considered something of a coup at the time. Marshall had considered dropping football while suffering 18-straight losing seasons (including the 1970 plane crash). Only three years after the Thundering Herd ended that streak, Chaump had them playing in the I-AA championship game. A year later, they finished 11-2 and won the Southern Conference. That success made him a coach in demand; he was a finalist for the Missouri job a year before he came to Annapolis.
The key to Marshall’s turnaround was a passing offense that set 138 school, conference, and NCAA records in Chaump’s four years in Huntington. Surprisingly, his most successful campaign in Annapolis was his first, a 5-6 effort in 1990. It was surprising because his predecessor at Navy, Elliot Uzelac, ran the wishbone; there weren’t many players on the team well-suited for a passing-oriented offense. While those players would eventually come, wins did not, even as school records for passing offense were falling. After finishing 3-8 in 1994, Chaump was let go. He was replaced by Utah State head coach Charlie Weatherbie.
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