The Orangemen staged a funeral for Archibold Stadium yesterday, complete with all the raucous accompaniment of an Irish wake. They pretty well buried Navy's bowl hopes, too, thanks to a high-school rendition of a play that doesn't exist in the Syracuse playbook.
Punter Jim Goodwill, back to kick at his 30 in the waning minutes of a tie game, ran, instead, for a 13-yard gain and a first down. His gamble provided the momentum for the Orangemen to drive close enough for Dave Jacobs to boot the 20-yard field goal that gave underdog Syracuse a 20-17 victory.
Navy, battling against adversity from the opening kickoff, rode Bob Leszczynski' passes from its 22 to the Syracuse 25 in less than a minute, but four imcompletions touched off a display of madness in which fanatics pulled down down fences and dup up turf.
The final Navy pass bounced off the chest of receiver Sendy Jones in a Syracuse end zone surrounded by screaming maniacs held back by mounted policemen.
"I turned one way and I saw the ball coming the other way," Jones said. "As I turned, a guy ran in front of me and by the time I picked it up again it was too late."
Navy pulled into a 17-17 tie with 3-21 remaining, as tailback Nike Sherlock drove the final yard of a 56-yard drive, following an end-zone pass-interference call against Syracuse.
The Orangemen seemed to have lost their zip and came up third and eight on their 30. Goodwill then evaded the rush of end Mark Stephens and raced 13-yard up the vacated high right side before Fred Reitzel caught him.
"I took the chance and it worked," said the 6-foot-5 junior, who hadn't tried the maneuver since high-school. "I was watching the clock and I knew we needed the ball back and I wasn't sure we'd get it. I made up my mind to do it when I went on the field.
"We don't have a fake run off the punt, but we have a fake pass. I did what I'd do if I fake the pass. I go a couple of steps and then take off. I didn't know he (Stephens) was there. I saw a little shade of somebody out there, but I was looking up field.
"I took it on myself to do and it worked out. I'm sure he (Coach Frank Mcloney) would have been very upset with me if it hadn't worked."
"I can't tell you for print what I was thinking about it at first," Maloney said, "but he made it and that changed my mind a bit."
When another third and eight came up, quarterback Tim Wilson limped away from a blitz and hit tight end Tomy Sider with an 11-yard sideline pass. It was the Orangemen's second and last completion of the game.
Six running plays later, Jacobs booted his 49th college field goal and Syracuse had maintained its record of winning at least one game in each of Archbold's 72 seasons. A domed stadium will replace it by 1980 and the return of such noted graduates as Floyd Little helped to psyche up Syracuse for this one.
Navy, trailing, 14-3, at halftime, was in desperate straits, win first-half knee injuries foreing fullback Larry Klawinsji and split end Phil McConkey to lean on crutches at the sideline and with tailback Steve Callahan unfit, for duty because of a bruised knee.
Leszeynski, benched after an interception and a fumble on Navy's first two possessions, returned to throw another interception on his first play of the second half. Navy's defense survived, as cornerback Charlie Meyers made an end-zone theft of a Wilson pass, and then Lescsynski guided the Mids 80 yard in eight plays to cut the margin to 14-10.
Passes to tight end Curt Gainer for 21-yards and to plebe Greg Papjohn, out of Crossland High, for 18 set up the scoring toss to Jones. It covered 25 yards, Jones pivoting away from defender Cedric Hinton as he caught the ball at the 10. That pass enabled Leszynski to tie John Cartwright's school record of 25 touchdown passes.
Syracuse marched from its 11 to the Navy 12 and Jacobs kicked a 29-yarder to make it 17-10.
Lesczczynski drove the Mids 56 yards in eight plays to tie, following Jones' 37-yard kickoff return. Passes to Sherlock of 18 and 27 yards and the end-zone interference call on third down from the four were the key plays.
The first half belonged to Syracuse halfback Joe Morris, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound freshman who raced for 122 yards, including a 42-yard scoring dash on the fourth play from scrimmage. Morris wound up with 203 yards in on 23 carries, missing Larry Csonka's school record by one yard.
Sloppy Navy tackling helped Wilson on a 24-yard keeper for a 14-0 lead before the first quarter ended.
Navy, guided by reserve quarterback Bob Powers, drove to a first down on the Syracuse one in the second quarter. Thrown back by an illegal procedure call, the Mids were back to a foot away on third down. The call was a pitchout in Sherlock, who was dumped at the five. Then, as the Mids lined up to go for six points, they were hit with a delay penaly and Bob Tata kicked a 27-yard field goal.
Tate missed from 41 yards in the second quarter, after Powers overthrew a wide-open Papjohn, and that failure prompted Welsh to go for a first down on fourth and 10 from the 25 in the closing moments.
"From there, it was a touch field goal," Welsh said. 'If we'd made another first down and come up fourth and long, I might have gone for the tie."
Navy, now 7-2, has lost most of its bowl luster, but the Dec. 16 Garden State Bowl at the Meadowlands and the Dec. 22 Holiday Bowl in San Diego still claim to be interested.
The Mids' future is clouded for other reasons. Klawinski and McConkey both probably will face knee surgery as the result of questionale Syracuse tactics.
Klawinski's left knee was torn in the second quarter when he was thrown backward by five Syracuse tackles long after the whistle. There was no penalty.
McConkey's right knee was torn as he attempted to field a punt minutes later. He was hit by Syracuse's Mike Jones before the ball arrived, for which the Orangemen were penaltized 15 yards.
Neither was the hardest hit of the day. That came when rampaging fans broke down a metal fence that crashed onto a man 30 feet below. He was carted away by ambulance, in an ungrand finale to Archbold.