BYU (9-3)  vs. Navy (8-3

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NAVY 0 3 7 13 23
BYU 3 6 7 0 16

1978 gamephotoBYU took a 16-3 third quarter lead behind quarterback Marc Wilson and Jim McMahon. Wilson, who completed seven of 16 passes for 48 yards, was shuffled in and out with McMahon, who completed nine of 18 passes for 133 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Navy scored 20 straight points beginning with a 4-yard touchdown run by Kevin Tolbert with less than four minutes remaining in the third quarter. Midshipman placekicker Bob Tata had two fourth quarter field goals.

The decisive play was a 65-yard touchdown pass from Bob Leszczynski to Phil McConkey that resulted in a 20-16 Navy Lead with 11:38 remaining.