Notre Dame lost again. The Fighting Irish had to play a tough Navy team on Saturday and weren’t able to come out on top. The Midshipmen’s 28-27 win was the first time that the program beat Notre Dame since 201o. Additionally, it was Navy’s fourth win in 10 games in this series, which is notable because the Midshipmen didn’t beat Notre Dame between 1964 and 2006.
Navy won this game by triple option-ing Notre Dame to death. This definitely came through in the box score – Navy ran the ball 56 times for 320 yards with four touchdowns and its starting quarterback threw eight passes – but beyond that, Ken Niumatalolo’s team just did not let the Fighting Irish get their hands on the football.
Six possessions in an entire football game is ridiculous. The time of possession may not necessarily show this, as Navy “only” had the ball for 33:53, but the Fighting Irish offense only getting six chances to score is a testament to how well Navy kept possession of the football. Plus even though Navy ran the ball down Notre Dame’s throat, its offense went to the air when it was time to win the game.