Six of Navy's 12 opponents qualified for bowl games, while eight finished with a winning record.
Dowd, Tuani and Warrick tabbed
Saturday's contest will be just the 12th regular-season game Navy has played in the state of California in its 131-year history.
The Mids have won four in a row against SMU, including a thrilling 38-35 OT victory in Dallas in 2009.
A victory on Saturday over the Irish would mark the first time in school history that Navy has defeated Notre Dame in three-consecutive seasons.
2011 Navy Football - Army
AP photos from today's game.
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2011 Navy Football - Southern Miss
At Navy: Enters the fall battling Jonathan Wev for the starting corner spot opposite Kwesi Mitchell ... has good speed ... possesses good coverage skills ... was a solid special teams player a year ago ... has earned one varsity letter.
2010: Played in all 13 contests, including making his collegiate debut in Navy's opener against Maryland as a member of the special teams unit ... recorded eight tackles in his sophomore season and broke up a pass ... pitched in a tackle against San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl ... turned in a career-high three tackles and broke up a pass against East Carolina ... posted one tackle in Navy's home finale against Arkansas State ... contributed a solo tackle in Navy's come-from-behind victory over SMU ... chipped in a tackle on special teams in the win over Wake Forest ... produced his first-collegiate tackle in the Mids' win over Georgia Southern in the home-opener.
2009: Did not see any varsity action.
High School / Personal: A 2009 graduate of Faith Lutheran High School, Sperry was a three-year football letterwinner ... named 2009 Faith Lutheran's Athlete of the Year after earning All-State (Nev.) honors as a senior ... high school teammate of Navy junior linebacker Garrett Sherwood ... childhood friends with fellow Navy football teammate William Coats ... son of David and Kimberly Sperry ... majoring in history.