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Navy vs. Notre Dame
November 3, 2007
With Navy's 46-44 triple overtime win over the Irish, the Midshipmen broke an NCAA record 43-game losing streak to Notre Dame. Navy's last win against ND came nearly 44 years ago to the day, November 2, 1963, in the form of a 35-14 Navy victory in South Bend.
Freshman Kevin Edwards made his first career start today. He is the 23rd different Navy player to start on defense this year, including the 11th different in the secondary.
Navy's fumble in the first quarter marked the sixth lost fumble in the last three games for the Mids.
Navy's first scoring drive of the game that covered 85 yards, took 19 plays and consumed 8:04, is the longest drive in terms of yards and plays this season for the Midshipmen. The 8:04 elapsed time is second only to Navy's 8:23 drive to open the second half, which also resulted in a touchdown.
Michael Walsh's sack of Notre Dame quarterback Evan Sharpley in the second quarter was the first of his career and only the sixth team sack of the season for Navy. Walsh recorded a second sack later in the contest, while the Midshipmen finished the game with four team sacks. It is the first four-sack game for Navy since getting to the quarterback four times against Army in last year's annual clash.
With it's touchdown on the opening drive of the second half, Navy has now scored a touchdown in six of nine games this season on its first drive of the second half.
Kicker Joey Bullen's missed extra point in the third quarter was only the second missed extra point of his career. He had made 37-straight extra point attempts before the miss and is now 85-of-87 in his career.
Chris Kuhar-Pitters' fumble recovery returned for a touchdown (16-yards) in the fourth quarter was the first of his career. It was Navy's first fumble recovery touchdown since Oct. 7, 2006, when Keenan Little picked the ball up and returned it 37 yards at Air Force.
Facing a fourth and 13 on their own 32-yard line, the Midshipmen were forced to punt for the first time in the game. It is the first punt for Navy since the second quarter of the Wake Forest game on October 20. Navy went nine quarters without punting.
Navy and Notre Dame have never gone into overtime before today. The Mids entered the extra session with a 1-1 overtime record this season and a 1-2 program mark with a win over Pitt (48-45 2OT earlier this year), and losses to Tulsa (24-23 in 2006) and Ball State (34-31 earlier this season).
Navy's only other double-overtime game occurred just three games ago when the Midshipmen prevailed over Pittsburgh, 48-45, in two extra sessions.
Today is the first triple overtime game in Navy history.
Navy still has not forced Notre Dame into punting since the 2004 season.
The Mids have now scored 30 or more points seven times in nine games this year, and have gone over the 40 point mark on four occasions.
Navy was held well below its season average for total yards. The Mids came into the game averaging 450.5 yards per game, but were kept to 338 against Notre Dame. The Irish also limited Navy to just 257 yards rushing, nearly 100 yards below the season average.
Navy was 5-for-5 in the Red Zone today, improving its season numbers to 41-for-49 (.898).
The Navy defense has given up 40 or more points in four-straight games (45 to Pitt, 44 to Wake Forest, 59 to Delaware and 44 to Notre Dame) for the first time since 2002 (65 to N.C. State, 49 to Northwestern, 43 to Duke and 48 to Rice).
Freshman Wyatt Middleton set a career-high for tackles with 14 in today's game. He has eclipsed 10 tackles in a game two other times (11 vs. Rutgers and 12 vs. Pittsburgh).
Senior Greg Thrasher achieved a new career-best for tackles with 10 in the game. His previous career-high was nine against Kent State in 2005.
Junior Eric Kettani's two rushing touchdowns mark the fourth time in his career, all this season, that the fullback has scored twice on the run in a game.
Navy is 12-7 (.632) over the last four years in games decided by five points or less.