Bowl-Bound Mids to Battle Notre Dame Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium
A look back at linebacker Ram Vela's high-flying tackle against the Irish last year in South Bend.
Nov. 10, 2008
Game 10: Navy (6-3) vs. Notre Dame (5-4)
Saturday, Nov. 15 • 12:00 p.m. • Baltimore, Md. • M&T Bank Stadium (71,008) • CBS
• CBS - Craig Bolerjack (play-by-play), Steve Beuerlein (analyst)
Radio / Internet:
• Navy Radio Network
Bob Socci (play-by-play), Omar Nelson (analyst), John Feinstein (analyst), Pete Medhurst (sideline)
• Sirius Radio — Channel 121
• Gametracker on NavySports.com
Navy-Notre Dame Game Data
• Following a week off, Navy (6-3) returns to action on Saturday when it battles Notre Dame (5-4) at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
• The Navy-Notre Dame contest, sponsored by USAA, will be televised nationally by CBS in high definition.
• Craig Bolerjack (play-by-play) and Steve Beuerlein (color) will call the action from M&T Bank Stadium (71,008) beginning at 12:00 p.m.
• The Navy Football Radio Network will provide more than six hours of coverage starting at 10:00 a.m. with its pregame show on 1430 WNAV (Annapolis) hosted by Pete Medhurst, Joe Miller and Wiley Baker.
• The Navy Football Pregame Show will get underway at 11:00 a.m. with Bob Socci, Omar Nelson, John Feinstein and Pete Medhurst setting the scene from Baltimore, followed by game action beginning at 12:00 p.m. Sirius Radio will carry the Navy broadcast, as well on Channel 121.
The Navy Radio Network includes of the following ...
• WNAV 1430 AM (Annapolis) | WBAL 1090 AM (Baltimore)
• WFED 1050 AM, 1500 AM, 820 AM (Washington DC)
• WTRI 1520 AM (Frederick)
• WXTG 102.1 FM (Va. Beach) | 1490 AM (Hampton Roads)
• Get the insider news by tuning in to the Navy Football Pregame Show with Bob Socci, Omar Nelson, John Feinstein and Pete Medhurst. The pregame show includes feature news on “This Date in Navy History” presented by Navy Federal Credit Union, “The Coaches Corner” presented by General Dynamics, “Keys to the Game” presented by Toyota, “Today in College Football” presented by BAE Systems, as well as interviews with head coach Ken Niumatalolo and select players.
• New to this year’s radio line-up is a 60-minute postgame show on 1430 WNAV. Recapping the day’s events will be Pete Medhurst and Joe Miller live from M&T Bank Stadium.
• Pregame festivities will get underway at 11:49 a.m. with the march-on of the Brigade of Midshipmen.
• The fly-over features four McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C aircraft from the “Thunderbolts” of Marine Fighter-Attack Squadron 251 based in Beaufort, SC.
• The lead aircraft is piloted by Major “Darla” Reedy. Piloting dash two, three, and four, respectively, are Capt. “Cosmo” Moore, USNA Class of 2004, Capt. Eric “El-Rod” Northam, USNA Class of 2002, and Capt. Michael “Pucker” Woodard.
• The T-Bolts recently returned from a six-month combat deployment to the Persian Gulf as part of Carrier Air Wing One onboard USS ENTERPRISE in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Scouting Notre Dame
• The Irish own a 5-4 record heading into Saturday’s game against the Mids, including a 1-3 mark away from Notre Dame Stadium.
• The Notre Dame offense is ranked 95th on the ground (115.6 yards per game), 21st through the air (259.4 ypg), 50th in total offense (375.0 ypg) and 69th in scoring offense (24.3 points per game).
• The Notre Dame defense is ranked 53rd in rushing defense (132.1 ypg), 45th in pass defense (192.6 ypg), 39th in total defense (324.7 ypg) and 35th in scoring defense (20.4 points per game).
• Quarterback Jimmy Clausen stands 25th nationally in total offense per game (255.6 ypg), while on defense Kyle McCarthy is 21st in the country in tackles per game (9.3).
• Notre Dame is 44-6-1 all-time against Navy in neutral site games, including a 2-0 mark against the Mids at M&T Bank Stadium (30-23 in 2002 and 38-14 in 2006).
• Navy last defeated a Notre Dame team with a winning record in 1957. The Mids, who finished 9-1-1 that year including a victory over Rice in the Cotton Bowl, defeated a 7-3 Notre Dame team, 20-6, in South Bend.
The Last Time ...
Navy 46, Notre Dame 44 (3OT) Nov. 3, 2007 | South Bend, Ind.
• Irv Spencer and Michael Walsh,along with a host of teammates hit Notre Dame’s Travis Thomas behind the line of scrimmage on the Fighting Irish’s two-point conversion attempt in triple overtime to give Navy a thrilling 46-44 victory.
• Navy took the lead in the third OT when QB Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada hit slot back Reggie Campbell with a 25-yard TD pass on Navy’s first play and then hit Campbell on the two-point conversion.
• The game was a see-saw affair throughout, featuring three lead changes and five ties. The biggest lead of the game came in the third overtime when Navy took a 46-38 lead.
• The biggest play of the game might have come early in the fourth quarter with Navy trailing 21-20. Nose guard Nate Frazier and Walsh hit ND quarterback Evan Sharpley in the backfield. Walsh knocked the ball out of Sharpley’s hands and Navy senior defensive end Chris Kuhar-Pitters picked up the fumble and rumbled 16 yards for the touchdown to give Navy the lead back at 26-21. Kaheaku-Enhada ran in the two-point conversion to give the Mids a 28-21 lead.
• ND tied the game at 28-28 with 3:25 left in the fourth quarter on a three-yard touchdown run by Travis Thomas and had a chance to win the game in regulation, but Kuhar-Pitters sacked Sharpley on a fourth-and-eight play from the Navy 24-yard line with 41 seconds left in the contest.
• Navy got a one-yard touchdown by fullback Eric Kettani in the first overtime, but the Irish answered with an eight-yard touchdown pass from Sharpley to Duval Kamara.
• In the second overtime, Brandon Walker hit a 26-yard field goal for Notre Dame, but senior Joey Bullen answered with a 32-yard field goal setting up the heroics of Kaheaku-Enhada,Campbell and Wimsatt in the third overtime.
Naval Academy Accepts EagleBank Bowl Bid
• Following Navy’s thrilling comeback victory over Temple on Nov. 1, Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced it has formally accepted an invitation to play in the inaugural EagleBank Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 20 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. against a projected opponent from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
• The game will be televised nationally by ESPN and game time is tentatively set for 11 a.m.
• The bowl bid is a landmark achievement for the football program as it marks the first time in school history that Navy has gone to six-straight bowl games.
• Navy can achieve another first by winning the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy for a school-record sixth-consecutive year on Dec. 6 when the Mids play Army at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
• Tickets prices range from $45-$110.
• Tickets for the EagleBank Bowl are on sale now at www.navysports.com(.) Tickets can also be purchased on by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY or stopping by the Ricketts Hall Ticket Office.
• Fans are also encouraged to purchase tickets to sponsor a midshipman or enlisted personnel and their families for $35. Donated tickets will be administered through the Naval Academy Athletic Association ticket office.
• "We strongly encourage Navy fans to buy their bowl tickets from the Naval Academy Athletic Association,” said Gladchuk. “Our goal is to bring the majority of the Brigade of Midshipmen and we want more than 30,000 Navy fans in the stands. It is very important for this game and for future bowl considerations for our fans to purchase tickets through the NAAA. "If you can't make it to the game we ask that Navy fans buy tickets for our midshipmen, enlisted personnel and their families which will allow us to create our usual electric Navy atmosphere. Ticket donations for our military and their families through the NAAA ticket office are 100 percent deductible."
• Anthony Travel is the official Naval Academy EagleBank Bowl travel agency. Travel packages include hotel accommodations at the Mayflower Hotel (Navy team hotel) or the JW Marriott for $149, tailgate admissions, a souvenir and much more. Visit AnthonyTravel.com and search Navy Bowl or call (800) 736-6377 to make your reservations.
Six Bowl Appearances in Six Years
• Navy’s bid to the 2008 EagleBank Bowl marks the first time in school history that Navy has earned the right to play in six-straight bowl games.
• The Mids lost to Texas Tech in the 2003 Houston Bowl, 38-14, defeated New Mexico in the 2004 Emerald Bowl, 34-19, crushed Colorado State, 51-30, in the 2005 Poinsettia Bowl, lost a heartbreaking 25-24 decision to Boston College in 2006 in the Meineke Car Care Bowl and lost to Utah, 35-32, in last year’s Poinsettia Bowl.
Niumatalolo Makes History
• Since World War II, Navy’s 11 head coaches are a combined 43-77-4 (.363) in their first season.
• Only Wayne Hardin in 1959 (5-4-1) and Gary Tranquill in 1982 (6-5) were able to post a winning record. A win over Notre Dame would make Niumatalolo the winningest first-year coach at Navy since World War II.
• Directing Navy to an unbelievable come-from-behind win over Temple, Niumatalolo becomes the first head coach in program history to lead the Mids to a bowl game in their first year.
Playing in the Big Time
• Since the start of the 2003 season, Navy has played 18 games in 11 different big league stadiums (10 NFL and one MLB), posting an 11-7 record (.647).
• No college team in the country has played in more NFL stadiums than Navy over the last five years.
• This year, the Mids will play Notre Dame at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium on Nov. 15 and Army at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field on Dec. 6.
• Navy’s three losses this year have come at the hands of teams with a combined record of 20-7 (.741). The Mids have lost to 21st-ranked Pitt (7-2), who is tied for first in the Big East, 14th-ranked Ball State (9-0), who is tied for first in the MAC West and Duke (4-5), who is two games out of first in the ACC Coastal.
• Navy owns victories over Wake Forest (6-3), who is tied for first place in the Atlantic Division of the ACC, Air Force (8-2), who is one game out of first in the Mountain West and
Rutgers (4-5), who is just a half a game out of first in the Big East.
Turn Heat Up When Temperatures Drop
• Over the last six years, the Navy football team has turned in an 19-6 (.760) record in games played after Oct. 31, winning 12 of the last 14 games.
• The Mids are averaging 38.0 points per games in games played in November and December over the last six years (949 points in 25 games), including 45 points per game in five games last year (225 points).
The Opening Drive
• Navy has scored on the opening drive of the game in all nine contests this year (touchdowns against Towson, Duke, Wake Forest, Pitt, SMU and Temple and field goals against Ball State, Rutgers and Air Force).
• The Navy defense has given up points on just three opening drives this season and in all three games Navy has lost (Ball State, Duke and Pittsburgh).
First to Score
• Navy has won 29 of its last 31 games (.933) when scoring first in the game, with the only two losses coming in overtime (Tulsa in 2006 and Ball State in 2007).
Hanging on to the Lead
• Navy is 35-4 (.897) over the last seven years when leading at halftime and 44-4 (.917) when leading after three quarters.