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Navy and Notre Dame Meet in College Football's Longest Continuous Intersectional Rivalry

Nov. 13, 2017

GAME 10: NAVY (6-3, 4-3 American) at Notre Dame (8-2) | 2017 Media Center
 When Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 | 3:30 pm (ET)
 Location South Bend, Ind. | Notre Dame Stadium | Game Day Guide
 Television NBC (Mike Tirico, Doug Flutie, Kathryn Tappen)
 Live Video Stream NBC
 Listen Navy Football Radio Network (Pete Medhurst, Tom O'Brien, Joe Miller, Tim Murray) - WBAL (1090 AM; Baltimore) | WNAV (1430 AM, 99.9 FM; Annapolis) | WFED (1500 AM, 820 AM; Washington, D.C. / Northern Virginia) | WBQH (1050 AM; Washington, DC / Northern Virginia) | ESPN/XEPE 1700 AM (San Diego) | WXTG (102.1 FM; Virginia Beach, Va.) | WJXL 1010 AM (Jacksonville, Fla.) | KRKO 1380 AM (Seattle, Wash.) | Satellite Radio - Notre Dame Broadcast (Sirius Ch. 129 / XM Ch. 129)
 Live Stats Navy Athletics
 Game Notes Navy Get Acrobat Reader | Notre Dame Get Acrobat Reader | AAC Get Acrobat Reader
 Season Statistics Navy | Notre Dame | AAC
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Setting the Stage

• Navy and Notre Dame will meet Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium (80,795) in South Bend in the 91st consecutive meeting between the two schools which is the longest continuous intersectional rivalry in college football.  Kickoff is set for 3:30 PM (ET) and the game will be televised by NBC with Mike Tirico, Doug Flutie and Kathryn Tappen on the call.  NBC will also air a one-hour pregame show starting at 2:30 PM with Liam McHugh, Paul Burmeister, Chris Simms and Carolyn Manno.
• Navy is coming off a 43-40 win over SMU that made the Mids bowl eligible for the 14th time in the last 15 years. Sophomore Malcolm Perry rushed for a career-high 282 yards and four touchdowns on 33 carries in his first career start at quarterback.  For his efforts he was named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week.  The Mids won the game on an 18-yard field goal at the gun by sophomore kicker J.R. Osborn, who was attempting his first career scoring kick (field goal or PAT).
• Saturday's game matches two of the winningest programs in FBS history.  Notre Dame stands second with 904 wins all-time, while Navy is 24th with 707.
• The Navy Football Insider Show on WBAL Radio 1090 AM will air from 1:00 PM-2:30 PM with WBAL's Keith Mills serving as the host.
• The Navy Football Tailgate Show on WNAV Radio 1430 AM / 99.9 FM will air from 1:30 PM-2:30 PM.
• The Navy Football Pregame Show with host Tim Murray will get underway at 2:30 PM, followed by game action beginning at 3:30 PM with Pete Medhurst, Tom O'Brien and Joe Miller on the call on the Navy Federal Navy Radio Network. Saturday's radio broadcast is presented by Navy Mutual.  
• Following the contest, Medhurst, O'Brien, Miller and Murray will recap the day's events in a 30-minute postgame show.

Navy Fast Facts
• In just its second season in a conference, Navy won the 2016 AAC West Division title outright after sharing the division crown with Houston in its first year. Navy is one of 10 schools that has won at least a share of the division title in each of the last two years (or more), joining Alabama, Florida, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Temple, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan and San Diego State.  The Mids lost in the AAC Championship Game to Temple, 34-10, as Navy lost starting quarterback Will Worth and starting slot back Toneo Gulley on the same play in the second quarter.
• Navy is currently in third place in the AAC West Division with a 4-3 record. The Mids are 1/2 game behind Houston for second place with the two programs meeting in Houston a week from Saturday (11-24).  Navy can still finish in a tie for first place, but can not win any of the tiebreakers.
• Navy is 32-11 (.744) over its last 43 games. The Mids own wins over No. 15 Memphis (2015) and No. 6 Houston (2016) during that time period, as well as a win over Notre Dame in Jacksonville (2016).
• Last year's senior class (Class of `17) finished with a 37-16 (.698) mark. The 37 wins are the most in school history by a senior class.  This year's seniors (Class of `18) have a career record of 34-15 (.694), which puts them three wins away from tying the school record and four from breaking it. The Mids will have to win-out to break the record.
• Over the last five years, Navy is 28-2 (.933) when winning the turnover battle. This year the Mids have won the turnover battle just once, finishing +2 in a win over Air Force. Navy was even in the turnover battle against FAU (win), Cincinnati (win), SMU (win) and Temple (loss). The Mids were -1 vs. Tulsa (win), -2 vs. Tulane (win), -2 vs. UCF (loss) and -4 vs. Memphis (loss).
• Navy is 54-9 (.857) under head coach Ken Niumatalolo when scoring first, including 5-1 this year.
• Navy is 69-4 (.945) under Niumatalolo when entering the fourth quarter with the lead, including 6-0 this year.
• A win over Notre Dame would give the Mids a victory over a top-25 opponent for the third straight year. It would also mark the first time since 1941-45 that Navy has beaten a top-25 opponent in three consecutive seasons.
• Niumatalolo is in his 10th year at Navy, making him the longest-tenured coach in school history.  Both George Welsh and Eddie Erdelatz served as head coach at Navy for nine seasons. His 83 career wins also makes him the winningest coach in school history.
• Niumatalolo has four wins against top-25 opponents as Navy's head coach, which is tied with George Welsh for the second most in school history. Eddie Erdelatz holds the record with nine.
• Niumatalolo has three wins over Notre Dame which is tied with Wayne Hardin for the most in school history.

Beating a Notre Dame Team That Finishes With a Winning Record
• This year's Navy team will try and become just the sixth in program history to beat a Notre Dame team that finished with a winning record and the second to ever do it in South Bend. The Mids have beaten the Irish a total of 13 times in series history, but in only five of those contests did Notre Dame teams finish with a winning record.
• In 2010, with Ken Niumatalolo at the helm, Navy beat a Notre Dame team that finished 8-5 by a score of 35-17 at the Meadowlands.
• In 1957, Navy won in South Bend, 20-6, over a Notre Dame team that finished 7-3.
• In 1944, Navy beat a Notre Dame team that would finish 8-2, 32-13, in Baltiimore.
• In 1936, Navy defeated a Notre Dame team that would finish 6-3-1, 3-0 in Baltimore.
• In 1934, Navy defeated a Notre Dame team that would finish 6-3, 10-6 in Cleveland.

Scouting Notre Dame
• Ninth-ranked Notre Dame enters Saturday's contest with an 8-2 record. The Irish own wins over Temple (49-16), Boston College (49-20), Michigan State (38-18), Miami of Ohio (52-17), North Carolina (33-10), USC (49-14), NC State (35-14) and Wake Forest (48-37) and have lost to Georgia (20-19) and Miami (41-8). Miami is currently ranked No. 2 in both polls, while Georgia is ranked No. 7.
• The Irish are led by Heisman Trophy candidate Josh Adams, who has rushed for 1,231 yards and nine touchdowns on 153 carries. Quarterback Brandon Wimbush has proven dangerous running the ball, as well, rushing for 663 yards and 13 touchdowns on 112 carries. Notre Dame is sixth in the nation in rushing, averaging 303.2 yards per game, while Adams is 10th in rushing yards per game (123.1) and Wimbush is 13th in rushing touchdowns.
• Wimbush has completed 113 of his 221 passes for 1,405 yards with 12 touchdowns and just four interceptions.
• Chase Claypool and Equanimeous St. Brown each have 26 catches on the year and the duo has combined for five touchdowns.
• The Irish are 14th in the country in scoring (38.0 ppg) and 30th in scoring defense (20.7).
• The Notre Dame defense is led by Te'Von Coney, who has 83 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss and three sacks.  Nyles Morgan has recorded 71 tackles and five tackles for a loss.
• Kicker Justin Yoon is 9-13 on field goals, while Tyler Newsome is averaging 43.7 yards per punt.
• Notre Dame has taken care of the football this year, committing just 11 turnovers (four lost fumbles), while the defense has come up with 19 turnovers.

Malcolm Perry Named FBS Walter Camp Offensive player Of The Week
• Navy sophomore quarterback Malcolm Perry was named the FBS Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against SMU.
• Perry, making his first career start at quarterback, rushed for a career-high 282 yards and four touchdowns on 33 carries to help lead Navy to a 43-40 win over SMU.  Perry had touchdown runs of 3, 92, 24 and 1 yard on the day.  The 282 yards rushing is an American Athletic Conference record and the third most in school history.
• Perry is the only player in the FBS this year to have two runs of 70 or more yards and one reception of 70 or more yards and is one of only two players (Denard Robinson of Michigan) to have rushed for 100 or more yards in a game as both a running back and quarterback in the same season.  He is the only player in program history to have two 90-yard runs in a career.
• Perry is just the second Navy player to earn the award since its inception in 2004, joining Shun White who won it on August 30, 2008.




 

 

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