Navy–Notre Dame football rivalry

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Navy–Notre Dame football rivalry
United State Naval Academy Logo-sports.png NotreDameFightingIrish.svg
Navy Midshipmen Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Total meetings 87
Series record Notre Dame leads, 74–12–1
First meeting October 15, 1927
Last meeting November 2, 2013
Next meeting November 1, 2014
Trophy Rip Miller Trophy

The Navy–Notre Dame football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Navy Midshipmen football team of the United States Naval Academy and Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team of the University of Notre Dame. It has been played annually since 1927, making it the longest uninterrupted intersectional rivalry in college football.[1] Notre Dame leads the series 74–12–1.[2] Before Navy won a 46–44 triple-overtime contest in 2007, Notre Dame had a 43-game winning streak that was the longest series win streak between two annual opponents in the history of Division I FBS football.[3] Navy's previous win came in 1963, 35–14 with future Heisman Trophy winner and NFL QB Roger Staubach at the helm. Navy had come close to winning on numerous occasions before 2007. The Midshipmen subsequently won again in 2009 and 2010.

Though the game is often played at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, it has never been played at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, due to its relatively small size. Instead, Navy usually hosts the game at larger facilities such as Baltimore's old Memorial Stadium or current M&T Bank Stadium, FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, Veterans Stadium and later Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, or at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. During the 1960s, the Midshipmen hosted the game at John F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Philadelphia. The game has been played twice in Dublin, Ireland—in 1996 at Croke Park and 2012 at Aviva Stadium.[4] The game was also occasionally played at old Cleveland Stadium.

History[edit]

Despite the one-sided result the last few decades, most Notre Dame and Navy fans consider the series a sacred tradition for historical reasons. Both schools have strong football traditions going back to the beginnings of the sport. Notre Dame, like many colleges, faced severe financial difficulties during World War II. The US Navy made Notre Dame a training center and paid enough for usage of the facilities to keep the University afloat. Notre Dame has since extended an open invitation for Navy to play the Fighting Irish in football and considers the game annual repayment on a debt of honor. The series is marked by mutual respect, as evidenced by each team standing at attention during the playing of the other's alma mater after the game, a tradition that started in 2005. Navy's athletic director, on renewing the series through 2016, remarked "...it is of great interest to our collective national audience of Fighting Irish fans, Naval Academy alumni, and the Navy family at large."[1] The series is scheduled to continue indefinitely; renewals are a mere formality.[1]

The Streak[edit]

Notre Dame's NCAA-record 43-game win streak against Navy began in 1964:

  • 1964 - Notre Dame 40, Navy 0: Notre Dame came in at 5–0 under first year coach Ara Parseghian and proceeded to shut out the injury-riddled Mids in a game that pitted 1963 Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach against 1964 winner John Huarte.
  • 1974 - Notre Dame 14, Navy 6: For three quarters, Navy kept the Fighting Irish offense in check with a prodigious punting game and led 6–0 going into the fourth quarter. Notre Dame quarterback Tom Clements managed to throw a touchdown pass to Pete Demmerle to put the Fighting Irish in front, then Randy Harrison added an insurance touchdown with an interception return. Although no one knew it at the time, Ara Parseghian made up his mind during the trip back to South Bend to resign at the end of the season.
  • 1976 - Notre Dame 27, Navy 21: Dave Waymer tipped away a fourth down pass in the end zone late in the game to preserve the win for Notre Dame.
  • 1984 - Notre Dame 18, Navy 17: John Carney's field goal with 14 seconds left erased a 17–7 deficit. However, it should not have counted because the officials didn't see the play clock expire before the ball was snapped.
  • 1997 - Notre Dame 21, Navy 17: Allen Rossum saved the day for the Fighting Irish, knocking Navy receiver Pat McGrew out of bounds at the 1-yard line on a 69-yard pass as time ran out.
  • 1999 - Notre Dame 28, Navy 24: Notre Dame needed a controversial 1st down call on 4th and 9 with 1:37 left to score the winning touchdown and escape with a 28–24 win.
  • 2002 - Notre Dame 30, Navy 23: The Fighting Irish, coming off a devastating loss to Boston College, scored 15 unanswered points late in the fourth quarter to pull this one out under first-year head coach Tyrone Willingham.
  • 2003 - Notre Dame 27, Navy 24: D. J. Fitzpatrick's 40-yard field goal as time expired lifted the Fighting Irish over Navy in an otherwise dismal season for Notre Dame, who entered the game at 2–6.
  • 2007 - Navy 46, Notre Dame 44 (3OT) - After 43 years, Navy beats Notre Dame in triple overtime.

Game results[edit]

Navy victories Notre Dame victories Ties
Date Site Notre Dame Navy Series
October 15, 1927 Baltimore, MD Notre Dame 19 Navy 6 Notre Dame 1–0
October 13, 1928 Chicago, IL Notre Dame 7 Navy 0 Notre Dame 2–0
October 12, 1929 Baltimore, MD Notre Dame 14 Navy 7 Notre Dame 3–0
October 11, 1930 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 26 Navy 2 Notre Dame 4–0
November 14, 1931 Baltimore, MD Notre Dame 20 Navy 0 Notre Dame 5–0
November 19, 1932 Cleveland, OH Notre Dame 12 Navy 0 Notre Dame 6–0
November 4, 1933 Baltimore, MD Notre Dame 0 Navy 7 Notre Dame 6–1
November 10, 1934 Cleveland, OH Notre Dame 6 Navy 10 Notre Dame 6–2
October 26, 1935 Baltimore, MD Notre Dame 14 Navy 0 Notre Dame 7–2
November 7, 1936 Baltimore, MD Notre Dame 2 Navy 3 Notre Dame 7–3
October 23, 1937 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 9 Navy 7 Notre Dame 8–3
November 5, 1938 Baltimore, MD Notre Dame 15 Navy 0 Notre Dame 9–3
October 21, 1939 Cleveland, OH Notre Dame 14 Navy 7 Notre Dame 10–3
November 9, 1940 Baltimore, MD Notre Dame 13 Navy 7 Notre Dame 11–3
November 8, 1941 Baltimore, MD Notre Dame 20 Navy 13 Notre Dame 12–3
October 31, 1942 Cleveland, OH Notre Dame 9 Navy 0 Notre Dame 13–3
October 30, 1943 Cleveland, OH Notre Dame 33 Navy 6 Notre Dame 14–3
November 4, 1944 Baltimore, MD Notre Dame 13 Navy 32 Notre Dame 14–4
November 3, 1945 Cleveland, OH Notre Dame 6 Navy 6 Notre Dame 14–4–1
November 2, 1946 Baltimore, MD Notre Dame 28 Navy 0 Notre Dame 15–4–1
November 1, 1947 Cleveland, OH Notre Dame 27 Navy 0 Notre Dame 16–4–1
October 30, 1948 Baltimore, MD Notre Dame 41 Navy 7 Notre Dame 17–4–1
October 29, 1949 Baltimore, MD Notre Dame 40 Navy 0 Notre Dame 18–4–1
November 4, 1950 Cleveland, OH Notre Dame 19 Navy 10 Notre Dame 19–4–1
November 3, 1951 Baltimore, MD Notre Dame 19 Navy 0 Notre Dame 20–4–1
November 1, 1952 Cleveland, OH Notre Dame 17 Navy 6 Notre Dame 21–4–1
October 31, 1953 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 38 Navy 7 Notre Dame 22–4–1
October 30, 1954 Baltimore, MD Notre Dame 6 Navy 0 Notre Dame 23–4–1
October 29, 1955 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 21 Navy 7 Notre Dame 24–4–1
November 3, 1956 Baltimore, MD Notre Dame 7 Navy 33 Notre Dame 24–5–1
November 2, 1957 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 6 Navy 20 Notre Dame 24–6–1
November 1, 1958 Baltimore, MD Notre Dame 40 Navy 20 Notre Dame 25–6–1
October 31, 1959 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 25 Navy 22 Notre Dame 26–6–1
October 29, 1960 Philadelphia, PA Notre Dame 7 Navy 14 Notre Dame 26–7–1
November 4, 1961 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 10 Navy 13 Notre Dame 26–8–1
November 3, 1962 Philadelphia, PA Notre Dame 20 Navy 12 Notre Dame 27–8–1
November 2, 1963 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 14 Navy 35 Notre Dame 27–9–1
October 31, 1964 Philadelphia, PA Notre Dame 40 Navy 0 Notre Dame 28–9–1
October 30, 1965 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 29 Navy 3 Notre Dame 29–9–1
October 29, 1966 Philadelphia, PA Notre Dame 31 Navy 7 Notre Dame 30–9–1
November 4, 1967 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 43 Navy 14 Notre Dame 31–9–1
November 2, 1968 Philadelphia, PA Notre Dame 45 Navy 14 Notre Dame 32–9–1
November 1, 1969 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 47 Navy 0 Notre Dame 33–9–1
October 31, 1970 Philadelphia, PA Notre Dame 56 Navy 7 Notre Dame 34–9–1
October 30, 1971 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 21 Navy 0 Notre Dame 35–9–1
November 4, 1972 Philadelphia, PA Notre Dame 42 Navy 23 Notre Dame 36–9–1
November 3, 1973 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 44 Navy 7 Notre Dame 37–9–1
November 2, 1974 Philadelphia, PA Notre Dame 14 Navy 6 Notre Dame 38–9–1
November 1, 1975 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 31 Navy 10 Notre Dame 39–9–1
October 30, 1976 Cleveland, OH Notre Dame 27 Navy 21 Notre Dame 40–9–1
October 29, 1977 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 43 Navy 10 Notre Dame 41–9–1
November 4, 1978 Cleveland, OH Notre Dame 27 Navy 7 Notre Dame 42–9–1
November 3, 1979 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 14 Navy 0 Notre Dame 43–9–1
November 1, 1980 East Rutherford, NJ Notre Dame 33 Navy 0 Notre Dame 44–9–1
October 31, 1981 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 38 Navy 0 Notre Dame 45–9–1
October 30, 1982 East Rutherford, NJ Notre Dame 27 Navy 10 Notre Dame 46–9–1
October 29, 1983 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 28 Navy 12 Notre Dame 47–9–1
November 3, 1984 East Rutherford, NJ Notre Dame 18 Navy 17 Notre Dame 48–9–1
November 2, 1985 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 41 Navy 17 Notre Dame 49–9–1
November 1, 1986 Baltimore, MD Notre Dame 33 Navy 14 Notre Dame 50–9–1
October 31, 1987 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 56 Navy 13 Notre Dame 51–9–1
October 29, 1988 Baltimore, MD Notre Dame 22 Navy 7 Notre Dame 52–9–1
November 4, 1989 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 41 Navy 0 Notre Dame 53–9–1
November 3, 1990 East Rutherford, NJ Notre Dame 52 Navy 31 Notre Dame 54–9–1
November 2, 1991 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 38 Navy 0 Notre Dame 55–9–1
October 31, 1992 East Rutherford, NJ Notre Dame 38 Navy 7 Notre Dame 56–9–1
October 30, 1993 Philadelphia, PA Notre Dame 58 Navy 27 Notre Dame 57–9–1
October 29, 1994 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 58 Navy 21 Notre Dame 58–9–1
November 4, 1995 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 35 Navy 17 Notre Dame 59–9–1
November 2, 1996 Dublin, Ireland Notre Dame 54 Navy 27 Notre Dame 60–9–1
November 1, 1997 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 21 Navy 17 Notre Dame 61–9–1
November 14, 1998 Landover, MD Notre Dame 30 Navy 0 Notre Dame 62–9–1
October 30, 1999 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 28 Navy 24 Notre Dame 63–9–1
October 14, 2000 Orlando, FL Notre Dame 45 Navy 14 Notre Dame 64–9–1
November 17, 2001 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 34 Navy 16 Notre Dame 65–9–1
November 9, 2002 Baltimore, MD Notre Dame 30 Navy 23 Notre Dame 66–9–1
November 8, 2003 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 27 Navy 24 Notre Dame 67–9–1
October 16, 2004 East Rutherford, NJ Notre Dame 27 Navy 9 Notre Dame 68–9–1
November 12, 2005 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 42 Navy 21 Notre Dame 69–9–1
October 28, 2006 Baltimore, MD Notre Dame 38 Navy 14 Notre Dame 70–9–1
November 3, 2007 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 44 Navy 46 Notre Dame 70–10–1
November 15, 2008 Baltimore, MD Notre Dame 27 Navy 21 Notre Dame 71–10–1
November 7, 2009 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 21 Navy 23 Notre Dame 71–11–1
October 23, 2010 East Rutherford, NJ Notre Dame 17 Navy 35 Notre Dame 71–12–1
October 29, 2011 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 56 Navy 14 Notre Dame 72–12–1
September 1, 2012 Dublin, Ireland Notre Dame 50 Navy 10 Notre Dame 73–12–1
November 2, 2013 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 38 Navy 34 Notre Dame 74–12–1
November 1, 2014 Landover, MD Notre Dame Navy
October 10, 2015 South Bend, IN Notre Dame Navy

Television[edit]

In years when Navy hosts (even-numbered), it is one of few non-Southeastern Conference games aired on CBS. In years when Notre Dame hosts (odd-numbered), it is carried on NBC as are other Notre Dame home games.

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