2004 Navy Midshipmen football team

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2004 Navy Midshipmen football
United State Naval Academy Logo-sports.png
Emerald Bowl champion
Emerald Bowl, W 34–19 vs. New Mexico
Conference Independent
2004 record 10–2
Head coach Paul Johnson (3rd year)
Offensive scheme Triple option
Defensive coordinator Buddy Green
Home stadium Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
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The 2004 Navy Midshipmen football team represented the United States Naval Academy (USNA) during the 2004 NCAA Division I-A football season. Navy competed as an independent with no conference affiliation.

The team was led by third-year head coach Paul Johnson. The Midshipmen finished the regular season with a 9–2 record, the first time since the 1963 college football season that Navy had won nine or more games in a season. Wins over Army and the Air Force Falcons secured Navy's second consecutive Commander-in-Chief's Trophy.[1] Navy secured a berth in the 2004 Emerald Bowl when the Pacific-10 Conference did not have enough teams to fill its bowl obligations. The other tie-in was with the Mountain West Conference (MWC), and the Midshipmen ended up playing the New Mexico Lobos. They won the game with a score of 34–19, finishing with a 14-minute, 26-play drive that set the record for the longest drive in a college football game.[2] The win gave the Midshipmen a final record of 10–2, the first time since the 1905 season that the Midshipmen finished with ten or more wins.[3]


Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 4 Duke Navy–Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD HDNet W 27–12   29,027
September 11 Northeastern Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium • Annapolis, MD CN8 W 28–24    
September 18 at Tulsa Chapman StadiumTulsa, OK W 29–0   23,658
September 25 Vanderbilt Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium • Annapolis, MD HDNet W 29–26   32,809
September 30 at Air Force Falcon StadiumColorado Springs, CO (Commander-in-Chief Trophy) ESPN W 24–21   44,279
October 16 vs. Notre Dame Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ (Rivalry) CBS L 9–27   76,166
October 23 Rice Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium • Annapolis, MD HDNet W 14–13   31,117
October 30 No. 3 (FCS) Delaware Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium • Annapolis, MD CN8 W 34–20   34,416
November 6 at Tulane Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA L 10–42   21,484
November 20 Rutgers Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium • Annapolis, MD CSTV W 54–21   33,615
December 4 vs. Army Lincoln Financial FieldPhiladelphia, PA (Army–Navy Game/Commander-in-Chief's Trophy) CBS W 42–13    
December 30 vs. New Mexico SBC ParkSan Francisco, CA (Emerald Bowl) ESPN2 W 34–19   30,563
daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.



  1. ^ Associated Press. "Navy 27, Air Force 24". Military.com. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  2. ^ Flynn, Tom (2009-12-30). "College Football's Longest Drive". The Wall Street Journal. New York. Archived from the original on 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  3. ^ "Navy, 99 Years Later, Matches 10-Victory Season". The New York Times. 2004-12-30. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  4. ^ "2004 Navy Midshipmen Schedule and Results". Sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2012-11-02.