2004 Navy Midshipmen football team

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2004 Navy Midshipmen football
United State Naval Academy Logo-sports.png
Emerald Bowl, W 34–19 vs. New Mexico
Conference Independent
2004 record 10–2
Head coach Paul Johnson
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 an 9–2, 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
September 4 Duke Navy–Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD HDNet W 27–12  
September 11 Northeastern Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium • Annapolis, MD CN8 W 28–24  
September 18 at Tulsa Chapman StadiumTulsa, OK W 29–0  
September 25 Vanderbilt Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium • Annapolis, MD HDNet W 29–26  
September 30 at Air Force Falcon StadiumColorado Springs, CO ESPN W 24–21  
October 16 vs. Notre Dame Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ CBS L 9–27  
October 23 Rice Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium • Annapolis, MD HDNet W 14–13  
October 30 #3 (FCS) Delaware Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium • Annapolis, MD CN8 W 34–20  
November 6 at Tulane Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA L 10–42  
November 20 Rutgers Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium • Annapolis, MD CSTV W 54–21  
December 4 vs. Army Lincoln Financial FieldPhiladelphia, PA CBS W 42–13  
December 30 vs. New Mexico SBC ParkSan Francisco, CA (Emerald Bowl) ESPN2 W 34–19  
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.