2007 Navy Midshipmen football team

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2007 Navy Midshipmen football
United State Naval Academy Logo-sports.png
Poinsettia Bowl, L 32–35 vs. Utah
Conference Independent
2007 record 8–5
Head coach Paul Johnson (6th, regular season)
Ken Niumatalolo (bowl game)
Offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper
Offensive scheme Triple option
Defensive coordinator Buddy Green
Base defense Multiple
Home stadium Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
← 2006
2008 →
2007 Division I FBS independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Navy           8 5  
Army           3 9  
Notre Dame           3 9  
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2007 Navy Midshipmen football team represented the United States Naval Academy (USNA) during the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Navy competed as an independent with no conference affiliation. The team was led by sixth-year head coach Paul Johnson until he accepted the head coaching position at Georgia Tech prior to the team's final game of the season. Offensive line coach Ken Niumatalolo was first promoted to interim head coach and then named as the team's permanent head coach.

After beginning the season with a 4–4 record through the first eight games, including a loss to Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) foe Delaware, the Midshipmen broke a 43-year losing streak in the Navy–Notre Dame football rivalry in the 2007 Navy vs. Notre Dame football game by winning in triple overtime. The next week, the team became bowl eligible by winning its sixth game of the season in the 2007 Navy vs. North Texas football game, which set a record for the most points scored in a regulation-length FBS college football game. The Midshipmen finished the regular season with an 8–4 record and secured a berth in the 2007 Poinsettia Bowl, which had a single-year tie-in with the USNA. The other tie-in was with the Mountain West Conference (MWC). In a close game that came down to the final seconds, Navy lost the game to the Utah Utes with a score of 35–32.


Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 7:00 p.m. at Temple Lincoln Financial FieldPhiladelphia, PA ESPNU W 30–19   30,368
September 7 7:00 p.m. at No. 15 Rutgers Rutgers StadiumPiscataway, NJ ESPN L 24–41   43,514
September 15 5:00 p.m. Ball State Navy–Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD CSTV L 31–34 OT  32,087
September 22 1:00 p.m. Duke Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium • Annapolis, MD CSTV W 46–43   31,278
September 29 1:00 p.m. Air Force Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium • Annapolis, MD (Commander-in-Chief's Trophy) CSTV W 31–20   37,615
October 10 8:00 p.m. at Pittsburgh Heinz FieldPittsburgh, PA ESPN W 48–45 2OT  30,103
October 20 1:00 p.m. Wake Forest Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium • Annapolis, MD CSTV L 24–44   36,992
October 27 1:00 p.m. No. 9 (FCS) Delaware Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium • Annapolis, MD CSTV L 52–59   35,213
November 3 2:30 p.m. at Notre Dame Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN (Rivalry) NBC W 46–44 3OT  80,795
November 10 3:00 p.m. at North Texas Fouts FieldDenton, TX W 74–62   26,012
November 17 3:30 p.m. Northern Illinois Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium • Annapolis, MD CSTV W 35–24   34,517
December 1 12:00 p.m. vs. Army M&T Bank StadiumBaltimore, MD (Army–Navy Game/Commander-in-Chief's Trophy) CBS W 38–3   71,610
December 20 7:00 p.m. vs. Utah Qualcomm StadiumSan Diego, CA (Poinsettia Bowl) ESPN L 35–32   39,129
daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


Game summaries[edit]

Notre Dame[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT 2OT 3OT Total
• Navy 0 14 6 8 7 3 8 46
Notre Dame 7 14 0 7 7 3 6 44



  1. ^ "Navy 2007 Schedule/Results". ESPN.com. ESPN. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  2. ^ ESPN. Retrieved 2014-Oct-27.