2008 Navy Midshipmen football team

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2008 Navy Midshipmen football
United State Naval Academy Logo-sports.png
Conference Independent
2008 record 8–5
Head coach Ken Niumatalolo (1st year)
Offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper (8th year)
Offensive scheme Triple option
Defensive coordinator Buddy Green (7th year)
Base defense Multiple
Home stadium Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
← 2007
2009 →
2008 Division I FBS independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Navy           8 5  
Notre Dame           7 6  
Army           3 9  
WKU           2 10  
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008 Navy Midshipmen football team represented the United States Naval Academy (USNA) in during the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Navy competed as an independent with no conference affiliation.

The team was led by first-year head coach Ken Niumatalolo. He was promoted from the offensive line coach before the season, after his predecessor, Paul Johnson, accepted the head coaching position at Georgia Tech.

The Midshipmen finished the regular season with an 8–4 record to attain bowl eligibility. Navy secured a berth in the inaugural EagleBank Bowl, which had a tie-in with the two independent military academies, the other being Army. The other tie-in was with the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Due to a chaotic and closely contested season in the ACC, in the EagleBank Bowl, Navy ended up playing Wake Forest in a re-match of a regular season game, despite a statement in their contracting disallowing it.[1] Unlike the earlier game, Navy lost the rematch against Wake Forest, 29–19.


Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 3:30 p.m. Towson Navy–Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD CBSCS W 41–13   31,613
September 5 7:00 p.m. at Ball State Scheumann StadiumMuncie, IN ESPN L 35–23   22,517
September 13 12:00 p.m. at Duke Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC ESPNU L 41–31   25,082
September 20 3:30 p.m. Rutgers Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium • Annapolis, MD CBSCS W 23–21   37,821
September 27 3:30 p.m. at No. 15 Wake Forest BB&T FieldWinston-Salem, NC ESPNU W 24–17   33,173
October 4 4:00 p.m. at Air Force Falcon StadiumUSAFA, CO (Commander-in-Chief's Trophy) Versus W 33–27   46,339
October 18 3:30 p.m. No. 23 Pittsburgh Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium • Annapolis, MD CBSCS L 42–21   37,970
October 25 3:30 p.m. SMU Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium • Annapolis, MD (Rivalry) CBSCS W 34–7   31,698
November 1 3:30 p.m. Temple Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium • Annapolis, MD CBSCS W 33–27 OT  34,775
November 15 12:00 p.m. vs. Notre Dame M&T Bank StadiumBaltimore, MD (Rivalry) CBS L 27–21   70,932
November 25 7:00 p.m. at Northern Illinois Huskie StadiumDeKalb, IL ESPNC W 16–0   17,932
December 6 12:00 p.m. vs. Army Lincoln Financial FieldPhiladelphia, PA (Army-Navy Game/Commander-in-Chief's Trophy) CBS W 34–0   69,144
December 20 11:00 a.m. vs. Wake Forest RFK StadiumWashington, D.C. (EagleBank Bowl) ESPN L 29–19   28,777
daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.



  1. ^ Navy Did Not Waive EagleBank Bowl Clause, Annapolis Capital, December 4, 2008. Accessed 2009-03-12. Archived 2009-05-28.
  2. ^ "Navy 2008 Schedule/Results". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 2009-11-19.