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I don't care whether you're a football fan or not, if you missed yesterday's Navy - Notre Dame game, you missed an epic contest and one of the gutsiest performances by an underdog in years.

Here's some of how AP called it over at
Roger Staubach was quarterback for the Midshipmen in 1963 when they beat Notre Dame 35-14. Since then, the Irish have had their way - that is until Saturday.

Seven times during the streak the Midshipmen had chances to win in the fourth quarter only to be thwarted by bad luck, questionable calls or big plays by the Irish. A few times Saturday it looked as though the win would elude them again. But this time it was the Midshipmen who managed to make the decisive plays.

Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada threw a 25-yard TD pass to Reggie Campbell on the first play of the third overtime, then found him again for the 2-point conversion.

Notre Dame (1-8) cut the lead to two on a 5-yard TD run by Travis Thomas. But after a pass interference call gave Notre Dame a second chance at the 2-point conversion, defensive lineman Michael Walsh and linebacker Irv Spencer tackled Thomas well short of the end zone on the final play.


"Honestly, this win hasn't even hit me yet," linebacker Matt Wimsatt said. "I can't wait to talk to everybody back home. This is definitely bigger than just one football game."

For Notre Dame, it was its school-record fifth straight home loss, another low point in a season of lows. Weis said the 43-game winning streak had no meaning to him or the team.

"They're worried about here and now. These kids are 17. You think they're worrying about 43 years?" he said.

"To be honest, I don't even know what the streak was at before it ended," linebacker Joe Brockington said.

Weis said the home losing streak was much more important to the players. It also is the first time the Irish have lost five at home in one season.

Notre Dame did have its best game offensively, rushing for 235 yards, nearly doubling their season output, and James Aldridge ran for 125 yards. It wasn't enough


No, it wasn't.

Congratulations, Navy. With that kind of determination and heart, it's safe to say the future of our Navy and Marine Corps is very bright.

(Scoreboard photo: Keith Boring (USNA Class of '82 football great). Team photo: AP)

-- Ward

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