After 43 years, the longest rivalry winning streak in college football came to an end today, as Navy defeated Notre Dame 46-44 in triple overtime. Congratulations to Navy Coach Paul Johnson, who continues to amaze. Twice in overtime, he started the possession with passes, including the game winner to Reggie Campbell as well as the two point conversion. Navy, the vaunted triple option attack, throwing the ball? Great and gusty calls by Johnson who is also the offensive coordinator.
True, Notre Dame is down this year (way down), but the Irish have more four and five star recruits on their roster than Navy will ever have. The young and undersized defense fought hard all game long and made two critical stops in the game. Including twice in the second half and then on consecutive two point tries in the final overtime. Notre Dame was given a second chance on a pretty weak pass interference call on Notre Dame’s first attempt.
Not only a great win for the Academy community, I am sure this win is a great diversion for all Navy and Marine personnel serving around the world.
Thank goodness, most athletic directors at big schools are dumber than they look. How else do you explain Navy’s success under Johnson and the fact that he is still there.
Keep overlooking him and Navy will keep winning.