Navy Football Loses to Notre Dame 49-39 On Saturday


On a windy Saturday night at FedExField, the Navy Midshipmen football team lost to Notre Dame in a game that was full of second-half action. Over 36,000 fans were in attendance in Landover, MD.

Navy / Notre Dame Pre-Game Activities. (Author Photo)

Navy at one point overcame a 21-point deficit and ended up with 454 yards of offense, but they could not beat the Fighting Irish, who were led by the speedy Everett Golson. Golson became the first player in Notre Dame history to throw for three touchdowns and run for three scores in the same game.

With 12:22 remaining, Golson had a three-yard touchdown run, then on the next drive the Irish scored on a 25-yard touchdown run by Tarean Folston to make it 42-31. When the Irish missed two field goals the Midshipmen were able to score a touchdown and a two-point conversion to close the gap to 42-39 with a little over four minutes remaining,

After a failed onside kick by Navy, Golson sealed the game for Notre Dame with an eight-yard touchdown run with 1:27 left. The eighth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish ended up beating Navy by a score of 49-39.

Last year, Notre Dame defeated Navy 38-34. They Irish have now won four straight in college football’s longest continuous intersectional rivalry and now lead the series 75-12-1.

Golson was 18-for-25 and 315 yards passing and ran for 33 yards on nine rushes. Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds was also quite effective with 2 touchdowns in the Midshipmen’s run-first offense. Tarean Folston had 149 rushing yards for Notre Dame while Noah Copeland ran for 138 for Navy.

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