The Longest Continuous Intersectional Rivalry in College Football Played it’s 92nd at Game Qualcomm Stadium
Football fans in Southern California were in for a special treat this Saturday when the US Naval Academy hosted Notre Dame at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. In attendance were over 63,000 fans and 35,000 Navy sailors to cheer on the Midshipmen.
This was the 92nd game between the two teams , the longest continuous Intersectional Rivalry in College Football. Fifty-seven of their games have taken place at “neutral” sites, but this is the first time they have played in San Diego.
“We are excited about the opportunity to play a regular-season game against Notre Dame in San Diego, which is a city filled with Navy and Marine Corps service men and women.” Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk. “The partnership the Naval Academy has had with San Diego has been extraordinary for well over a decade. We are so very pleased to bring the Navy family together again in this wonderful environment”
The Fighting Irish wasted no time getting points on the board. Notre Dame jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter and then piled another 14 points in the second to take a 27 point lead into the locker room at halftime.
Navy came back and outscored Notre Dame 22-17 in the second half, but it was too little, too late for the Midshipmen. Navy scored twice in the third quarter and put 8 more on the board in the fourth as they fell the Irish 44-22.
Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book threw for 330 yards and two touchdowns to Miles Boykin. Running back Dexter Williams ran for 142 yards on 23 carries and scored three touchdowns. JaFar Armstrong also had a rushing touchdown for the Fighting Irish.
Navy quarterback Zach Abey completed 3 of 6 passes for 41 yards and a touchdown to Craig Scott. He also ran for 87 yards and scored. Anthony Gargiulo carried the ball 20 times and also ended the game with 87 yards. Keoni-Kordell Makekau gained 49 yards on 7 carries.
Undefeated Notre Dame is ranked Number 3 in the country. The Irish are now 8-0 for the first time since 2012 when they went to the BCS national title game and lost to Alabama. They face Northwestern next week.
Navy drops to 3-5 with the loss. The Midshipmen plays American Athletic Conference opponent Cincinnati next Saturday.
Photos by Scott Padgett