What went right
Navy's offense worked like a precision-tuned watch most of the afternoon. Two of the most impressive performances came early and late. With eight minutes left in the first quarter, the Mids began a drive that covered 85 yards in 19 plays and lasted 8:04. It was Navy's longest drive this season. And in the third overtime, Navy quarterback Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada needed just two passes, both to Reggie Campbell, one for a 25-yard touchdown and the other for a two-point conversion that wound up being the difference.
What went wrong
With a 28-21 lead in the fourth quarter, Navy had Notre Dame in a fourth-and-14 situation from the Irish 32-yard line. But Ram Vela missed a sack of Notre Dame quarterback Evan Sharpley by inches, and Sharpley completed a 16-yard pass play, extending a drive that eventually tied the game at 28.
Perhaps the pre-game speech by Navy coach Paul Johnson. "I told them there were three factors necessary for us to win the game," Johnson said. "No. 1, believe you can win. No. 2, believe you can win. And No. 3, believe you can win. In this game, they never gave up."
What it means
The 1963 team will no longer have to answer questions about being the last Navy team to beat Notre Dame. The 43-year losing streak is over. And tomorrow, the brigade can rest. The school's commandant has canceled classes.
The Mids (5-4) will face North Texas (1-7), a member of the Sun Belt Conference. This will be the first meeting between the schools, and Navy goes to Denton, Texas, with a chance to record its sixth win of the season and wrap up an appearance in the Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 20.