- Today, the biggest news is the release of CBS’s preliminary college football schedule and in the midst of the few SEC games announced, the Notre Dame-Navy game received a prime time start on October 27. This was widely expected since the game is the same day as Florida-Georgia and a 12 pm start would make little sense as the game is in San Diego this year.
The rivalry has only been played in prime time twice in 1986 and 2014. Here are recaps of both of those games:
Broadcast on TBS at 7:05 P.M., Notre Dame outgained Navy 314-23 on the way to a 28-0 halftime lead, and 33-14 victory. Steve Beuerlein threw for 2 touchdowns and Pernell Taylor ran for two as the Fighting Irish improved to 3-4 against the 3-5 Midshipmen. Beuerlein also passed Joe Theismann as the all-time leader in total offense for Notre Dame in this game.
It would be 28 years until the next time Notre Dame-Navy was broadcast in prime time, this time at 8 PM on CBS. Despite coming in with a 4-4 record, Navy gave #10 Notre Dame all they could handle. The Midshipmen came back from a 28-7 deficit to take a 31-28 lead on Chris Swain’s 4-yard run heading into the 4th quarter. Notre Dame would take control in the final stanza and defeat Navy 49-39, with the go-ahead score coming on an Everett Golson 3- yard run.
Viewers were treated to a QB duel between Everett Golson and Keenan Reynolds. Golson went 18-25 for 315 passing yards and 3 touchdowns with 33 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns, while Reynolds threw for 118 yards and 2 TD, running for 47 more and leading the option offense to a 336 yard performance. Noah Copeland added 16 carries for 138 for the Midshipmen.
While the Notre Dame-Navy game almost always delivers entertaining contests, the prime-time lights should provide more thrill to the rivalry. The California setting and the prime-time network exposure should create a an atmosphere more unique than usual.