Navy moving on after loss to ND

Originally Published: November 12, 2003
By Adam Rittenberg | Special to
Despite a heartbreaking loss Saturday at Notre Dame, Navy still has a lot on the line in their final two games. With two wins Navy would finish 8-4 and put itself in position for a bowl berth. A victory over Army on Dec. 6 would give Navy its first Commander-in-Chief's trophy since 1981.

"You've just got to move on," Navy coach Paul Johnson said. "What we can't afford to do is let Notre Dame beat us twice. They were able to beat us twice last year."

Johnson is referring to Navy's embarrassing 38-0 home loss to Connecticut one week after squandering a late lead to Notre Dame. After dropping their 40th straight game to Notre Dame, the Mids don't need to worry about a losing history against Central Michigan, this week's opponent. Saturday will be the teams' first-ever meeting.