The streak is over: Navy sinks Notre Dame

It was November 2, 1963.

20 days before the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

That was the last time Notre Dame lost to Navy.

Until Saturday.

The Midshipmen stopped a 43-game losing streak with a thrilling 46-44 triple overtime win over the Irish at Notre Dame Stadium.

The win is so big for the U.S. Naval Academy that they have canceled classes on Monday.

Retired Admiral Tom Lynch, captain on the 1963 Navy team that last defeated the Irish, was overjoyed after the game as he stood outside the Midshipmen locker room.

He sat in the stands next to his brother Jim, who was an All-American for the Irish in 1966.

Across the tunnel, there was no joy.

The Irish are now 1-8 and have yet to win a game at home this season.

With Notre Dame up 21-20 in the 4th quarter, Evan Sharpley was hit and fumbled. Chris Kuhar-Pitters picked up the loose ball and returned it for a touchdown. Navy went for two and took a 28-21 lead.

With 7:00 left in the game, the Irish made a gutsy call on 4th and 8 at their own 32. They went for it, knowing Navy could very easily run the clock out if they got the ball back.

It worked as Evan Sharpley connected with John Carlson for a 15 yard completion and a first down.

It led to a Travis Thomas touchdown and the game was tied at 28.

Notre Dame had a chance to win it late. With under a minute to go, the Irish had a 4th and 12 at the Navy 24. Instead of going for a potential game-winning field goal, Charlie Weis again elected to go for it.

It didn't work and the game went to overtime.

Both teams traded TDs in the 1st OT and then traded field goals in the 2nd.

The game headed to a 3rd overtime tied at 38.

On the first play of the OT, Navy QB Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Campbell to make it 44-38 Navy.

Since it was the 3rd OT, the Midshipmen were forced to go for 2 points. They converted and took a 46-38 lead.

Notre Dame responded with a Travis Thomas touchdown to make it 46-44.

Forced to go for 2, Evan Sharpley threw an incomplete pass in what appeared to be the final play of the game.

But a pass interference was called and the Irish had another chance.

Notre Dame turned to Thomas--who had already scored three touchdowns--but he was stuffed before the goal line and the celebration began for Navy.


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