2004 Navy Midshipmen football team
The 2004 Navy Midshipmen football team represented the United States Naval Academy (USNA) during the 2004 NCAA Division I-A football season. Navy competed as an independent with no conference affiliation.
|2004 Navy Midshipmen football|
Emerald Bowl champion
|Head coach||Paul Johnson (3rd season)|
|Offensive scheme||Triple option|
|Defensive coordinator||Buddy Green|
|Home stadium||Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium|
|2004 NCAA Division I-A independents football records|
|No. 24 Navy||–||10||–||2|
|Rankings from AP Poll|
The team was led by third-year head coach Paul Johnson. The Midshipmen finished the regular season with a 9–2 record, the first time since the 1963 college football season that Navy had won nine or more games in a season. Wins over Army and the Air Force Falcons secured Navy's second consecutive Commander-in-Chief's Trophy. Navy secured a berth in the 2004 Emerald Bowl when the Pacific-10 Conference did not have enough teams to fill its bowl obligations. The other tie-in was with the Mountain West Conference (MWC), and the Midshipmen ended up playing the New Mexico Lobos. They won the game with a score of 34–19, finishing with a 14-minute, 26-play drive that set the record for the longest drive in a college football game. The win gave the Midshipmen a final record of 10–2, the first time since the 1905 season that the Midshipmen finished with ten or more wins.
|September 4||Duke||HDNet||W 27–12||29,027|
|September 11||Northeastern||CN8||W 28–24|
|September 18||at Tulsa||W 29–0||23,658|
|September 25||Vanderbilt||HDNet||W 29–26||32,809|
|September 30||at Air Force||ESPN||W 24–21||44,279|
|October 16||vs. Notre Dame||CBS||L 9–27||76,166|
|October 23||Rice||HDNet||W 14–13||31,117|
|October 30||No. 3 (FCS) Delaware||CN8||W 34–20||34,416|
|November 6||at Tulane||L 10–42||21,484|
|November 20||Rutgers||CSTV||W 54–21||33,615|
|December 4||vs. Army||CBS||W 42–13|
|December 30||vs. New Mexico||No. 24||ESPN2||W 34–19||30,563|
- "Navy 27, Air Force 24". Military.com. Associated Press. Retrieved 2012-10-26.
- Flynn, Tom (2009-12-30). "College Football's Longest Drive". The Wall Street Journal. New York. Archived from the original on 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2012-10-14.
- "Navy, 99 Years Later, Matches 10-Victory Season". The New York Times. 2004-12-30. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
- "2004 Navy Midshipmen Schedule and Results". Sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
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