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
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Emerald Bowl champion
Emerald Bowl, W 34–19 vs. New Mexico
CoachesNo. 24
APNo. 24
2004 record10–2
Head coachPaul Johnson (3rd season)
Offensive schemeTriple option
Defensive coordinatorBuddy Green
Home stadiumNavy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
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2004 NCAA Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 24 Navy           10 2  
Notre Dame           6 6  
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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]


September 4DukeHDNetW 27–1229,027
September 11Northeastern
  • Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
  • Annapolis, MD
CN8W 28–24
September 18at TulsaW 29–023,658
September 25Vanderbilt
  • Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
  • Annapolis, MD
HDNetW 29–2632,809
September 30at Air ForceESPNW 24–2144,279
October 16vs. Notre DameCBSL 9–2776,166
October 23Rice
  • Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
  • Annapolis, MD
HDNetW 14–1331,117
October 30No. 3 (FCS) Delaware
  • Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
  • Annapolis, MD
CN8W 34–2034,416
November 6at TulaneL 10–4221,484
November 20Rutgers
  • Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
  • Annapolis, MD
CSTVW 54–2133,615
December 4vs. ArmyCBSW 42–13
December 30vs. New MexicoNo. 24ESPN2W 34–1930,563
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game



  1. ^ "Navy 27, Air Force 24". Military.com. Associated Press. Retrieved 2012-10-26.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Navy, 99 Years Later, Matches 10-Victory Season". The New York Times. 2004-12-30. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
  4. ^ "2004 Navy Midshipmen Schedule and Results". Sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2012-11-02.