In a hard fought, one-point football game, Notre Dame fell to the Midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy Nov. 5 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville.
Navy coach Niumatalolo said, "First of all, want to thank the city of Jacksonville. It was almost like a bowl atmosphere for our team, just very hospitable. Being a Navy town, it was very exciting for us to come here.
"I'm running out of adjectives for our team. Tough, hardnosed kids, resilient, grit. To bounce back after a tough loss last week, I'm proud of the way our guys fought till the end. I'm just happy for our players. It's a great day for Navy football, our school, and our entire program.
"We wish Coach Kelly and Notre Dame the best of luck. They're still a great team. Our guys just found a way to get one more point."
Coach Kelly responded, "Obviously very disappointing. But congratulations to Navy. They executed flawlessly. It's always a game where it comes down to the last quarter. They played the plays necessary late. We forced them to throw the football to win the game.
"We had six possessions the whole game. Any time you're limited to six possessions, you have to be extremely efficient. Other than the threeandout where we had a receiver that we couldn't hook up with, there's not much I can really pick at from a head coach's perspective.
"I love the way our team battled. Navy was just a little bit better today by one point."