2008 Navy Midshipmen football
2008 record8–5
Head coachKen Niumatalolo (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorIvin Jasper (8th season)
Offensive schemeTriple option
Defensive coordinatorBuddy Green (7th season)
Base defenseMultiple
Home stadiumNavy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
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2008 Division I FBS independents football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Navy           8 5  
Notre Dame           7 5  
Army           3 9  
WKU           2 10  
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008 Navy Midshipmen football team represented the United States Naval Academy (USNA) in during the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Navy competed as an independent with no conference affiliation.

The team was led by first-year head coach Ken Niumatalolo. He was promoted from the offensive line coach before the season, after his predecessor, Paul Johnson, accepted the head coaching position at Georgia Tech.

The Midshipmen finished the regular season with an 8–4 record to attain bowl eligibility. Navy secured a berth in the inaugural EagleBank Bowl, which had a tie-in with the two independent military academies, the other being Army. The other tie-in was with the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Due to a chaotic and closely contested season in the ACC, in the EagleBank Bowl, Navy ended up playing Wake Forest in a re-match of a regular season game, despite a statement in their contracting disallowing it.[1] Unlike the earlier game, Navy lost the rematch against Wake Forest, 29–19.


August 303:30 p.m.TowsonCBSCSW 41–1331,613
September 57:00 Ball StateESPNL 23–3522,517
September 1312:00 DukeESPNUL 31–4125,082
September 203:30 p.m.Rutgers
  • Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
  • Annapolis, MD
CBSCSW 23–2137,821
September 273:30 No. 16 Wake ForestESPNUW 24–1733,173
October 44:00 Air ForceVersusW 33–2746,339
October 183:30 p.m.No. 23 Pittsburgh
  • Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
  • Annapolis, MD
CBSCSL 21–4237,970
October 253:30 p.m.SMU
  • Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
  • Annapolis, MD (rivalry)
CBSCSW 34–731,698
November 13:30 p.m.Temple
  • Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
  • Annapolis, MD
CBSCSW 33–27 OT34,775
November 1512:00 p.m.vs. Notre DameCBSL 21–2770,932
November 257:00 Northern IllinoisESPNCW 16–017,932
December 612:00 p.m.vs. ArmyCBSW 34–069,144
December 2011:00 a.m.vs. Wake ForestESPNL 19–2928,777



  1. Navy Did Not Waive EagleBank Bowl Clause, Annapolis Capital, December 4, 2008. Accessed 2009-03-12. Archived 2009-05-28.
  2. "Navy 2008 Schedule/Results". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 2009-11-19.

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