Published: Sun, November 17, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Notre Dame sellout streak expected to end at 273 games

Notre Dame sellout streak expected to end at 273 games

"Their defense is so much better at everything they do from coverage to getting after the quarterback (and) tackling".

On Saturday when Notre Dame's hosts Navy it will end the Fighting Irish's home sellout streak at 273 games.

After a rare 3-10 finish in 2018, veteran Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo revamped his defensive staff, bringing in defensive coordinator Brian Newberry from FCS power Kennesaw State.

A well-balanced attack led Navy over the Connecticut Huskies every single quarter on their way to victory.

The Fighting Irish are a big 7.5-point favorite against the Midshipmen.

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"Malcolm Perry is a dynamic offensive player", Kelly said. "Your discipline has to be second to none". The Midshipmen are coming off a bye week following their fifth straight victory, 56-10 over CT. Notre Dame sold out their next home game against Purdue on September 28, 1974 and has had a full house ever since. Notre Dame's consecutive sellout streak trails only Nebraska, which has sold out its home games on a weekly basis since 1962.

Despite a traditional matchup between ranked teams in No. 16 Notre Dame and No. 21 Navy, this will be the end of a 273-game sellout streak that stretched back four and a half decades.

Despite the annual difficulty of preparing for Navy's triple-option attack, which is averaging a nation's best 357.9 yards per game, Kelly enjoys the traditions of the series, including both teams standing together after games to hear the other's alma mater.

Their wins bumped the Midshipmen to 7-1 and the Fighting Irish to 7-2. But the reality is Notre Dame thinks ahead when it comes to this.

Kickoff for the Notre Dame-Navy game is at 2: 30 p.m. ET on NBC. Gilman started at safety for Navy as a true freshman in 2016 and left Kelly impressed with his game-high 12 tackles in Navy's victory. He's a point guard, distributing, making really good decisions. On that day and until 1996, the capacity was 59,075, but a stadium expansion put it over 80,000 until the school's most recent renovation that was completed in 2017.

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