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Ken Niumatalolo

Navy takes to the air, and prayer, to take down Notre Dame

Navy takes to the air, and prayer, to take down Notre Dame

Ken Niumatalolo couldn’t watch. He was otherwise occupied.

Navy’s coach did not hesitate to go for it on fourth down and six deep in Notre Dame territory with 1 minute 19 seconds left in his team’s game against the Fighting Irish on Saturday at Jacksonville, Fla.

But as quarterback Will Worth passed over the middle to Jamir Tillman for a 15-yard gain, Niumatalolo was on one knee, his head bowed.

“I had my eyes closed. I was praying,” he said. “It obviously worked out great.”

It was the eighth pass Worth had thrown in the game and it went for...

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