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 his fifth completion and longest...