ANNAPOLIS, Md.-The Navy football team capped off a remarkable season by being ranked in the top 25 in both final polls. The Mids, who won 10 games this year for the first time in 99 years, won a bowl game for the first time since 1996 and won the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy for the second-consecutive year, finished the year ranked 24th in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Poll.
"I'm excited for our players, coaching staff and fans," said Navy head football coach Paul Johnson. "This is a validation for all the hard work that everybody has put into this program."
The top 25 ranking marks the first time Navy has cracked the polls at any point in the season since Oct. 22, 1979, when Navy was ranked 17th in the Associated Press poll. It's also the first time since 1963, when Navy finished second, that the Midshipmen have finished the season ranked in the Associated Press poll and the first time Navy has been ranked at any time in the USA Today/Coaches poll.
The last time Navy ended its season ranked was 1978 when the Mids finished 17th in the UPI poll.