The Meineke Car Care Bowl Crystal Ball

We're good! The prediction was made right here in June: Navy will become bowl-eligible for the fourth consecutive season by going 9-3 this fall. Navy's record entering the Meineke Car Care Bowl? That's right: 9-3. Back in June, we also predicted a win over Boston College in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. Navy plays the Eagles on Dec. 30 in Charlotte. Anyone need lottery numbers?

We predicted a 21-20 Navy win six months ago. But things have changed since the prediction. Boston College coach Tom O'Brien, who played defensive end for Navy from 1968-70, left the Eagles for N.C. State earlier this month. Navy quarterback Brian Hampton suffered a season-ending knee injury and was replaced by Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada.

So let's have fun predicting another game. We will nail it. Grab a cold one and enjoy:
Of course, announcers will mention O'Brien's absence, and the fact that Navy coach Paul Johnson is also was candidate for the job. Next topic? Boston College interim coach Frank Spaziani, the Eagles' defensive coordinator for the last eight years.
First quarter
Kaheaku-Enhada shakes off his average game against Army by engineering a 15-play 78-yard drive that eats 7:44 off the clock. Eric Kettani scores on a 2-yard touchdown run.
Score: Navy 7, BC 0
It's shades of Army-Navy (and for the record: does Army really think it's closing the gap on us) Navy linebacker Tyler Tidwell sacks BC quarterback Matt Ryan in the end zone for a safety.
Score: Navy 9, BC 0

Second quarter
Ryan hits L.V. Whitworth on a screen pass that seems like it will be stopped in the backfield. But Whitworth breaks three tackles, hits the open field, and goes 44 yards for a touchdown.
Score: Navy 9, BC 7

Kaipo goes deep! He hits Reggie Campbell for a 57-yard score. Hey, it's a bowl game, Campbell has to go off.

Score: Navy 16, BC 7

The first name? Not a problem. The last name? Try it: Aponavicius.
BC kicker Steve Aponavicius hits a 37-yard field goal as time expires in the first half.

Score: Navy 16, BC 10

Third quarter

For whom the bell Toals. BC has junior linebacker lineup at fullback and he gets the job done. He scores on a 3-yard run midway through the third quarter.

Score: BC 17, Navy 16
After Navy goes three-and-out, BC takes over with good field position, at Navy's 49-yard line. Time for another flashback to Army (hey, why not rub it in some more). Keenan Little picks off Ryan, just like he did Army freshman quarterback Carson Williams, and returns it 40 yards for a touchdown.
Score: Navy 23, BC 17
Fourth quarter

Navy gets the ball back. Time to chew the clock up. Oh, no!
Slotback Shun White fumbles at Navy's 23-yard line and Toal picks up the ball. Four players later, Ryan scores on a 6-yard run.
Score: BC 24, Navy 23

It comes down to this: Navy ball at its own 30-yard line. Exactly five minutes are left on the clock.
  Campbell runs for five yards.
  Kettani follows with six.
Five more for Campbell.
  Kaheaku-Enhada gains 11 yards on a pretty option play.
Campbell gains 12 yards on a neat screen pass.
Kettani gains three yards.
Four more yards for Kettani.
Two yards on an Enhada keeper.
Navy calls timeout with 47 seconds left on the clock. It's fourth-and-1 on the Eagles' 22-yard line.
Johnson rolls out kicker Matt Harmon for a 39-yard field goal.
The kick is up, it's long enough, it's just wide right.
Just kidding!
Harmon nails it.
Navy wins 26-24! Top Stories