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Mids hope to shake homecoming woes

In their careers, the seniors on Navy's football team have won three Commander-in-Chief's trophies, been part of the program's first win over Notre Dame since 1963 and beaten a team ranked in the Associated Press top 25 (Wake Forest in 2008) for the first time since 1985. The one thing they haven't done, strangely enough, is win a game on Homecoming weekend.

The Midshipmen have lost three straight Homecoming games, all to BCS opponents, and all by a wide margin. In 2006, they were crushed by 24th-ranked Rutgers, 34-0. In 2007, they fell to Wake Forest, 44-24. In 2008, they lost to 23rd-ranked Pittsburgh, 42-21. Navy's last Homecoming win came in 2005 against Tulane, 49-21. Its last Homecoming win over a BCS opponent came in 1996, when the Midshipmen blew out Duke, 64-27.

Navy can break that streak this weekend when it hosts Wake Forest (4-3); the Midshipmen are listed as 2½-point favorites over the Demon Deacons. But the players aren't focused on the fact that it's Homecoming; it's just a home game, and all home games are important. Navy is 3-0 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium this season.

"This isn't high school where you've got your Homecoming king and queen. It's just another game for us," senior guard Osei Asante said. "College football is a different story. Any home game that we have is going to be like a homecoming. We just go out there and do our thing and make sure we bring home a victory."

By Camille Powell  |  October 21, 2009; 11:46 AM ET
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