The Irish took the lead on their first drive, which went 75 yards in 11 plays. Theo Riddick capped the drive with an 11-yard touchdown run, but kicker Nick Tausch missed extra point. The touchdown kicked off Notre Dame's run of 27 straight points before the Midshipmen got on the board with a field goal just before the end of the first half.
Navy had a quick three-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to start the second half, marching down the field with three passes. Navy quarterback Trey Miller found wide receiver Shawn Lynch on a 25-yard reception on the scoring play. However, a comeback was not in the making as the Irish scored 23 unanswered points to close out the game.
Box Score Heroes: Notre Dame'sTheo Riddick finished with 107 yards rushing on 19 carries (5.6 average) and two touchdowns. He also had two receptions for 25 yards. George Atkinson III was also impressive with 99 yards rushing and two touchdowns on nine carries. Navy's Trey Miller was not much of a threat on the ground, with 16 yards on 20 attempts, but was efficient through the air, going 14-of-19 for 192 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Rankings Ramifications: Notre Dame entered the game ranked No. 24 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll. After the impressive win, the Irish will have no problems staying in the Top 25 and could move closer to the Top 15, depending on other results on Saturday.
But Did They Cover? Notre Dame, favored by 16.5 points entering the game, easily beat the spread. And with a touchdown by Robby Toma with just 39 seconds left to go, they also managed to top the 58.5 over/under. Check out the odds for this game and all the college football games this week at our SB Nation Odds hub.
Remember Rooster Man? No? Yeah, we don't watch golf, either:
He is the Jungle Bird, and he is back in action in Dublin this morning. After some sassy local dance stylings he got past security before being apprehended by a... state trooper? Damn, they really are everywhere. What we're happiest about is that apparently the long-held policy of broadcasters to not air footage of fans on the field is null and void across international waters.
Navy cornerback Jonathan Wev went down against Notre Dame when trying to help out on a tackle. Wev stayed on the ground for a bit before he was helped off the field by members of the training staff.
CBS reports Wev will miss the rest of the game with a head injury. He was being attended to on the sideline with what appeared to be head examinations to see if he'd suffered a concussion. With this being the first game, training staffs want to be safe, as is the case with any head injury at any other point.
Navy trailed Notre Dame, 20-0 in the second quarter. The Irish are having their way with Navy, so far putting up well over 200 yards of total offense compared to the Navy's 89.
I don't know who painted up the field (pardon me, the pitch) for the Notre Dame-Navy game in Dublin, and I'd hate to imply it was something from Ireland who's never marked up a college football field before. But, man, it is not immediately easy to tell where the end zone begins and ends here, especially with all the shadows and whatnot:
Not trying to be a total 'MERICAN about this, but it almost looks like a too-small end zone was painted on top of another end zone, all of which isn't much darker than sideline white.
That play was correctly ruled incomplete, but Everett Golson came back on the next play and did pretty much the same thing. No matter the continent, Tyler Eifert is still extremely tall and nearly impossible to cover with service academy defensive backs.