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Remembering Navy

Notre Dame got hit again by injuries this week, but the Irish can't dwell on that as they prepare to play Navy.

Notre Dame (4-3) travels to the New Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., to face Navy (4-2) at noon Saturday.

The Irish will play the Midshipmen without receiver Theo Riddick because of an ankle injury and tight end Kyle Rudolph, who was lost for the season last week because of a hamstring injury.

They will also play Navy with plenty of motivation from last season.

"Our players remember last year's game and how that derailed, really, the entire season for Notre Dame last year," coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday.

Notre Dame lost Navy 23-21 last season. That was the first loss of four in a row to end the season.

Irish athletic director Jack Swarbrick said the loss to the Midshipmen was the biggest disappointed last season, and Charlie Weis was fired after the season.

Last year's loss was Irish's second in three years to the Midshipman after Notre Dame's 43-game winning streak ended against Navy in 2007.

Kelly said he will not used the loss last year as motivation, but he expects his players will have revenge on their minds

"I know they remember that. I don't. I was doing something else," Kelly said of last year's loss. "I won't be walking around with a hat, remember 2009, you know. We're going to be trying to stop the triple option and finding a way to put points on the board."