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Irish strike quickly

Notre Dame didn't waste any chances in the first quarter against Navy.

The Irish took a 14-0 lead into the second quarter despite only having the ball for 4:38.

Notre Dame gave up yards and game time but no points on Navy's opening drive.

The Midshipmen, who hung onto the ball at their 26 after a fumble was overturned on review after the kickoff return, made it to the Irish's 30-yard line.

But Jon Teague's 47-yard field goal went wide left as Navy chewed up 7:49.

Notre Dame wasted little time when it had the ball for the first time.

Quarterback Tommy Rees opened by hitting receiver Michael Floyd for a 25-yard gain then running back Jonas Gray busted out a 9-yard run to Navy's 36.

After a pass interference call got the Irish to the Midshipmen's 21, Gray carried the ball for 11 then 6 yards and finally scored on a 4-yard run to give Notre Dame at 7-0 lead with 4:52 to play in the first quarter.

Gray's TD made him the first Irish player to have a rushing touchdown in five straight games since Ryan Grant scored in six straight in 2002.

The Irish's first drive of the game covered 70 yards on five plays and took 2:14.

Notre Dame kept up the fast pace after forcing a Navy three-and-out as the Irish went 63 yards in 2:24 seconds for a scoring drive that ended with a Cierre Wood 1-yard TD run.

Irish linebacker Manti Te'o led the defense with seven tackles, 1 ½ for loss, in the first quarter, and Rees was 4 for 4 for 80 yards.

Michael Floyd had two receptions for 37 yards, and Theo Riddick had a 37-yarder on a quick swing pass.

Gray and Wood combined to run for 38 yards as Navy only rushed for 45 yards.

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.