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Irish Insights


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.