It seems so long ago that Notre Dame had defeated Navy 43 straight times. Now Navy has beaten them three of the last four years as today at the New Meadowlands Stadium, they destroyed Notre Dame 35-17.
The Midshipmen had no trouble at all running the football, as they rushed for 367 yards, with an epic performance from reserve fullback Alexander Tisch, who chipped in 206 yards by himself. Quarterback Ricky Dobbs rushed for two touchdowns and completed both of his passes attempted for 71 yards.
The Fighting Irish opened the game with a drive that left them at the Navy one yard line after a failed sneak by Dayne Crist. They failed to slow down the triple option and did not have much success at all on offense either. Crist was missing receivers Michael Floyd and Theo Riddick, as well as tight end Kyle Rudolph and he struggled, throwing a pair of interceptions, one of which near the end of the first half that turned into a Navy touchdown and a 21-10 lead. Crist eventually got pulled for Tommy Rees late in the game.
Ballyhooed hire Brian Kelly had his team terribly outplayed by the Middies today, which was even less than what Charlie Weis did when coach. His team now sits at 4-4 with their games remaining against Tulsa, No. 9 Utah, Army and at USC to finish out the year. The Fighting Irish should be at least 6-6 at the end of the season, but with their massive struggles against the option today, they might struggle with the option of the Black Knights of Army.
Navy now sits at 5-2, which is pretty impressive considering how poorly they looked in their opener against Maryland in Baltimore. They could easily win out as their remaining games are against Duke, at East Carolina, Central Michigan, Arkansas State and the Army-Navy Game in Philadelphia on December 11th.