Saturday, November 01, 2014

End of 2nd Quarter - Notre Dame 28 - Navy 17

Notre Dame capped off their third drive with a 5-yard TD rush by Everett Golson. Golson was able to get in the end zone when he faked a pass and froze the Navy defense. Notre Dame has scored three touchdowns on their first three drives of tonight's game.  Going back to last year, Notre Dame has scored touchdowns on six consecutive drives.

Notre Dame last punted against Navy in the fourth quarter of their game in 2012 that was played in Ireland.

Navy Junior CB Quincy Adams
Notre Dame's defense again played tough forcing another Navy punt. On Navy's first drive they gained 75 yard on 11 drives. On their last two drives they have gained just 14 yards on eight plays.

Once again, the Navy defense can't contain the dynamic Notre Dame offense. The Irish drove 84 yards on 8 carries and scored when Golson hit Will Fuller for a 4-yard TD completion. The score gives the Irish a 28-7 lead with 7:15 remaining in the half.

Navy showed some life on their next drive. Geoffrey Whiteside found some running room when he carried the ball for 24 yards to the Navy 26. On the next play, DeBrandon Sanders rushed for 18 yards into Notre Dame territory. Demond Brown capped off the 10-play, 78-yard drive with an 18-yard TD run off a pitch from Keenan Reynolds. Navy cut into Notre Dame's lead with 2:30 remaining in the half. The Navy scoring drive tied the longest scoring drive that the Irish gave up this year.

George Jamison snapped the Notre Dame scoring drive streak when he picked off a Golson pass at the Navy 14 yard line and returned it to the 28 giving the Mids a spark with 24 seconds left in the half.

On the Mids' next play from scrimmage, Reynolds found Ryan Williams-Jenkins open on the left sideline for 44 yards to the Notre Dame 30 yard line. Three plays later, Austin Grebe split the uprights on a 44-yard field goal and cut the Irish lead to 11, 28-17. Grebe's field goal was the longest for Navy since Jon Teague kicked a 44-yarder against Army in 2011.

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