Nov 2, 2014, 1:59 AM EDT
It seemed too easy, didn’t it?
Notre Dame’s offense was rolling. The Irish were on pace for 860 yards after the first quarter. Looking unbeatable, Everett Golson was throwing strikes, Tarean Folston was cutting through Navy’s defense and Brian VanGorder’s first attempt at slowing down the Midshipmen’s triple-option attack found enough stops to build a 28-7 lead.
Oct 31, 2014, 1:59 PM EDT
As Notre Dame and Navy meet for the 88th straight time, we reach a familiar time of year and a particularly scary Saturday for the Irish. As ghosts and goblins prepare to roam the streets in search of trick or treat, the Irish coaching staff receives its annual scare in the form of a triple-option offense and a football team with nothing to lose.
Oct 28, 2014, 4:33 PM EDT
With a week off between Florida State and Navy, Brian Kelly and his coaching staff had an extra week of preparation for Ken Niumatalolo’s triple-option attack. Allowing his team to leave campus during the university’s fall break, Kelly afforded his players a chance to recharge their batteries after being on campus since June.
Oct 27, 2014, 2:09 PM EDT
Among the many reasons Charlie Weis lost his dream job coaching Notre Dame was the Irish’s stumbles in November. Even with a guaranteed 10-year contract, Jack Swarbrick couldn’t watch Notre Dame melt down in November for another year, with Weis’ final two seasons ending with Notre Dame going 1-9 after Halloween. That’s a scary movie franchise that needed killing, no matter the expense.
Jun 17, 2014, 11:37 AM EDT
We continue our tour of Notre Dame’s 2014 opponents with a look at Navy. Powered by Keenan Reynolds, the Midshipmen offense should be the most dangerous it’s been under Ken Niumatalolo.
Nov 3, 2013, 1:08 PM EDT
After eight lead changes, Brian Kelly’s Notre Dame team did just enough to keep Navy from springing an upset that would’ve undone much of the positives that have come from a season that hasn’t come easy. At 7-2, the Irish will likely climb a few more spots in the polls if only because of attrition,…
Nov 2, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT
With the game on the line late and Midshipmen facing a critical fourth down with four yards to go, Navy offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper rolled the dice, hoping to catch the Notre Dame defense over-committing to the option that haunted them all afternoon. But Keenan Reynolds headed around the right side only to pitch the…
Nov 2, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT
Ken Niumatalolo brings his Navy team to South Bend, trying to undo the past two years of Notre Dame domination after the Midshipmen’s best stretch in over 50 years. Without starting fullback Noah Copeland and starting slotback Darius Staten, Navy’s triple option will likely depending more on sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds, a talented player who…
Nov 1, 2013, 5:33 AM EDT
As winners of three straight (and five of the last six), Notre Dame’s season is coming into focus after a rough start. The quarterback play of Tommy Rees has improved steadily since back-to-back tough games against Michigan State and Oklahoma. The defense has tightened considerably, playing its best football during the winning streak, with two…
Oct 30, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT
Every year since 1927 Notre Dame and Navy have played football. While the Irish have won 73 of those games, the rivarly is known less for its one-sided nature than for its mutual respect. And that’s before Navy made things competitive. For a long time, Notre Dame was Navy’s shot at Mt. Everest. Even though…
Aug 19, 2012, 3:54 PM EDT
The first of twelve opponent previews profiling Notre Dame’s 2012 opponents. The Overview: After living the good life as the scrappy band of underdogs that won games by doing the little things right, Ken Niumatalolo‘s Navy team fell back down to earth in 2011, losing seven games because of bad red zone play, a horrific…
Oct 30, 2011, 6:21 PM EDT
If there’s criticism, it should be of the constructive manner this afternoon, a day after the Irish let go of some frustration on Navy. The 56-14 thumping was the biggest beating of Navy since Tony Rice, Mark Green and Ricky Watters beat up the Midshipmen in 1987. The victory was a complete mauling — with…
Oct 29, 2011, 9:24 PM EDT
With a tip of the cap to Mark Twain, perhaps the reports of Notre Dame’s internal revolt were greatly exaggerated. With much of the last 36 hours dedicated to rumors of a potential implosion inside the Irish locker room, the squad united quickly, putting together their most complete performance of the year as they demolished…
Oct 29, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT
It’s been seven long days for both Notre Dame and Navy, both looking to get a terrible taste from their mouths after losing big games last weekend. The Irish need to forget laying an egg against USC while Navy needs to erase another heart-stopping loss, this one at the hands of East Carolina, as the…
Oct 28, 2011, 1:25 AM EDT
Backed into a corner, Brian Kelly‘s first Irish football team overcame a ton of adversity before finishing last season in style. Facing Todd Graham’s Tulsa squad just days after the death of Declan Sullivan, the Irish lost their starting quarterback in the opening minutes of the game before losing in the final seconds. Given a…
Oct 27, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT
(Yes, I know the song is titled Anchors Aweigh.) A four game winning streak had people feeling pretty good about the Irish. But a loss to now 6-1 USC has people ready to jump overboard, just as Navy and its dangerous triple-option attack come to town. While Irish fans might be walking around with an…
Jul 26, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT
In a statement released jointly through the Naval Academy’s athletic department, Notre Dame and Navy have agreed to extend their rivalry until 2026, the 100th year of the series. “Our institutional relationship with Notre Dame goes back decades,” said Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk. “Along with the vast mutual respect we share as two of…
Oct 25, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT
After the first eight games of his inaugural season, Brian Kelly has won exactly as many games as he has lost, which has quite a few members of the Irish faithful weary. Kelly has failed to win the close games that got Charlie Weis removed after his fifth season, and even worse, has openly conceded…
Oct 24, 2010, 1:25 PM EDT
There are Sundays where it’s hard to think of the negatives and then there are Sundays where it’s hard to think of the positives. This is one of those Sundays, where retrospection doesn’t always help. Navy’s convincing 35-17 victory over Notre Dame was clinical. The Midshipmen accomplished just about every objective they had laid out…
Oct 23, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT
With the Notre Dame offense unable to play their top three receiving threats and with running back Armando Allen well below 100 percent, it’s not a complete surprise that the Irish offense struggled against Navy’s bend, but not break, defense. What is a surprise is the complete collapse of the Irish defense, which was absolutely…
Oct 22, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT
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Oct 22, 2010, 3:01 AM EDT
Bring on another Pregame Twelve Pack. Twelve fun facts, tidbits, leftovers and miscellaneous musings as we head into the Navy game in the new Meadowlands. 1. Want a key to victory? Irish need to win the turnover battle. Even though the Irish have won the yardage and first down battle in the last three games…
Oct 21, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT
As the Irish prepare for their 84th meeting with the Naval Academy, I noticed that this game is being billed as “The Rivalry,” by some clever marketers. Not to discredit what Navy has done over the past three years, but it’s tough to call Notre Dame vs. Navy a rivalry, at least in the definition…
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