GAMEDAY College Football

Notre Dame 34, Navy 6

(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

By JOHN FINERAN
Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Jack Coan threw for 269 yards and a touchdown, Kyren Williams ran for two scores and No. 8 Notre Dame shut down Navy's triple-option attack in a 34-6 victory.

Coan, a grad transfer from Wisconsin, completed 23 of 29 passes, with a 70-yard scoring pass to Kevin Austin late in the first half for the Irish (801, No. 10 CFP).

Williams, who had a career-high 199 yards last week in a 44-34 shootout victory over North Carolina, scored on runs of 1 and 20 yards, but managed just 95 yards on 17 carries. The Irish offense totaled 430 yards.

Grad nose tackle Kurt Hinish had a career-high 10 tackles after making just 14 in six games coming in. Notre Dame dominated the Midshipmen (2-7) with its size and physical play. Navy controlled the clock, with 34:33 of possession - but completed just one pass for 18 yards and rushed for 166 yards - 73 on 22 carries by fullback Isaac Ruoss.

It was Notre Dame's fourth straight victory in the series that began in 1927 but was interrupted last year by the COVID-19 pandemic. Notre Dame has an 80-13-1 lead in the series that will continue at least through 2032.

Navy led 3-0 after the first quarter on the first of two field goals by Bijan Nichols. But the Irish scored 17 points in the second quarter - Jonathan Doerer's tying field goal, Williams' 1-yard TD run and Coan-Austin's touchdown aerial - for a 17-3 halftime lead.

Notre Dame got a safety when Navy backup quarterback Xavier Arline, replacing injured starter Tai Lavatai, recovered his own fumble in the end zone early in the fourth quarter. Williams then recovered his goal-line fumble in the end zone to finish off his 20-yard scoring scamper. Freshman Logan Diggs completed the scoring with an 8-yard run.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter NavyND
Navy FG 3:03 Bijan Nichols 49 yard field goal 3 0
Second Quarter NavyND
ND FG 9:47 Jonathan Doerer 24 yard field goal 3 3
ND TD 2:46 Kyren Williams 1 yard TD run (Jonathan Doerer Extra Point) 3 10
ND TD 0:50 Kevin Austin Jr. 70 yard TD pass from Jack Coan (Jonathan Doerer Extra Point) 3 17
Third Quarter NavyND
Navy FG 5:16 Bijan Nichols 21 yard field goal 6 17
Fourth Quarter NavyND
ND SF 13:20 Team safety 6 19
ND TD 10:55 Kyren Williams 0 yard fumble return for TD (Braden Lenzy 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 6 27
ND TD 3:13 Logan Diggs 8 yard TD run (Jonathan Doerer Extra Point) 6 34
Team Stats
  Navy Notre Dame
First downs 11 20
  Rushing 9 9
  Passing 1 10
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 4-15, 27% 7-14, 50%
4th down efficiency 3-4, 75% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 55-166 31-150
Passing Yards 18 280
Return Yards 76 78
Completions-Attempts-Int 1-3-0 24-30-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-15 2-17
Punts 5 4
Fumbles Lost 2-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 6-44 7-75
Navy Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
X. Arline 1 2 18 0 0
T. Lavatai 0 1 0 0 0
Notre Dame Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Coan 23 29 269 1 0
T. Buchner 1 1 11 0 0
Navy Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
I. Ruoss 22 73 3.3 0
J. Umbarger 1 32 32.0 0
C. Warren 1 18 18.0 0
C. Acie 4 18 4.5 0
D. Jones 2 13 6.5 0
X. Arline 8 8 1.0 0
M. Haywood 1 3 3.0 0
K. Puailoa-Rojas 1 3 3.0 0
J. Harris II 3 3 1.0 0
A. Hall Jr. 2 2 1.0 0
M. Mauai 1 0 0.0 0
T. Lavatai 9 -7 -0.8 0
Notre Dame Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Williams 17 95 5.6 1
L. Diggs 8 59 7.4 1
T. Buchner 2 9 4.5 0
C. Tyree 1 1 1.0 0
J. Coan 3 -14 -4.7 0
Navy Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Umbarger 1 18 18.0 0
Notre Dame Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Austin Jr. 6 139 23.2 1
K. Williams 7 36 5.1 0
D. Colzie 1 31 31.0 0
M. Mayer 4 28 7.0 0
A. Davis 2 18 9.0 0
C. Tyree 3 15 5.0 0
L. Styles Jr. 1 13 13.0 0
Navy Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Notre Dame Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Navy Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Riethman 5 253 50.6
Notre Dame Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Bramblett 4 178 44.5
Navy Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Notre Dame Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Williams 1 16 16.0
Navy Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Haywood 3 60 20.0
A. Hassan 1 16 16.0
Notre Dame Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Salerno 2 33 16.5
K. Williams 1 29 29.0
Navy Missed FG
Player Length
Notre Dame Missed FG
Player Length




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