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GAMEDAY College Football

Notre Dame 35, Navy 32

(AP Photo/Terrance Williams)

By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer

BALTIMORE - Braden Lenzy reached around a defender with both arms to make a spectacular touchdown catch, one of four TD passes by Drew Pyne before halftime in No. 20 Notre Dame's 35-32 win over Navy.

Pyne also ran for a touchdown in the first half, and Notre Dame (7-3) blocked a punt for a fifth straight game. Lenzy's catch, however, was the most impressive highlight. Navy's Mbiti Williams Jr. was positioned between Lenzy and the ball on Pyne's deep pass to the goal line, but Lenzy reached around with both hands and controlled the ball, appearing to pin it against Williams' back. Then he pulled it around the cornerback with his right hand to complete the catch.

The 38-yard touchdown put the Irish ahead 14-0. They led 35-13 at halftime before going dormant offensively for the final two quarters. Navy closed to within three with 1:21 remaining, but an unsuccessful onside kick ended the rally.

Navy (3-7) had the ball down 21-13 in the second quarter, but an interception on a trick play gave the Irish possession at the Navy 41. Pyne ran for an 11-yard touchdown moments later, and then the blocked punt by Jack Kiser - Notre Dame's seventh of the season - set up Pyne's 37-yard TD toss to Jayden Thomas.

Pyne went 17 of 21 for 269 yards with an interception. He opened the scoring with a 30-yard touchdown strike to Audric Estime. After Lenzy's catch, Navy responded with Daba Fofana's 36-yard scoring run.

Pyne threw a 5-yard TD pass to Chris Tyree, and then the Midshipmen scored on a 2-yard run by Xavier Arline that made it 21-13.

Arline threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Mark Walker in the fourth, and a 2-point conversion made it 35-24. Then Maasai Maynor's 20-yard TD pass to Maquel Haywood late in the fourth, along with another 2-point conversion, cut the lead to a field goal.

THE TAKEAWAY

Notre Dame: The Irish have won four straight, including a victory over Clemson last weekend. After losing to Marshall and Stanford earlier this season, they needed to show they could avoid a letdown against Navy. They did for a half, but their final two quarters left a lot to be desired. Notre Dame had only one first down after halftime.

Navy: The Midshipmen broke through for a few big plays, including a 50-yard run by Fofana, but ultimately they weren't equipped to stop Notre Dame's offense from building a big lead before halftime.

November 12, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter NDNavy
ND TD 10:36 Audric Estime 30 yard TD pass from Drew Pyne (Blake Grupe Extra Point) 7 0
ND TD 4:28 Braden Lenzy 38 yard TD pass from Drew Pyne (Blake Grupe Extra Point) 14 0
Navy TD 2:19 Daba Fofana 36 yard TD run (Bijan Nichols Kick Failed) 14 6
Second Quarter NDNavy
ND TD 12:27 Chris Tyree 5 yard TD pass from Drew Pyne (Blake Grupe Extra Point) 21 6
Navy TD 7:49 Xavier Arline 2 yard TD run (Bijan Nichols Extra Point) 21 13
ND TD 2:19 Drew Pyne 11 yard TD run (Blake Grupe Extra Point) 28 13
ND TD 1:10 Jayden Thomas 37 yard TD pass from Drew Pyne (Blake Grupe Extra Point) 35 13
Third Quarter NDNavy
Navy FG 4:59 Bijan Nichols 26 yard field goal 35 16
Fourth Quarter NDNavy
Navy TD 14:47 Mark Walker 23 yard TD pass from Xavier Arline (Xavier Arline 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 35 24
Navy TD 1:21 Maquel Haywood 20 yard TD pass from Maasai Maynor (Vincent Terrell II 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 35 32
Team Stats
  Notre Dame Navy
First downs 15 19
  Rushing 6 10
  Passing 8 5
  Penalty 1 4
3rd Down Efficiency 6-13, 46% 3-12, 25%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 2-2, 100%
Rushes-Yards 34-66 46-255
Passing Yards 269 108
Return Yards 69 54
Completions-Attempts-Int 17-21-1 6-13-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 5-30 1-4
Punts 4 5
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 8-57 4-30
Notre Dame Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Pyne 17 21 269 4 1
Navy Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
X. Arline 2 4 57 1 0
M. Maynor 4 7 51 1 0
K. Puailoa-Rojas 0 1 0 0 1
Notre Dame Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. Estime 8 49 6.1 0
L. Diggs 13 31 2.4 0
M. Evans 1 2 2.0 0
C. Tyree 2 1 0.5 0
D. Pyne 8 -13 -1.6 1
Navy Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Fofana 15 133 8.9 1
X. Arline 12 59 4.9 1
A. Hall Jr. 5 32 6.4 0
D. Jones 1 9 9.0 0
M. Haywood 3 9 3.0 0
M. Maynor 4 7 1.8 0
V. Terrell II 6 6 1.0 0
Notre Dame Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Thomas 3 80 26.7 1
B. Lenzy 5 67 13.4 1
D. Colzie 2 50 25.0 0
A. Estime 1 30 30.0 1
M. Mayer 3 23 7.7 0
L. Styles 2 14 7.0 0
C. Tyree 1 5 5.0 1
Navy Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Walker 3 67 22.3 1
M. Haywood 1 20 20.0 1
V. Terrell II 1 15 15.0 0
K. Puailoa-Rojas 1 6 6.0 0
Notre Dame Interceptions
Player Int Yards
C. Lewis 1 0
Navy Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Marshall 1 1
Notre Dame Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Sot 4 162 40.5
Navy Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Riethman 4 149 37.3
Notre Dame Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Salerno 2 0 0
Navy Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Notre Dame Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Tyree 2 42 21.0
P. Kollie 1 -1 -1.0
M. Salerno 1 -1 -1.0
A. Estime 1 29 29.0
Navy Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Haywood 3 53 17.7
Notre Dame Missed FG
Player Length
B. Grupe 45
Navy Missed FG
Player Length




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