Here is a quick look back at some of the highlights of Saturday afternoon’s victory over Navy
It Was Over When …
Jonas Gray and Michael Floyd scored within 2 minutes of each other to put the Irish up 28-7 midway through the 2nd quarter. With the way the entire team was playing, the 21 point lead felt more than comfortable.
After another fumble on a swing pass to a RB led to a Navy TD, Tommy Rees connected with Michael Floyd for a 56 yard TD pass on the first play of the ensuing drive.
Three Good Stats
- 56 points — With 56 points against Navy and 59 early in the season against Air Force, Notre Dame has multiple 50 point games in on season for the first time since 1996
- 0 — 0 sacks allowed. The O Line hasn’t given up a sack since the 3rd quarter of the Pitt game. I know ND runs a ton of quick passes but that’s still an impressive acheivement.
- 196 yard/ 3.9 YPC — Navy game into the game averaging 300+ rushing yards per game and had shredded Bob Diaco’s defense last year. The Irish held them way under their season averages and the starting D only gave up 1 TD, which was on a short field after a turnover. An impressive turn-around for the D.
Three Bad Stats
- 2 — 2 more turnovers for Tommy Rees. Both led to Navy’s two TDs. As Irish fans have lamented all season, the turnovers need to be cut down if we have any hope of winning out and finishing 9-3.
- âˆž – approximately the amount time more than necessary that NBC, via Tom Hammond, Mike Mayock and Alex Flanagan, spent talking about the non-story story of BK calling out his seniors. Just a unnecessary amount of time waster during the telecast.
- 0 — 0 snaps for Andrew Hendrix. While this didn’t annoy me as much as it did other fans, it would have been nice for Hendrix to have seen some meaningful snaps during the game. Putting Dayne in with the 2nd string at the end of the game was fine. I’d rather Hendrix have gotten some snaps earlier in the game. Not a huge deal but there weren’t too many negatives from the game
- Jonas Gray — Entering the season, Jonas Gray had 0 rushing TDs. He now has 8 after totaling 3 on Saturday. Jonas is looking the best he’s ever looked at ND. He actually lowered his YPC to 8 but is within striking distance of George Gipp’s single season record.
- The entire DL – Darius Fleming, Prince Shembo, Stephon Tuitt, Louis Nix and the rest played an outstanding game. They controlled the LOS, occupied blockers and totally shut down the FB dive part of the option.
- Manti Te’o — Apparently he’s been battling a sprained ankle all season but Te’o looked the best he has all season on Saturday. Bouncing back from a poor performance last weekend against USC, Te’o was all over the field finishing with 13 tackles with 3 TFL.
- Coach Kelly announced on his Sunday afternoon teleconference that Chase Hounshell should be fine and his shoulder injury was not as serious as initially thought
- The stadium music returned on Saturday and the selection and variety was 100X better than its debut against USC. Crazy Train was only heard once, after the game was more or less over, to solid laughter from the crowd and everyone on twitter.
- Ethan Johnson dressed but did not play. Thankfully the Irish were able to handle Navy without him which allows Johnson another week to heal from the injury suffered early against Purdue.
- For what it’s worth, I’ve heard solid rumors that “Field Turf” will be installed for the 2012 season.
As SDI elaborated in the comments below, look to Lambeau Field for an example of what ND will be installing. It’s a hybrid system that uses real grass and synthetic fibers together.
Notre Dame is at Wake Forest next Saturday. The game is at 8 pm on ABC/ESPN. Notre Dame opens as a 14.5 favorite.
The game is will be airing at the same time as the 2011 version Game of the Century, LSU-Alabama. Those of you who are CFB fans and not just ND fans will need to be ready with the remote.