GameDay Chat: Notre Dame vs. Navy

Bryan Driskell

Notre Dame and Navy square off today at 2:30 PM (Eastern) on NBC. The No. 16 ranked Fighting Irish have a chance to boost their New Year's Six Bowl resume with a victory over the No. 23 Midshipmen.

Throughout the game I will post analysis and observations in this story. Below, Notre Dame fans I welcome you to talk about the matchup, talk about the game and share your thoughts, opinions and analysis about the game.

Or, you can talk about other games!

5:56 PM Update: Notre Dame earns a 52-20 victory over Navy. Here are the GAME OBSERVATIONS of the Irish offense.

4:43 PM Update: Sophomore DT Jayson Ademilola will not return to the game after coming off in the second quarter with a knee injury. According to a source it appears to be nothing more than a bruise, but with the Irish up big it looks like the staff will wisely choose to keep him on the sideline for the remainder of the game.

4:42 PM Update: The Irish defense forces a Navy punt to start the third quarter. The offense responds with a 7-play, 78-yard touchdown drive - with all the yards coming through the air. The final 20 yards was a Book to Claypool hookup for a score thanks to a brilliant catch from the veteran wideout. Irish lead 45-3.

4:00 PM Update: RB Tony Jones Jr. scores from 2 yards out to give Notre Dame a 38-0 lead late in the second quarter.

3:48 PM Update: Junior placekicker Jonathan Doerer puts Notre Dame up 31-0 with a 32-yard field goal in the second quarter.

3:41 PM Update: Notre Dame stops Navy on fourth-down. The Midshipmen ran an off-tackle option play but Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah forced a bounce by the quarterback, and safety Kyle Hamilton showed tremendous range to tackle Malcolm Perry for a loss. Irish take over at the Navy 43-yard line.

3:36 PM Update: A block in the back negates a Chris Finke punt return TD, but the Irish offense needed just one play to go 70 yards for a touchdown. Book hit sophomore Braden Lenzy over the top on a post route for the score. Irish now lead 28-0.

3:30 PM Update: Sophomore DT Jayson Ademilola was helped off the field a play after making a big tackle for loss. His knee was rolled up on from the backside.

3:24 PM Update: The Irish offense turns the Navy turnover into a touchdown, as Book and Claypool connect twice, with the final 3 yards coming on a back shoulder fade that got Claypool into the end zone for the third time in the game. Notre Dame now leads 21-0.

3:21 PM Update: Another great play by DE Khalid Kareem forces another Navy fumble. Irish offense takes over at the Navy 39-yard line.

3:11 PM Update: Notre Dame scores on just two plays to take a 14-0 lead. The 47-yard connection from Book to Claypool was a tremendous play call by Long. Claypool started as the No. 1 receiver to the left but ND motioned TE Tommy Tremble outside and the corner went outside with Tremble. That left Claypool one-on-one with a linebacker on a seam route. As soon as Book saw the free safety go away from Claypool he went to the seam for a TD. Great play call, great execution.

3:05 PM Update: Navy drove into Notre Dame territory, but on an attempted reverse play, backside DE Khalid Kareem hit the QB from behind and forced a fumble that was recovered by Asmar Bilal to give the Irish the football.

2:50 PM Update: Notre Dame takes its first drive down the field for a touchdown that covers 75 yards and takes 5:21 off the clock. Chase Claypool caught two passes for 30 yards on the drive. His 7-yard touchdown came after a motion to the boundary that got him isolated on a cross in man coverage, and Claypool won that matchup. Notre Dame converted a 4th-and-1 on the drive. 

QB Ian Book went 3-4 for 44 yards and a touchdown through the air on the opening drive and also added 17 rushing yards, including a 15-yard gain on 3rd-and-16 that set up the fourth-down conversion.

2:41 PM Update: Navy won the toss and deferred. Notre Dame will receive the ball to start the game. Alohi Gilman were Chris Finke are the only Notre Dame captains at midfield for the coin toss.

2:14 PM Update: I expect Shaun Crawford to start at corner today based on the option offense they are facing and what we saw in pre-game.

2:05 PM Update: Sophomore DE Justin Ademilola is expected to play a much bigger role today, but according to a source, he woke up this morning with some back issues and his status is uncertain at this time.

Comments (147)
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USAF40ND
USAF40ND

The 2nd string for ND should be able to dominate the 2nd string of Navy. The defense is doing exactly what an option team wants you to do, which is run crazy into the backfield as they run by you. The OL of ND is getting pushed around by the DL of Navy. ND’s backups have been horrible. And Phil had another chance to get playing time wasted. It was very bad play calling when he was in. Armstrong gives nothing to this team since he came back. The starters were dominant. They played great & were great today. That’s what matters. But I was very disappointed in the backups today.

Irish For Life
Irish For Life

RE: Alabama QB

Does Taulua true freshman step in at QB or RS Soph Mac Jones or RS Frosh Braxton Barker? Who is the 2nd team QB? Which one is good enough?

IrishDon
IrishDon

Wow. No wonder Phil doesn’t get much time. That sneak was horrible. He didn’t get low. Bad form.

jheizelm
jheizelm

Good for Paul M.

jsully0101
jsully0101

Another Elliott missed assignment? I'm so confused on how they are getting deep.

jsully0101
jsully0101

Was that a missed assignment for Jalen Elliott?

IrishDon
IrishDon

I am disappointed in the fans. Were the hell did they all go?? Get your asses back to the stadium and cheer man.

jsully0101
jsully0101

What a throw by Phil to Lenzy

Matt0315
Matt0315

great throw by Phil

Matt0315
Matt0315

Now lets see Phil

Kcndmis97
Kcndmis97

Now it’s about not getting front line players hurt, especially along the DL

jsully0101
jsully0101

Great throw. Great catch. Claypool is a no doubt first round pick if the 2020 WR draft class was the 2019 draft class. I really hope he gets that money/honor anyways!

chamgel
chamgel

Some very good throws on that drive by Book... now it’s time to see Jurkovec

Matt0315
Matt0315

oh my Chase Claypool

jsully0101
jsully0101

Tony has to catch that... :(

chamgel
chamgel

What a throw there on 3rd down by Book..

IrishDon
IrishDon

Looks like we gotta put up another 35 points before Phil gets a shot. Damn.

Irish For Life
Irish For Life

Alabama QB has been helicoptered to St Vincent Medical Center in Birmingham for his hip injury. I hate Alabama but I don't want anyone hurt.

Pjtdomer
Pjtdomer

This could end up being the season of what could have been.

Kcndmis97
Kcndmis97

Great half! Only allowed one big play from Perry and that was when we were up 38-0. Please give Lea a huge pay raise this offseason.

chamgel
chamgel

38-0 in the first half.... this team is finally starting to play to its potential

lewboy3
lewboy3

Let's see Phil run the offense today with the 1s eh

Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

From my prediction:

"If the offensive line is prepared and executes, and if Ian Book is aggressive, decisive and accurate, the Irish offense should be able to rip off big plays, establish the ground game and roll over the undersized Navy defense."

I thought it could happen, no doubt. Surprised that it has happened so impressively. By far the best team performance of the season so far.

jsully0101
jsully0101

Think Phil comes in for the first offensive possession in the 2nd half?

Kcndmis97
Kcndmis97

But why is it that in these goal line situations that we seem to allow an unblocked defender? This was what happened to Armstrong when he fumbled

Kcndmis97
Kcndmis97

TD

IrishDon
IrishDon

That’s a TD.

Matt0315
Matt0315

break out the checkbook for coach Lea

t13bru
t13bru

Ready to see PJ get some snaps here!

Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

Tremendous play by Kyle Hamilton! But go back and watch it, Owusu-Koramoah makes that play happen by shooting inside and spilling the QB run outside. Great team defense.

jheizelm
jheizelm

Can Navy come back?

jsully0101
jsully0101

Jurkovec better get playing time today...

IrishDon
IrishDon

Don’t take your foot off the gas!!! Step on there throat!!

Kcndmis97
Kcndmis97

Man, our D is playing great! Credit to the coaching staff as they seem well prepared. Perry will be sore tomorrow, taking so many hits

lewboy3
lewboy3

There is a lot to smile about thus far. Production from key players and from the young cats. That was a good sequence for Howard Cross

GNielsen
GNielsen

For one day in my life I’d like to know what it feels like to have the athleticism of Kyle Hamilton. Wow.

Matt0315
Matt0315

hello Kyle Hamilton

Kcndmis97
Kcndmis97

I’m concerned about the injuries to the DL. Ademilola looked like his own man hit him and a possible MCL sprain

GNielsen
GNielsen

So I am guessing he is not fatigued anymore. 😀. Great throw and catch by Lenzy.

BrocketAB
BrocketAB

Looks like a completely different offence. Where was this all year

jsully0101
jsully0101

Didn't know Will Fuller was still here. I thought he was on the Texans.

Philly65
Philly65

Where did this come from ???

Kcndmis97
Kcndmis97

Whoa! Where was this Book all season?!?!

Matt0315
Matt0315

See what happens when you get speed on the field

IrishDon
IrishDon

Hello!!!! Wow. I’m speechless.

Matt0315
Matt0315

wow

Kcndmis97
Kcndmis97

Is it me or has Book seemed to turn the corner? He is staying in the pocket more and throwing downfield. Yes this is not against a P5 team but it is against an attacking defense and he is not bailing out of there right away like earlier in the season.

Irish Banana
Irish Banana

So is the Offense.

Matt0315
Matt0315

This defense is on fire

Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

Someone on ESPN Radio this week said the problem with Notre Dame's offense is they don't have any No. 1 WR's.

My response.


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