The Irish held on after squandering a big lead to defeat Navy 49-39 and move to 7-1 on the season. After opening up a 28-7 lead and being able to do virtually whatever they wanted to do on offense the Irish struggled and allowed Navy to score 24 unanswered points to take a 31-28 lead before the Irish took control again. Notre Dame struggled with the Midshipmen’s option attack, especially after leading-tackler Joe Schmidt went down with injury. The Notre Dame offense bailed the defense out however, by racking up over 500 yards of total offense on root to a career day for several players. The following players led the Irish to victory over Navy:
Everett Golson: Quarterback Everett Golson had a huge day for the Irish becoming the first player in Notre Dame history to run and throw for three touchdowns in a game. Golson threw for 315 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 33 yards and three more scores. Aside from his second quarter interception you couldn’t ask for much more out of Golson as he absolutely shredded the Navy defense.
Tarean Folston: For the second year in a row Tarean Folston had a big game versus Navy. The Florida native rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries and consistently set the Irish up with quality gains on first down. Folston also had two receptions for 38 yards as he continues to show why he’s getting the bulk of the touches in the Irish backfield.
Ben Koyack: Irish tight-end Ben Koyack played one of his best games of the season versus Navy. Koyack consistently made plays on third down over the middle of the field for the Irish and was an excellent security blanket for Golson. Koyack registered a game-high five receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown.
James Onwualu: Playing against the Navy option meant more playing time than usual for James Onwualu and he delivered. Onwualu showed his physicality with several big hits while being tied for the team lead in tackles for loss with two. The tackles for loss were important to keep Navy behind schedule on offense. The converted receiver recorded seven tackles in the victory