Notre Dame came out on Saturday and put a beating on Navy like we haven’t seen in a while. The Irish jumped out to a 52-10 lead early in the fourth quarter before Navy added a couple of late scores to reach 20 points with a 52-20 final, but the story of the day was Notre Dame’s offense slinging the ball all over the field and Clark Lea‘s defense shutting down Navy’s pesky triple-option attack. The Irish improved to 8-2 on the season and added a New Year’s 6 resume-boosting blowout of a team ranked in the top 25.
Ian Book led the way for the Irish offense with his third five-touchdown performance of the year. Four of those scores went to senior Chase Claypool who tied Maurice Stovall’s single-game school record of four receiving touchdowns. Navy meanwhile couldn’t stop turning over the ball throughout the game as the Irish defense completely neutralized Navy’s option.
We;ll have more on this one, but for now, here are the full highlights (all 16 minutes of them) from this beatdown.