NCAAF Game Recap - Navy at Notre Dame
Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:30 PM EST

LSU
58
Miss
37
F
OHSt
56
Rut
21
F
Wake
3
Clem
52
F
Ala
38
MisSt
7
F
UGA
21
Aub
14
F
Ariz
6
Oreg
34
F
Minn
19
Iowa
23
F
UCLA
3
Utah
49
F
Ind
27
PSU
34
F
Okla
34
Bayl
31
F
Fla
23
Mizzu
6
F
MSU
10
Mich
44
F
Wisc
37
Neb
21
F
Navy
20
ND
52
F
Cin
20
SoFL
17
F
Mem
45
Hou
27
F
NM
9
Boise
42
F
Tex
21
IASt
23
F
Kans
13
OkSt
31
F
E Mi
42
Akr
14
F
WestMI
37
Ohio
34
F OT
NIU
31
Toled
28
F
BGSU
3
MiaOH
44
F
Buff
27
Kent
30
F
UNC
27
Pitt
34
F OT
LaTec
10
Marsh
31
F
Fres
7
SDSU
17
F
Tul
21
Temp
29
F
TCU
33
TxTch
31
F
UMass
6
NW
45
F
AlaSt
12
FlaSt
49
F
VMI
6
Army
47
F
UTEP
10
UAB
37
F
Troy
63
TxSt
27
F
CoCar
27
ArkSt
28
F
ULMon
29
GaSo
51
F
IdSt
10
BYU
42
F
C Mi
45
Ball
44
F
KY
38
Vand
14
F
WVU
24
K St
20
F
VaTec
45
GATec
0
F
(N/A)
28
NMSt
41
F
Hawaii
21
UNLV
7
F
Wyo
21
UtSt
26
F
Syr
49
Duke
6
F
Stan
22
WaSt
49
F
Rice
31
MidTN
28
F
ULLaf
37
SoAl
27
F
SMiss
36
UTSA
17
F
AF
38
ColSt
21
F
App
56
GASt
27
F
AzSt
34
OreSt
35
F
SCar
6
TxAM
30
F
Lou
34
NCSt
20
F
USC
41
Cal
17
F

Notre Dame 52, Navy 20

Nov 16, 2019, 2:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(21) Navy (7-2)

0

3

7

10

20

(16) Notre Dame (8-2)

14

24

7

7

52

Claypool catches 4 TDs as No. 16 Notre Dame rout Navy 52-20
Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:42 PM

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) If Chase Claypool and Ian Book continue connecting as they did Saturday in No. 16 Notre Dame’s 52-20 rout of No. 21 Navy, the hotel roommates may deserve a penthouse suite.

Claypool caught four touchdown passes to match a school record and Book threw five for the third time this season as the Irish (8-2, No. 16 College Football Playoff) won their third straight game.

“The chemistry with Ian has definitely helped a lot,” Claypool said. “I think trust is a big thing. I think he truly trusts me now. Not that he didn’t before, but he knows exactly where to put the ball. He’s throwing the ball up and giving me a chance to make a play.”

Claypool caught seven passes from Book for 117 yards and now has 49 receptions for 768 yards this season.

“Chase is an important part of our offense, so he’s going to get the football,” Irish coach Brian Kelly said. “He was outstanding. We executed flawlessly in the first half against a really good Navy team.”

The 17th straight home victory did not sell out Notre Dame Stadium. It was the first time since 1973 Thanksgiving Day against Air Force, a string of 273 sold-out games. A crowd of 74,080, 3,542 below capacity, saw Notre Dame win for the 79th time in the 93-game series that has been played continuously since 1927.

Book completed 14 of 20 passes for 284 yards and five touchdowns before exiting midway through the third quarter and the Irish up 45-3. It was his third game with five touchdown passes this season and followed a 38-7 victory at Duke in which he rushed for 139 yards and threw for four touchdowns, a Notre Dame first.

“I think we can safely assume he is the guy we thought he would be,” Kelly said. “He started slowly but has now found himself. He is the leader of our offense and our offense is playing at a high level now.”

But Book turned the high praise toward his wide receiver.

“Chase is having an awesome year,” Book said. “It’s starting to show on Saturdays by how hard he’s working in practice.”

Claypool had scoring receptions of 7, 47 and 3 yards from Book to give the Irish a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter. Book threw a 70-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Braden Lenzy later in the quarter as Notre Dame took a 38-3 halftime lead and then hit Claypool with a 20-yard scoring pass on their final play of the game together. Claypool’s TD haul matched Maurice Stovall, who caught four TD passes against BYU in 2005.

The loss ended a five-game winning streak for the Midshipmen (7-2, No. 23 CFP), who entered leading the nation in rushing with 357.9 yards per game.

“We got our butts whipped and it started with me,” Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said. “They had a great plan on both sides of the ball and we just got a total butt-whipping.”

The Irish defense forced three first-half fumbles by Navy’s shifty quarterback Malcolm Perry, who rushed 25 times for 117 yards before behind replaced in the third quarter by freshman Perry Olsen.

Irish defensive end Khalid Kareem forced two fumbles and linebacker Drew White had 10 tackles. Notre Dame turned four fumble recoveries into 24 points.

THE TAKEAWAY

Navy: Perry was averaging 130.2 rushing yards entering the game. He managed a 46-yard run late in the first half that set up a Bijan Nichols’ 27-yard field goal, but for the most part was contained. Meanwhile, the Midshipmen’s defense, allowing just 310.6 yards a game, allowed 300 at halftime by the Irish and 410 for the game.

“We had to play almost perfect to beat these guys and fumbling doesn’t help you beat anybody, and I take full ownership of that,” Perry said.

Notre Dame: After throwing incomplete on his second attempt, Book completed 10 passes in a row. He also added 31 yards on five carries.

“I feel great,” Book said. “I’m confident with all the guys on this team. The defense is doing an outstanding job getting us the football. Our offense is starting to roll. it’s awesome.”

NOT HIS BEST GAME

Claypool’s four touchdown receptions may have tied the school record, but they weren’t his most ever in a football game. He once caught 10 TDs in an eighth-grade game.

“It was against our rival, the No. 1 team in the league,” Claypool said. “They ran a triple option, similar to this team (Navy), so we knew every possession we got was going to be important. We just had a good game plan and I ran around a little bit.”

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

In addition to standing for each other’s alma maters afterward, another poignant moment came when Niumatalolo and Irish safety Alohi Gilman shared a postgame handshake and hug. Gilman played for Navy as a freshman when the Midshipmen beat the Irish 28-27 in Jacksonville in 2016. He then transferred to Notre Dame, sitting out 2017 and playing last year in the Irish 44-22 victory in San Diego.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Navy: The Midshipmen, who had climbed to No. 21 with five straight victories, could fall out of the AP Top 25.

Notre Dame: The Irish, who fell a spot to No. 16 despite beating Duke 38-7, could move up with one of their more complete games of the season.

UP NEXT

Navy: Returns to AAC play and entertains No. 20 SMU Saturday.

Notre Dame: Closes out the home schedule Saturday against Boston College.

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Passing

Navy Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
C. Warren 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
P. Olsen 5 1 20.0 1 43 43 0 102.5
ND Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
I. Book 20 14 70.0 5 284 70 0 152.1
P. Jurkovec 2 2 100.0 0 21 17 0 110.4

Rushing

Navy Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
M. Perry 25 117 4.7 46 0
I. Ruoss 9 44 4.9 26 0
ND Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
I. Book 5 31 6.2 15 0
T. Jones Jr. 9 26 2.9 6 1

Receiving

Navy Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Cooper 3 73 24.3 43 1
C. Williams 1 6 6.0 6 0
ND Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Claypool 7 117 16.7 47 4
B. Lenzy 2 87 43.5 70 1

Fumbles

Navy F FL
M. Perry 3 3

Returning

Navy KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
G. Winn 2 15.0 0 16 0 - 0 0
ND KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
C. Finke 0 - 0 0 2 4.5 0 7

Punting

Navy Punt Yds Avg LgPu
O. White 3 125 41.7 44
ND Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Bramblett 2 70 35.0 35

Takeaways

ND Int Yds InTD
P. Moala 0 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Navy ND
Points For 20 52
Total Yards 360 410
Rushing Yards 281 105
Passing Yards 79 305
Passing Completions / Attempts 4/13 16/22
Turnovers 4 0
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 4/4 0/0
First Downs 20 18
Penalties - Yards 2/20 2/15
Time Of Possession 0:00 0:00
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/16 4/9
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 4/5 1/2
Punts - Average Yards 3/42 2/35

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Navy ND
ND 5:21 TD Chase Claypool 7 yd pass from Ian Book (Jonathan Doerer kick) 0 7
ND 11:49 TD Chase Claypool 47 yd pass from Ian Book (Jonathan Doerer kick) 0 14
2nd Quarter Navy ND
ND 2:28 TD Chase Claypool 3 yd pass from Ian Book (Jonathan Doerer kick) 0 21
ND 4:33 TD Braden Lenzy 70 yd pass from Ian Book (Jonathan Doerer kick) 0 28
ND 10:15 FG Jonathan Doerer 32 yd FG 0 31
ND 13:30 TD Tony Jones Jr. 2 yd run (Jonathan Doerer kick) 0 38
Navy 15:00 FG Bijan Nichols 27 yd FG 3 38
3rd Quarter Navy ND
ND 5:05 TD Chase Claypool 20 yd pass from Ian Book (Jonathan Doerer kick) 3 45
Navy 13:18 TD Mychal Cooper 43 yd pass from Perry Olsen (Bijan Nichols kick) 10 45
4th Quarter Navy ND
ND 0:21 TD Paul Moala 27 yd fumble return (Jonathan Doerer kick) 10 52
Navy 9:29 TD Perry Olsen 2 yd run (Bijan Nichols kick) 17 52
Navy 13:42 FG Bijan Nichols 36 yd FG 20 52

Game Information

Stadium: Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana
Attendance: 74,080
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