Saturday, October 28, 2006

Notre Dame Sinks Navy Yet Again 38-14

Because of his respect for the service academies, Charlie Weis always has mixed emotions when he has to play them. This year I shared these emotions, for my son Gary (a die-hard ND fan) joined the Naval Academy in September. But both Charlie and my primary feelings are still for our alma mater, and the Irish delivered this one on schedule, beating the Midshipmen for the 43rd straight time 38-14.

It was an unspectacular game with spectacular plays. Brady Quinn again keyed the win with a marksman-like 18-25 295 yds, 3TD performance as Rhema McKnight (6-94 yds) caught two of Brady's touchdown throws and David Graimes (3-72 yds) continued his climb to prime-time with an outstretched 36-yard touchdown reception. Meanwhile, Darius Walker (20-103) returned to the century mark in rushing and Travis "Two Way" Thomas ran the ball 16 yards for a touchdown on his only carry.

Although the ND defense (lead by Tom Zbikowski's ten tackles and Victor Abiamiri's two sacks) gave up 211 rushing yards to Navy (the 2nd leading rushing team in the nation), in the first half they again stiffened after halftime yielding only 60 rushing yards and no points after the break. Even more amazing was the fact that the Irish were never forced to punt, and on his feastday, never needed their St. Jude medals -- during the game anyway.

So the only lingering question was whether my Navy son is still an Irish fan when the two teams tangle. And, while we won't be able to confirm this fact until his leave on Thanksgiving, early indications from Our Lady are affirmative.

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