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NAVY @ #10 Notre Dame Game Notes

NAVY @ #10 Notre Dame Game Notes

Nov. 6, 2021

3:30 p.m.

Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, IN


Defensively, both teams opened the game strong and held their opponent’s offenses to three-and-outs on their opening possessions.

Navy’s second offensive drive was motivated from an early fourth-down conversion by senior fullback Isaac Ruoss, which set up a 32-yard run to the Irish 25-yard line by sophomore wide receiver Jayden Umbarger. Following their second fourth-down conversion of the drive, Navy sophomore quarterback Tai Lavatai was sacked twice on back-to-back pass attempts.

Navy settled for a 49-yard field goal from junior kicker Bijan Nichols for their first points of the game.

The drive went 36 yards on 13 plays, lasting 7:36.

NAVY 3, Notre Dame 0.

Notre Dame’s offense awakened on their following drive, as senior quarterback Jack Coan found freshman wide receiver Deion Colzie for a 31-yard pass that brought the Fighting Irish to the Navy 25-yard line. When faced with a 4th and 4, Coan was sacked by junior striker John Marshall and the threatening Notre Dame drive stalled out.

NAVY 3, Notre Dame 0.


Following a Navy punt with 13:32 left in the first half, the Irish offense returned to the field and exploded on a 38-yard completion from Coan to junior wide receiver Kevin Austin Jr. that placed Notre Dame at the Midshipmen 11-yard line.

Unable to cross the goal line, Notre Dame tied the game with a 24-yard field goal from senior kicker Jonathan Doerer.

The drive went 74 yards on 11 plays, lasting 3:45.

NAVY 3, Notre Dame 3.

Late in the 2nd quarter, and after a personal foul on Navy freshman safety Rayuan Lane, Notre Dame had the football at the Navy 15-yard line. Sophomore running back Kyren Williams crossed the end zone on a one-yard dash to give the Fighting Irish the lead.

The drive went 66 yards on 11 plays, lasting 5:00.

NAVY 3, Notre Dame 10.

Down for the first time in the game, Navy’s offense attempted to bounce back, but the drive stalled shortly after Lavatai went down with an apparent shoulder injury. He would not return for the game and would be replaced by sophomore quarterback Xavier Arline.

After another Midshipmen punt, the Irish responded with a quick touchdown on their following drive. With less than a minute to go, Coan fired a bullet downfield to Austin Jr., who then burned the Navy secondary for a 70-yard touchdown to put the Irish up by double digits for the first time in the game.

The drive went 95 yards on five plays, lasting 0:50.

NAVY 3, Notre Dame 17.


On their opening drive of the third quarter, Arline let loose a deep throw to senior running back Chance Warren that was incomplete but ruled a pass interference penalty against Notre Dame. This set the Midshipmen up with great field position at the Irish 33-yard line.

Ruoss soon took a bulk of the Navy snaps and slowly got the Midshipmen up to the Notre Dame 4-yard line, which set up a 21-yard field goal by Nichols.

The drive went 71 yards on 14 plays, lasting 9:36.

NAVY 6, Notre Dame 17.


Navy faced an uphill battle to begin the fourth quarter with the ball at their own one-yard line. Two plays into the drive, Arline fumbled the football in the Navy endzone and recovered it, but was downed for a safety.

NAVY 6, Notre Dame 19.

Coan and the Fighting Irish offense got right back to work for Notre Dame, moving the football efficiently down the field through both the air and on the ground. The drive ended with a 20-yard touchdown run by Williams, as the Irish put a stake in the game versus the Mids. The Irish also converted a successful two-point conversion, as Coan found junior wide receiver Braden Lenzy in the back right corner of the end zone for two.

The drive went 54 yards on seven plays, lasting 2:18.

NAVY 6, Notre Dame 27.

An 18-yard pass from Arline to Umbarger brought the Midshipmen to their own 48-yard line to begin the next Navy offensive drive. Unfortunately for the Mids, the drive stalled and ended with a turnover on downs, giving Notre Dame the football at their own 47-yard line.

NAVY 6, Notre Dame 27.

Notre Dame, already in great field position, handed the ball back to their running game and watched Diggs dash away on a 23-yard run to the Navy 18-yard line to set up the Irish inside the red zone. Diggs found the end zone just two plays later to put the Fighting Irish up by 28.

The drive went 53 yards on seven plays, lasting 3:45.

NAVY 6, Notre Dame 34.

Navy would run the clock out on their final drive of the game.

FINAL SCORE: NAVY 6, Notre Dame 34.



Isaac Ruoss: 22 rushes, 73 yards, 0 TDs

Jayden Umbarger: 1 rush, 32 yards, 0 TDs

Chance Warren: 1 rush, 18 yards, 0 TDs

Carlinos Acie: 4 rushes, 18 yards, 0 TDs

Daniel Jones: 2 rushes, 13 yards, 0 TDs

Xavier Arline: 8 rushes, 8 yards, 0 TDs

Kai Puailoa-Rojas: 1 rush, 3 yards, 0 TDs

Marquel Haywood: 1 rush, 3 yards, 0 TDs

James Harris II: 3 rushes, 3 yards, 0 TDs

Anton Hall: 2 rushes, 2 yards, 0 TDs

Mike Mauai: 1 rush, 0 yards, 0 TDs

Tai Lavatai: 9 rushes, -7 yards, 0 TDs

Notre Dame:

Kyren Williams: 17 rushes, 95 yards, 2 TDs

Logan Diggs: 8 rushes, 59 yards, 1 TD

Tyler Buchner: 2 rushes, 9 yards, 0 TDs

Chris Tyree: 1 rush, 1 yard, 0 TDs

Jack Coan: 3 rushes, -14 yards, 0 TDs



Xavier Arline: 2 attempts, 1 completion, 18 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs

Tai Lavatai: 1 attempt, 0 completions, 0 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs

Notre Dame:

Jack Coan: 29 attempts, 23 completions, 269 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs

Tyler Buchner: 1 attempt, 1 completion, 11 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs



Rayuan Lane: 9 tackles

Notre Dame:

Kurt Hinish: 10 tackles