Posted by Tom Fornelli
The days of Notre Dame 's 43-game win streak over Navy seem like a very long time ago. At halftime in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the Midshipmen look like they're ready to pick up their third win over the Irish in the last four years, leading 21-10 at the half.
Notre Dame's defense is just being gashed by the option attack of Navy, as the Middies have put together scoring drives of 99 and 71 yards, with Alexander Teich , Gee Gee Green and Ricky Dobbs exploiting huge holes and missed assignments all day. Navy tacked on another touchdown just before the half after Dayne Crist threw an interception to leave a short field for the Midshipmen.
The defining play of the first half came on Notre Dame's first drive, when facing a fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line, Crist was stuffed on a quarterback sneak. Navy then countered with that 99-yard touchdown drive, 84 of which came courtesy of Teich on a 54-yard run up the middle and a 30-yard touchdown catch on a screen pass.
Brian Kelly said before the game that wide receiver Michael Floyd, who has been battling a hamstring injury all week, would only play in an emergency. I wonder if being down 21-10 at halftime constitutes one?