Navy shocks Notre Dame . . . Again

SOUTH BEND-- Vince Murray rushed for 158 yards and a touchdown and quarterback Ricky Dobbs added another 102 yards and another score as Navy defeated Notre Dame, 23-21. It was Navy's second win over the Irish in the last three years.

Navy jumped on top early, 14-0, off touchdown runs by Ricky Dobbs and Vince Murray and held Notre Dame scoreless in the first half.

The Irish pulled to within a touchdown in the third quarter when Robert Hughes scored on a one-yard run.

Dobbs and Navy struck back when the Mids quarterback found Greg Jones for a 52-yard scoring pass to go up 21-7.

Early in the final quarter Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen then found Michael Floyd for a 12-yard scoring strike to pull the Irish back to within a touchdown.

Trailing, 21-14 late in the game, Notre Dame drove deep into Navy territory only to come up empty because of a fumble at the Navy one. Later, Navy a safety scored when Craig Schaefer sacked Clausen in the end zone to put the Mids up, 23-14.

The Irish would not go easy though. Notre Dame recovered an on-side kick after the safety and later pulled to within two of the Mids when Clausen completed a 31-yard pass to Golden Tate.

The Mids recovered a second on-sides kick with 20 seconds remaining to seal the win.

Navy rushed for 358 yards during the game. Notre Dame's Clausen finished with 458 yards passing.

Navy is now 7-3 and bowl eligible for the seventh straight year. The Mids will play in the Texas Bowl. The Mids will next host Delaware on Saturday.

Navy	   7 7 7  2 23
Notre Dame  0 0 7 14 21
First Quarter

Navy- Ricky Dobbs 1 run (Joe Buckley kick) 7:15

Second Quarter

Navy- Vince Murray 25 run (Joe Buckley kick) 14:56

Third Quarter

Notre Dame- Robert Hughes 1 run (Nick Tausch kick) 5:03

Navy- Greg Jones 52 pass from Ricky Dobbs (Joe Buckley kick) 3:29

Fourth Quarter

Notre Dame- Michael Floyd 12 pass from Casey Clausen (Nick Tausch kick) 4:46

Navy- Jimmy Clausen sacked Craig Schaefer 1:00

Notre Dame- Golden Tate 31 pass from Jimmy Clausen (Nick Tausch kick) 0:24


Navy running back Bobby Doyle (33) and defensive end Thomas Batchelder (79) react to the crowd after Navy defeated Notre Dame in an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009. Navy won 23-21. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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