Is There a Silver Lining?

Notre Dame defeated Nay 42-21 for a NCAA-record 42nd straight time.

Any time you walk away with a 21-point victory it's hard to complain, but some how there are Notre Dame fans are doing just that. No matter that Notre Dame led by 28 points until Navy added a score with a little over a minute remaining in the game against the Irish second team defense. Was it a dominating performance by the Irish? Probably not. It was however a win the Irish coaching staff and players are pleased to have as Notre Dame moves to 7-2 on the year.

On offense, Maurice Stovall took his turn as Brady Quinn's favorite target. Stovall finished with eight receptions for 118 yards and three touchdowns. Quinn finished the day with four touchdown throws and led the Irish offense to six scoring drives in the nine offensive possessions. The Notre Dame offense was so good that punter D.J. Fitzpatrick didn't attempt a punt during the game.

Dynamic Duo : Both Stovall and Jeff Samardzija are on pace to break the 1,000 receiving yard mark. Stovall currently has 50 receptions, 796 yards, and 10 touchdowns. His projected final numbers for the 2005 season are 67 receptions, 1,060 yards and 15 touchdowns. Samardzija has 56 receptions, 919 yards and 12 touchdowns. His projected final numbers for the 2005 season are 75 receptions, 1,225 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Stovall's 130 receiving yards was the eighth time this season an Irish receiver has surpassed the 100-yard mark. Stovall and Samardzija have both accomplished the feat four times.

Dynamic Duo Part II : Corey Mays showed his ability to play sideline to sideline as he registered a career high 14 tackles against Navy. Mays is fourth on the team in total tackles with 52. Defensive tackle Derek Landri continues to be a dominant force in the middle. His 7 tackles against Navy moves him to ninth on the team in total tackles with 32.

Oh How Times Have Changed: D.J Fitzpatrick has only punted 35 times this season. He is on pace to attempt only 47 punts for the season. In 2004, Fitzpatrick punted 81 times for the Irish. Top Stories