Notre Dame’s late TD sinks Navy
BY LaMOND POPE Sun-Times Media November 2, 2013 5:58PM
Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds pitches the the ball during a NCAA college football game against Notre Dame, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)
Updated: November 2, 2013 6:49PM
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Navy has one of the top rushing offenses in the country.
And it was on full display Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium.
But Notre Dame had a rushing option of its own in Tarean Folston. The freshman gained 140 and scored the go-ahead touchdown with 3:47 left in the fourth quarter as Notre Dame topped Navy 38-34.
Navy rushed for 331 yards. Quarterback Keenan Reynolds had three rushing touchdowns.
Reynolds score on a 4-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter to give Navy a 27-24 lead. The Irish responded by going to Folston. He had rushes of 15, 15 and 14 yards. Tommy Rees completed a 20-yard pass to DaVaris Daniels to Navy’s 4. Cam McDaniel scored on the next play to give the Irish the lead.
Navy actually went to the air for its next drive. And found success. Reynolds threw a 34-yard touchdown to Matt Aiken to put Navy ahead 34-31.
Folston had eight carries the next drive. His final one, a 1-yard run, gave Notre Dame the lead for good.
The strong running started in the first possession of the game for Notre Dame. George Atkinson III broke through a hole up the middle and went 41 yards for a touchdown.
Navy tied the game with a 2-yard touchdown run by Reynolds, but Notre Dame answered in its next drive with a 26-yard field goal by Kyle Brindza.
The Irish tried to build on the lead early in the second quarter, reaching Navy’s 26.
Rees threw a pass intended for TJ Jones. But the wide receiver slipped and fell. Parish Gaines picked off the pass.
The Midshipmen took advantage of the turnover. Chris Swain scored a rushing touchdown from 11 yards out, giving Navy a 14-10 lead with 8:04 to go in the second quarter.
Rees looked for Jones in Notre Dame’s next drive. This time, with better results for the Irish. Jones caught a 36-yard touchdown pass to put Notre Dame back ahead.
Navy responded by going 75 yards in 11 plays to reclaim the lead.
The Irish got called for a questionable personal foul on a third-down run, which extended Navy’s drive.
Navy eventually scored on a 3-yard run by Reynolds and the Midshipmen went to halftime leading 20-17.
Notre Dame’s defense had a little more success in the third quarter, keeping Navy out of the end zone.
The Irish used its own ground game to take back the lead. Folston had four carries during the drive, including runs of eight and nine yards on consecutive plays. McDaniel had a 6-yard run to get the team to Navy’s 33. The Irish eventually scored on a 17-yard pass play from Rees to tight end Ben Koyack.
Navy’s offense started clicking again late in the third quarter and Reynolds scored on a 4-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter. That was just the start of the wild final quarter.