Series record: Notre Dame leads 76-13-1. Last week, slotback Malcolm Perry moved behind center and ran for 282 yards and four TDs before spraining an ankle in a 43-40 win over SMU that broke a three-game losing skid.
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Quarterback Zach Abey is sandwiched by Greer Martini, left, and Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa of Notre Dame.
After a poor start in the first quarter in which his passes repeatedly sailed, Wimbush bounced back strong and finished 9 of 18 for 164 yards and two touchdowns to Stepherson (five catches, 103 yards).
After finishing last season 4-8 and staying home for the holidays, Notre Dame has a chance to finish 10-2 with victories against Navy and Stanford. Navy is allowing 30.3 points and 410.1 yards per game this season on defense.
Navy prevailed last season in Jacksonville, 28-27, running out the final 7:28 after taking the lead for good with 16-play drive that ate up 9:00. They average 6.7 yards per carry and have rushed for 34 touchdowns, using the strength of left guard Quenton Nelson and left tackle Mike McGlinchey to their advantage. Indeed, first-year coordinator Mike Elko devoted part of Notre Dame's October 14 open date before USC to Navy's offense, which leads the nation with its 369.8 rushing yards per game and in time of possession at 35:47. Adams had four carries for 48 yards, with a long gain of 30, prior to the score.
NBC takes over at 3pm with continuing coverage leading into Notre Dame and Navy. ND is putting up 38 points and 471.8 yards per game this season on offense behind 303.2 rushing yards per game.
Items: Navy opened the second half with a 7:59 touchdown drive that totaled 72 yards on 15 plays and put it ahead 17-10. The score came on third-and-goal from the 12, a strike from Abey to Scott.
With 20 seconds left, Navy's second drive of the quarter ended with a missed 37-yard field goal attempt by White.
"Notre Dame is Notre Dame", he said. A strong pass rush by senior end Andrew Trumbetti forced a hurried, errant pass. In addition to the fourth-down stop, the previous series saw the Midshipmen with a first down at the Irish 36-yard line. It was Pride's first career interception.
Notre Dame is coming off being thrashed by Miami last weekend, 41-8.
Items: The Wimbush-to-Stepherson combination was lethal during the winning drive, connecting three times for 50 yards. The first play on the 80-yard drive was a 23-yard pass completion between the two. Later in the march Stepherson navigated 18 yards on a third-and-10 screen, and then snared the touchdown on third-and-8.