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Irish fight off Midshipmen

Irish fight off Midshipmen

LANDOVER – Sixth-ranked Notre Dame flexed its muscles in the fourth quarter, rising up to stop Navy on three straight possessions while scoring three touchdowns over the final 15 minutes to pull out a 49-39 victory before an announced crowd of 36,807 at FedEx Field. Some might have thought Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly was a bit overboard when he went on and on during his weekly press conference about the difficulty of preparing for Navy's unique triple-option attack. After all, the Fighting Irish came into the contest ranked 12th nationally in rushing defense, allowing just 102.7 yards per game on the ground. It turns out, Kelly's trepidation about stopping the...

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