Notre Dame routs Navy in Ireland

Notre Dame wide receiver Davonte Neal holds off Navy defender Bo Snelson (left) duringthe Irish's 50-10 victory in Dublin.
Notre Dame wide receiver Davonte Neal holds off Navy defender Bo Snelson (left) duringthe Irish's 50-10 victory in Dublin. (PETER MORRISON / Associated Press)
Posted: September 02, 2012

Notre Dame's trip to Ireland could not have gone much better.

The Fighting Irish eased in their new quarterback, showed they have a couple of capable replacements for their suspended star running back and even got a touchdown from a 300-pound defensive lineman.

Theo Riddick and George Atkinson both ran for two scores and defensive end Stephon Tuitt returned a fumble 77 yards for another TD as Notre Dame routed Navy, 50-10, in Saturday's season opener in Dublin, Ireland.

A crowd of 49,000, mostly visiting Americans, filled Dublin's Aviva Stadium for the first U.S. college game in Ireland since 1996, when the same two teams played in the Emerald Isle Classic.

It was no classic, regardless of the enthusiasm of the fans, who did the wave even as both sides sent in substitutes in fourth-quarter garbage time.

The Fighting Irish dominated the game, running the ball at will against Navy's undersized defense and showing no signs of missing starter Cierre Wood. Riddick gained 107 yards on 19 carries, Atkinson 99 on just nine carries, leaving the Midshipmen and their outnumbered fans crestfallen at the end.

Youngstown State 31, Pittsburgh 17 - Kurt Hess passed for 154 yards and two touchdowns as the Penguins of the Football Championship Subdivision spoiled Paul Chryst's debut as the Panthers coach in an upset in Pittsburgh.

It was Youngstown State's first win over a Bowl Championship Series opponent in history. This wasn't a last-second stunner. The Penguins never trailed, controlling the ball and the tempo with a spread offense that kept the Panthers off balance during a soggy night at Heinz Field.

Northwestern 42, Syracuse 41 - Backup quarterback Trevor Siemian hit Demetrius Fields for a 9-yard touchdown pass with 44 seconds left and the Wildcats held on to beat the Orange in Syracuse, N.Y.

The decisive score in the sweltering Carrier Dome came after Ryan Nassib (Malvern Prep) had engineered a stunning comeback for the Orange, throwing for four second-half touchdowns. Nassib finished 44 of 65 for 470 yards.

Miami 41, Boston College 32 - Freshman Duke Johnson broke two long touchdown runs, rushing for 135 yards to lead the Hurricanes over the host Golden Eagles.

Purdue 48, Eastern Kentucky 6 - Robert Marve passed for a career-high 295 yards and matched a career best with three touchdowns to help the Boilermakers defeat Eastern Kentucky in both teams' season opener in West Lafayette, Ind.

Iowa 18, Northern Illinois 17 - Damon Bullock ran for 150 yards and scored on a late 23-yard touchdown run to lead the Hawkeyes over the Huskies in the season opener in Chicago.

Illinois 24, Western Michigan 7 - With quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase injured, Ashante Williams returned an interception 60 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown to help the Illini and new coach Tim Beckman hang on to beat the Broncos in Champaign, Ill.

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