“You can all write what you want, ’cause the first things I’d look at is, shoot, basic fundamentals is to stop the fullback,” Kelly said. “Well, he had 200 yards today and I don’t have a bunch of dummies on my staff. We know that, so you can write what you want about it. My guys didn’t have the plan today.”
The only time ND stopped Navy in the first half, Crist gave it right back and in prime field position. He tried to force a pass to TJ Jones that could have been picked off by a couple of Navy defenders. Free safety De’Von Richardson ended up doing the honors, giving Navy the ball on the Irish 30 with 1:59 left and the Mids leading 14-10.
Navy didn’t even have to burn a timeout in running five straight running plays - the capper a nine-yard footrace to the edge by Gee Gee Greene in which it appeared Irish safety Harrison Smith stalled his pursuit, thinking teammate Carlo Calabrese was going to make the play in front of him. The 21 first-half points were more than the Mids had scored in entire games against Maryland, Georgia Southern and Air Force this season.