Shock It was a shell shock ': a storm routine at Notre Dame Navy

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Highly acclaimed coach Ken Niumatololo, in his 12th season, went half-time with one of the most difficult and caring training tasks: talking to a team tracking 38-3. (“Yes, a lot of psychological things,” he said, without delay, “We all put a shell shock.”) The margin grew to 45-3 before he settled.

Ref. 16 Notre Dame did not make drama around the field precisely and well. Chase Claypool, which accepts a large area of ​​unexpected town in British Columbia, made four high-skill holdings and a variety of tours from Ian Book's quarterback, a high skill case and variety.

The Midshipmen (7-2) poured lumps, four of them. The Irish (8-2) collected rubbish recoveries: one for Asmar Bilal, head for Jaron Jones, head for Drew White and the Notre Dame closing score for former program maker Paul Moala, as a prize for a goal in the fourth quarter and his park eventually for 27-yard landing returns. Malcolm Perry, the fourth great goalkeeper, often spent even if two had come through a protective disease, with one by handling a foul mock.

All that was said, he grew during the game to remind yourself that there were two ranked teams, and the Navy entered at No. 23 in Playoff College's selection committee selection estimate. A promising game completed the teams ranked with Notre Dame Coach, Brian Kelly, saying, “A fun day,” and with the Navy having spent this good season earning a disappointing right.

Unlike last year, when Notre Dame came in search of 27-0 against a Navy who was dissatisfied, the Midshipmen gave momentum this time and they still finished half-time, and Niumatololo said, “The ones are at hung. field goal by the first half half to draw within 38-3. On the other side of the stadium there was a great taste of the Navy band, and 74,080 witnessed the first place that there was no merit here from Thanksgiving Day.

It was one of those days that makes a strong person say, “It's great about this sport, and the beautiful thing about life, always new opportunities, is right?” Ford Higgins center is as Navy rolls back to American Athletic Fun conference and senior day next week against SMU.

“Yes, we're playing so well and there were a lot of things going on this year,” said Niumatololo. “We're just coming into this game we had a lot of momentum, and certainly we didn't see that. So it was a shell shock to me all. And you know, who starts with me, and obviously they hit us in the lips, and we couldn't answer. ”

He played on old boxing terminology. “We succeeded, as they were, right in hand, and we were surprised by the rest of the game, you know,” said Niumatololo. “And we didn't answer very well. You know, we were not in that case this year, and we were very happy with the whole game, and their credit, many of them. ”

The right hand started immediately. Notre Dame went 75 yards in 11 plays. Book started its path to 14 for 20 and five landing passes – all on duty limited to the first half and only one row of the second – by throwing the ball round accurately: to Claypool on the right, to Chris Finke sa middle, to Claypool through the center of a simple landing seven yards. The improvised book even added to the vital play of the journey, and its 15-yard erected the right line on the third and 16th, which set the fourth one and which the Irish adapted easily with Tony Jones Jr. .

The Irish were in charge of 7-0, but on the right, the Navy got the ball, kept for 11 plays and traveled to the 24-yard Notre Dame line. It's just the 11th play, the leak began in the spring. Perry took the tree and turned left, and when it was ready to be sent to CJ Williams, Khalid Kareem, defensive man-line Notre Dame was seen behind Perry with unhelpful intent.

Kareem caught Perry and pulled the ball out. On the next of the Navy's possession, with the score of 14-0, Kareem reached three obstacles to reach the ball from Perry again. Three other naval possessions, then the score of 31-0, lost and Perry pulled the ball back from her full back. By that time, it seemed that foilbles were rolled around the floor all over the place as they would in an hour's nightmare.

“We forced almost perfect play to beat these people,” Perry said, “and litter doesn't help you beat anyone. I take ownership of that. And, yeah, the fumbles were injured. . . . It is not something we do to play the ball abroad here in the Navy. We cannot do that. “There was a plus-one turnover margin, 57 years good in the country, and they left at minus three.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame receivers took the crows. The 14-0 play, said a 47-yard pass from Book to Claypool, which bore seven for 117 yards, Claypool, “We knew it was inappropriate or misleading of some sort” throughout the pool. And so: “I was running down the field with a smile on my face before the ball was thrown even.”

He felt like a snowboat, even if athletes described it in the way they need to build confidence. “I didn't know that things were hitting snow,” said Nizer reservist Cromartie. “I thought I was getting good plays, mixing here, lack of cover here, not going to the ball when you break the Q, it is certain that it will be hurt.” Former registrar Paul Carothers said: “I didn't I sat there thinking about how this went from us. It was like, What will they do on this play? What is standing on me, if I was out there or I wasn't out there? ”

They did that until the end, when the teams went into one stadium corner and then the other for both school songs, then the Midshipmen moved to the rest of the season because it always offers new life opportunities. They will try to spend a day out of Niumatololo's saying, “They allowed us to taste the teeth, we kicked in the stomach,” and, in the case of the Naval, those things felt strange again.

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