No. 10 Notre Dame rolls Navy: 5 instant takeaways

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Despite a slow start that had Notre Dame’s offense appear as if it were sleepwalking through a large portion of Saturday’s first half against Navy, the Irish stomped off 17 second quarter points en route to a 34-6 victory over the Midshipmen.

The win moves Notre Dame to 8-1 on the season with just three games to play as Navy drops to just 2-7.

Here are five instant takeaways from the afternoon that saw Notre Dame pickup their eighth victory of the year:

5. Avery Davis Injury

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On the second Kyren Williams touchdown run of the game, senior wide receiver Avery Davis suffered a non-contact knee injury. He was immediately ruled out for the game and NBC described the injury as “significant”. The loss stings on multiple fronts as Davis is a leader on this squad but the wide receiver position now would be left with just five healthy scholarship players, three of which are freshmen.

4. Kevin Austin's Strong Showing

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Six receptions for 139 yards and a 70-yard touchdown is impressive enough but Kevin Austin’s day could have been even bigger had Jack Coan seen him a few separate times earlier in the contest. It was Austin’s biggest game during his time at Notre Dame.

3. Buchner Effect

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Tyler Buchner didn’t get a ton of snaps on Saturday but I don’t think it was a coincidence that his first possession resulted in a touchdown. Navy was dropping eight men into coverage against Jack Coan early which makes life for an immobile quarterback very difficult. I was expecting to see Buchner perhaps a little sooner than we did but when he was on the field Navy had to adjust to his ability to run, something they didn’t have the athletes to do.

2. Kyren Williams Weekly Wow Moment

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It’s been the norm with Kyren Williams, especially in recent weeks, but Saturday was no exception as he again delivered another “WOW” moment. Statistically, Williams “only” accounted for 131 total yards but there were two scores, one of which he made out of seemingly nothing. Notre Dame’s best running back since at least Julius Jones continues to peak.

1. Dominant Defensive Front

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I won’t sit and act as if beating Navy is any great accomplishment this season but what Notre Dame’s defensive line did in stuffing the Midshipmen was impressive. Nose Guard Kurt Hinish had what was among his best games during his long career as he was a regular in the Navy backfield, including on the botched pitch by the Midshipmen that resulted in a safety. The few times Navy dropped back to pass the rushers did what they’re expected to do.

Notre Dame’s best unit this season were the stars of this lopsided victory.

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