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Quinn, Notre Dame eventually pull away from Navy

Oct 28, 2006 - 7:36 PM BALTIMORE (Ticker) -- After some early tense moments, Brady Quinn made sure Notre Dame continued to roll past Navy.

Quinn threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as the 11th-ranked Fighting Irish overcame a tight first half for a 38-14 victory over the Midshipmen.

With its latest victory over a service academy, Notre Dame (7-1) extended its NCAA record with a 43rd consecutive win over Navy. Overall, the Irish are 127-22-5 vs. Navy, Army and Air Force.

Despite their struggles against the national power, the Midshipmen (5-3) did push the Irish in the second quarter as backup quarterback Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada ran for two touchdowns, including one that made it 17-14 with 2:43 remaining.

However, Quinn provided a quick answer, finding Rhema McKnight for a 33-yard catch in the left side of the end zone 84 seconds later.

Quinn, who completed 18-of-25 passes for 295 yards, added a 19-yard scoring run with 8:10 left in the third period for a 31-14 lead.

"He is bigger than anybody we have on defense," Navy coach Paul Johnson said of Quinn. "He's a specimen. He throws ball well and when he gets the time like today ... he is tough to beat."

Notre Dame was able to move the ball at will most the day, never punting in putting up the most points against Navy this season. The last time the Midshipmen gave up that many points was in a 42-21 loss last season.

"I told our guys at halftime I thought we had a chance, but you're not going to beat them if you can't stop them once," Navy coach Paul Johnson said. McKnight finished with six catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns and Darius Walker rushed 20 times for 106 yards for the Irish, who scored on 3-of-4 trips to the red zone.

One of the big heroes of Notre Dame's comeback win over UCLA last week, Jeff Samardzija was held to one catch for 22 yards.

Kaheaku-Enhada, who became the starter after Brian Hampton dislocated his left knee in a loss to Rutgers on October 14, rushed 19 times for 58 yards. He threw just five passes in his first collegiate start, completing two for 25 yards.

Reggie Campbell rushed 14 times for 92 yards, eclipsing 1,000 yards for his career.

Despite a second straight loss, Navy still stands a win away from clinching a berth in the Meineke Car Care Bowl on December 30 against an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent. The Midshipmen are at winless Duke (0-8) next week.

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