Ian Book completed 14 of 20 passes for 284 yards and five touchdowns, including four to wide receiver Chase Claypool, and No. 16 Notre Dame cruised to a 52-20 win over visiting No. 23 Navy on Saturday afternoon in South Bend, Ind.
Wide receiver Braden Lenzy also hauled in a touchdown pass from Book, and running back Tony Jones Jr. tallied a touchdown on the ground. Notre Dame (8-2) won its third game in a row and improved to 6-0 at home.
Mychal Cooper caught a 43-yard touchdown for Navy (7-2), whose five-game winning streak came to an end. The Midshipmen committed four turnovers that led to 28 points for the Fighting Irish.
Claypool caught touchdowns from 7, 47, 3 and 20 yards as part of his career-best performance. The senior from Canada, who finished with seven receptions for 117 yards, tied a school record for touchdown receptions in a game. Maurice Stovall had four touchdown catches in 2005.
Notre Dame jumped to a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and increased its advantage to 38-3 by halftime.
The lopsided lead sapped the effectiveness of Navy’s run-heavy, triple-option offense. Midshipmen quarterback Malcolm Perry led the team with 117 rushing yards on 25 carries, but he completed only 3 of 7 passes for 36 yards.
Backup quarterback Perry Olsen connected with Cooper for the 43-yard score, which also marked Olsen’s only completion on five attempts. Olsen added a 2-yard rushing score late in the fourth quarter.
Notre Dame quickly set the tone when Book hit Claypool for a 7-yard touchdown with 9:39 remaining in the first quarter. The play capped an 11-play, 75-yard drive to open the game.
Claypool added two more touchdowns before the half. The biggest play belonged to Lenzy, who got behind the Navy secondary and hauled in a deep ball from Book for a 70-yard touchdown over the middle of the field to make it 28-0 in the second quarter.
Paul Moala provided a highlight-reel play on defense early in the fourth quarter for Notre Dame. The linebacker recognized a pitch play, and he reached out to grab the football before it reached the running back. Moala tucked the ball and sprinted 27 yards for a touchdown.
The game marked the 93rd meeting between the programs and the first time since 1978 that both teams were ranked.
—Field Level Media