Fans of upsets and underdogs circle the annual Navy – Notre Dame game each fall on the calendar as required college football viewing. The contest is typically played at Notre Dame or at a large neutral site when the Mids host. This year the game was held in San Diego, the primary homeport for the Pacific Fleet.
The largely partisan crowd of 63,626 wasn’t enough as the Midshipmen (2-6) fell to the #3 Fighting Irish, 44-22. Notre Dame (8-0) quelled any upset potential early and took a 27-0 lead into halftime. Quarterback Ian Book was 27/33 for 330 yards and two touchdowns for the Irish and Dexter Williams added 142 yards on the ground. Malcolm Perry (pictured) had 133 yards rushing for the Mids.
College Football – In a long-standing rivalry with a new name, Western Carolina dropped a 38-35 triple-overtime contest to Eastern Tennessee State University. The teams have faced each other 48 times, and this year was the first the game was dubbed the “Blue Ridge Border Battle.”
Quarterback Tyrie Adams continued to produce All-American numbers for the Catamounts, including 179 yards on the ground and 229 yards passing. He also rushed for a score and threw for four others. In 2018, the redshirt junior from St. Petersburg, Florida has 678 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground, and 1,714 yards and 16 touchdowns through the air. He has thrown only four interceptions in 209 attempts.
With the win, the Bucs move to 7-2, while the Catamounts dropped to 3-5 on the season.
Furman (3-4) rallied from behind on Saturday to defeat the Citadel, 28-17, in Charleston, South Carolina. JeMar Lincoln (pictured) made his first start for the Paladins in relief of injured starter Harris Roberts. The Bulldogs dropped to 2-5 on the season with the loss. The game was the 60th meeting of the two squads, making it the oldest football rivalry in the Southern Conference.
Freshman QB Dalton Cole hit senior wide receiver Bubba Craven (pictured) on a 21-yard TD pass with just 19 ticks on the clock as Brevard pulled off a 38-35 comeback victory over LaGrange (2-6) on Saturday in Brevard. Craven had seven receptions good for 94 yards and two touchdowns for the Tornados (2-5). Brevard travels to conference rival Averett this upcoming weekend to face the Cougars (5-2) in Danville, Virginia.
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