No. 8 Notre Dame vs. Navy live updates: scores, highlights from Saturday

Tradition resumed Saturday afternoon in Notre Dame Stadium as the Fighting Irish renewed their rivalry with Navy. Notre Dame won 34-6.

The two programs played every year from 1927 until the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of 2020's scheduled season opener in Ireland — 93 consecutive years.

Notre Dame (8-1) is ranked No. 8 in the AP and USA Today polls and No. 10 in the CFP, and was looking to keep its slim playoff and realistic New Years Six bowl hopes alive against the Midshipmen (2-7).  

ND Insider beat writers @EHansenNDI, @TJamesNDI and @tnoieNDI covered the game and will have complete postgame coverage, along with South Bend Tribune photographers @TheRobFranklin and @MLCaterina.

In the meantime, you can enjoy a transcript of the game right here.

Recapping

Notre Dame’s Jayson Ademilola (57) celebrates after a big stop during the Notre Dame-Navy NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, in South Bend.

► Instant Observations: Defensive line rises to the occasion as Notre Dame smothers Navy

Notre Dame’s Kevin Austin Jr. (4) and Michael Mayer (87) celebrate during the Notre Dame vs. Navy NCAA football game Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend.

► Scoring summary: No. 8 Notre Dame 34, Navy 6

FINAL: Notre Dame 34, Navy 6

FOURTH QUARTER 

► Notre Dame 19, Navy 6 

Score: Safety as Navy quarterback Xavier Arline fumbles, then tackled in end zone at 13:20.

► Notre Dame 27, Navy 6 

Score: Williams 20 run (Braden Lenzy pass from Coan) at 10:55.

Drive: Seven plays, 54 yards, 2:18 elapsed following Navy free kick.

Key plays: Coan connected with Mayer and Williams, each for 14 yards, then found Avery Davis for 16 to set up the Williams run/fumble recovery/TD. Williams ran for 19 yards, fumbled at the goal line, then recovered in the end zone.

► Notre Dame 34, Navy 6 

Score: Logan Diggs 8 run (Doerer kick) at 3:13.

Drive: Seven plays, 53 yards, 7:53 elapsed after Irish took over on downs.

Key plays: Coan found Austin for 12 yards, before two six-yard scampers from Williams. Diggs then busted loose for 23 yards to set up the score two plays later. Diggs carried four times for 38 yards and the score on the drive.

6:37 p.m. — Notre Dame 34, Navy 6

6:34 p.m. — Injury report

♦ Austin had six catches on the day for 139 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown reception. 

6:14 p.m. — Notre Dame 27, Navy 6

► Notre Dame 19, Navy 6 

Score: Safety as Navy quarterback Xavier Arline fumbles, then is tackled in end zone at 13:20

► Notre Dame 27, Navy 6 

Score: Williams fumble recovery in end zone (Lenzy pass from Coan) at 10:55.

Drive: Seven plays, 54 yards, 2:18 elapsed following Navy free kick.

Key plays: Coan connected with Mayer and Williams, each for 14 yards, then found Avery Davis for 16 to set up the Williams run/fumble recovery/TD. Williams ran for 19 yards, fumbled at the goal line, then recovered in the end zone for the score.

6:05 p.m. — Notre Dame 19, Navy 6

6 p.m. — End of third: Notre Dame 17, Navy 6

♦ The Irish ran just seven plays in the third quarter

5:42 p.m. — Notre Dame 17, Navy 6

► Notre Dame 17, Navy 6 

Score: Nichols 21 field goal

Drive: Fourteen plays, 71 yards, 9:36 elapsed following Notre Dame second-half kickoff.

Key plays: It was classic Navy football, option football for a few yards here, a few more yards there. After gaining 56 total yards – all rushing – in the first half, the Midshipmen gained 71 on the opening drive. That included Chance Warren picking up 18 yards, then fullback Isaac Ruoss getting 10.

5:05 p.m. — Notre Dame 17, Navy 3, halftime

♦ Notre Dame outgaining Navy, 279-56

SECOND QUARTER

► Notre Dame 3, Navy 3 

Score: Jonathan Doerer 24 field goal at 9:47 

Drive: Eleven plays, 74 yards, 3:45 elapsed following Navy kickoff.

Key plays: Quarterback Jack Coan completed seven of eight passes to five different Irish on the drive, including a nifty one down the left sideline to Kevin Austin, Jr., who mad a finger tip/tight-rope grab for 38 yards. Coan also found Chris Tyree for nine yards and 14 yards to Michael Mayer.

► Notre Dame 10, Navy 3 

Score: Kyren Williams 1 run (Doerer kick) at 2:46

Drive: Eleven plays, 66 yards, 5:00 elapsed following Navy punt.

Key plays: Notre Dame ran nine plays, none of which gained more than seven yards. That included four carries from freshman back Logan Diggs for 21 yards. Tyler Buchner then connected with Austin for 11 yards on third-and-seven. One play later, Williams capped the drive with his score. Buchner was at quarterback for 10 of the 11 plays.

► Notre Dame 17, Navy 3 

Score: Coan 70 pass to Austin (Doerer kick) at :50.

Drive: Five plays, 95 yards, 5:00 elapsed following Navy punt.

Key plays: It was all Williams before Coan and Austin connected. Williams ran for 10 yards on first down, ran for 12 again on first down, then caught a Coan pass for three yards before the touchdown.

4:50 p.m. — Notre Dame 10, Navy 3

Despite slim scoring margin, the Irish lead Navy 184-52 in total yards.

► Notre Dame 10, Navy 3 

Score: Kyren Williams 1 run (Doerer kick) at 2:46

Drive: Eleven plays, 66 yards, 5:00 elapsed following Navy punt.

Key plays: Notre Dame ran nine plays, none of which gained more than seven yards, which included four Logan Diggs carries for 21 yards. Tyler Buchner then connected with Austin for 11 yards on third-and-seven. One play later, Williams capped the drive with his score.

4:35 p.m. — Navy 3, Notre Dame 3

► Notre Dame 3, Navy 3 

Score: Jonathan Doerer 24 field goal at 9:47 

Drive: Eleven plays, 74 yards, 3:45 elapsed following Navy kickoff.

Key plays: Quarterback Jack Coan completed seven of eight passes to five different Irish on the drive, including a nifty one down the left sideline to Kevin Austin, Jr., who mad a finger tip/.tight-rope grab for 38 yards. Coan also found Chris Tyree for nine yards and 14 yards to Michael Mayer.

KEY PLAY OF DRIVE

4:29 p.m. — Video highlight to this point

4:23 p.m. — ND turns ball over on downs ... end of 1st Q: Navy 3, Notre Dame 0

FIRST QUARTER 

► Navy 3, Notre Dame 0 

Score: Bijon Nichols 49 field goal at 3:03 

Drive: Thirteen plays, 36 yards, 7:36 elapsed following Notre Dame punt.

Key plays: For most of the drive, Navy couldn't get out of its way, using all three of its allotted timeouts. It also had a false start. But it twice converted fourth-and-shorts into first downs, and had a Jayden Umbarger 32-yard reverse run. Navy did drive to the Irish 14 before losing 20 yards.

4:16 p.m. — Navy 3, Notre Dame 0

► The two teams have combined from 55 total yards in the first 11:57 of the game.

4:04 p.m. — TV timeouts dominating early, 0-0, 8:39 left in the first

3:50 p.m. — Navy ball

3:47 p.m. — Touchback, Notre Dame takes over at the 35

3:41 p.m. — ND Insider's Tyler James makes his prediction

3:35 p.m. — Oh, brother, another recruiting update

Sonny Styles, a five-star prospect and brother of Notre Dame WR Lorenzo, plays safety for his high school team, but could play either safety or linebacker in college. He is on campus this weekend for the ND-Navy game.

► More:Oh brother, five-star prospect Sonny Styles highlights Notre Dame recruiting visitors

Pickerington Central’s Sonny Styles (3) fights for extra yards as Pickerington North’s Malik Ray (25) tries to make the tackle during their game Sept. 10.

► More:Freshman WR Lorenzo Styles just scratching surface of his potential at Notre Dame

Pregaming

► Noie: Scout team quarterback Chase Ketterer gives Notre Dame needed looks for Navy

Notre Dame’s Chase Ketterer (27) celebrates after the Notre Dame vs. North Carolina NCAA football game Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend.

► What made former Notre Dame linebacker Greer Martini so good against Navy option?

Former Notre Dame linebacker Greer Martini thought he left football behind when he walked away from the game in 2020. He was wrong.

► Marcus Freeman extends ND's linebacker recruiting hot streak with Drayk Bowen's commitment

Notre Dame defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman during the Notre Dame vs. Cincinnati NCAA football game Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend.

Back across the pond

It was announced Thursday that Notre Dame will open the 2023 season at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, against Navy on Aug. 26. The 2023 game was originally penciled in for Nov. 11, 2023 in South Bend.

Notre Dame players listen as the Notre Dame band play the Notre Dame Alma Mater song. Notre Dame defeated Navy 50-10 on Saturday September 1, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland. SBT Photo/SANTIAGO FLORES

It will be the first Notre Dame home football game staged outside the United States and the first college football game televised by NBC to originate outside of the U.S.

Pandemic permitting, it will be the third time the two programs will have met in Dublin, the first being 1996 and the most recent in 2012, both Fighting Irish victories.

► More:Notre Dame moves 2023 home football game with Navy to Dublin, Ireland

Game day with Tribune Photographer Robert Franklin

Tribune photo editor Robert Franklin gives us a glimpse of what it's like to cover a football game at Notre Dame Stadium.