EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Navy rolled the dice early against No. 10-ranked Notre Dame, and the Middies paid when the numbers came up wrong.
Reggie Brooks ran for a touchdown and caught one of Rick Mirer's two scoring passes in a 24-point second quarter as Notre Dame defeated winless Navy, 38-7, Saturday for their 29th consecutive victory over the Midshipmen.
The Fighting Irish (6-1-1) scored on five of their six possessions, converted 10 of 12 third-down plays and piled up 315 yards on offense in building a 31-0 halftime lead and sending Navy to its seventh consecutive loss.
"It was good to get up early," said Mirer, who completed a season-high 15 of 24 passes for 221 yards. "That way the offense can just let things take care of themselves instead of having to force things."