Fall football scene, St. James, MD (Photo / Tom Flynn)
Notre Dame proved that in addition to being the team America tends to love or loathe, they are also one of its best. The Irish traveled to Norman, Oklahoma and beat the host Sooners (5-2), 30-13, on Saturday night.
Cierre Wood opened the scoring for Notre Dame with a 62-yard sprint up the middle of the field for a score. Manti Te'o's interception helped preserve a 20-13 Notre Dame lead with 4:30 left in the fourth and the Irish sealed the victory by scoring the game's final 10 points.
Notre Dame moves to 8-0 on the season and faces the Pittsburgh Panthers (3-4) this Saturday in South Bend.
The Navy Midshipmen (5-3) bounced back from a 1-3 start to their 2012 campaign with four straight wins. Their latest was their most convincing, a 56-28 dismantling of East Carolina (5-4). Senior slotback Gee Gee Greene rushed for 132 yards on 14 carries in the victory. On Saturday they return to Annapolis to host Florida Atlantic (2-6).
In more Division I football in the FIELD area, the Georgetown Hoyas (4-5) defeated Lafayette (5-2), 20-17, on the road Saturday night in a Patriot League contest. It was the Hoyas' first Patriot League win of the year.