Game Notes: Everett Golson on record-setting pace
Observer Sports Staff | Sunday, November 2, 2014
LANDOVER, Md. — With the six touchdowns he accounted for Saturday night, senior quarterback Everett Golson is now responsible for 156 of Notre Dame’s points this season. Golson, who has 22 passing touchdowns and seven rushing touchdowns on the season, is responsible for 19.5 points per game. The school record for points per game for a single season is 18, which was set by Brady Quinn in 2006.
Golson has now thrown for at least two touchdown passes in all eight games this season and in 11 games in his Irish career. He has thrown for at least three touchdowns five times this season and six times while at Notre Dame.
With 88 combined points, Saturday’s game marked the highest-scoring regulation game in the 88-game history of the Notre Dame-Navy series. The highest-scoring game in series history came in 2007, when Navy won 46-44 in triple overtime. Navy’s 39 points are the most the Midshipmen have scored in a regulation game against Notre Dame, and the second-most in series history, trailing only 2007.
Saturday’s offensive outburst came three weeks after Notre Dame and North Carolina combined to score 93 points, the most in a single game in Notre Dame Stadium history.
Folston bolsters ground game
With 149 yards Saturday, sophomore running back Tarean Folston eclipsed the 120-yard rushing mark for the second straight game, as he ran for 120 yards against Florida State on Oct. 18. Folston became the first Irish player to rush for 120 yards in back-to-back games since Darius Walker did it in 2006.
Folston’s 149 rushing yards mark the most by a Notre Dame player in a single game since Cierre Wood totaled 150 yards against Wake Forest on Nov. 17, 2012. It is also the highest single-game rushing yardage by a Notre Dame player against Navy since Julius Jones recorded 221 yards in 2003.
Graduate student defensive lineman Justin Utupo made his first career interception Saturday and became the eighth Notre Dame player to record an interception this season. The Irish have intercepted a pass in 11 consecutive games.
Notre Dame has scored at least 40 points against Navy three times in the last four years. The Irish totaled 56 points in 2011, 50 points in 2012 and 38 points against the Midshipmen last season.
Navy became the first team to block a Notre Dame field-goal attempt this season when the Midshipmen blocked senior kicker Kyle Brindza’s attempt with 5:43 left in the game. It was the first blocked kick against Notre Dame since Oct. 26, 2013, when the Irish beat Air Force, 45-10.