A cool combo

Book throws 4 of 5 TD passes to Clay­pool in rout

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - COLLEGES - By LaMond Pope

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Ian Book lofted a pass to the fron­tright cor­ner of the end zone in the third quar­ter Satur­day against Navy.

Wide re­ceiver Chase Clay­pool made a twist­ing catch for a touch­down to com­plete a day for the Notre Dame record books.

Book threw five touch­down passes, four to Clay­pool, to lead the No. 16 Ir­ish to a 52-20 vic­tory against No. 23 Navy in front of 74,080 at Notre Dame Sta­dium.

“Chase al­ways has the juice,” Book said. “You can tell when he gets on a roll, you want to keep get­ting him the ball. Even though it might not be the clear­est look, he’s go­ing to come down with it. That makes my job a lot eas­ier.”

Notre Dame’s con­sec­u­tive sell­out streak ended at 273 games, which had ranked sec­ond behind Nebraska’s 373. The last time the Ir­ish did not sell out a home game was 46 years ago on Thanks­giv­ing 1973 against Air Force.

Those in at­ten­dance Satur­day saw a sharp pass­ing per­for­mance from Book.

He com­pleted 14 of 20 passes for 284 yards and the five touch­downs in about 2½ quar­ters. It was his third game with at least five touch­down passes this sea­son, a Notre Dame record.

“I feel great,” Book said. “I’m con­fi­dent, con­fi­dent with all the guys on this team. The de­fense is do­ing an awe­some job get­ting us the ball. They play so well and give us so many op­por­tu­ni­ties and our of­fense, we’re start­ing to roll.”

Notre Dame (8-2) re­cov­ered four fum­bles. Navy (7-2) en­tered the day with eight fum­bles lost this sea­son. Two of Book’s touch­downs came after Notre Dame re­cov­ered fum­bles.

“I’m def­i­nitely re­ally con­fi­dent,” Book said, “and this whole of­fense should be.”

Book also had five pass­ing touch­downs Sept. 14 against New Mex­ico and Oct. 5 against Bowl­ing Green. He had four pass­ing touch­downs last week against Duke.

“He works so hard,” coach Brian Kelly said. “He does all the right things. It was just a mat­ter of there was too much noise and he had to find a mech­a­nism as the quar­ter­back at Notre Dame to elim­i­nate all the noise that comes with. (He) has and found it and he’s in a great spot, and he’s go­ing to con­tinue to progress.”

Clay­pool had seven re­cep­tions for 117 yards and also joined the Notre Dame record book. His four touch­down re­cep­tions tied a sin­gle-game school record. Mau­rice Sto­vall estab­lished the mark on Oct. 22, 2005, against BYU.

“(Book is) throw­ing the ball up and giv­ing me a chance to make a play,” Clay­pool said. “I’m happy that I’m able to make some plays for him just to build that trust a lit­tle more.”

Said Kelly: “(Chase) is a guy that is dif­fi­cult to de­fend. He’s vir­tu­ally a guy that has all the weapons.”

Book also found an open Braden Lenzy for a 70-yard touch­down in the sec­ond quar­ter. It was the long­est scor­ing pass of Book’s ca­reer.

“As a quar­ter­back, those are huge plays,” Book said. “Re­ally, it’s when you get those op­por­tu­ni­ties, make the most of it. When you hit big plays, it opens up your whole play­book.”

Clay­pool had touch­down catches of 7, 47 and 3 yards in the first half. His fi­nal touch­down was the twist­ing 20-yard grab in the third quar­ter.

“We work on that all week,” Clay­pool said. “We know it’s a tough ball to de­fend and we try to take ad­van­tage of that any time we can.”

Clay­pool noted that he once had 10 touch­downs in a game in eighth grade. Notre Dame will set­tle for Satur­day’s pro­duc­tion any time.

“It was a fun day for ev­ery­body as­so­ci­ated with Notre Dame,” Kelly said.


Ian Book throws a pass in the third quar­ter of Notre Dame’s 52-20 vic­tory over Navy on Satur­day.


Chase Clay­pool makes one of his four touch­down re­cep­tions as Cameron Kin­ley de­fends Satur­day in Notre Dame’s vic­tory over Navy.

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