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                === Irish feel right at home in rout of Navy ===
 Dublin,  Ireland (Sports Network) - Irish eyes were smiling all over Dublin on
 Saturday ... and surely back in South Bend, too.
 Despite  playing without  starting  quarterback Tommy  Rees  and running  back
 Cierre  Wood because  of suspensions, Notre Dame opened the 2012 season with a
 50-10 rout of Navy in the Emerald Isle Classic.
 Senior  Theo Riddick ran for 107 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, while
 George  Atkinson III added  99 yards and a pair of scores on nine attempts for
 the  Irish (1-0), who  will try to improve upon 8-5 marks in each of the first
 two seasons under head coach Brian Kelly.
 Everett  Golson  got the nod  at quarterback for  Notre Dame and completed 12-
 of-18 passes for 144 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
 Trey  Miller threw  for 192 yards with  a touchdown and an interception on 14-
 of-19  passing for  Navy (0-1), which was  5-7 last season and had a streak of
 eight  straight bowl  appearances  halted. Miller  was kept  in  check on  the
 ground in the option offense, running for only 16 yards on 20 attempts.
 Notre  Dame  took the opening kickoff  and marched 75  yards in 11 plays for a
 touchdown.  Riddick did most  of the work with five carries for 34 yards and a
 reception for another 11, capping the series with an 11-yard scoring run for a
 6-0 lead after the extra point was missed.
 Navy  tried to answer immediately, driving to the Notre Dame 30 with its first
 possession.  The  Irish, though,  stuffed Miller on  4th-and-1 and needed just
 four  plays  to increase their  lead, as Atkinson broke  free for a 56-yard TD
 jaunt to make it 13-0.
 After a Navy punt, Notre Dame extended the lead with a 10-play, 80-yard drive.
 Riddick  had 33 yards  on five carries and Golson finished it with a five-yard
 TD strike to tight end Tyler Eifert with 11:20 left in the first half.
 The  Midshipmen  turned it  over on  the next play  from scrimmage when Miller
 fumbled,  but  the Irish gave  it right back five  plays later when Golson was
 picked off by Parrish Gaines inside the Navy five.
 Miller  then methodically  drove Navy inside the Notre Dame 20, but again lost
 the  handle  as he went to  pass. Stephon Tuitt  scooped up the loose ball and
 rumbled 77 yards the other way for a touchdown and a 27-0 cushion with 2:12 to
 play in the half. A video review upheld the call on the field.
 Navy  had  time and managed to  pick up three points  on the final play of the
 half  when  Nick Sloan drilled  a 26-yard field goal,  then scored less than a
 minute  into the third quarter when Miller hit Shawn Lynch with a 25-yard pass
 to finish a quick 75-yard march in three plays.
 It was all Irish from there.
 Atkinson  scored  on a  3-yard run to  end an 87-yard  drive and Riddick added
 another  3-yard run late in the third for a 40-10 cushion. A Navy fumble early
 in the fourth led to a 34-yard Nick Tausch field goal before Robby Toma scored
 on a 9-yard run to account for the final margin.
 09/01 12:54:25 ET