Notre Dame’s trip to Ireland could not have gone much better.
The Fighting Irish eased in their new quarterback, showed they have a couple of capable replacements for their suspended star running back and even got a touchdown from a 300-pound defensive lineman.
Theo Riddick and George Atkinson both ran for two scores and defensive end Stephon Tuitt returned a fumble 77 yards for another TD as Notre Dame routed Navy 50-10 in Saturday’s season opener in Dublin, Ireland.
A crowd of 49,000, mostly visiting Americans, filled the stadium for the first U.S. college game in Ireland since 1996, when the same two teams played in the Emerald Isle Classic.
The Irish dominated the game, running the ball at will against Navy’s undersized defense and showing no signs of missing starter Cierre Wood.
Wood will also miss next week’s game against Purdue because of a violation of team rules.
Montana 35, South Dakota 24: Trent McKinney passed for two touchdowns to lead the Grizzlies to a win in Missoula.
Montana set a school record with 34 first downs. The Montana win spoiled the homecoming of South Dakota head coach Joe Glenn, who won the Football Championship Subdivision national championship while coaching at Montana in 2001.
Eureka (Ill.) 62, Knox 55: Quarterback Sam Durley threw for 736 yards in the win in Galesburg, Ill., to break the NCAA single-game passing record.
Durley completed 34 of 52 passes and threw for five touchdowns, including two in the final 2 minutes for the Division III Red Devils. He broke the record of 731 yards passing set by Menlo College’s Zamir Amin in 2000 against Cal Lutheran, also a Division III game.
Houston’s David Klingler holds the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision single-game passing record with 716 yards against Arizona State in 1990.
Portland State 38, Carroll 20: D.J. Adams rushed for two touchdowns and Kieran McDonagh threw a pair of TD passes as host Portland State defeated Carroll.
Adams gained 82 yards on 14 carries, and McDonagh completed 8 of 16 passes for 192 yards.
Indiana 24, Indiana State 17: Tre Roberson threw for a career-high 280 yards and one touchdown and led the Hoosiers past their in-state rivals in Bloomington, Ind.
The win ended the Hoosiers’ nine-game losing streak.
Indiana State dropped to 0-4 all time against the Hoosiers and 0-10 against Big Ten schools.
Youngstown State 31, Pittsburgh 17: Kurt Hess passed for 154 yards and two touchdowns, Andre Stubbs caught one score and ran for another and the Penguins stunned the host Panthers.
The win was Youngstown State’s first victory against a BCS program in school history.