C.J. Prosise

Notre Dame beats Boston College 19-16 at Fenway Park


BOSTON (AP) Notre Dame made itself at home in Boston College territory.

Taking over Fenway Park for a far-flung home game, the fifth-ranked Fighting Irish spent most of it on the BC side of the field, overcoming five turnovers to beat the Eagles 19-16 on Saturday night.

The Irish (10-1, No. 4 College Football Playoff) have won six in a row since a two-point loss to top-ranked Clemson. If not for three turnovers inside the BC 5-yard line, this one wouldn’t have been close.

DeShone Kizer completed 20 of 38 passes for 320 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Chris Brown caught six passes for 104 yards, and Amir Carlisle had seven catches for 97 yards. C.J. Prosise ran eight times for 57 yards to reach the 1,000-yard milestone before leaving the game with an injury in the second quarter.

BC quarterback Jeff Smith ran for 100 yards, breaking free for an 80-yard run to make it 19-9 with about 10 minutes to play. He also hit Charlie Callinan from 3 yards out to make it 19-16 with 54 seconds left.

The Eagles (3-8) attempted an onside kick, but Irish safety Matthias Farley fell on the ball to clinch it and send BC to its seventh straight loss.

Although the century-old ballpark is just a few T stops from Boston College’s Chestnut Hill campus, Notre Dame was officially the home team as part of the “Shamrock Series” – an effort to stay in touch with out-of-town alumni.

Previous scores in those games took the place of the AL East standings on Fenway’s Green Monster, and the results of games involving teams in the College Football Playoff hunt were displayed on where the baseball scores usually are.

The field was laid out from the third-base line to the right-field bullpens, with the yard markers and end zones decorated in the old-style font of the Red Sox.

The evening begin with a moment of silence for the parents of former BC quarterback Doug Flutie, who died of heart attacks within an hour of each other on Wednesday. The Notre Dame band played “America the Beautiful” and “The Star-Spangled Banner,” with the American flag draped over the Green Monster.

The Irish came out of the Boston dugout, where their iconic “Play Like a Champion Today” sign was hung. (Receiver Torii Hunter Jr., whose father and namesake played against the Red Sox for the Tigers, Twins and Angels, was given David Ortiz’s locker in the clubhouse.)

Kizer was picked off in the BC end zone on Notre Dame’s opening possession. He threw another interception at the Eagles’ 3 and another near midfield. Notre Dame also coughed up the ball at the Eagles’ 3 and at the BC 32.

The Irish even fumbled on their only touchdown drive of the first half, but escaped when center Nick Martin fell on the ball. They extended the drive again when Justin Yoon‘s 44-yard field goal attempt hit the right upright, but the Eagles were called for roughing the kicker.

Two plays later, Kizer hit Carlisle for a 10-yard score to make it 10-0. Notre Dame made it 16-3 in the third quarter when Kizer connected with Brown from 12 yards out on a jump ball in the corner of the end zone, right in front of the visitors’ dugout on what is usually the third-base line.

Yoon’s second field goal made it 19-3.

Smith, who took over in the third quarter for John Fadule, cut through the line and outran the defense for an 80-yard score. A delay of game penalty put the 2-point conversion attempt at the 8-yard line, and Smith’s pass sailed out of the end zone incomplete.

Notre Dame heavy favorites against rival Navy

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(OddsShark.com) — The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will try to salvage their faded College Football Playoff hopes on Saturday when they play host to the Navy Midshipmen as 14.5-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Irish suffered their first straight up loss of the season last weekend, dropping a heartbreaking 24-22 decision to Clemson following a fourth-quarter comeback effort.

Running back C.J. Prosise turned in another solid performance against the Tigers, tallying 50 rushing yards while connecting with quarterback DeShone Kizer for 100 receiving yards and a last-minute touchdown catch that gave the Irish a chance to tie the game.

However, a missed two-point conversion meant that they had to settle for an against the spread win, their third straight and fifth in their last six games.

Prosise’s numbers this season, which include 650 rushing yards and seven total major scores, keep him in the Heisman conversation, but the senior is a distant 75/1 wager on those betting lines.

Notre Dame now enters Saturday afternoon’s Midshipmen vs. Fighting Irish betting matchup at Notre Dame Stadium pegged at No. 15 in the AP Top 25 rankings, down nine positions from last week, and will have to dominate down the stretch to maintain any chance of reaching the College Football Playoff this season.

Meanwhile, the Midshipmen travel to South Bend with a perfect 4-0 record, SU and ATS, following an impressive 33-11 victory over the Air Force Falcons, and sit alongside the Memphis Tigers atop the AAC West standings with a 2-0 conference record.

Navy is a solid 10-1 SU in their past 11 games, 8-3 ATS, and have been simply dominant on defense since late last fall.

The Midshipmen have surrendered more than 21 points just once in their last eight contests, a 42-40 win over South Alabama in Week 13 of last season, and have averaged just 18.1 points against during that stretch according to the OddsShark College Football Database.

They have also proven to be a strong team on the road, going 5-1 SU in their past six, while rewarding bettors with an impressive 6-2 ATS record in their past eight.

However, Navy has struggled against their long-time rivals at Notre Dame, losing their last four SU, but are a solid 2-2 SU and 3-1 ATS in their last four road dates with the Fighting Irish.