Alexander Teich had the game of his life against Notre Dame, rushing for a career-high 210 yards and scoring on a well-executed 31-yard screen pass that helped set the tone for Navy’s 35-17 win against the Fighting Irish.
Teich started this season as the backup fullback to Vince Murray, who took Teich’s starting job last year after he got hurt. When Murray went down with a knee injury in the Wake Forest game Oct. 9, the 217-pound Teich stepped in, and he’s made the most of his opportunity. Teich has had four touchdowns in the last three games (two rushing, two receiving) and scored the winning TD against SMU last week. On Saturday, he absolutely scorched the Notre Dame defense.
Teich’s score on the screen pass was a particularly impressive team effort. Quarterback Ricky Dobbs sold the screen to perfection, but delivered a high pass that Teich had to sky for and deflect in order to make an acrobatic catch. With three lineman running with him, Teich had lots of open field ahead of him. Left guard Josh Cabral destroyed one Notre Dame defender, while wide reciever Matt Aiken made another key downfield block. Tiech, running full speed, went airborne and dove through the last two Fighting Irish defenders in his path.
If you listen to the audio as Navy players mob Teich after the TD, you can hear one yell “Aaahhhhhhhhhh! What a play!”
Indeed, it was: