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Irish no longer under construction

Originally Published: October 16, 2004
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The most remarkable characteristic of Notre Dame's 27-9 victory over Navy was the utter unremarkability of it. Dog bites man. Hare beats tortoise. And, yes, Notre Dame beats Navy, extending its NCAA record streak to 41 games.

The difference is that Notre Dame played the way Notre Dame is expected to play. The last two years, the Fighting Irish needed late-game comebacks to beat the undersized, overhearted Midshipmen.

On Saturday, before 76,166 at Giants Stadium, ...

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