DUBLIN (AP) -- Notre Dame scored touchdowns on its first three possessions and defensive end Stephon Tuitt returned a fumble 77 yards for another TD as the Fighting Irish routed Navy 50-10 in Saturday's season opener in Ireland. A crowd of 49,000 filled Dublin's Aviva Stadium for the first U.S. college game in Ireland since 1996. Theo Riddick and George Atkinson ran for first-quarter touchdowns, and tight end Tyler Eifert caught a 5-yard TD pass. Tuitt scooped up quarterback Trey Miller's fumble and rumbled to the end zone to put the Irish up 27-0 in the second quarter. Navy kicked a 26-yard field goal before halftime and opened the second half with a three-pass drive capped by Shawn Lynch's 25-yard grab to make it 27-10. Atkinson and Riddick replied with two of Notre Dame's three second-half touchdowns.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Kyle Guy scored 17 points, London Perrantes had 13 and No. 23 Virginia used a small lineup to neutralize No. 5 North Carolina's size in a 53-43 victory Monday night.
Guy connected on five 3-pointers for Virginia (20-9, 10-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) and Perrantes hit three, continuing to emerge from a shooting slump that contributed greatly to a four-game skid for the Cavaliers.
Joel Berry II scored 12 points to lead the Tar Heels (25-6, 13-4), who snapped a four-game winning streak. ACC player of the year contender Justin Jackson, who arrived averaging 19.9 points in league play, was guarded most of the night by Perrantes and scored just seven points and missed seven of his 10 shots.
The Cavaliers opened a 33-23 lead early in the second half, then saw North Carolina scored the next six points to pull to 33-29. But Devon Hall hit a pair of free throws and Guy followed two Tar Heels misses with a 3-pointer. After the Tar Heels trailed 40-39 with 9:26 left, Perrantes made back-to-back 3s for Virginia, rousing the crowd at John Paul Jones Arena to deafening levels. When Jack Salt added a putback that lingered on the rim, then dropped, the outcome seemed certain.
North Carolina, averaging 86.2 points, scored just four points in the game's last 9:26.
Throughout the regular season, UNC-Wilmington (26-5, 15-3) has been the favorite to win the Colonial Athletic Association. Perhaps there was even a chance for the Seahawks to get an at-large tournament bid if they were to lose in the conference tournament.
A handful of losses to CAA opponents, William and Mary, College of Charleston, and Elon changed that tone.
In order for the Seahawks to make the NCAA tournament and repeat as champions they have to win the conference tournament. However, every other team in the conference will be battling for a chance in the tournament as well.
One the teams on the radar is Charleston (23-8, 14-4) who beat Wilmington at home earlier in the season and has not lost to a team below .500 all season. Emerging as a suprise team in CAA play this year, the Cougars appear to be the biggest threat to Wilimington as the tournament hosts in the North Charleston Coliseum in North Charleston, South Carolina.
Of course you can never count out long-time CAA members, William and Mary (16-13, 10-8) and Towson (19-12, 11-7).
First Round (March 3rd):
#8 Hofstra vs. #9 Delaware 6:00 p.m.
#7 James Madison vs. #10 Drexel 8:30 p.m.
Quarterfinals (March 4th):
#1 UNC-Wilmington vs. Winner of Hofstra/Delaware 12:00 p.m.
#4 William and Mary vs. #5 Elon 2:30 p.m.
#2 Charleston vs. Winner of James Madison/Drexel 6:00 p.m.
#3 Towson vs. #6 Northeastern 8:30 p.m.
Semifinals (March 5th)
Winner of Quaterfinal #1 vs. Winner of Quarterfinal #2 2:00 p.m.
Winner of Quarerfinal #3 vs. Winner of Quarterfinal #4 7:00 p.m.
Championship (March 6th):
Winner of Semifinal #1 vs. Winner of Semifinal #2 7:00 p.m.
HOW TO WATCH:
First Round: CAA.tv
Quaterfinals: Comcast SportsNet regional networks
Semifinals: Comcast SportsNet regional networks
Championship: CBS Sports Network
The CAA Champion will then have to wait until March 12 for Selection Sunday to find out when and where they will play.