Fighting Irish Athletics | October 12, 2015
Notre Dame running back C.J. Prosise made Navy pay for its turnovers.
Prosise scored one play after linebacker Jaylon Smith recovered a fumble by Chris Swain on the Navy 7 and two plays after Devin Butler recovered a fumble by Dishan Romine at the 26-yard line on the opening kickoff of the second half. He finished with three rushing touchdowns as the 15th-ranked Fighting Irish beat the Midshipmen 41-24 on Saturday.
''Huge, huge,'' Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said of the turnovers. ''Those obviously meant a lot in this game.''
Navy had tied the score at 21-21 with 24 seconds left in the first half after 253-pound fullback Quentin Ezell gashed the Irish for touchdown runs of 45 and 22 yards. But Justin Yoon kicked a 52-yard field goal in the closing seconds of the first half and Prosise put the Irish (5-1) ahead by 10 points with a 22-yard run following the second fumble.
The Midshipmen (4-1), who had won eight straight, had been tied for the lead in the nation with just one turnover before Saturday's game.
''We had some penalties, some turnovers, some missed assignments, that normally we're pretty clean on those phases,'' Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said. ''Against a good team like Notre Dame, that spells disaster. That's what happened to us.''