Sheldon Day and James Onwualu pressured Keenan Reynolds and forced a throw that seemed to seek out Justin Utupo's left hand.
Notre Dame hasn't fared well in recent years after playing Navy: Losses to Pitt and Tulsa have sandwiched one-possession wins over Wake Forest and Purdue in the Brian Kelly era.
Notre Dame faced a third-and-six on Navy's 33-yard line with a three-point lead late in Saturday's game at FedEx Field.
Last week, Jaylon Smith responded to a question about Joe Schmidt's impact on Notre Dame's defense with this bit of analysis:
"The defense wouldn't operate without Joe, to be honest."
Notre Dame redshirt junior middle linebacker Joe Schmidt is out for the season after suffering a fractured and dislocated ankle Saturday night against Navy, coach Brian Kelly said Sunday.