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.
Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson and linebacker Jaylon Smith were named semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards on Monday, respectively.
While Notre Dame will be without Joe Schmidt for the rest of the season, another injured linebacker is expected to return to practice this week.