SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame running back C.J. Prosise made Navy pay for its turnovers.
Prosise scored one play after linebacker Jaylon Smith recovered a fumble on the Navy 7 and two plays after cornerback Devin Butler recovered a fumble at the 26-yard line on the opening kickoff of the second half. Prosise ran for three scores Saturday as the No. 15 Fighting Irish beat the Midshipmen 41-24.
"Huge, huge," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said of the turnovers. "Those obviously meant a lot in this game."
Navy tied the score at 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 hit a 52-yard field goal in the closing seconds of the half and Prosise put the Irish up 10 with a 22-yard run after the second fumble.
The Midshipmen, who had won eight straight, had been tied for the lead in the nation coming in with just one turnover.
"We had some penalties, some turnovers, some missed assignments, that normally we're pretty clean on those phases," Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said.
Prosise scored on runs of 7, 22 and 11 yards and rushed for 129 yards total. He also joined Frank Lonergan in 1902 and Reggie Brooks in 1992 as the only Irish running backs to rush for three touchdowns twice in a season.
Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds sat out part of the second quarter and the end of the game after falling awkwardly on his left leg while being tackled.
"It's sore but nothing major is wrong. I just have to rehab it, ice, etc., but I'll be fine," he said.
Temple 49, Tulane 10: Jahad Thomas and Ryquell Armstead had two touchdowns each for the host Owls, who are 5-0 for the first time since 1974. Thomas ran 10 yards to put Temple up 14-10 in the second quarter and added a 16-yard scoring catch from P.J. Walker for a 21-10 halftime lead. Armstead, in his first start, had two 16-yard touchdown runs in the third quarter. The Owls held Tulane to 8 yards rushing and eight first downs. Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich had seven tackles to reach 399 for his career, tops in the nation among active players.
Tulsa 34, La.-Monroe 24: Dane Evans threw for 341 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead 15-yard score to running back D'Angelo Brewer with 8:41 left, as the host Golden Hurricane rallied from a 24-20 deficit.
BYU 45, East Carolina 38: Algernon Brown ran for a 9-yard touchdown with 19 seconds remaining as the host Cougars pulled out a win after the Pirates had erased a 38-21 deficit with 17 straight fourth-quarter points.