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Niumatalolo pulled Miller at quarterback and replaced him with third-stringer Jarvis Cummings, who scored Navy’s second and final touchdown shortly after he entered the game, a 12-yard run with 9:25 left in the game.

Notre Dame’s final touchdown came with 3:49 left in the game on a 1-yard run by George Atkinson III.

With a bowl game now almost out of its grasp, Navy can only hope to win its last four games to finish the season at .500 and maybe still earn at least a minor bowl bid.

“We’re not looking that far ahead, we’ve got to get better,” Niumatalolo said. “We can’t even catch a punt, can’t even kick a field goal. … There’s just some of the basics we need to get back to. That’s kind of our approach now, to go back to being fundamentally sound and that’s normally been us. When we start to reach and grasp and try to do our own deal, we’re not a very good football team.”

Alex Teich and Miller led Navy’s running game with 62 yards apiece, while Miller completed just 5 of 13 pass attempts for 33 yards.

All told, Navy played like a battleship that had taken one too many hits from the enemy.

“We were putting our fingers in a lot of different holes to try to stop things,” Niumatalolo said.

Unfortunately for the Midshipmen, there were far too many leaks to plug. It’s back to dry dock this coming week for extensive repairs.

NOTES: Saturday’s game extended the nation’s longest continuous intersectional college football rivalry, marking the 85th consecutive meeting between the two schools since their series began in 1927. Notre Dame leads the series by an overwhelming 72-12-1 mark, but Navy has still won three of the last five. … With kicker Jon Teague’s missed field goal early in the first quarter, Navy has now missed at least one kick (PAT or field goal) in seven of its eight games this season. Teague has now missed five field goals and four PATs this season. … Navy wide receiver Doug Furman was helped off the field late in the first quarter with what appeared to be a leg injury. He left the locker room after the game on crutches with a heavy-duty knee brace on his left leg.