SOUTH BEND, Indiana (Ticker) -- Even in a disappointing season, Notre Dame still beats Navy.
Julius Jones ran for 117 yards and a touchdown and Terrance Howard rushed for two scores to lead the Fighting Irish to a 34-16 win.
Notre Dame (4-5) won for just the fourth time this season, but defeated Navy for the 38th straight time, extending the NCAA record for consecutive wins over one opponent.
Howard, who carried 12 times for 54 yards, had TD runs of four yards in the second quarter and eight yards in the third to give the Fighting Irish a 24-13 lead.
Navy closed to within eight points on a 20-yard field goal by David Hills, before Jones made it a 31-16 game with a 44-yard TD run with 12:10 remaining.
David Hills kicked three field goals for Navy (0-9), which will try to avoid a winless season when it hosts rival Army on December 1 in Philadelphia.
The Fighting Irish, playing their final home game, jumped to a quick 10-0 lead when Nicklaus Setta kicked a 41-yard field goal and safety Jason Sapp returned a fumble 39 yards for a score.
The Midshipmen rallied to tie the game on a 38-yard TD run by quarterback Brian Madden and a 24-yard field goal by Hills. Madden carried 22 times for 70 yards and completed 5-of-12 passes for 105 yards.
Notre Dame quarter Carlyle Holiday completed 6-of-11 for 94 yards.