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Folston's fourth-quarter TD leads Notre Dame to 38-34 victory in back-and-forth game

  • Notre Dame wide receiver TJ Jones reacts as he crosses the goal line as Navy cornerback Lonnie Richardson closes in the first half of an NCAA college football, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

    Notre Dame wide receiver TJ Jones reacts as he crosses the goal line as Navy cornerback Lonnie Richardson closes in the first half of an NCAA college football, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)  (The Associated Press)

  • Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds pitches the the ball during a NCAA college football game against Notre Dame, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

    Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds pitches the the ball during a NCAA college football game against Notre Dame, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)  (The Associated Press)

  • Navy's Chris Swain celebrates his touchdown against Notre Dame in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

    Navy's Chris Swain celebrates his touchdown against Notre Dame in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)  (The Associated Press)

Tarean Folston scored on a 1-yard plunge with 3:47 left and Notre Dame survived a back-and-forth game with Navy, holding on to beat the Midshipmen 38-34 Saturday.

Navy had a chance to score late in the fourth quarter, but a bad pitch by Keenan Reynolds led to a 10-yard loss. Then on fourth-and-4 from the Notre Dame 31, Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith stopped an end-around by Shawn Lynch for no gain as the Irish avoided losing to Navy for the third time in the past five seasons.

Tommy Rees threw touchdown passes to TJ Jones and Ben Koyack, George Atkinson III scored on a 41-yard run and Cam McDaniel added a TD.

Reynolds rushed for three touchdowns for Navy (4-4) and passed for another.

Notre Dame (7-2) clinched its fourth consecutive winning season, the first time that's happened since 1995-98.