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SMU Vs. Navy Final Score: Midshipmen Defeat Mustangs, 24-17

The SMU Mustangs were looking to get back on track, but they fell to the Navy Midshipmen 21-14 to lose their third game out of their last four. SMU had trouble stopping the vaunted Navy triple-option running attack that amassed for 335 yards and accounted for all three Navy touchdowns. The leading rusher for Navy was quarterback Kriss Proctor who had 107 yards. In the passing department Navy was 0-for-2 for zero yards. 

SMU fell behind early 10-0 and eventually came back to tie the game in the third quarter, but the Navy offense got itself together and ran off 14 unanswered points to go up 24-10. SMU did get a late touchdown to close the gap 24-17, but it was too little to late.

SMU did have two interceptons but one resulted in a Navy touchdown on the following drive. The SMU offense out gained Navy as quarterback J.J. McDermott passed for 249 yards and running back Zach Line lead all rushers with 135 yards. However, the offensive struggles on third down were the difference on Saturday as SMU converted only 4-of-12 compared to Navy who converted 8-of-13 third down attempts.

The loss puts SMU at 6-4 overall and 4-2 in conference play with next weeks matchup not going to be much easier as SMU faces the undefeated Houston Cougars on the road.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.