NCAAF Game Recap - Southern Methodist at Navy
Sat Nov 23, 2019 3:30 PM EST

Ark
20
LSU
56
F
PSU
17
OHSt
28
F
TxAM
13
UGA
19
F
WCU
3
Ala
66
F
Oreg
28
AzSt
31
F
Utah
35
Ariz
7
F
TCU
24
Okla
28
F
Minn
38
NW
22
F
Mich
39
Ind
14
F
Tex
10
Bayl
24
F
Purd
24
Wisc
45
F
BC
7
ND
40
F
Sam
0
Aub
52
F
Temp
13
Cin
15
F
Mem
49
SoFL
10
F
Ill
10
Iowa
19
F
Boise
56
UtSt
21
F
SMU
28
Navy
35
F
OkSt
20
WVU
13
F
TxSt
13
App
35
F
Pitt
0
VaTec
28
F
E Mi
45
NIU
17
F
Ohio
66
BGSU
24
F
Akr
17
MiaOH
20
F
Toled
30
Buff
49
F
NCSt
26
GATec
28
F
ColSt
7
Wyo
17
F
Ball
38
Kent
41
F
UCF
34
Tul
31
F
ECU
31
UConn
24
F
Kans
31
IASt
41
F
Lib
27
UVA
55
F
MSU
27
Rut
0
F
BYU
56
UMass
24
F
SoAl
15
GASt
28
F
AF
44
NM
22
F
GaSo
33
ArkSt
38
F
UCLA
35
USC
52
F
ETenn
0
Vand
38
F
LaTec
14
UAB
20
F
W Ky
28
SMiss
10
F
NorTx
14
Rice
20
F
Mer
7
UNC
56
F
Neb
54
MD
7
F
UT-M
7
KY
50
F
Marsh
13
Char
24
F
SJSU
35
UNLV
38
F
Cal
24
Stan
20
F
UTEP
35
NMSt
44
F
Syr
34
Lou
56
F
OD
17
MidTN
38
F
CoCar
42
ULMon
45
F
Troy
3
ULLaf
53
F
FlAtl
40
UTSA
26
F
K St
30
TxTch
27
F
MiaFL
24
FLInt
30
F
Hou
24
Tuls
14
F
Tenn
24
Mizzu
20
F
Abil
7
MisSt
45
F
Duke
27
Wake
39
F
OreSt
53
WaSt
54
F
Wash
14
Colo
20
F
Nev
35
Fres
28
F
SDSU
11
Hawaii
14
F

Nov 23, 2019, 3:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(21) Southern Methodist (9-2)

7

14

0

7

28

Navy (8-2)

7

3

10

15

35

Perry leads Navy past No. 21 SMU 35-28
Sat Nov 23, 2019 8:59 PM

ANNAPOLS, Md. (AP) At one point in a tight game against No. 21 SMU Navy quarterback Malcolm Perry approached coach Ken Niumatalolo about giving someone else the ball.

Not a chance.

Perry found a seam and scampered 70 yards with just over six minutes remaining to break a tie and Navy beat the Mustangs 35-28 on Saturday. It was the culmination of a banner day for Perry, who generated 357 yards of total offense. He finished with 195 yards rushing on 38 carries with two touchdowns and completed 9 of 15 passes for 162 yards and another score.

"He actually told me at one time, `Coach, you have to give me a break, man. Give somebody else the ball,' " Niumatalolo said. "I was like, `Suck it up, we need you.' I didn't realize he carried the ball 38 times. . All I could see was (Perry) in my head. He was going to carry us."

The Midshipmen still have a shot at winning the West Division crown of the American Athletic Conference outright should No. 18 Memphis falter in the regular-season finale against No. 17 Cincinnati. The Tigers own the tiebreaker by virtue of their 35-23 victory over Navy on Sept. 26.

CJ Sanders had a 100-yard kickoff return for SMU (9-2, 5-2), tied for the longest in the 60-year history of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

After trailing 21-10 at the half, the Midshipmen (8-2, 6-1) cut into the margin on a 1-yard plunge by Perry and a 25-yard field goal by Bijan Nichols on their first two possessions of the third quarter.

Navy forced a pair of three-and-outs to help shift the momentum and its deliberate running attack began to wear down SMU's defenders.

As the Mustangs stacked the box, Perry hit Ryan Mitchell with a 13-yard scoring pass, Mitchell's first career touchdown reception. Navy added a two-point conversion to regain the lead at 28-21 with 14:19 left.

"I was getting the ball a lot. I never complain about that," Perry said. "Just seeing what the defense was doing, I thought it would be a good idea to spread it out a little bit. But when it came down to it, the coach called me number and I enjoy it."

SMU tied it at 28-all on a 61-yard touchdown pass from Shane Buechele to Rashee Rice.

After Perry's long run broke the deadlock, the Midshipmen came up with a huge stop on a fourth-and-4 from their own 12 with 2:36 remaining.

Navy entered the game leading the nation with 349.3 yards rushing per game and finished with another 378 yards on the ground.

Buechele, a transfer from Texas, was 16 of 28 for 251 yards and two touchdowns.

The Midshipmen outgained the Mustangs 540 to 344 and dominated time of possession 39:40 to 20:20.

Last season, SMU edged Navy 31-30 for its first win over the Midshipmen in 20 years. Navy still has a 13-8 edge in the all-time series, which began in 1930.

"You have to give Navy credit," SMU coach Sonny Dykes said. "I thought they did a really good job of making adjustments in the second half and we did a really poor job of making adjustments. (Navy) made some plays down the stretch. Malcolm Perry converted on a couple of big third downs in critical situations where he just made plays and we didn't."

HOME SWEET HOME

The Midshipmen went undefeated at home (4-0) in the regular season for the first time since 2016, and they still could host the AAC championship game or perhaps play in the Military Bowl that is held in Annapolis.

THE TAKEAWAY

SMU: The Mustangs are likely out of the running for a conference title, but they have already won four more games than last season.

Navy: The Midshipmen still have a shot at the AAC championship and can win the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy with a victory over Army on Dec. 14.

UP NEXT

SMU closes out the regular season Saturday against visiting Tulane.

Navy travels to Houston on Saturday.

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Passing

SMU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Page 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
S. Buechele 28 16 57.1 2 251 61 0 110.9
Navy Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
M. Perry 15 9 60.0 1 162 33 0 119.3

Rushing

SMU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
X. Jones 18 61 3.4 11 1
S. Buechele 5 22 4.4 15 0
Navy Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
M. Perry 38 195 5.1 70 2
J. Carothers 11 53 4.8 22 0

Receiving

SMU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
R. Rice 3 76 25.3 61 1
J. Proche 7 60 8.6 14 1
Navy Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
R. Mitchell 3 48 16.0 20 1
M. Cooper 3 41 13.7 23 0

Fumbles

SMU F FL
X. Jones 1 1

Returning

SMU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
T. Page 3 29.3 0 44 0 - 0 0
C. Sanders 1 100.0 1 100 0 - 0 0
Navy KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
G. Winn 1 12.0 0 12 1 1.0 0 1

Punting

Navy Punt Yds Avg LgPu
O. White 1 39 39.0 39

Takeaways

Team Stats Comparison

SMU Navy
Points For 28 35
Total Yards 344 540
Rushing Yards 93 378
Passing Yards 251 162
Passing Completions / Attempts 16/29 9/15
Turnovers 1 0
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/1 0/0
First Downs 15 28
Penalties - Yards 4/35 5/31
Time Of Possession 20:20 40:40
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/13 6/17
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/2 4/6
Punts - Average Yards 5/40 1/39

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter SMU Navy
Navy 12:24 TD Chance Warren 22 yd run (Bijan Nichols kick) 0 7
SMU 12:39 TD CJ Sanders 100 yd kick return (Kevin Robledo kick) 7 7
2nd Quarter SMU Navy
Navy 3:16 FG Bijan Nichols 41 yd FG 7 10
SMU 8:38 TD James Proche 8 yd pass from Shane Buechele (Kevin Robledo kick) 14 10
SMU 10:59 TD Xavier Jones 9 yd run (Kevin Robledo kick) 21 10
3rd Quarter SMU Navy
Navy 6:02 TD Malcolm Perry 1 yd run (Bijan Nichols kick) 21 17
Navy 10:56 FG Bijan Nichols 24 yd FG 21 20
4th Quarter SMU Navy
Navy 0:41 TD Ryan Mitchell 13 yd pass from Malcolm Perry (CJ Williams 2pt pass from Malcolm Perry) 21 28
SMU 2:46 TD Rashee Rice 61 yd pass from Shane Buechele (Kevin Robledo kick) 28 28
Navy 8:49 TD Malcolm Perry 70 yd run (Bijan Nichols kick) 28 35

Game Information

Stadium: Jack Stephens Field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland
Attendance: 33,732
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