Report Card: Navy vs. SMU

Navy rallied from a 14-0 halftime deficit to beat SMU at home 28-21. Tyler Simmons interception late in the fourth quarter set up Alexander Teich's touchdown run to secure the win. The comeback win improves Navy's record to 4-2.

Ricky Dobbs completed 6 of 9 pass attempts for 84 yards and a touchdown. Aaron Santiago dropped a sure 37-yard touchdown pass on the games first drive. Santiago made up for it with a 3-yard touchdown catch and a huge 51-yard reception on the opening possession of second half. Down 14-0 facing a third and 17 the Dobbs clutch 51-yard bomb to Santiago led to a touchdown and changed the momentum of the game.
Navy ran for 253 and averaging 4.6 yards per carry. Ricky Dobbs carried 19 times for 67 yards. Alexander Teich started in place of the injured Vince Murray. Teich powered his way to 95 yards on 21 carries. He scored two touchdowns. Slot backs Gee Gee Greene ran nine times for 48 yards and a touchdown. Wide Receiver Greg Jones 33-yard run on a reverse set up the game tying score. The offensive line did a very good job against the Mustangs huge front.
SMU quarterback Kyle Padron opened the game throwing touchdown passes on two of its first three possessions. Padron completed 28 of 42 passes for 254 yards and three touchdown passes against one interception. After struggling in the first half Navy changed in second half rushing four players and stopped blitzing. The Midshipmen dropped more into coverage and stayed in a two deep zone. Outside linebacker Jerry Hauburger had his finest game as a starter. Hauburger had 8 tackles, three behind the line of scrimmage, forced two fumbles and a sack. Wyatt Middleton had five tackles and a pass defensed. Jabaree Tuani playing hurt is better than most players healthy. Tuani had three tackles, created pressure had a huge fumble recovery. Inside linebacker Tyler Simmons set up the game winning touchdown with a clutch interception late in the fourth quarter. Navy held SMU 's offense to 157 yards and eight first downs in the second half.
The Mids allowed 141 yards rushing. The Mustangs' Zach Line rushed for 88 yards on 15 carries. Once again the Mids were hurt by a mobile quarterback as Padron ran 8 times for 45 yards. Aaron McCauley had 8 tackles, one for a loss and broke up a pass. Inside linebacker Max Blue recorded 6 tackles. The Mids allowed five yards a carry and had trouble with SMU's delayed handoffs.
The special teams kickoff coverage struggles continue as SMU averaged 30.25 yards on four returns. The Mids need to straighten out their kickoff returns. Kyle Delahooke looked to be back on track as he averaged 41.3 yards on his three punts. Joe Buckley was short on a 39-yard field goal attempt into the wind. Alex Teich and Marcus Thomas averaged 19.3 yards on their three kickoff returns.
After the Mids managed only 124 total yards while being shutout in the first half Niumatalolo lit a fire under his team. Buddy Green's halftime adjustments of dropping more in coverage and to not zone blitz in the second half stopped SMU their first three possessions of the second half. It allowed Navy to bounce back from a 14 point deficit. The staff has to straighten out kick coverage.
This team knows how to win. Navy beat a good SMU. Navy took control in second half scoring 21 straight points and the huge Simmons interception set up the Teich game winner

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