Navy Vs. SMU: Midshipmen Keep Bowl Hopes Alive With 24-17 Win

Navy is still bowl-eligible. The Midshipmen went into Dallas and defeated SMU, 24-17. They must now win their final two games to make a bowl.

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2011 Bowl Projections: Navy Currently Slotted For Military Bowl, Still Need To Win Out

The Navy Midshipmen (4-6) kept their bowl hopes alive Saturday afternoon, upsetting the SMU Mustangs (6-4) in Dallas 24-17. Amazingly, Navy defeated SMU without completing one pass in the game.

To have any chance of making a bowl game, Coach Ken Niumatalolo's Midshipmen will have to defeat San Jose State on the road, and then defeat Army at FedEx Field in their final game of the season. Navy's likely bowl destination would then be the Military Bowl in Washington, DC.

The Maryland Terrapins will not be going to a bowl game in coach Randy Edsall's inaugural season. The Terps dropped their sixth straight game Saturday night, losing to Notre Dame 45-21, falling to 2-8 on the season. 

Here is the current bowl projection for Navy. As noted above, 2-8 Maryland will not be going to a bowl game this season.

Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman

Wake Forest vs. Navy, December 31, 2011

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Navy Vs. SMU Final Score: Midshipmen Keep Bowl Hopes Alive With 24-17 Win

The Navy football team needed a win over SMU to save its season, and a win is what the Midshipmen got. Navy came into Dallas and picked up a pivotal 24-17 victory, keeping its bowl hopes alive and improving to 4-6 on the season. SMU, meanwhile, dropped to 6-4.

The Midshipmen took control of the game early in the fourth quarter. SMU elected to go for it from the Navy 20-yard line on fourth down and couldn't get the necessary yardage. Navy then got the ball and marched down the field, eventually cashing in with a Mike Stukel rushing touchdown and a 24-10 lead.

SMU later got to within one score with 3:43 remaining, but Navy's rushing ability saved the game. Navy rushed for 338 yards on the game and were able to run out the clock without SMU even getting the ball back.

Navy must win their final two games to have a chance to make a bowl game, likely the Military Bowl in Washington D.C. They have a good chance too, with only a road game against San Jose State and the annual Army-Navy game at FedEx Field left to go.

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Navy Vs. SMU Score Update: Midshipmen Take 17-10 Lead Into Fourth Quarter

Navy appears to be in quite the dogfight in their quest to keep their bowl hopes alive. The Midshipmen currently hold a 17-10 lead over SMU on the road, but the Mustangs are driving threatening to tie the game.

The Midshipmen took a seven-point lead into halftime, but then SMU tied it up early in the third quarter. SMU took the opening kickoff and put together an excellent nine-play drive, which was capped when J.J. McDermott found Cole Beasly for a seven-yard touchdown. However, Navy eventually re-took the lead, putting together their own 13-play drive eventually capped by a one-yard touchdown by John Howell. That's where the game currently stands.

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Navy Vs. SMU Halftime Update: Mids Hold 10-3 Lead At Halftime

The Navy Midshipman continued their drive that began at the end of the first quarter, and with the assistance of a pass interference penalty, slot back Gee Gee Greene punched the ball in from the goal line to put Navy up 10-0. SMU got the football back after the score and their offense began to move the football.

Running back Zach Line lead the way for the Mustangs, picking up chunks of yards on the ground against the Mids defense. The drive was assisted by 21-yard pass to Darius Johnson to put the football in Navy territory. SMU marched all the way down to the goal line. On 3rd-and-goal however, quarterback J.J. McDermott was picked off by David Sperry in the endzone, foiling the drive.

SMU got the football back and once again went down the field, this time on the arm of McDermott. McDermott threw the ball eleven times on the drive, but it stalled out on the Navy 11-yard line. The Mustangs had to settle for a field goal, cutting Navy's lead to 10-3.

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Navy Vs. SMU: Mids Take Early 3-0 Lead

The Navy Midshipman took the ball first and mounted an 11-play 58-yard drive on the ground to milk a little over five minutes off the clock. SMU couldn't slow the triple option with the Mids picking up chunk after chunk of yards on the ground. The drive stalled out right before Navy got into the redzone, settling for a field goal to take a 3-0 lead. Kriss Proctor lead the way on the drive with 25 rushing yards.

The teams traded punts the remainder of the first quarter, as SMU couldn't get anything going on offense against the Navy defense. Navy got the football back at midfield right before the end of the first quarter and began another drive rushing the football.

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Navy Vs. SMU Game Time, TV Schedule And More

If the Navy Midshipmen (3-6) have any chance of playing in the Military Bowl December 28 in Washington, DC, they must win their final three games of the season, starting with a trip to Dallas to face the SMU Mustangs (6-3) Saturday afternoon.

Navy put themselves in position to be bowl eligible by ending a six game losing streak last week in a 42-14 win over Troy. Navy defeated SMU in overtime two years ago, and rallied from a 14-0 deficit last year in Annapolis for a 28-21 win over the Mustangs.

Here are all the details you need about this afternoon's Midshipmen vs. Mustangs matchup:

Game date, time: 3:30 pm ET, Saturday, November 12

Location: Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, TX

TV channel: FSN, Comcast SportsNet Plus

Spread: SMU favored by 8

Series history: Navy leads 8-7

For further reading, news, discussion and more on the Midshipmen, visit SB Nation DC. For Mustangs news and notes, visit SB Nation Dallas. Here’s the complete Week 11 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.

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Navy Vs. SMU: Midshipmen Hope To Keep Bowl Hopes Alive On Road

The Midshipmen must win out in order to stay bowl eligible.

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