Oct 9, 2021; Annapolis, Maryland, USA;  Navy Midshipmen fullback Kai Puailoa-Rojas (21) catches a pass for a touch down as Southern Methodist Mustangs safety Isaiah Nwokobia (12) defends during the first half at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

News Articles

Tanner Mordecai heroics push No. 24 SMU past feisty Navy

Jordan Kerley hauled in a diving, go-ahead touchdown pass from Tanner Mordecai to help the No. 24 SMU Mustangs escape Annapolis, Md., Saturday with a 31-24 win over the Navy Midshipmen.

The 22-yard strike came with 8:19 remaining, and the Mustangs’ defense forced two turnovers on downs to keep Navy at bay the rest of the game.

SMU (6-0, 2-0 AAC) remained undefeated as Mordecai went 30-for-40 passing for 324 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The nation’s leader in passing touchdowns now has 26 on the year.

In his second straight start, QB Tai Lavatai went 4-for-7 for 64 yards and a touchdown and led Navy (1-4, 1-2 AAC) with 53 rushing yards.

SMU opened the scoring just 92 seconds into the game when Mordecai found Roderick Roberson Jr. over the top for a 66-yard TD connection on a fourth-and-1. Navy tied it on its second possession when Chance Warren broke free on an option pitch for a 23-yard score.

The run-heavy Navy offense surprised the Mustangs in the second quarter with a flea-flicker, and Lavatai hit Kai Puailoa-Rojas for a quick 37-yard touchdown to push Navy ahead.

Mordecai guided SMU down the field on the next drive until he was intercepted in the end zone by Navy’s Johnny Hodges. Mordecai turned the ball over once again on his next possession; Mids nose guard Clay Cromwell stripped him and defensive captain Diego Fagot returned the fumble 20 yards to make it 21-7.

Navy’s growing momentum went out the window on the following kickoff, returned by Bryan Massey 95 yards down the right sideline for a Mustang touchdown. SMU leveled the score 21-21 before halftime when Tre Siggers punched it in from 2 yards.

The two sides traded field goals in the third quarter, including Navy’s Bijan Nichols converting from 50 yards out.

The result marked SMU’s first road win over Navy since 1998. The Mustangs and No. 5 Cincinnati remain the American Athletic Conference’s only remaining unbeaten teams.

–Field Level Media

Field Level Media
Sport Writer & Editor
FLM has a North American focus while tying into regional and hyper-local resources – providing the ability to distribute compelling content through the writing of professional journalists. As the U.S. sports content provider to dozens of digital and print media publishers through strategic partnerships with the likes of Reuters and Nielsen Sports, FLM covers the nuts and bolts with a breaking news desk and game event coverage.

Sportsbooks

Rated 5/5

Rated 5/5

Rated 5/5

Rated 5/5

Upcoming Games

Oct 28th, 7:30 PM

Troy +18 -107

Coastal Carolina (24) -18 -107

@

Oct 28th, 7:30 PM

USF +7.5 -107

East Carolina -7.5 -107

@

Oct 29th, 7:30 PM

Navy +9.5 -107

Tulsa -9.5 -107

@

Oct 29th, 10:00 PM

UNLV +20 -107

Nevada -20 -107

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

Virginia Tech +3.5 -107

Georgia Tech -3.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

Texas State +20 -107

Louisiana-Lafayette -20 -107

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

Bowling Green +13.5 -107

Buffalo -13.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

Massachusetts +35.5 -107

Liberty -35.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

Miami-FL +12.5 -107

Pittsburgh (17) -12.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

Texas +3 -110

Baylor (16) -3 -110

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

Cincinnati (2) -25.5 -110

Tulane +25.5 -110

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

Rutgers -1.5 -107

Illinois +1.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

UCF -11.5 -107

Temple +11.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

Indiana +2.5 -107

Maryland -2.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

Michigan (6) -3 -110

Michigan State (8) +3 -110

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

Iowa (9) +2.5 -107

Wisconsin -2.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 2:00 PM

North Texas +1.5 -107

Rice -1.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 2:00 PM

Iowa State (22) -7.5 -107

West Virginia +7.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 3:00 PM

Missouri -16.5 -107

Vanderbilt +16.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 3:00 PM

Washington State +14.5 -107

Arizona State -14.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 3:00 PM

Hawaii +7.5 -107

Utah State -7.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

Georgia (1) -13 -107

Florida +13 -107

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

Florida State +10.5 -107

Clemson -10.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

Colorado +26.5 -107

Oregon (7) -26.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

Texas Tech +20 -110

Oklahoma (4) -20 -110

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

Florida International (FIU) +22.5 -107

Marshall -22.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

Southern Miss +16.5 -107

Middle Tennessee -16.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

LA Tech -4.5 -107

Old Dominion +4.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

TCU +3.5 -110

Kansas State -3.5 -110

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

Boston College +4 -107

Syracuse -4 -107

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

Purdue +5.5 -107

Nebraska -5.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

Minnesota -7 -107

Northwestern +7 -107

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

Louisiana-Monroe +24.5 -110

Appalachian State -24.5 -110

@

Oct 30th, 4:00 PM

Charlotte +19.5 -107

WKU -19.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 4:00 PM

Wyoming +3.5 -107

San Jose State -3.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 4:00 PM

Duke +15.5 -107

Wake Forest (13) -15.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 5:00 PM

Arkansas State +10 -107

South Alabama -10 -107

@

Oct 30th, 6:00 PM

UTEP +13.5 -107

Florida Atlantic -13.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 6:00 PM

Georgia State -5 -107

Georgia Southern +5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 7:00 PM

Ole Miss (10) +2.5 -110

Auburn (18) -2.5 -110

@

Oct 30th, 7:00 PM

Oregon State -1.5 -107

California +1.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 7:00 PM

Kentucky (12) -1 -110

Mississippi State +1 -110

@

Oct 30th, 7:00 PM

Kansas +30.5 -107

Oklahoma State (15) -30.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 7:00 PM

Arizona +20.5 -107

USC -20.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 7:00 PM

SMU (19) +3 -107

Houston -3 -107

@

Oct 30th, 7:00 PM

Boise State -3 -112

Colorado State +3 -112

@

Oct 30th, 7:30 PM

Louisville +7 -107

NC State -7 -107

@

Oct 30th, 7:30 PM

North Carolina +6 -107

Notre Dame (11) -6 -107

@

Oct 30th, 7:30 PM

Penn State (20) +12.5 -107

Ohio State (5) -12.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 10:00 PM

UCLA +3 -110

Utah -3 -110

@

Oct 30th, 10:15 PM

Virginia +1.5 -107

BYU (25) -1.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 10:30 PM

Washington +2 -107

Stanford -2 -107

@

Oct 30th, 10:30 PM

Fresno State +1.5 -107

San Diego State (21) -1.5 -107

@

Nov 2nd, 7:00 PM

Ball State

Akron

@

Nov 2nd, 7:30 PM

Miami-OH

Ohio

@

Nov 2nd, 7:30 PM

Eastern Michigan

Toledo

@

Nov 3rd, 7:00 PM

NIU

Kent State

@

Nov 3rd, 7:00 PM

Central Michigan

Western Michigan

@

Nov 4th, 7:30 PM

Georgia State

Louisiana-Lafayette

@