Navy routs SMU 75-31 en route to record setting day

Published: Nov 26, 2016 20:44pm EST
By Michael Owen, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Nov 26, 2016 @ 08:44pm EST

 

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DALLAS, Texas-- Navy's senior quarterback Will Worth had three rushing touchdowns and passed for another while becoming the first Navy quarterback with more than 100 yards rushing and 100 yards passing in three consecutive games as the Midshipmen beat SMU 75-31 on Saturday at Gerald J. Ford Stadium.

Worth ran 15 times for 107 yards and three touchdowns in a little over three quarters of action, increasing his FBS-leading total to 25 rushing scores while playing only three quarters. The senior was 5 of 7 for 104 yards and the go-ahead TD just before halftime.

After the game Worth said "It's pretty neat, something I'll look back on" of the records broken. "After the year probably, but right now, I'm just worried about winning games" Worth continued.

The Midshipmen (9-2, 7-1 AAC), who had already clinched the West Division title coming into this matchup, had a season-high 496 yards rushing and their most points since scoring 76 against East Carolina in 2010. This was also the first time Navy Football has had consecutive 60-point games since 1917. They will play USF or Temple next Saturday in the American Athletic Conference championship game.

SMU (5-7, 3-5) missed a chance to become bowl eligible in its regular-season finale for the first time since 2012, despite speculation that head coach Chad Morris is a candidate to become the new head coach at Baylor.. The Mustangs have gone 7-17 in two seasons under Morris, who took over after a 1-11 season.

"I'd rather not comment about any of that" Morris said after the game. "I've got a group of guys and a coaching staff that are hurting right now, it's not about me, it's about the kids in the locker room and moving forward".

Worth's 8-yard TD pass to Jamir Tillman with 6 seconds left in the first half put the Midshipmen ahead to stay as they proceeded to score 47 unanswered points as they then scored twice in less than a minute right after halftime, on 255-yard fullback Shawn White's 50-yard run and Justin North's 25-yard pick six.

The Midshipmen, who are still in contention for a Cotton Bowl berth with a win in the AAC title game, averaged 10.3 yards per rushing attempt and had six players rush for TDs. They have won four straight games. This was the 37th victory for the senior class, which still has three more games to play. They had matched last year's seniors, who had tied the 36 wins by the Class of 1909 in the storied Navy program.

As for SMU, while it was disappointing way to finish the season, the Mustangs have clearly improved under Morris. They had won three of four, including a highlight win over then ranked No. 6 Houston, before suffering consecutive losses to each of the AAC division leaders. Now they wait to see if Morris is back for a third season.

"I just shared with them how much I loved them" Morris said when asked about what he said to the team post game. "I thanked the younger guys for allowing the very few seniors we have to help lead themand push this program in the right direction."

NEXT UP:

Navy is in the AAC championship game next Saturday in Annapolis and then closes out their schedule against Army on December 10th in Baltimore.

As for SMU, their season comes to a close. They open the 2017 season at home September 2nd against the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks.

(photo courtesy Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports)


 

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