• Jordan Simal

SMU @ NAVY Game Notes

Oct. 9, 2021

3:30 p.m.

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD


The Mustangs scored quickly on the Midshipmen to kick off the afternoon, capping off their opening drive with a 66-yard touchdown pass on an early 4th and 1 conversion from junior quarterback Tanner Mordecai to senior wide receiver Reggie Roberson.

The drive went 75 yards on four plays, lasting 1:32.

SMU 7, NAVY 0.

Senior running back Chance Warren responded with a 23-yard rushing touchdown of his own to tie the game for Navy.

The drive went 50 yards on seven plays, lasting 3:37.

SMU 7, NAVY 7.


The Midshipmen kept their early offensive momentum going, as sophomore quarterback Tai Lavatai connected through the air to sophomore running back Kai Puailoa-Rojas for a 37-yard score.

The drive went 71 yards on six plays, lasting 2:51.

SMU 7, NAVY 14.

Navy’s defense got into the Midshipmen’s scoring streak, as all-star senior linebacker Diego Fagot recovered an SMU fumble and took it 20 yards to the house.

SMU 7, NAVY 21.

Sophomore safety Bryan Massey and the Mustangs special teams unit immediately responded to the Navy score, returning the ensuing kickoff 95 yards to the house for a touchdown to shrink the game’s deficit back down to one score.

SMU 14, NAVY 21.

With the momentum now fully on their side, SMU senior running back Tre Siggers’ two-yard rushing touchdown tied up the ballgame in the first half for the Mustangs.

The drive went 69 yards on 11 plays, lasting 4:04.

SMU 21, NAVY 21.


An SMU 37-yard field goal from senior kicker Blake Mazza were the first points of the second half and brought the Mustangs’ scoring stream up to 17-0 versus Navy.

The drive went 36 yards on nine plays, lasting 4:02.

SMU 24, NAVY 21.

With the third quarter nearly over, the Midshipmen responded with a field goal of their own for 50 yards from junior kicker Bijan Nichols to tie the game.

The drive went 42 yards on 13 plays, lasting 7:03.

SMU 24, NAVY 24.


The first touchdown of the second half was scored by SMU, as Mordecai found sophomore wide receiver Jordan Kerley on a 22-yard pass to the endzone.

The drive went 65 yards on nine plays, lasting 3:52.

SMU 31, NAVY 24.

Final Score: SMU 31, NAVY 24.

While the second quarter looked as if it would belong squarely to Navy, the SMU special teams touchdown swung momentum back in their favor and they never gave it back.

The Navy offense still appeared much better than it did to begin the season, rushing for a combined 177 yards on the afternoon. Lavatai led all rushers with 53 yards.

Defensively, Fagot shined again with his defensive touchdown, but also had seven total tackles on the day. The defensive leader in tackles for the Midshipmen was junior linebacker Johnny Hodges, who had 14 total tackles versus the Mustangs.

Navy falls to 1-4 and will square off against the Memphis Tigers in primetime on Thursday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m.