It was not a particularly strong set of predictions on the Navy front, especially the one that mattered most.
Might as well take some lumps now …
1. Kriss Proctor will not throw an interception.
INCORRECT. Southern Methodist entered with three interceptions on the season and Proctor attempted only two passes. One was picked off.
2. Mustangs quarterback J.J. McDermott will throw for 300 yards.
INCORRECT. McDermott completed 26 of 36 passes for 249 yards, decent work for a Navy pass defense that has absorbed some hits throughout the season.
3. Jabaree Tuani will rise at least one spot on Navy’s career tackles for loss list.
CORRECT. Tuani had a stellar game, recording three tackles for loss, a sack and a pass breakup. He jumped from fifth to third on Navy’s career TFL list with 38.5. He needs 5.5 over the Mids’ last two (or three) games to match school record-holder Andy Person.
4. Navy will be held to less than 300 yards rushing.
INCORRECT. The Mids rushed for 335 yards against the Mustangs, a little north of their season average. It was stout work against the country’s No. 18 rush defense, and one that is plenty familiar with Navy’s option scheme.
5. Southern Methodist will win.
INCORRECT. At long last, a single-digit game swung to Navy. The Mids suffered four losses by a combined eight points, and had cruised in their three previous victories. However, Gee Gee Greene‘s third-down conversion in the final minutes helped seal Navy’s victory. The Mids improve to 4-6, and can clinch a spot in the Military Bowl with defeats of San Jose State and Army.
SOUTHERN METHODIST RECORD: 1-for-5
SEASON RECORD: 28-for-50
—- Patrick Stevens