- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 18, 2009

DALLAS | Ricky Dobbs and Vince Murray each ran for two touchdowns, Joe Buckley kicked a 24-yard, game-winning field goal in overtime and Navy won its fourth straight game, beating SMU 38-35 Saturday night.

The Midshipmen (5-2) rallied from a 21-7 deficit in front of former President George W. Bush, who handled the honorary coin toss before the game.

SMU (3-3) forced overtime on Bo Levi Mitchell’s 10-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson with 1:35 left.

The Mustangs had the ball first in overtime and lost a yard on three plays before Matt Szymanski missed a 43-yard field goal.

Dobbs carried twice to give Navy a first down on its possession. Then the Midshipmen ran three plays up the middle to center the ball for Buckley, who also hit a 38-yarder to beat Air Force on Oct. 3.

Murray rushed for 141 yards and Dobbs added 89 on the ground as Navy won its fifth straight overtime game. Dobbs has scored 16 touchdowns this season.

Shawnbrey McNeal rushed for 131 yards, Zach Line scored twice and Sterling Moore returned a fumble for a touchdown as the Mustangs fell to 1-10 all-time in overtime.

Emmanuel Sanders became SMU’s all-time leading receiver on a 6-yard catch early in the third quarter. It was his 236th career reception.

Navy’s triple option offense, which only had one first down in the second quarter, got on track in the third.

Dobbs connected with Greg Jones for 39 yards and then hit Mario Washington for a gain of 13. Three plays later, Murray’s 3-yard TD run that brought the Midshipmen within 21-14.

Dobbs, who came in leading the nation in scoring, added a 13-yard run to tie the game at 21-21 with 4:17 left in the third. The junior quarterback has scored in all eight of his career starts.

After SMU grabbed the lead back on its next drive, Murray broke loose for a 52-yard gain and scored two plays later.

Dobbs gave Navy a 35-28 advantage on a 5-yard run with 9:11 left.

Navy was the first FBS team in 11 years not to throw a pass in a game when it beat SMU in 2008. The Midshipmen piled up 404 yards on the ground on 77 attempts in their 34-7 victory.

The Midshipmen rushed the ball six straight times the first time they had the ball, capped by Marcus Curry’s 31-yard touchdown run.

SMU answered on its next possession, tying the game on Line’s 3-yard run.

The Mustangs scored twice in a 16-second span to take a two-touchdown lead.

Line’s 6-yard run gave the Mustangs a 14-7 lead with 8:39 left in the first half.

On Navy’s first play from scrimmage on its next drive, SMU linebacker Pete Fleps forced Dobbs to fumble. Moore picked up the loose ball and stepped into the end zone for a 1-yard return with 8:23 remaining before halftime.

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide