Navy Beats SMU 24-17 to Keep Bowl Hopes Alive

Navy quarterback Kriss Proctor rushed for 107 yards and John Howell scored the go-ahead touchdown as the Midshipmen -- who didn't complete a pass all game -- stayed in bowl contention by beating SMU 24-17 on Saturday.

Navy (4-6), which is guaranteed a spot in the Military Bowl if it can beat San Jose State and Army, rushed for 335 yards in what served as a preview of sorts if the two teams wind up in the Big East.

Zach Line rushed for 135 yards, his eighth 100-yard effort this season, and Cole Beasley scored two touchdowns as SMU (6-4) lost its third in four games.

Beasley's 2-yard run with 3:40 left pulled SMU to 24-17, but Midshipmen ran out the clock with the help of an 8-yard run on third-and-6 from Gee Gee Greene, who was sent airborne on the play.

Navy has won five straight against SMU and eight of nine overall.