Quick hits: SMU RB Ulysses Bentley IV ties freshman TD record in 51-37 win over Navy

SMU WR Danny Gray didn’t play vs. Navy, and didn’t appear to be on the sideline. The typical Mustangs starter had injured his right wrist toward the end of the SMU game a week prior, but he was expected to be be available.

Head coach Sonny Dykes said Gray practiced on Monday, and that his X-Ray on Sunday was negative.

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Gray was not on the field to warm up at any point.

Redshirt freshman WR Calvin Wiggins started in his place.

Gray has been a big part of SMU’s offense, especially since the season-ending injury to WR Reggie Roberson Jr. He has four touchdowns this year and 342 receiving yards.

Ulysses Bentley IV ties freshman TDs record

SMU redshirt freshman Ulysses Bentley IV tied SMU’s freshman rushing touchdowns record in the second quarter. He scored the Mustangs’ first two TDs. And the 18-yard score to tie the game at 14-14 was his 10th rushing TD of the season, which tied Xavier Jones, who previously had the freshman record to himself.

Bentley IV finished with 217 all-purpose yards, including a 61-yard reception. He made four catches on all four of his targets.

Austin Upshaw records 1st touchdown reception

With Gray out of the game, SMU had to rely on a bevy of different options. Austin Upshaw was targeted in the third quarter on his first career touchdown — one that started to put the game out of Navy’s reach.

Buechele found Upshaw for a 42-yard score to make it 38-17. Upshaw last got in the endzone on a rushing TD in 2018. Upsahw came to SMU as a quarterback, but has since transitioned to a receiver for the Mustangs.

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