QB Padron, Defense Lead SMU Over Tulsa

October 31, 2009  

By Robby Gillespie

The Mustangs ended a two-game losing streak Saturday after beating Tulsa 27-13, to remain tied for the Conference USA West lead with Houston.

In his first collegiate start, freshmen quarterback Kyle Padron threw for 354 yards, an SMU record for a first start, and two touchdowns on 20 for 30 passing. His 49-yard touchdown pass to Cole Beasley marked SMU’s first score of the game in the second quarter.

The Mustangs (4-4, 3-1 C-USA) entered the game forcing the third most interceptions in the country. They earned two off of G.J. Kinne.

The SMU defense held Tulsa to 216 passing yards and 106 rushing yards. The Golden Hurricanes (4-4, 2-2) had eight different players with a carry.

Junior running back Shawnbrey McNeal ran for 44 yards on 19 carries, and caught four passes for 52 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown reception from Padron.

Aldrick Robinson led the SMU receivers with 104 receiving yards. SMU kicker Matt Szymanski added two field goals from 35 and 31 yards.

Margus Hunt earned his fourth blocked kick of the season, tying the SMU record, on an extra point late in the fourth quarter.

The Mustangs improved their bowl chances with another road win. They face the winless Rice Owls next week for SMU’s Homecoming, then play UTEP, at Marshall, and finish the season against Tulane at home.

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One Response to “QB Padron, Defense Lead SMU Over Tulsa”

  1. Mark on November 2nd, 2009 1:36 pm

    I think June Jones needs to let Padron get the start this weekend vs Rice. He played a complete game on Saturday and showed that he can lead this team to a victory. In addition he didn’t have a single turnover which has consistently been a problem for Bo Levi Mitchell. Mitchell has a knack for throwing a lot of interceptions. I’m excited to see where we end up w/ Padron leading this offense, GO MUSTANGS!!!