Offensive Battle Begins: Mustangs Lead Early

December 24, 2009  

Posted by Robby Gillespie

It took SMU three plays to put the first points on the board in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl at Aloha Stadium. Junior Shawnbrey McNeal ran for a nine yard touchdown after freshmen quarterback Kyle Padron connected with Cole Beasley on a 71 yard reception to the Nevada 9 yard line, marking the longest completion in SMU bowl history.

Less than five minutes later, McNeal ran in another short touchdown after a long pass play. Padron found Emmanuel Sanders wide open for a 58 yard catch and run to the Nevada 3 yard line. McNeal ran it in on the next play to give SMU the 14-0 lead.

Matt Szymanski added a field goal with 2:49 left in the first quarter to extend the lead to 17.

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