SMU Makes History In Record-Breaking Win

December 24, 2009  


By Robby Gillespie
rgillespie@smu.edu

HONOLULU — The Mustangs put an exclamation point on their turnaround season with a 45-10 rout of the Nevada Wolf Pack in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.

Freshman quarterback Kyle Padron threw for 460 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Mustangs to their first bowl win in 25 years. Padron was the game’s MVP.

“I’ve grown a lot in the last few weeks,” Padron said. “I just came out and played my game and [my receivers] helped me out.”

Padron set a new record for most yards in a game by an SMU passer. He led the offense to SMU’s highest point total in a bowl game.

Junior Shawnbrey McNeal ran for 63 yards and three touchdowns, setting an SMU bowl record. The Mustangs led 31-0 at halftime.

“91 percent of America thought we were going to lose,” said Emmanuel Sanders, referencing an ESPN online poll. “We beat them by a large margin and that really feels good.”

“It feels like every time we get on the field, it’s our day,” McNeal said.

The SMU defense also did its part to keep the game out of Nevada’s reach. Eight of the Wolf Pack’s 10 drives resulted in punts or turnovers, resulting in only 314 total yards. The Mustangs held Nevada to its lowest rushing total of the season (137 yards).

Sophomore Chris Banjo shows the world who is right after a big SMU win. Photo by Alan H. Rose/The Daily Mustang

Sophomore Chris Banjo shows the world who is right after a big SMU win. Photo by Alan H. Rose/The Daily Mustang


Senior defensive back Bryan McCann celebrates after the Mustangs defeated the Nevada Wolfpack in historic fashion. Photo by Alan H. Rose/The Daily Mustang

Senior defensive back Bryan McCann celebrates after the Mustangs defeated the Nevada Wolfpack in historic fashion. Photo by Alan H. Rose/The Daily Mustang

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  1. Nancy on December 25th, 2009 11:08 am

    CONGRATULATIONS MUSTANG PLAYERS, COACHES and Fans on a GREAT win over Nevada!!!! Thanks to the powers that be for making sure that SMU was well represented by sending our WONDERFUL band, cheerleaders and our one, and only, mascot, PERUNA!!!