SMU Puts Up a Fight: TCU 41, SMU 24

September 27, 2010  

TCU running back Ed Wesley is upended by SMU defender Taylor Reed during the first half of TCU's 41-24 victory over the Mustangs at Ford Stadium. (PHOTO BY STUART PALLEY / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

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By Chris Sacks

The headline for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram read “Frogs Survive Scare.” This is not too bad for a team that was 1-11 two seasons ago.

SMU is starting to take the step up to the big leagues.

June Jones said it was “exciting to see energy on campus and in the city about the game.”

SMU took the lead in the third quarter 17-14, but the Mustangs let it slip.
“TCU wore down our defense at the end,” Jones said in the post-game press conference. The Mustang defense looked very slow and worn down toward the middle of the third quarter and TCU took advantage of it.

TCU scored four touchdowns in the second half as Dalton and the TCU offense tried to salvage their argument for a BCS Bowl.

Before the defense shut down, the Mustangs were playing very well. They held the TCU offense to 183 total yards in the first half.

Ryan Smith and Sterling Moore each picked off two interceptions against Dalton who has not thrown an interception since TCU’s season opener.

Even though the defense didn’t play well in the second half, SMU is the best pass defense Andy Dalton has seen all season. The Mustangs held Dalton to a season low of 174 yards and 53.8% completion.

Kyle Padron threw 14-35 for 169 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception with a passer rating of 93.7.

“Kyle will be disappointed when he looks at film, but he played pretty well going up against the best defense in the country,” Jones said.

Padron cannot be faulted for his interception in the fourth quarter while trying to make a big, last chance, desperation play.

Zach Line set another career high rushing for 139 yards and a touchdown.

“Zach is successful in the run and shoot. He’s got quickness inside for his size and is big enough to block,” said Jones.

Darius Johnson led the receivers with five receptions for 72 yards.

“Darius is a gamer, he made plays in high school. We need to get him the ball more,” said Jones in the post-game press conference.

Aldrick Robinson also had five receptions for 61 yards, and Cole Beasley had two receptions for 20 yards.

SMU plays conference opponent Rice in Houston on Saturday with a 6 p.m. kickoff time. Although it is great to play big rivalry games on national television, the Mustangs need to shake off this loss and focus on the team goal of a conference championship and a bowl game.

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