Sports Blog: Mustangs Prepare for Tulsa at Home

October 6, 2010  

Posted by Kellis Cunningham

The SMU Football team survived this past weeked after having to travel to Houston to take on conference rival Rice. The game was exciting on all sides of the ball and resulted in a 42-31.

The Mustangs will be facing another confernce foe in Tulsa, that has pretty much always been a close game for the past four years. Last year, the Mustangs went into Tulsa where they picked up their first win behind at the time freshman quarterback Kyle Padron. Padron had replaced quarterback Bo Levi Mitchel after he had suffered a shoulder injury in the first half of the Houston game the week before.

The results of last years season will never be forgotten, but I can’t help but feel like this is a game that Tulsa has had on their minds since that embarassing performance they delivered at home last year? Could this be considered a trap game for the Mustang’s?

Both teams will be going into the game with a 3-2 record, but the Mustangs have the upper hand on the Hurricanes holding a 2-0 record in conference to Tulsa’s 1-1 record after losing their season opener to East Carolina with a last second hail mary pass to the end zone by the Pirates.

SMU came out with a big win this past weekend against Rice, but it is clear that their are still some concerns on defense and with offensive production. Two of the touchdowns that the Mustangs put up last Saturday were courtesy of a game opening interception by corner back Sterling Moore who returned it for a touchdown, and a field goal block by Youri Yenga that was then returned by Ja’Gared Davis for another touchdown.

The offense for Tulsa is no slouch, and head coach of Tulsa Todd Graham will look to guide Hurricane quarterback G.J. Kinne through the cracks of our Mustang defense. Hopefully through film and focus at practice, the Mustangs can minimize the mistakes and look to keep the score low on the away side.

As for the offense, the Rice game showed a little favoritism in two key receivers for the Mustangs in Alrick Robinson and Cole Beasely. The two combined for over 300 yards of the receiving yards. It is always great to see two of our receivers in the top ten rankings for yards receiving, but it will take more than just the production of two receivers to keep the offence producing.

Zach Line did not get in the game until the second half last week after being sick through out the week at practice. This week, the Mustangs will look to work him back into his normal running numbers so that he and fellow running back Chris Butler can look to break down the Hurricane defense with an aggressive run attack.

When the clock strikes all zeroes in the fourth quarter, the Mustangs will be hoping to look at a 3-0 record in conference and confidence that will lead them to a tough game at Navy next week.

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