Sports Blog: SMU Looks To Capitalize On Houston Injuries

October 21, 2010  

Posted by Kellis Cunningham

There always seems to be something in the air whenever the SMU/Houston rivalry starts to approach.

The last six years have shown that this game has some extra emotions that decide to come out on game day. The last time SMU defeated Houston was during the 2005 season when kicker Chris McMurtray hit the winning field goal with no time remaining.

My first year to play was the 2006 season, a season that was defined because of a big loss that took place in Ford Stadium against a Houston football team led by current Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Kevin Kolb.

We were winning by two touchdowns at the beginning of the second half, when an unfortunate play on Houston’s first drive killed all momentum for the Mustangs to recover.

What seemed like a sure sack for Senior Middle Linebacker Reggie Carrington on Kevin Kolb in the endzone for a safety, turned into a twenty-five yard reception that started a 98 yard touchdown drive.

The Mustangs never scored again, and the Cougars went on a 21 point raid to steal the game away and any chance to make it to the Conference championship, and eventually cost the Mustangs their first bowl in 23 years at the time.

Since that game, the Mustangs have yet to figure out how to defeat Houston. One thing is for sure though, with both the first and second string quarterback’s for Houston injured, a win would be nice for SMU on Homecoming weekend.

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