LIVE BLOG RECAP: Army Defeats the Mustangs 16-14 in Armed Forces Bowl

December 29, 2010  

By Kimmy Ryan

With a standing-room-only crowd in Ford Stadium for the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, SMU and Army played a close, exciting game. In the end, Army pulled it out with a 16-14 win.

The ‘Stangs wore black to honor their opponent and the men and women overseas. Many Army fans and students filled the stands as well as Mustang fans and Dallasites. Eric Dickerson and Craig James, the SMU Pony Express twosome, also attended the game to cheer on the Ponies.

Turnovers plagued SMU the first half of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. Army played a strong first half leading 16-0 heading into the locker room. Army forced three SMU turnovers. The first turnover came in the first few minutes of play and was returned for a touchdown by Army’s Anderson. SMU’s biggest highlight the first half was a blocked Army extra point by Margus Hunt.

Padron got some things rolling in the 3rd quarter. A nine-play drive was completed with a touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson. In the 4th quarter, the ‘Stangs made it a two point game when Padron completed a pass to Darius Johnson. SMU attempted a field-goal kick that would have put them ahead, but the strong winds prevented it. The Mustang’s run-and-shoot play controlled the ball the second half.

It was a big game for Army’s captain, Anderson, who was the team’s MVP and Army’s McNary, who returned the first Padron fumble for a touchdown and had some huge hits and sacks throughout the game. SMU’s Zach Line finished his great season with a good running game. And, SMU’s Johnson, Robinson and Holman had great games for the Mustangs as well.

Below is the play-by-play live blog.

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One Response to “LIVE BLOG RECAP: Army Defeats the Mustangs 16-14 in Armed Forces Bowl”

  1. Boulevard For the Bowl : SMU Daily Mustang on December 30th, 2010 12:22 pm

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