Cafe 100 Kicks Off Second Century Celebration, Brings Starbucks to SMU

January 20, 2011 by · Comments Off 

Hundreds of SMU students, faculty and staff gathered at the former Java City location in Hughes-Trigg Student Center to mark the Grand Opening of the new Cafe 100. (PHOTO BY ELIZABETH ERICKSON / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

By Caitlin Clark

Yes, the rumors are true, Starbucks has officially arrived at Southern Methodist University’s campus.

Located in Hughes Trigg, Cafe 100 opened Thursday morning kicking off Southern Methodist University’s Second Century Celebration with free coffee mugs, beverage and food samples, and celebrity baristas including Dean José Bowen and Kyle Padron.

Cafe 100 is a response to the student’s demand for Starbucks according to Marketing Programs Manager Phil Demeo.

The name is a reference to SMU’s hundredth anniversary and is a part of the universities Second Century Campaign.

Nearly 1,000 Cafe 100 coffee mugs were ordered for the opening but they were passed out before noon. The energy in the room was high as Peruna handed out red velvet cupcakes and mini scones.

Students say they are pleased to have Starbucks Coffee so close by.

“I’m so excited! I don’t really like coffee other than Starbucks so now it’s way more convenient than trying to get coffee before class off campus,” Junior Jordan Kragen said.

Cafe 100 will attract even the non coffee loving students.

“I actually never went to Java City. I don’t really like coffee. I would come now because they have Starbucks and more options,” student Tia Gannon said.

The festivities and celebrity baristas will continue throughout the afternoon.

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Turnovers Cost SMU Armed Forces Bowl

December 30, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams

SMU’s Pony Express did not come out of the last game of the year with an excess of points as they suffered a 16-14 loss to Army in the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl at Ford Stadium.

Turnovers in the first half proved key to the ultimate demise of the Mustangs as the completion of two quarters left them down by 16 and without any points of their own. Two of the turnovers were interceptions planted by SMU quarterback Kyle Padron.

SMU quarterback Kyle Padron threw for 302 yards in Thursday's bowl game against Army. (PHOTO BY JULIUS PICKENPACK / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

“He didn’t go through his progressions in the first half quite like he should have,” said SMU Head Coach June Jones. “He did a lot of good things in there today, but you just can’t turn the ball over.”

SMU gained momentum in the second half to score two touchdowns, but their rallying efforts were too late and their mistakes were too many.

“It was a well-fought game. The turnovers obviously were the difference,” Jones said. “We had three and one for seven points, and they had none.”

Nearly a minute and a half into the game, Army’s Josh McNary picked up a fumbled ball from a sacked Padron for a bowl record 55-yard run to the end zone.

“We needed that fast start,” said Army Head Coach Rich Ellerson. “We needed to take advantage of that moment in the game where we have a little bit of an advantage because of our uniqueness, and we did that.”

Not only did the Mustangs give the ball up, but two missed field goals by senior kicker Matt Szymanski also caused SMU to miss out on crucial points. Coach Jones spoke with Szymanski before he took the pivotal fourth quarter kick for the Mustangs, who were behind by two points.

“I took the timeout just to tell him to hit the ball, relax, don’t rush it,” said Jones. “It looked like he rushed it, which is easy to do when you’re a young kid, a lot on the line. But he had enough leg. Just unfortunate it didn’t go in.”

Strong wind and a hasty strike by the kicker sealed SMU’s fate with only four minutes left to go and an inevitable Army possession until the final blow of the whistle.

SMU wide receiver Aldrick Robinson attempts to run the ball in the Armed Forces Bowl. (PHOTO BY JULIUS PICKENPACK / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

SMU’s performance included noteworthy moments that helped them in their close combat with Army.

Margus Hunt blocked Army’s extra point after their second touchdown score in the first quarter. A six minute, 92-yard drive by SMU in the third quarter for their first touchdown of the game set a bowl record.

Wide receiver Darius Johnson, the player with the most receiving yardage, was SMU’s bowl game MVP. He also made a leaping catch to score a second and final touchdown for his team.

“Throughout the season, we persevered. We took some losses early in the season,” Johnson said. “To get to this point has really been a blessing for me, and I know [it] has for my teammates.”

Although the Mustangs lost, they fought back in the second half to make it a close game until the end. Jones said that he is proud of how hard his athletes played and battled back in the second half.

“I think we’re learning how to compete together, play together, all those things that you do, good football teams do,” Jones said. “Now we’ve got to put them together and just keep winning.”

The win for West Point gives them their first winning season since 1996 and their first bowl win in 25 years.

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

December 29, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

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.

The Daily Update: Monday, Nov. 22

November 22, 2010 by · Comments Off 

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SMU Wins Last Home Game of the Season, Now Bowl Eligible

November 20, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

By Daily Mustang Staff

The Mustangs brought in a win for the final home game of the 2010 season.

SMU beat Marshall 31-17, making the team eligible for the Conference-USA bowl.

Running back Zach Line ran for 202 yards and quarterback Kyle Padron threw two touchdown passes.

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Sports Blog: Mustangs Travel To UTEP

November 4, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Posted by Kellis Cunningham

SMU Football is back on track after adding another win to the stat sheet. The win at Tulane last weekend was big seeing how they overcame a fourteen point deficit starting in the third quarter. Kyle Padron and Zach Line took control of a slow moving offense, putting up twenty-eight points from the end of the third quarter on.

This weekend, the Mustangs travel to El-Paso to take on the UTEP Miners who are sitting in a familiar seat like SMU. Both the Minors and the Mustangs have 5-4 records, as well as a high powered offenses ran by quarterbacks who have been accustomed to winning.

Trevor Vittatoe, the senior quarterback for UTEP, is the first quarterback in UTEP history to have three seasons of three thousand yards passing. But that was not enough to push the minors past SMU last year.

The Mustangs had their biggest game of the year when defeating the Minors at home, sealing their deal with the bowl in Hawaii as their first one in 25 years. This little fact most likely put a sour taste in the Minor mouths of UTEP.

Both teams have been preparing since their last games, and much is anticipated to see which offense will control the game, and the scoreboard. If fortune holds well for SMU, we will see a second straight Mustangs win and bowl eligibility yet again…thanks to UTEP.

SMU Football Faces Off Against Houston Cougars Saturday

October 22, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Chris Sacks

The Houston Cougars travel to Ford Stadium Saturday to take on the Mustangs for SMU’s homecoming game. The SMU Mustangs are 4-3 overall and 3-0 in conference play.

Last week, the Cougars lost to Rice 31-34 whom the Mustangs trampled 42-31 earlier in the season.

People have been discounting the Cougars recently due to the loss of Heisman contention quarterback Case Keenum. But, look out for running back Bryce Beall who is averaging almost 91 yards per game.

Houston freshmen quarterback David Piland has taken over the reigns at quarterback for the Cougars and is averaging 291 yards per game.

Last year, the Mustangs lost to the Cougars in Houston 15-38. SMU has not beaten the Cougars since 2005.

Look for the Mustangs and Kyle Padron to continue successfully throwing the ball. SMU’s passing offense is averaging 260 yards per game.

Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. at Gerald Ford Stadium in Dallas. Fans are encouraged to wear blue to drown out the Cougars.

Navy Sinks SMU Football, 28-21

October 18, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Chris Sacks

The SMU Mustangs lost to rival Navy 28-21 in a close second-half battle.

SMU lead at the half 14-0. After half time, Navy scored three unanswered touchdowns to put them ahead 21-14 at the end of the fourth quarter.

SMU scored a touchdown early in the 4th quarter and stopped Navy on the following drive.

With two minutes left in the fourth quarter, the game was tied 21-21. Kyle Padron and the Mustangs took to the field. On the first play of the drive, the Mustangs threw an interception that led to Navy’s fourth touchdown of the game.

“We didn’t play as well in the second half as we did in the first half, we did some good things, and it’s just too bad,” said June Jones.

Turnovers continue to plague the Mustangs as Navy scored on both forced turnovers. All three of SMU’s non-conference losses were due to capitalization of forced turnovers.

“Your can’t have turnovers and stupid penalties at the end of the game,” said Jones.

Kyle Padron threw 28-42 for 254 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a passer rating of 136.28.

Zach Line was shutdown and rushed 15 times for 83 yards.

Darius Johnson led the receiving core with 12 receptions for 104 yards. Cole Beasley caught nine passes for 72 yards and Aldrick Robinson caught four passes for 41 yards. All three had one touchdown in the game.

The Mustangs need to stay focused throughout the rest of the season in order to attain their goal of winning a conference championship. The Mustangs cannot turn the ball over against Houston, UTEP, and East Carolina, or any other teams if they expect to achieve their goal.

SMU finishes the season with conference play until bowl season. SMY plays the Houston Cougars this Saturday at Ford Stadium. It is the Homecoming Game at SMU and is scheduled to be a blue-out.

SMU Football Storms Past Tulsa

October 10, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Chris Sacks

SMU stormed past Tulsa to stay undefeated in Conference Play at 3-0 and 4-2 overall. The Mustangs are having their best conference start since 1986.

The Mustang offense was hitting on all cylinders against Tulsa totaling 487 yards.

Kyle Padron had one of his best games this season throwing for a season high 381 yards. Padron threw 27-40 with three touchdowns and one interception for a passer rating of 167.26.

“I feel more confident. The O-Line is playing great and the receivers are making plays. Those guys make me look a lot better with what I’m doing” said Padron in a post-game press conference.

Padron continues to spread the ball around to all of the receivers. Aldrick Robinson led the receiving core with five catches for 118 yards.

Darius Johnson had eight catches for 102 yards, Cole Beasley had seven catches for 91 yards, and Bradley Haynes had four catches for 40 yards. All three receivers had one touchdown.

Zach Line carried the ball 17 times for 92 yards averaging 5.4 yards per carry.

“Zach and the O-Line don’t get enough credit, they do a lot of work,” said Padron. “They watch a lot of film and it shows. They put in a lot of hard work to keep the defense honest and off balance”

The Mustang defense kept the game close holding the Tulsa offense to a season low 364 yards. The Golden Hurricanes are typically averaging around 500 yards per game.

Senior linebacker Pete Fleps led the team with 10 tackles, and linebacker Ja’Gared Davis had eight tackles and a sack bringing his season total to seven sacks.

The defense held gunslinger G.J. Kinne to 229 yards with no touchdowns and his lowest completion percentage of the season. This is the first game of the season Kinne hasn’t thrown a touchdown.

June Jones was satisfied with the way his defense played.

“The front seven is playing well and the defensive backs didn’t give up any big plays,” said Jones in a post-game press conference.

Special teams also continue to keep the Mustangs competitive and an exciting team to watch. Defensive end Margus Hunt had a blocked field goal in the first quarter and junior defensive end Kevin Grenier had a blocked field goal in the fourth quarter.

This was Grenier’s second of the season and Hunt’s ninth blocked kick of his career, setting an SMU record. It’s Hunt’s sixth blocked field goal attempt which ties him for third in NCAA history.

“It’s the guys believing that we have the chance to block every kick. The guys around him are putting penetration on the players to get Margus to have the movement to get through. It’s a team deal,” said Jones in the post-game press conference.

The rest of the team notices the success and recognizes that it is a team effort.

“I called the second one. We always talk about it on the sideline” said Kyle Padron. “Taylor Thompson always gets a good push and opens the lane for Margus.”

SMU travels to Annapolis, Maryland next weekend to take on the Navy Midshipman. The winner is awarded the Frank Gansz memorial trophy, which was created last year to honor the Navy linebacker and SMU special teams coach. The game will be aired on CBS-College Sports at 3:30 eastern time / 2:30 central time.

Mustangs Trample Owls: 42-31

October 3, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Fans cheer on the SMU Mustangs at Saturday's game against Rice. (PHOTO BY ELIZABETH GALANTE / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

By Chris Sacks

The Mustangs rolled past Rice University on Saturday in Houston with a 42–31 win. The last time SMU beat Rice in Houston was in 1986.

SMU is halfway to being bowl eligible again and is currently undefeated in conference play and tied for first in C-USA West with Houston.

The game started off with a bang when Sterling Moore intercepted a pass from Rice quarterback Nick Fanuzzi and returned it for a touchdown. Richard Crawford also added an interception, his first of the year.

The Mustangs gather for a huddle during the game against Rice. SMU won 42-31. (PHOTO BY ELIZABETH GALANTE / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

The SMU defense held Fanuzzi to 276 yards and, more surprisingly, held running back Sam Mcguffie to just 96 yards. McGuffie, a transfer from the University of Michigan, rushed for almost 500 yards his freshman year.

SMU’s special teams continue to keep the Mustangs competitive and a fun team to watch. Linebacker Youri Yenga blocked a field goal that Ja’Gared Davis was able to scoop up and take back 77 yards for a touchdown.

SMU has only allowed one field goal all season on six different attempts.

“I was proud of how the guys played on the road and how Kyle got on track,” said June Jones in a post-game press conference.

The passing game really starting clicking this weekend when Kyle Padron threw 24-32 for 371 yards, 3 touchdowns, and had a passer rating of 203.33.

Cole Beasley led the team with eight catches for 158 yards. Aldrick Robinson had six catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns.

“Al really stepped up and made some big tough catches,” said Jones after the game.

Aldrick Robinson has been leading the receiving core this season racking up 421 yards and six touchdowns so far.

The passing game has been quiet all season. The Mustangs need to continue to have games like this to show that they are running a true run-and-shoot offense. This will also help show off that they are a dual threat offense both in the backfield and in the passing game.

The Mustangs take on the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes in their third conference game this season. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Dallas at Ford Stadium on Saturday.

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