SMU Accepts Armed Forces Bowl, UCF beats SMU 17-7

December 4, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Kimmy Ryan
kryan@smu.edu

SMU played UCF in the Conference USA championship game in Orlando, FL on Saturday.

SMU was plagued by a few injuries in the first half. After a missed field goal and unable to convert its drives into touchdowns, SMU trailed going into the locker room at half 10-0.

SMU finally scored in the 4th quarter making the score UCF 17, SMU 7 bringing a little more life into SMU. But, SMU continued to have trouble scoring and simply ran out of time at the end of the game.

UCF won, 17-7, and will head to the Liberty Bowl.

ESPNDallas.com reports that the Mustangs are headed to the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl after officially accepting the bid. The bowl will be played at home at Ford Stadium on Dec. 30 at 11 a.m.

SMU Football Seeks Revenge against Washington State

September 16, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

By Chris Sacks
csacks@smu.edu

SMU is looking for revenge against Washington State Saturday. SMU was Washington State’s only win last year in a devastating overtime loss.

Washington State may have only won one game last year, but this season they are already 1-1. Washington State is coming off their first win of the season against Montana State.

Last year, SMU was plagued by turnovers with Bo-Levi Mitchell and a young defense. This year, with a mature front seven on defense, quick linebackers, and a confident Kyle Padron at the helm, the Mustangs should have no trouble meeting the 21-point spread in their favor.

Padron’s decision making was questioned against Texas Tech after throwing three picks but redeemed himself against UAB by not throwing any interceptions and rushing for over 66 yards.

As long as SMU plays to its potential, Kyle Padron makes good decisions and the front seven on defense play well, the Mustangs will have another victory on Saturday.

The Stangs will be missing safety Randy Mckinnon. And, corner back Sterling Moore will be a game-time decision.

Randy Mckinnon tore his ACL on a kickoff this past Saturday against UAB. Mckinnon is a transfer from Syracuse University who wanted to play his last year of eligibility at SMU. He applied for an injury redshirt, which would allow him to sit out the rest of the season so he could play next year.

Washington State’s receiving core is tall with their top three receivers being 6’1”, 6’3” and 6’4”. The real test will be if the Mustang secondary can lock down these receivers.

According to Coach June Jones, SMU’s front seven have been playing well and will hopefully step up and put some pressure on Washington State’s quarterback Jeff Tuel. Tuel has thrown 32-58 with 416 passing yards, three touchdowns and one interception with a passer rating of 129 on the season.

Tuel played well against Oklahoma State in week one. He proved himself by throwing 14-29 with 212 yards and a touchdown. If the Mustang defense can put pressure on him, his impact can be limited.

SMU is 6-2 in their last eight games and 6-1 in their last seven home games. The game will take place at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Score Prediction: SMU 38 Washington State 17

SMU Mustangs Beat UAB in Unexpected Style 28-7

September 12, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Chris Sacks
csacks@smu.edu

Posted by Kimmy Ryan

Zack Line runs in a winning touchdown into the inzone, SMU 28 UAB 7. (PHOTO BY STUART PALLEY / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

The SMU Mustangs improved to a 1-1 season after winning in unexpected style 28-7 against UAB last night. Freshmen running back Daryll Fields started the game, but senior SMU running back Zach Line stole the show with 122 rushing yards and 25 receiving yards.

“I could tell after Zach’s first carry he had gained some confidence from last week,” Coach June Jones said in a post-game interview.

Jones was very excited about winning in such an unexpected style. This is the first time SMU has had more rushing yards than passing yards under Jones in the “run and shoot’ offense.

Kyle Padron played with more confidence than he did against Texas Tech. He completed 18 of 33 passes for 145 yards. He had nine rushes for 66 yards. And, with four touchdowns and a passer rating of 111.45, Padron had a successful night.

“Kyle was still a little bit unsettled, but he did what he had to do to win the game and made plays when he had to,” Jones said.

Padron was quick to scramble yesterday after seeing UAB’s downfield coverage. Scrambling was better than panicking and forcing passes, which resulted in interceptions in the Texas Tech game.

“Instead of panicking and just throwing it, Kyle ran the ball,” Jones said.

Padron spread the ball out and got many receivers involved in the game. Padron continues to mature as a quarterback.

SMU wide receivers Cole Beasley and Aldrick Robinson had 51 yards each, but Darius Johnson was the star wide receiver of the game, catching two touchdowns.

The SMU front seven continue to be the strength of the SMU defense, especially the “speed at linebacker,” according to Coach Jones. Linebacker Pete Fleps led the team with 13 tackles in the game and one tackle for loss.

The front three put a lot of pressure on UAB. The linebackers were able to contain UAB rushing-quarterback David Isabelle to just 34 rushing yards.

Turnovers, which plagued the Mustangs against Texas Tech, were not as big of a problem against UAB. The Mustangs did fumble early in the first quarter, which led to a UAB passing touchdown from David Isabelle to wide receiver Mike Jones.

“As long as we don’t turn the ball over, we will be competitive in every game,” Jones said.

The Mustangs host Washington State next week on Saturday with a 2:30 p.m. kickoff.

Kimmy Ryan and Chris Sacks breakdown the highlights of Saturday’s home game against UAB.

SMU vs. UAB: Post Game Recap from SMUDailyMustang.com on Vimeo.

Sports Blog: SMU vs. UAB Predictions

September 9, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Chris Sacks
csacks@smu.edu

Kyle Padron and the SMU Mustangs may not have brought their A-Game to Lubbock, but they played hard and showed a lot of improvement from last year. Credit is due to Texas Tech’s defense, which is debatably the best SMU has seen in the Padron Era. The Raider’s defense was able to put a lot of pressure on wide receivers Aldrick Robinson and Cole Beasley as well as a sufficient pass rush on Padron with just four defensive linemen.

Overall, SMU proved that the Ponies can hang with a prestigious Big 12 program.

Padron suffered a stinger at the end of the game and came out for the last play complaining of soreness in his ribs and throwing wrist. He fully participated in practice Monday morning and will definitely be starting for the Mustangs Saturday.

Last weekend’s mistakes, if corrected, could lead to a victory this Saturday against UAB. SMU had four turnovers on Sunday and three of them led to touchdowns by the Red Raiders. Fewer turnovers are the key to the offense winning against UAB. Last week UAB lost a nail biter against Florida Atlantic University in the 4th quarter, 32-31. If the Mustang offense stays on their A-game this week, the end score this Saturday should not be as close.

UAB’s offense is centered on their running game. Quarterback David Isabelle rushed for 214 yards on 22 attempts and only passed the ball for 79 yards. SMU only allowed 72 rushing yards against Texas Tech’s Air-Raid offense. This shows a huge improvement from last year’s Pony defense.

If SMU’s defense can contain UAB’s QB Isabelle, the ponies should easily come out with a win in this week.

At the game Saturday Sept. 11, fans are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue to show support for the United States and the Mustangs. The game will have a patriotic theme and free tickets will be given to first responders, emergency medical personnel, and anyone with a Military ID. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.