VIDEO: Bowl Game in the Stands

December 30, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Aida Ahmed and E’Lyn Taylor
aahmed@smu.edu, ejtaylor@smu.edu

Football fans “blacked-out” Ford Stadium Thursday morning for the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. Check out what fans from both SMU and Army had to say about the first half of the game.

Fan react at Armed Forces Bowl from SMUDailyMustang.com on Vimeo.

Boulevard For the Bowl

December 30, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Photos By Julius Pickenpack
julius.pickenpack@gmail.com

Football fans from both sides came out to boulevard Thursday morning for the Armed Forces Bowl SMU is hosting this year.

Mustang fans had on their red and blue while Army fans attempted to black out the boulevard.

The Mustangs will face Army at Ford Stadium at 11 a.m. Check back with the SMU Daily Mustang for more live game coverage.

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

December 29, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

By Kimmy Ryan
kryan@smu.edu

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.

Former Dallas Cowboy, SMU Alum Don Meredith Dies

December 6, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Daily Mustang Staff
mustangeditors@gmail.com

Don Meredith, a former quarterback for the SMU Mustangs and later the Dallas Cowboys, died Sunday evening at the age of 72, according to The Dallas Morning News.

Meredith played as a quarterback for SMU from 1957 to 1959. He was a two-time All American selection who later played for nine years as a Dallas Cowboy. Meredith is also the ninth SMU athlete or administrator overall to have his or her jersey retired.

After leaving the National Football League, Meredith had a successful career as an analyst on ABC’s “Monday Night Football.”

Sports Blog: SMU Looks For Conference Championship Over UCF

December 4, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Kellis Cunningham

Last night, I had the chance to go to the ESPN 30 for 30 early premier of Pony Excess, the newest edition to the television series that was based on the story of the Death Penalty.

Being a former player who had the chance to be apart of the team that brought the first bowl back to SMU, I knew the film would show people who were unfamiliar with our school the reason why the last twenty five years have been so rough. A period of time that nearly killed a program…nearly.

The film was brilliant and tells all sides of the story, but I don’t want to give much away and I don’t want to take away from the real reason why I am writing this blog. Tomorrow the Mustangs will be in Orlando, Florida battling against the University of Central Florida for the Conference USA Championship.

Head Coach June Jones will lead his Mustangs into Knight country where they will be facing a fast and physical team in UCF. Clearly both teams are in this position for a reason, but the actual question needing to be asked is which teams will show up Saturday.

When you put both teams next to each other, the guess on who would actually win may come down to who is used to being in this position, that team being UCF. But is there more to this game than experience? Are the Mustangs capable of going into Orlando and overcoming a hostile UCF crowd to capture the first CUSA Conference Championship ever?

UCF has the defense. SMU has the offense. So I would say that the x-factor in this game will be special teams. Who will show the passion in that extra play to create a moment that can grab momentum and hang on to it for four quarters? The game begins tomorrow at 11 a.m., so have your television set ready to see CUSA football at its finest.

Mustangs Advance to Elite Eight

November 29, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Julius Pickenpack
juliusp@smu.edu

The No. 5 SMU men’s soccer tem defeated No. 12 William & Mary 1-0 at Westcott Field on Sunday night. This is the Mustangs first NCAA men’s soccer regional final since 2005.

SMU will face No. 4 North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. in the first week of December for the quarterfinals of the 2010 NCAA DI Soccer Championship.

Despite the 25-30 mph winds, the stands were nearly filled to capacity with Mustang fans and a few Tribe fans. SMU encouraged fans to wear red in order to “red out” the stand, but most of the people were covered in blankets and sweaters. However, a good number of student fans were decked out in red and held up signs throughout the game.

SMU’s Adam Still prepares to defend the ball against William & Mary’s James Lofton at Westcott Field on Sunday night. (PHOTO BY JULIUS PICKENPACK / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

SMU senior Josue Soto scored the game’s only goal in the 11th minute. The goal was made possible when Robbie Derschang stole the ball from his opponent in the corner field and passed it to Ian Kalis. Kalis was at the top of the circle and passed to Soto who powered the ball into the net for his seventh goal of the season.

The game nearly went to overtime in the last minute of the game.

William & Mary’s Nathaniel Baako scored with 25 seconds remaining in the game, but was ruled offside and his goal did not count. It was a close call, but SMU came out victorious.

The Mustangs 4-4-2 formation dominated the flow of the game. SMU tripled William & Mary’s three shots on goal, posting nine shots on goal.

Mustang fans gasped at Kekoa Osorio’s long shot in the 13th minute, which could have double SMU’s lead. However, William & Mary’s goalkeeper Andrew McAdams managed to hang on to the ball after juggling with it only inches outside the goal line.

William & Mary’s James Lofton had the best chance to tie the game in the 81st minute, yet his shot hit the left side of the goal post. SMU’s goalkeeper Craig Hill made three saves during the game.

Juan Castillo had two great shots at goal after he broke past the William & Mary’s defense, but neither went in.

SMU improved to 16-2-1 on the year, while William & Mary finished their season at 15-4-3.

PHOTO SLIDESHOW: SMU vs. Marshall

November 23, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Photos By Stuart Palley
spalley@smu.edu

Check out some photos of Saturday’s game. SMU beat Marshall 31-17 and is now eligible for a postseason bowl.

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

November 20, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

By Daily Mustang Staff
mustangeditors@gmail.com

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.

For details on the game visit smumustangs.com.

NBA JAM Invades SMU

November 12, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

By Jefferson Johnson
jwjohnson@smu.edu

NBA JAM launched its Invasion Tour last week and made a stop at Southern Methodist University.

SMU students were invited to demo the newly released NBA JAM in HD by the flagpole on Bishop Boulevard Thursday afternoon.

NBA JAM pulled out all the stops with its tricked-out tour trailer with 15 built-in gaming stations, more than enough space for SMU gamers and curious students alike.

“We’re reintroducing NBA JAM to a new generation,” said Remi Amole, NBA JAM field promoter. “We revamped the game- adding new features.”

“[NBA JAM] was fun,” said SMU student Trey Bonvino heading to class. “I’ll probably buy it for [X-Box] 360.”

Not only can students socialize while playing the demo, but they also have the chance to enter a raffle with intense prizes like an HD flat-screen TV, a Nintendo Wii with a copy of the game inside an arcade kiosk and plenty of freebies, just for playing the demo!

“I love video games,” said SMU student Ted Gambordella in hurry to grab his free t-shirt. “Everybody loves NBA JAM.”

The tour kicked-off hitting colleges, NBA venues and Best Buy stores. It concludes today at the American Airlines Center- where the Dallas Mavericks will be playing the Philadelphia 76ers.

Sports Blog: We Need To Beat Marshall At Home

November 11, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Kellis Cunningham

It’s simple. Every game that is played at home needs to be a victory. With where SMU Football is at right now in the season, sitting on only five wins, this statement needs to come true Saturday.

Marshall comes to town looking to spoil the chances of a sixth win and second straight year for SMU to become bowl eligible. If anything could help forget about the unfortunate loss in El Paso last weekend, it would be win number six against the Thundering Herd.

Of course with this being the last home game, the Mustangs will also being honoring the seniors who will be playing their last game in Gerald J. Ford Stadium.

So what would be better for the seniors on this night than to defeat the Herd and becoming bowl eligible yet again? But looking from the position of Marshall it would be kind of nice upsetting a school at home that is looking to go to another bowl for a second straight year.

Plain and simple, this will not be an easy game no matter what the scenario is. The regular season is almost at an end and teams are looking for as many wins as possible, no matter the situation.

The Mustangs need to show up on Saturday ready to put as many points on the board as possible, while also not allowing Marshall to think they can step up on the road.

This could determine the outcome of SMU having a post season.

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