Football Slideshow: SMU v. Houston

October 25, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Photos by Stuart Palley
Post by Elizabeth Lowe

The SMU football team faced-off against C-USA opponent the University of Houston for their Homecoming game.

After a two hour rain day 10 minutes into the showdown, Houston took the field ready to win while the Mustangs played below par. Houston pulled off a conference win, beating SMU 20-45.

Take a closer look at all the action (and rain) from Saturday in Ford Stadium:


Houston Cougars Maul the Mustangs 20-45

October 23, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Chris Sacks

The SMU Mustangs took a huge hit this past weekend with a 45-20 devastating homecoming loss to Houston. SMU is now 4-4 overall and 3-1 in conference.

“We got out coached and out played. Everybody has to do a better job including me. We didn’t play good enough to win, and we made too many mistakes and dumb penalties,” said Coach June Jones in the post-game press conference.

After a two and a half hour rain delay the Mustangs came out firing and it looked to be a good game. But, the defense could not stop the Cougars and the offense was not clicking.

Kyle Padron threw 26-46 for 318 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

“We’re consistently getting good yards but this week something went wrong. We’ll find out tomorrow when we watch film,” said Padron in the post-game press conference.

Zach Line rushed 19 times for 106 yards averaging 5.6 yards per carry for his third 100 yard game of the season.

Aldrick Robinson had five catches for 101 yards and one touchdown, while Cole Beasley had seven catches for 80 yards and one touchdown. Bradley Haynes had eight catches for 77 yards and Darius Johnson had five catches for 55 yards.

On special teams, Darryl Fields had eight kick returns for 172 yards averaging 21.5 yards per return. He is ranked third in the NCAA for total kickoff yards. Matt Szymanski went two for three on field goals.

The Mustang defense was not able to stop the Houston Cougars and allowed four rushing touchdowns, one passing touchdown, and a touchdown off a kick return.

“We didn’t tackle very well, we made both those running backs look a lot better than they were,” said Jones.

“We need to go back to the fundamentals and make sure we wrap up. A lot of teams are going to see that on film and that’s something we have to fix,” said SMU’s Chris Banjo in a post-game press conference.

Kyle Padron believe the team will bounce back.

“It’s not over yet. We’re going to keep fighting,” said Padron. SMU travels to New Orleans to take on Tulane at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

University of Houston linebacker Sammy Brown forces SMU quarterback Kyle Padron to fumble the football in the 2nd quarter. (PHOTO BY STUART PALLEY / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

SMU Men’s and Women’s Swim Teams Earn 5th Straight C-USA Titles

February 28, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan

The SMU men’s and women’s swim teams each wrapped up their fifth consecutive Conference USA titles by wide margins Saturday at the CRWC Natatorium on the University of Houston campus.

It also marked the 14th straight conference title for the Mustangs dating back to 1997, when they were part of the Western Athletic Conference.

The SMU men compiled 871 points at the four-day event to beat runner-up Hawaii (833) while the women tallied 707 points to race past second-place East Carolina University (611).

On Wednesday, the Mustangs won the women’s 200 yard medley relay (1:39.25) with a lineup of Gabriella Soza, Devon Callaghan, Denisa Smolenova and Justine Clark.

Later, Sascha Van den Branden and Therese Svendsen joined Callaghan and Clark to post another first-place finish and NCAA “B” Qualifying time (7:11.99) in the 800 yard freestyle relay.

Junior Matthew Culbertson won the 1 meter diving event (361.45) for SMU before the men’s squad won the 200 yard medley relay (1:26.78) with Pontus Renholm, Hal Eubanks, David Larsson and Thomas Fadnes.

In the 800 yard freestyle relay, Nate Clark, Ed Downes, Blaz Korosec and Mindaugas Sadauskas combined to give the Mustangs another win and another NCAA “B” Qualifying time (6:28.94).

Both the men’s and women’s teams followed up with wins Thursday in the 400 yard medley relays (times of 3:12.29 and 3:36.97, respectively), and Callaghan won the women’s 200 yard individual medley with an NCAA “B” Qualifying time of 2:00.03.

SMU also took the top three finishes in the men’s 50 yard freestyle, including Fadnes (20.10 seconds), Sadauskas (20.16) and Larsson (20.26).

Friday saw more relay wins for the Mustangs, this time in the both the men’s and women’s 200 yard freestyle events with times of 1:19.07 and 1:31.84, respectively.

Culbertson won his second title of the tournament in the 3 meter diving event with a score of 411.25, and SMU claimed individual victories in the women’s 200 yard freestyle, 100 yard breaststroke, 100 yard backstroke and 100 yard butterfly.

For the men, Tom Cole (53.82 seconds) and Eubanks (55.02) each posted NCAA “B” Qualifying times in the 100 yard breaststroke while Renholm (47.76) and Sadauskas (48.61) placed first and second in the 100 yard backstroke event.

Both teams won the final relay event Saturday, the 400 freestyle, as the men posted an NCAA Qualifying time (2:56.72) while the women earned an NCAA “B” Qualifying time (3:19.24).

The Mustang men also recorded individual victories in the 1650 yard free, 200 yard breaststroke, 200 yard backstroke, 200 yard butterfly and 100 yard free, and Svendsen women’s 200 yard backstroke with a time of 1:54.98

The SMU men’s and women’s swim teams will both travel to Austin this weekend for the Austin Grand Prix, to be held at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center Mar. 4-6.

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