SMU Mustangs: Back in the Saddle

By Frank LaCosta

The Mustangs are back in the saddle after defeating the Houston Cougars last Thursday night 72-42. They went into halftime with a two-touchdown lead and then erupted for 31 points in the third quarter. It was a game in which the Mustangs never trailed. The game was also the last for the two teams as Conference USA opponents since both schools will join the Big East Conference next season. The Mustangs still need three more wins to become bowl eligible and that has to be the team’s goal with five games remaining on the schedule.


QB Garrett Gilbert had more passing touchdowns (4) than interceptions (2) and completed 23 of 38 passes for 265 yards against Houston. The offensive line did their job in protecting Gilbert and finally opened up some running lanes for Zach Line. Line was back to his old self with 22 carries for 113 yards and found the end zone twice. The “Johnson and Johnson” receiving duo each had a great game with Darius Johnson leading the way with nine receptions for 110 yards and a pair of TDs. Jeremy Johnson followed suit with nine grabs of his own for 94 yards and a TD.


The defense was the main reason for the victory. They forced nine turnovers and returned four of them for scores. They capitalized on the Cougars mistakes and were often at the right place at the right time. The Mustang defense still allowed the Cougars 560 total yards and five touchdowns. The defense still has a lot of work to do but June Jones will take his victory any way he can get it.


Next up are the Memphis Tigers sporting a 1-6 overall record. After the Tulane debacle, June Jones and the team will not overlook the Tigers. Junior QB Jacob Karam is a pocket passer who does not make many mistakes. He likes to dink and dunk his way down the field. Jai Steib who hasn’t put up impressive numbers this season handles the running game. The Tiger defense has given up double-digit points in every game this season.


Game Info:


SAT. OCT. 27 – 2:00PM / TW TEXAS