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College Gameday Game of the Week -(Week 1) SMU @ Texas Tech
Game of the Week - Week 1
(0-0) SMU @ Texas Tech (0-0)
A perhaps under-rated SMU Mustang squad rolls into Lubbock, Texas at 2:00 p.m. today. We're just 3 days into the start of the college football season and the excitement hasn't dropped one bit since the opening kick off. In fact one could argue that the anticipation is even higher now, as it comes closer to the time for kickoff in our College Football Gameday Game of the Week between the Southern Methodist Mustangs, and the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Following a disappointing and highly controversial year under Mike Leech the Red Raiders were extremely disappointed with their efforts last year, and the actions of the school spoke volume as Leech was let go, and well renowned former Auburn coach, Tommy Tuberville takes over.
Tuberville was known for taking a once 3-8 Auburn squad to an incredible undefeated, co-champion 13-0 in 2004.
The SMU Mustangs aren't backing down though. They're coming into this game looking to match the well known aerial attack with one of their own behind the arm of Davey O'Brien hopeful, and quarterback Kyle Padron. In his freshman year Padron went 5-1, setting a school-record for passing yards in the Hawaii Bowl. Under new, unknown coach Michael Brown, the offensive scheme remains the same. They plan to pass the ball, and pass alot.
When Tuberville was asked how he planned to game plan against the high flying attack he responded, "On one side of the field we've got a Senior, shut down corner in Laron Moore. I'm not worried about that," he said, smiling at reporters.
"I've got alot of respect for Laron Moore" Coach Brown replied. With a smirk he added "I guess he forgot to mention that their other starting corner is a true Freshman?" he said. "I'm not overlooking their obvious talent though. Don't get me wrong, they've got a stout defense, and an incredible offense including a great, great quarterback. I think it's going to be one hell of a shoot-out." Coach Brown said.
Kick-off is nearly upon us, it's time for Lee Corso's Mascot Headgear Prediction.
Corso turns to the anxious swarm of Red Raiders fans behind him, pulling up an SMU Mustang head. "I want to do it, I want to pick SMU" he says loudly as a roaring chorus of boo's pours down on the makeshift GameDay stage. "But I just can't do it!"
Corso tosses the head aside pulling up the head of Red Raider mascot "The Masked Rider". Raising two shotguns to the air, Corso sits back down as the camera's fade, and shift to the field where Texas Tech and SMU prepare to storm the field....
Post your Pre-Game thoughts! Post game report to come!
looking forward to see how you handle the Tech offense!
This will be an interesting match up. I curious like OnIowa posted, how the Mustangs are going to be able to handle the air raid offense of Tech. I guess we will have to wait and see if the Mustangs are going to take it to their rival or if the Gameday experts are correct.
Im really looking forward to this one. Great decision on this being the game of the week guys.
That is an excellent College Gameday Report
Great right up!!! lol consider me intimidated!!!
Nice write up!!.. this should def be a west texas shoot out! lol
Great write up and even better win tonight!
SMU stunned the small town of Lubbock yesterday as the 81st ranked, yes.. 81st, Mustangs came into the Red Raiders home on opening week and upset the Big 12 hopeful's.
After an absolutely horrendous first half going 12/22 for 186 yards and 5, yes FIVE, interceptions, it was a shock to everyone when first year Coach Mike Brown left star SMU quarterback Kyle Padron in the game for the second half. The snickers of the media could nearly already be heard as they were eager to watch the struggling star throw another five and have a chance to rip Coach Brown to pieces.
That wouldn't happen though. Instead, what would happen is Padron would go 15/21 for 262 yards and 3 touchdowns with no interceptions. The Mustangs took the field after halftime looking surprisingly upbeat being down 10-7. No one's come forward to say what Coach Brown said at half time, but it must have been something special.
Perhaps if Texas Tech had not squandered so many missed scoring opportunities, or hadn't failed to successfully convert on 3 of their 5 4th down attempts, they could have pulled this one together. In the first quarter alone, the Red Raiders missed two field goals inside the 40, went for it 3 times on 4th down (Succeeding twice), and in general failed to capitalize on all of the SMU turnovers.
SMU however took an early lead. Padron, on the Mustangs second drive and having just thrown his first out of 5 interceptions seemed like he'd worked out the jitters. Going 5-7 for 71 yards on the drive, he seemed to be looking like the Star Coach Brown was used to having call plays. He hit Wide-Out Cole Beasely 3 times on the drive, including the touchdown that catapulted them to a 7-0 lead. Things seemed to be going SMU's way throughout the first quarter. The second quarter however....
Padron threw 4 interceptions in the second quarter alone. Texas Tech managed to turn two of those turnovers into scoring opportunities. One on a 6/10 69 yards passing, 12 play drive by Texas Tech Senior standout Taylor Potts. The other was a field goal shortly before half time giving Texas Tech a 10-7 lead.
The second half was nothing short of breath taking. A back and forth shoot out including 4 lead changes, multiple goal line stand's by an under-appreciated SMU defense, and perhaps the game changing play.
Kirk Herbstreit had talked about SMU safety Chris Banjo before the game, saying he may very well be the key late in the game, whether it be a crucial broken up pass, or a turn over. Herbstreit was right. Late in the 3rd quarter with the Mustangs having tied the game at 17 Taylor Potts completed a 20 yard crossing route. Banjo delivered a bone crushing hit as the Wide Receiver tried to step out of bounds. The ball popped out of the receivers hands as he went flying out of bounds, and seemed to bounce just shy of the sidelines. A horde of Mustang defenders pounced, giving SMU another possession at the 50 yard line. With just 11 seconds on the clock in the third quarter, SMU delivered the knock out punch in just one play. A 44 yard strike to Cole Beasely, who snatched the ball away from Texas Tech's star Defensive Back as he came across the 20 yardline, out racing him into the endzone. We've uploaded a video of the play to EA Sports Highlights for your viewing pleasure.
The low moment of the game however came on the very next play. After delivering an absolutely amazing performance including 9 receptions for 148 yards and 2 touchdowns which would eventually garner him player of the game, not to mention an amazing 66 yards after catch, and the score that gave SMU the lead, Cole Beasely broke his tailbone making the tackle on the kick off. Beasely is expected to miss 10 weeks along with Defensive Back JR McConcio, who was also injured and is expected to miss 10 weeks. Beasely was the third string wide out, McConcio second on the depth chart for Corner's.
The final score came in at 34-17, as the latter half of the 4th quarter was a clock running drill by SMU. Here's your final stat's for the game.
SMUTexas TechFirst Downs2117Total Offense519423Rushes - Yards - TD16-41-016-1-0Comp - Att - TD27-43-435-55-2Passing Yards4782223rd Down Conv6-11-54%6-16-37%4th Down Conv0-02-5-40%Red Zone - TD - FG3-2-0 (66%)5-1-1 (40%)Turnovers5 (5 Int's, 0 Fumb Lost)1 (0 Int's, 1 Fumb Lost)Total Yards616530Time of Possession16:3416:29
Offensive Game Balls
QB Kyle Padron - 27/43, 455 yards, 4 TD, 5 INT, 62% 159.1 Rating.
WR Cole Beasely - 9 Rec., 148 yards, 2 TD.
WR Terrie Wilkerson - 5 Rec., 144 yards, 2 TD.
Defensive Game Balls
The entire defense was awarded a collective game ball, to be placed in the strength and conditioning room at SMU's campus to remind the team of their 3 4th down holds, 4 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles.
Wow sounds like a great game! You must have one hell of a defense to throw 5 picks in the first half and still manage to win.
Great win for the Mustangs !! No better way to start off a season than to knock off a bcs rival. Congrats on the win
Ooohweee! Great start to the season Coach Brown! Overcoming 5 int's is absolutely huge...excellent win!
16 rushing attempts for 1 yard for Tech? is that right?
Yes sir it is... Shut down run D!
Damn nice. Looks like you have your D to thanks for keeping you in the game
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