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College Gameday Game of the Week (Week 10) SMU @ UTEP
This should be a shootout
#8 SMU 9-0 (5-0) @ UTEP 6-3 (3-3)
Bowl Games and Conference Title hopes on the line
This will be the most important game for both teams so far this season. There will definitely be no shortage of offense. Both teams have proven that they can move the ball down the field and put it in the end zone. SMU's Kyle Padron is 2nd in the NCAA in passing yards with 3509 yards and tied for 1st in passing TDs with 32! Part of Padron's success comes from his ability to spread the ball out. Aldrick Robinson and Brett Haness are 2nd and 3rd respectfully in C-USA in receiving yards. If UTEP has any hopes at playing spoiler they must find a way to stop these beast in the passing game. So far this season UTEP's passing defense has not been one of their strengths. Earlier this season they were torn apart by Houston Keenum and struggled against Baylor's no-huddle, pass first offense. When asked about his defense's struggles this is what UTEP's Head Coach had to say, "Padron is a great QB, one of the best in the game. But we're ready for him. We have a couple tricks up our sleeves that we have saved just for this game."
It's no secret where UTEP success has come this season: on the ground with Donald Buckram as the workhorse. Buckram has been nothing sort of spectacular in his final season of his collegiate career. Buckram is on his way to smash nearly all UTEP rushing records, both season and career marks. "All season long we have preached 3 yards and a cloud of dust. If we get 3 yards a play we'll be fine". Jokingly, "Apparently, Donald doesn't like just getting 3 yards, he prefers to break out 20, 30, 60 yards at a time, but hell, Im not complaining." At this point in the season Buckram is 2nd in the NCAA in rushing yards and tied for 2nd in rushing TDs. As impressive as all that is, the most important stat by far is how often, or not often, Buckram puts the ball on the turf. In 188 carries Buckram has only fumbled 3 times! In UTEP's ball control, rushing attack offense not turning over the ball is crucial.
Key Match Up: Padron vs. UTEP's secondary- SMU is a pass first offense there is no doubt about that. UTEP's secondary is young and sporadic. They must hold their own in order to pull an upset.
What to Watch For: SMU rush defense and UTEP pass defense- The offenses have been the talk of the town but the defenses will both have their hands full. They must shut down these high power offenses in order to secure a win.
All on the Line: UTEP's has 11... yes 11 recruits visiting this week. Which will either be a great move or a completely dumb move.
"UTEP's has 11... yes 11 recruits visiting this week. Which will either be a great move or a completely dumb move."
LOL!! I had a good amount of recruits show up for the Utah State game last week...after the first quarter I almost crapped my pants.
Anyways, great write-up! Should be a doozy!
What a great write up, well done man.. Are you on right now? It might be game time if so!
Epic game.. write up coming tomorrow.... ESPN Instant Classic!
Excellent write up bro. This would be a great game to broadcast.
That's as good as it gets! Great game trust
UTEP 22 - SMU 30
Heart break in El Paso
It was a complete one side affair for most of the game as UTEP gave SMU all they could handle. After going up 27-0 half way thru the 3rd quarter UTEP benched their starting quarterback who was practically give the game away. Senior QB Trevor Vittatoe went 1-9 for 36 yards and 3int before being benched in the 3rd quarter, this will likely be his last game barring injury. After speedster QB James Thomas entered the game, momentum completely changed. On the ensuing drive Donald Buckram took it up the gut and beat the SMU blitz to take it 77 yards to the zone. After exchanging some punts Thomas was able to work his magic again, driving the ball down the field and putting the ball in the end zone him self going over left tackle for a 1 yard TD run with 5 minutes left on the clock. After some well executed clock management SMU was able to add another field goal with :54 seconds on the clock (3rd on the night) to put the game seemingly out of reach, 30-14. Thomas was once again stellar and took the ball all the way down the field and threw a 28 yard TD pass with :06 seconds left! After successfully completing the 2 point conversion the Miners were only down 8! We all know what came next, the most exciting play in football. With it all on the line the Miner's went for the onside kick, it looked like SMU would snag the ball, but rather it ricocheted of a Mustang player and UTEP recovered it! There was time for one play, Thomas took a deep drop, the defense had plenty of DBs in to cover the Hail Mary. It was a high arcing passing to the end zone, both teams got to the highest point to catch it, however, SMU got a little higher and was able to knock the pass to the turf!
EDIT: Spent like 20mins on a write up just for my browser to freeze up on me and lose it. Im sure trust will have another with stats and what not.
Wow! Sounds like an epic game. Even thought you lost it looks like you found yourself a better QB.
Sounds like a hell of a game. Looks like you guys will have a great rivalry in the coming years. Great write up UT.
Thanks guys! Im liking the direction the team is going, to bad like nearly half my team is a Senior. Just hoping we can finish strong and sneak into a bowl
I'll be doing a full write-up on this game tomorrow, and yes, it was one of the coolest games I've ever played.. It was looking like a blow-out mid-way through the third, then all of a sudden Chaotic put 24 points on the board and I was like ".... wtf just happened?" haha. It was a nail biter for sure..
SMU thought they'd cleared the last big hurdle. They thought they were smooth sailing into a Conference-USA Championship meeting. They were almost wrong.
In a game that saw the Mustangs take a 27-0 lead midway through the third quarter, stifle a senior University of Texas El-Paso quarterback and hold one of the best running backs in the conference in place, it looked like a wrap as the Mustangs celebrated their third touchdown of the day. What happened next, was something SMU had better keep with them in future games. UTEP benched their starting quarterback after he was able to complete just 1 pass on 9 attempts, throwing 3 interceptions. Back-up speedster James Thomas was able to open the passing game, which supplemented the running game getting Donald Buckram going. After just a few quick strikes, Buckram took a dive right up the gut 77 yards to the house to make it 27-7.
No reason to panic right? After a few punting exchanges UTEP struck again, making it a 27-14 game. SMU responded quick, running off a large amount of clock and putting a field goal on the board with just 54 seconds remaining. A 30-14 lead is surely enough with less than a minute to go...
James Thomas torched the Mustangs prevent defense with quick throws, side-line completions and great accuracy, putting the ball into Wide-Out Russell Carr's hands from 28 yards out for another touchdown. After a 2 point conversion it was 30-22, 6 seconds left in the game.
"I was thinking, "All right guys.. just recover the onside kick and end this nightmare", laughed first year head Coach Mike Brown.
But that didn't happen either. On a perfect bounce, the ball ricocheted right off an SMU mustangs hands, with UTEP recovering the ball at about the 50. One last chance, the great Hail Mary.
Thomas stepped back in the pocket, throwing a bomb to about the 5 yard line. There would be no tip drill here though. SMU finally got something right as the leaped into the air, swatting it away to seal the victory.
It was an amazing game. We can only hope that next season we can see a sliver of what we saw in this years match-up!
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