Tulsa 40, SMU 31
Back and better than ever, Joey Hayden here to give you my Top 5 Takeaways from this week’s game, but first…
We at The Stable must apologize for not providing the masses with our glorious insights and whimsical quips after last week’s disappointing 38-14 loss to South Florida.
All of our staff members survived a fiery plane crash, lived for a week in the Amazon before we were rescued by Bear Grylls, and brought back to America to provide you with the SMU football analysis you so desire.
In this apology I provide you with my favorite moment from the USF game which came as the teams were preparing for the second half kickoff, and the commentators were breaking down both quarterbacks’ performance thus far:
Yes, that’s USF quarterback Quinton Flowers. No, that is not SMU quarterback Matt Davis. It’s SMU defensive back David Johnson who happens to also be No. 4. Good eyes, ESPN camera guy.
Now, to Saturday’s game vs. Tulsa – I present an abbreviated Top 5 Takeaways (in no particular order). It’s Halloween weekend, go have fun.
1. Player of the Game
Courtland Sutton is the real deal.
After a few relatively quiet performances (for him). He broke out against the Golden Hurricane, rising above defenders on both of his touchdown grabs.
Sutton’s final stat line: 8 catches, 165 yards, 2 TDs
— Joey Hayden (@jhayden24seven) October 31, 2015
2. There was actually some defense
We held an opposing quarterback to 11 yards rushing!
It’s upsetting that’s actually a minor accomplishment.
The defense held us in the game, which is all we can ask of them at this point. But they left plenty of chances on the field to hold back the Tulsa offense by not getting off the field more often on 3rd and 4th down.
3. Running game struggles
SMU only ran for 84 yards against the Tulsa defense…
…and Prescott Line led the way in number of carries out of the backfield.
I’ve become a big fan of his, and in my opinion, Xavier Jones is the most explosive running back SMU has, and I’d love to see him get a few more touches in the run game.
Braeden West has had a case of the Butterfingers lately, but I would even take him leading the way in carries over Line whose longest run of his career is 21 yards, and is averaging 2.5 yards per carry in 2015.
4. Red is our color
Hey, at least our red chrome helmets look pretty slick, right..? Right…? Anyone…? Bueller…?
— #PonyUpTempo (@SMU_Football) October 31, 2015
5. Next week
On Friday, SMU (1-7, 0-4) is set to take on the (as I write this) undefeated Temple Owls.
Not a very exciting sentence to read for SMU fans.
If No. 21 Temple manages to upset Notre Dame, SMU gets to dance with another undefeated, top ranked team. If Temple loses…they may just need a team like the Mustangs to take their frustration out on…