SMU heads into much-needed bye week

Mustangs (4-0, 2-0 C-USA) will use bye week to rest, nurse injuries and prepare for a tough 3-game stretch.

SMU couldn't have a more perfectly-timed bye week after knocking off No. 20 TCU 40-33 in overtime this weekend.

With more than a handful of banged up players, the Mustangs will get to rest this week before heading into the meatiest part of their schedule.

SMU (4-0, 2-0 C-USA) will host reigning C-USA champion UCF in two weeks and then they'll turn around and head on back-to-back conference road trips to Southern Miss and Tulsa.

"I thought we needed to win one of the next three games…three tough ones," coach June Jones said. "Now I think this catapults us and hopefully we can win all three."

This week gives Cole Beasley, who could not play this weekend with a knee injury, time to re-cooperate and get himself healthy. Receivers Darius Johnson, Jeremy Johnson, Der'rikk Thompson and Terrance Wilkerson stepped up big this weekend against the Horned Frogs in Beasley's absence, but the Mustangs will need as much depth as they can get the rest of the season.

Other injured players getting a much-needed/well-deserved rest are WR Keenan Holman (ankle), C Blake McJunkin (ankle), LT Kelvin Beachum (knee) and RB Zach Line (shoulder).

The defense as a whole will use this time to recover from allowing TCU to score 23 points in the fourth quarter.

J.J. McDermott, who threw four touchdown passes at TCU, doubling his total in the previous four games, says he will use the bye to "go out and get better at pitch and catching."

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