How It Happened: Garrett Gilbert lead an 81-yard, game winning drive with under four minutes left in the fourth quarter to avoid a potentially disastrous loss to FCS opponent Montana State. Gilbert capped off the drive with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Darius Joseph with just 12 seconds remaining in the game. Gilbert was the quarterback SMU has been hoping for throughout the drive, working quickly and efficiently. The drive was the capper to a great game by Gilbert but an overall poor showing by SMU. The Mustang defense had trouble stopping the Montana State rushing game and often times gave up big passes to quarterback Denarius McGhee. But the Mustangs pulled off the comeback and avoided falling to 0-2.
What It Means: SMU Head Coach June Jones's job remains safe for now. A loss to Montana State could have spelled disaster for Jones, but his quarterback and defense bailed him out late in the fourth quarter. With SMU scheduled to face Texas A&M and TCU in the next two weeks, the Mustangs avoided starting out their inaugural AAC season 0-4.
Side Note: JaBryce Taylor was the real x-factor in this game. His 55-yard punt return to end the second quarter swung the momentum in the Mustangs favor before the half and kept SMU close. Without Taylor's play, there is no telling if SMU could have comeback against the Bobcats.
Next: After a bye week, SMU will travel to College Station to face Johnny Manziel and the Aggies. Maybe the good vibes from this comeback win will help SMU against Texas A&M, but the struggles SMU had against this FCS opponent do not bode well for the Mustangs chances.
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