How it happened: SMU looked terrible on a night where Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel played just a little over two quarters. From penalties to missed tackles, the Mustangs were simply outplayed and outcoached. Manziel ran wild –literally- as he scampered for a season-high 102 yards and two touchdowns. Manziel also hurt the Ponies through the air with 244 yards and another score. Gilbert completed an array of short passes and even threw his second touchdown of the season (Whooop!), but in the end, this offense once again looked dull and lifeless.
What it means: This is what was expected. But it was just disappointing to see SMU look so unprepared. And that falls on the coaching staff. As Billy noted in Thursday's report, the Mustangs did not have a very good practice. Simply put, SMU's effort reflected June Jones' facial expression on the sideline.
Side note: SMU's running game was non-existent as usual. Prescott Line ran hard but didn't receive many carries. K.C. Nlemchi was a non-factor. So much for his performance last week earning him more touches. There is no doubt SMU is a one-dimensional team.
Next: SMU will travel to Fort Worth to face rival TCU. The Horned Frogs haven't been playing all that well since losing Casey Pachall. TCU does, however, have a strong defense, and the Mustangs will have trouble putting points on the board.
Rapid Reaction: SMU Lifeless In Loss
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