Rapid Reaction: SMU Falls In 3 OT Thriller

Get our immediate reaction following today's game inside!

How it happened: Down 35-14 in the fourth quarter, SMU finally got things going on offense. Garrett Gilbert connected with Jeremy Johnson and Darius Joseph for a pair of touchdowns. The Mustangs closed the gap and made it 35-27, but the comeback fell short as Rutgers came away with a thrilling 55-52 win in triple overtime. Rutgers played extremely conservative down the stretch, and allowed the Ponies to get back into it. The Scarlet Knights dominated the first half, jumping out to a 21-0 lead. Justin Goodwin and Savon Huggins pounded the SMU defense, and Gary Nova was efficient. SMU stepped up in the second half and made a couple of key stops including a big one with 2:30 to go in the game. Garrett Gilbert then drove SMU down the field, and Mustangs tied it up following another Johnson touchdown. Following the score, Gilbert found Johnson one of the craziest two-point conversions anyone will ever see. The key play in in extra time, however, came in the second overtime when Nova hit Leonte Carro for a 29-yard touchdown on third-and-24. SMU did come back to tie, but Goodwin scored the game winner for Rutgers in the third overtime.

What it means: SMU falls to 1-4 on the year. It's going to be tough for the Mustangs to get to a bowl after this, and it's going to be interesting to see how this team responds from such an emotional loss. The Mustangs do have an easier schedule over the next few weeks so it is possible that they will reel off a couple of conference wins.

Side note: Garrett Gilbert had a remarkable game. He was responsible for seven touchdowns on the day, setting a new school record. He also broke Kyle Padron's record for most passing yards in a game with 484 yards. But what stood out the most about Gilbert was simply his toughness.

Next: SMU will have a bye week to rest and recover. The Mustangs will then travel to Memphis on October 26.

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