How it happened: SMU jumped out to a 14-0 lead behind two short Garrett Gilbert touchdown passes. But the Huskies climbed back into the game thanks to a heavy dose of Lyle McCombs and Mx DeLorenzo, who scored on a 2-yard plunge into the end zone. The Mustangs took a 21-7 lead into halftime, but UConn responded again, this time Casey Cochran hit Sean McQuillan for a 1-yard touchdown. The Huskies had a chance to tie it up, but SMU's defense made a key stop and Gilbert responded with a long pass to Der'rikk Thompson followed by a touchdown throw to Keenan Holman to put SMU up 28-14. But UConn refused to go down with out a fight. The Huskies scored again as Cochran found Geremy Davis for a 26-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter. But a Chase Hover field goal and a Stephon Sanders interception return for a touchdown finally put the game away for SMU. Final: 38-21.
What it means: Although it was closer than expected, SMU did not blow it, which means the Mustangs' bowl hopes are still alive. SMU, however, still needs two more victories to become bowl eligible. After a tough loss to Cincinnati, this win should give the Ponies momentum heading into the final stretch of the season.
Side Note: The Mustangs suffered a key loss in the second quarter when Darius Joseph went down with an apparent shoulder injury. Joseph, SMU's second leading receiver in terms of receptions, was taken to the locker room and did not return. Ryan Walker replaced him but had just one reception for 11 yards.
Next: SMU will hit the road next week and travel to the Sunshine State to face a struggling South Florida team. The Mustangs haven't had much success on the road this season, but this is a must-win game. If the Ponies don't pull out a victory, they can kiss their bowl hopes good bye.
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