3 Up, 3 Down: SMU vs. North Texas

Scott gives you three ups and three downs from SMU's loss to North Texas.

June Jones Press Conference

3 up

Back up QB’s gain experience: Although they may not be back ups for that much longer, both Matt Davis and Kolney Cassel gained some valuable experience in today’s second half. Neither played great, but both made a couple of nice throws and Cassel even finished with a touchdown pass. Both also got game experience that is always helpful to inexperienced QBs.

Stephen Nelson: The former walk-on once again got the start at wide receiver and made a couple of nice catches, finishing with 4 catches for 60 yards. With Darius Joseph not playing, Nelson made the most of the opportunities he was given.

Der’rikk Thompson: After a subpar 2 catches for 21 yards against Baylor, Thompson saw an increase in production against UNT with 6 catches for 74 yards. With the loss of their two top receivers from a season ago, Thompson’s play will be important if the Mustangs want to get anything offensively going this season.

3 down

Inability to extend drives: If you can’t convert on third downs, you limit the opportunities you get to score, which is probably why SMU has yet to score this season. The Mustangs were 0-9 on third down and 0-2 on fourth down against North Texas and failed to give themselves any chances to get their drives going.

Couldn’t stop the run: A lot of people thought SMU’s front 7 was going to be the strong point of their defense, but after giving up 245 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, the Mustangs will need to make some adjustments. UNT’s running backs consistently ran over SMU defenders and played physically tougher all game. Now with Zelt Minor possibly out for some time, the Mustangs will also now have to find a way to fill that void.

Turnovers: Plain and simple: the Mustangs did not take care of the football. Burcham, while one of his interceptions was on a deflection, was careless with his passes in the first half and the fact that SMU could not hold onto the football did not help. The Mustangs fumbled a total of four times and lost three of them, giving the Mean Green even more opportunities to add to their massacre of the Mustangs.

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