How it happened
The Mustangs defense kept them in the game through the first half and part of the third quarter, but the Cougars came out firing in the third quarter. SMU’s offense struggled, like it has all year long, and the defense wore down as the game went on. Houston quarterback Greg Ward Jr. finished with 93 yards rushing and 3 total TDs, while their running back Kenneth Farrow finished with 110 rushing yards and 2 TDs.
What it Means
The Mustangs will have one last chance to get their first win of the season against the 2-8 UConn Huskies.
Player of the Game
Despite the loss, Matt Davis was the Mustangs only source of offense Friday morning. The sophomore quarterback led the Mustangs with 70 rushing yards, 145 passing yards, and extended a number of drives with his feet while avoiding the pressure from the Houston defense. Davis by no means had a great game, but he kept SMU in the game with his athletic and playmaking ability.
Senior Linebacker John Bordano had himself a very solid final game in Ford Stadium, finishing with 12 tackles, an interception and a couple of key stops on third downs.
The Mustangs will prepare for their final game of the season against UConn next Saturday, looking to avoid a winless season. With rumors swirling that it’s only a matter of time before SMU announces Chad Morris as the Mustangs’ next head football coach, good news is likely on the way for SMU fans in the next week or so.