How It Happened
SMU could not stop USF quarterback Quinton Flowers on the ground at all. Flowers had over 100 yards in the first half alone on the ground and while USF led just 17-7 at the half, it felt like it should have been much worse for SMU. SMU was inept on offense today, outside of one drive. Matt Davis just didn't have it and the offense line got pushed back all afternoon. Davis only got sacked twice, but couldn't step into many of his throws or find time to get the ball to Courtland Sutton.
What It Means
SMU's defense played a good first half. The team stood up to USF's offense a couple times to stop drives, but overall nothing changed defensively. Quinton Flowers ran all over the Mustangs for over 200 yards. If it wasn't for a few drops and turnovers by the Bulls, this would have been much worse. SMU's offense has to answer the questions on the offensive line. Changing linemen mid-series isn't going to help consistency. It's the same story, but for an entire game this time.
Player of the Game
I'll go with Xavier Jones. With a solid offensive line, Jones is getting more carries and would have done well with them. Jones finished with with 14 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown. Thought he showed some good burst and with West out for a lot of the second half, Jones carried the load.
Going into the game, SMU wide receiver Courtland Sutton had been averaging 18.4 yards per catch. In the first half, Sutton was a non-factor as he caught one ball for one yard. South Florida took him away with Deatrick Nichols shadowing him all day. Darrel Colbert found Sutton in the fourth quarter, but Sutton was a non-factor when the game was still in reach.
SMU returns to Ford Stadium for its first home game since a loss to ECU to face Tulsa, who are coming off a loss of their own to Memphis, on Oct. 31 at 3 pm CT.