Matt Visinsky

Pony Stampede Gameday Central: SMU vs. Memphis

Come inside Pony Stampede's Gameday Central with the latest coverage of SMU's homecoming matchup against Memphis on Saturday at 3 pm.

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WHEN: Saturday, November, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. CT 
WHERE: Ford Stadium, Dallas, Texas 
TV: ESPNews 
SERIES: Memphis leads 5-3
LAST MEETING: Memphis won 63-0 on Nov. 28, 2015

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First quarter thoughts- Memphis 21, SMU 7

  • Memphis wasted no time showing off its speed with the screen on its first play to freshman running back Darrell Henderson, who's one of the faster guys on the field.
  • SMU blew a coverage on a straight go route on the Anthony Miller 50-yard touchdown catch.
  • For as impressive a play as Courtland Sutton's 29-yard catch was, all he did was run a go route and Hicks timed the throw perfectly in cover-2, getting it there before the safety could arrive to help.
  • SMU failed to pick up the nickel blitz on Hicks' blind side on the strip-sack. Too easy a play for the defensive back.
  • Riley Ferguson found his wide-open tight end Joey Magnifico for the 4-yard touchdown pass when Magnifico came across the formation behind the offensive line. When Jarvis Pruitt bit toward Ferguson to stop him instead of taking the coverage, he just flicked the pass to Magnifico.
  • Justin Lawler gave the defense a little confidence when he picked up a couple tackles for loss in the running game.
  • On the first sack of Ferguson, Rodney Clemons came on a nickel blitz. The running back picked him up, but Clemons kept driving him backward, which forced Ferguson to step up right into Kyran Mitchell for the sack.
  • Ben Hicks nearly threw an easy pick-six after he forced a throw to Jeremiah Gaines in the flat. A blitz from the A-gaps forced him to throw it.
  • Hicks found Freeman in the flat wide open because the receivers to the field side cleared out all the coverage.
  • SMU's poor kick return coverage continues. Memphis blocked the 99-yard return well, but an inability to get off blocks and take good angles led to Darrell Henderson going virtually untouched.
  • Delontae Scott whipped Memphis LT Trevon Tate with some quickness off the ball and good hands for a sack.

Second quarter thoughts: Memphis 38, SMU 7

  • SMU's front seven abandoned its rush lanes on the 55-yard run on the draw play by Doroland Dorceus, giving him an easy hole. Jordan Williams couldn't meet him at the point of attack because he was unable to get off a block.
  • Braeden West made a great blitz pickup on the second strip sack, but Genard Avery came around from the backside and forced the fumble. SMU has to be able to seal that off. Poor execution on the right side of the line.
  • Memphis showed run blocking and faked the handoff on the 20-yard touchdown a play later, brining up the front 7 closer into gaps and leaving tight end Daniel Monteil wide open for the touchdown.
  • SMU's offensive line is really struggling to pick up or identify any blitzes from Memphis. They've been aggressive and confusing pressure packages, but not anything new for the Memphis defense.
  • Special teams have been a disaster again. SMU managed to get a redo of Memphis' 57-yard kick when a lineman was aligned in the neutral zone, but Proche's return to midfield was wiped out by Eric Sutton's silly block in the back of a player when Proche was nearly out of bounds already.
  • Very conservative from Chad Morris to elect to punt from the Memphis 33 one one drive and on fourth-and-1 from the SMU 45 on the next.
  • Memphis is just sending Montiel in the flat and no one is picking him up.
  • SMU let Memphis easily get into field goal range in the two-minute drill. They aren't doing anything fancy either.
  • SMU was playing zone defense on Miller's 21-yard touchdown pass on a seam route. No one dropped deep enough and the coverage went to the outside.

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