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PonyStampede GameDay Central: SMU vs. South Florida

Come inside Pony Stampede's Gameday Central with the latest coverage of SMU's home game vs. South Florida on Saturday at 6 p.m.

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WHEN: Saturday Nov. 19, 2016 at 6 p.m. CT 
WHERE: Ford Stadium, Dallas, Texas
TV: CBS Sports Network 
SERIES: South Florida leads 2-1
LAST MEETING: South Florida won 38-14 on Oct. 24, 2015
LINE: SMU +12.5

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First Quarter Analysis - USF 14, SMU 7

  • SMU starts off the game with a traditional kickoff. Last game they were squibbing it and popping it up with little success. They stopped the returner at the 23 yard line. 
  • On USF's 77-yard touchdown on the opening play of the game, USF had another receiver running free up the seam. Total blown coverage by SMU.
  • On SMU's opening drive, they were dominating up front. Ben Hicks had time to throw and Braeden West had holes to run through. 
  • On USF's second drive, SMU's front 7 was able to get off their blocks, but had issues tackling. Kyran Mitchell let Marlon Mack get by him, and Justin Lawler whiffed on a sack after penetrating the backfield. 
  • No one set the edge on Marlon Mack's long touchdown run, letting him easily burn them down the sideline. 
  • On third and 7, Ben Hicks got chased out of the pocket after Chauncey Briggs got badly burned. 
  • Jordan Wyatt completely read the curl route on 3rd and 6, but the ball popped out of his hands, right to Tyre McCants. Bad break for SMU as it could have been a pick6 if he hangs on. 
  • On USF's punt, SMU got good pressure on the punter. They weren't able to block it, but it's a good sign for a team that has struggled badly on special teams this year. 
  • Courtland Sutton absolutely roasted Deatrick Nichols on a fly route. They faked a sweep on the play, so Nichols may have been worried about containing the edge as Sutton flew by him.
  • USF went for it on fourth down in their own territory and it paid off with a long touchdown. SMU punted on 4th and 4 on USF's 38. Chad Morris continues to coach conservatively.  
  • On the last play of the quarter, SMU again did not set the edge. Mack scampered outside for a first down.

Second Quarter Analysis - USF 21 SMU 14

  • Marquez Valdes-Scantling burned Horace Richardson on a deep post, but Flowers overthrew him.
  • SMU is not keeping a spy on Flowers, and he is picking up chunks of yardage on scrambles. He tried to it again on 3rd and 9, but Mason Gentry broke out of his block and tripped him up. 
  • Yes, James Proche tried to catch a punt over his shoulder on the 1-yard line. He's lucky that it wasn't a safety. 
  • SMU is leaning heavily on sideline curl routes. Only a matter of time before a USF corner jumps one like Jordan Wyatt often does for SMU.
  • USF defensive end Mike Love has absolutely dominated the trenches.
  • SMU ran a QB draw on 2nd and 15...why? 
  • On 3rd and 14 SMU picked up the blitz beautifully and got it to Sutton (who probably pushed off) on a comeback route. 
  • Ke'Mon Freeman was a quarterback in high school. He executed the trick play much better than James Proche could when they asked him to throw it last week. 
  • SMU's kick coverage struggles continue, as Rodney Adams brings it into their territory. 
  • Good blocking by Jeremiah Gaines on the screen to James Proche. It didn't go for much, but he drove his defender out of bounds. 
  • USF is consistently getting open receivers on these deep post routes when Wyatt and Richardson don't get safety help. 
  • Ben Hicks has come so far from his first start against Baylor. Just one incompletion in the half. 
  • On 2nd down, the refs missed a blatant holding call by USF's Marcus Norman on Demerick Gary. On the next play, Gary stunted inside and blew up a run play.

Third Quarter Analysis - USF 28 SMU 24

  • On the interception, Hicks tried to make a back shoulder throw to Sutton. However, Deatrick Nichols was right there for an interception. 
  • On a punt, Kevin Johnson got quickly down the field and right up to USF's returner, but missed the tackle. 
  • Xavier Castille, who has had trouble getting separation at times this year, has been getting open today. He burned Mazzi Wilkins and nearly caught what would've been a touchdown, but it bounced off of his fingertips. 
  • SMU has done a good job containing Quinton Flowers this quarter. They have kept a spy on him and the line has been getting into the backfield. 
  • SMU finally got a taste of how nice a big play on special teams can be. They seemed to play with some more pep in their step on the next kickoff, tackling Rodney Adams at the 20. 
  • On an incompletion on 2nd and goal, Hicks had Jeremiah Gaines open in the end zone, but it would'be been a very tough throw across his body. 

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