SMU led WSU 24-7 late in the third quarter and seemed to have the game under control. However, a 59 yard pick-six off SMU quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell (now the starting quarterback for Eastern Washington) brought WSU back to life as the game entered the fourth quarter. After an early fourth quarter field goal for the Mustangs, another interception for a touchdown on the next SMU drive brought the Cougars within a touchdown with plenty of game left.
WSU would eventually score to tie the game at 27 and send the game to overtime. Another interception by Mitchell in overtime set up the game-winning field goal and sent SMU back home wondering how it let its third quarter lead slip away.
SMU had 504 total yards compared to WSU's 276. Emmanuel Sanders caught a school record 18 passes for 178 yards, and Terrance Wilkerson had two touchdown catches. Mitchell finished with 424 yards passing and 2 touchdowns, but it was his 4 interceptions (two for touchdowns) that sealed SMU's fate.
It should be different story in 2010 for SMU. O'Brien and Manning Award watch list quarterback Kyle Padron will be under center, while Bo Levi Mitchell will be leading the Eastern Washington Eagles against Big Sky Conference rival Montana. Although Sanders is gone to the NFL and Wilkerson is sitting out due to academic issues, players like Darius Johnson and Aldrick Robinson are more than capable targets for Padron. Also, the Mustangs are more experience on defense, especially at linebacker.
SMU will have two games under its belt before the Cougars come to town. The Mustangs will have experience facing a stronger opponent when they go to Texas Tech for their opener, but will have to be careful and not overlook UAB the following week. Whatever SMU's record may be going into week three of the 2010 season, Jones and the Mustangs will have no problem getting up for another shot at the Cougars, and a chance at redemption.
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