After a dissappointing showing in the Battle for ghe Iron Skillet, SMU needs to bounce back. Especially, the offense and Garrett Gilbert. This week againist a scary UTEP team he attempted to do just that.
Now if you don’t remember UTEP, University of Texas – El Paso, they are the team that scare pd the crap out of the highly ranked Sooners in week one of the season, and in my oppinion exposed the weaknesses in OU that teams still exploit to this day. Bringing pressure and keeping what was again thought to be a higly regarded senior QB inefficient until the 4th quarter, UTEP seemed to be ready to make a mark this season. Having not caught a break in any big games, againist Wisconson (37-26) and Ole Miss (28-10), this game looked to be a chance for them to turn the season around.
Unfortunately for The Miners the SMU defense was in full affect causing three turn overs one which was returned for a TD toward the end of the first half which incidently was the last score of the game. Gilbert completed 50% of his 44 attempts for 1 TD and 1 interception. Not the game I want him to have but I its better then last week and that is a must just need to limit the weeks of backward progress. And a plus to The Miners seems to be their defensive secondary and pass rush seem to create terrible atmospheres for QBs because no one seems to be efficient againist them, SMU 50%, ECU 3 ints, WIS 12 completions, NMSU 42%, OU 21/36.
Next week Gilbert must take the Mustangs to face win less Tulane. The Green Wave have yet to score a rushing TD and have scored only 4 passing TDs on 902 yds split between three different QBs. The point for the Mustangs will be don’t over look them you don’t want to be the team that let’s them score their first rushing TD or worse. Note the last game Tulane won … was Sept 17 2011, yes last year, a 15 game losing streak.