SMU beat the UConn Huskies to a score of 38-21 on Saturday. Garrett Gilbert proved why he was the #11 nationally recruited player out of high school in 2009 with his four touchdown performance. Gilbert committed to Texas to become a Longhorn; but after a season-ending shoulder injury in the beginning of his junior year, Gilbert transferred to SMU to become a Mustang. SMU’s opponent this afternoon was a UConn team still looking for its first win.
Despite having a record of 0-8, the UConn Huskies played a very tough game. The score didn’t give the Huskies any justice, but freshman quarterback Casey Cochran & the Huskies put up a fight. The Mustangs came into the game as the leading offense in the AAC, averaging just under 500 yards of total offense. While the opposing Huskies averaged a measly 286 yards per game.
The Huskies have had a revolving door at the quarterback position. Neither Chandler Whitmer, Tim Boyle, or Cochran has been able to solidify the position. After an 0-4 start to the season, Connecticut fired their head coach Paul Pasqualoni. T.J. Weist took over for the Huskies; and he hasn’t been able to manage a victory either.
If SMU is to become bowl-eligible, they must two out of their next three games. This is much easier said than done. SMU’s next three games are against USF, Houston, and UCF. Houston & UCF are both nationally televised games being played on ABC. UCF is having an outstanding season; the Knights are ranked #15 throughout the country. Houston vs. SMU is always a must-watch game, both teams absolutely do not like each other.
SMU is now 4-5, and 5th in the American Athletic Conference. SMU will be able to stay hot next week against a very bad USF team that has only two wins, one being against UConn. The Mustangs need to beat USF, to go into Houston in a hostile environment and come out with a victory. If SMU can take two out of three in the next three games, they will able to become bowl-eligibile for the fifth straight season.