2011 SMU Mustangs football team

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2011 SMU Mustangs football
SMU script logo.png
BBVA Compass Bowl Champions
Conference Conference USA West
2011 record 8–5 (5–3 C-USA)
Head coach June Jones (4th year)
Co-offensive coordinator June Jones
Co-offensive coordinator Jason Phillips
Offensive scheme Run and Shoot
Defensive coordinator Tom Mason
Base defense 3–4
Home stadium Gerald J. Ford Stadium
(Capacity: 32,000)
Seasons
« 2010 2012 »
2011 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
#20 Southern Miss x   6 2         12 2  
Marshall   5 3         7 6  
East Carolina   4 4         5 7  
UAB   3 5         3 9  
UCF   3 5         5 7  
Memphis   1 7         2 10  
West
#18 Houston x   8 0         13 1  
Tulsa   7 1         8 5  
SMU   5 3         8 5  
Rice   3 5         4 8  
UTEP   2 6         5 7  
Tulane   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Southern Miss 49, Houston 28
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
As of January 10, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011 SMU Mustangs football team represented Southern Methodist University in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Mustangs were led by fourth year head coach June Jones and played their home games at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. They are a member of the West Division of Conference USA. They finished the season 8–5, 5–3 in C-USA to finish in third place in the West Division. They were invited to the BBVA Compass Bowl where they defeated Pittsburgh 28–6.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 4 6:30 PM at #9 Texas A&M* Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX FSN L 14–46   86,951
September 10 6:00 PM UTEP Gerald J. Ford StadiumUniversity Park, TX FSN W 28–17   26,691
September 17 7:00 PM Northwestern State* Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, TX W 40–7   20,083
September 24 11:00 AM at Memphis Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN FSN W 42–0   16,748
October 1 2:30 PM at #20 TCU* Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX (Battle for the Iron Skillet) CBSSN W 40–33 OT  35,632
October 15 2:30 PM UCF Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, TX FSN W 38–17   22,932
October 22 7:00 PM at Southern Miss M. M. Roberts StadiumHattiesburg, MS CBSSN L 3–27   32,685
October 29 2:30 PM at Tulsa Chapman StadiumTulsa, OK FSN L 7–38   21,261
November 5 2:00 PM Tulanedagger Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, TX W 45–24   20,106[1]
November 12 2:30 PM Navy* Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, TX (Gansz Trophy) FSN L 17–24   21,080[2]
November 19 2:30 PM at #10 Houston Robertson StadiumHouston, TX FSN L 7–37   32,207
November 26 11:00 AM Rice Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, TX (Battle for the Mayor's Cup) FSN W 27–24   23,326
January 7 12:00 PM Pittsburgh* Legion FieldBirmingham, AL (BBVA Compass Bowl) ESPN W 28–6   29,726
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

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Awards & award watch lists[edit]

Rankings[edit]

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Game notes[edit]

Texas A&M[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
SMU 7 7 0 0 14
#8/9 Texas A&M 20 13 10 3 46

This game was the 78th meeting of the SMU Mustangs and the Texas A&M Aggies. The previous match-up was September 17, 2005, a game in which Texas A&M defeated SMU with a final score of 66–8. After the Mustangs lost in College Station, Texas A&M now leads the series 42–29–7.

UTEP[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
UTEP 10 0 7 0 17
SMU 14 7 0 7 28

This game was the 19th meeting of the SMU Mustangs and the UTEP Miners. They last met in the previous season on November 6, 2010, when UTEP defeated SMU with a final score of 28–14. After winning 28–17, SMU leads the series 11–8. Ja'Gared Davis was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week for his 4th quarter fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown.

Northwestern State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Northwestern State 0 0 0 7 7
SMU 13 13 7 7 40

This game was the 1st meeting of the SMU Mustangs and the Northwestern State Demons. After winning 40–7, SMU leads the series 1–0.

Memphis[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
SMU 14 14 0 14 42
Memphis 0 0 0 0 0

This game was the 4th meeting of the SMU Mustangs and the Memphis Tigers. They last met on November 8, 2008, when Memphis defeated SMU with a final score of 31–26. The Mustangs' 42–0 victory in the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium marks the first time SMU has defeated Memphis and Memphis now leads the series 3–1.

TCU[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
SMU 14 3 10 6 7 40
#20 TCU 0 10 0 23 0 33

This game marked the 91st edition of the Battle for the Iron Skillet. The two teams last met on September 24, 2010 when TCU defeated SMU 41–24. After the Mustangs' overtime victory in Fort Worth, SMU now trails the series 40–43–7. This marked SMU's second victory over a ranked team since receiving the NCAA Death Penalty for the 1987-8 seasons. After this game, SMU received 5 points in the AP Poll and 10 points in the Coaches Poll. SMU became the first team to beat TCU in Fort Worth since the 2007 season. Wide receiver Darius Johnson was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week for his two receiving touchdowns, 12 catches, and 152 yards in the game. This game was the last away win for SMU in the 2011 season.

UCF[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
UCF 0 3 0 14 17
SMU 10 7 7 14 38

This game was the 4th meeting of the SMU Mustangs and UCF Knights. The two teams last met on December 4, 2010 during the 2010 Conference USA Football Championship Game when UCF defeated SMU 17–7. The Mustangs' 38–17 victory marks the first time SMU has defeated UCF and UCF now leads the series 3–1. For his third straight 300-yard game, QB J.J. McDermott was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week. PR Richard Crawford was named Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Week for his 92-yard punt return for a touchdown which ties the all-time SMU record.

Southern Miss[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
SMU 0 3 0 0 3
Southern Miss 10 0 3 14 27

This game was the 3rd meeting of the SMU Mustangs and Southern Miss Golden Eagles. The two teams last met on November 29, 2008 when Southern Miss defeated SMU 28–12. Southern Miss' 27–3 victory propelled them into the top 25 and extends their lead in the overall head-to-head record to an undefeated 3–0.

Tulsa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
SMU 0 0 7 0 7
Tulsa 10 14 14 0 38

This game marked the 19th meeting of the SMU Mustangs and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. They last met in the previous season on October 9, 2010, where SMU defeated Tulsa with a final score of 21–18. Following Tulsa's 38–7 victory this season, SMU now leads the series 12–7.

Tulane[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tulane 0 0 24 0 24
SMU 14 17 7 7 45

This game marked the 20th meeting of the SMU Mustangs and the Tulane Green Wave. They last met in the previous season on October 30, 2011, where SMU defeated Tulane with a final score of 31–17. Following SMU's 45–24 victory, Tulane now lead the series 12–8. This victory made SMU bowl eligible.

Navy[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Navy 3 7 7 7 24
SMU 0 3 7 7 17

This game marked the 16th meeting of the SMU Mustangs and the Navy Midshipmen. The two teams have a heated rivalry in which they compete for the Gansz Trophy. They last met in the previous season on October 16, 2010, where Navy defeated SMU with a final score of 28–21. Following Navy's 24–17 victory, the Midshipmen now lead the series 9–7. This loss marked SMU's only loss in Ford Stadium in the 2011 season as well as SMU's only loss to a team with an overall losing record.

Houston[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
SMU 0 0 0 7 7
#11/10 Houston 3 10 10 14 37

This game marked the 26th meeting of the SMU Mustangs and the Houston Cougars. They last met in the previous season on October 23, 2010, where Houston defeated SMU with a final score of 45–20. Following Houston's 37–7 victory, Houston now leads the series 17–9–1.

Rice[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rice 0 7 10 7 24
SMU 7 7 0 13 27

This game marked the 89th meeting of the SMU Mustangs and Rice Owls in the Battle for the Mayor's Cup. They last met in the previous season on October 2, 2010, where SMU defeated Rice with a final score of 42–31. Following SMU's 27–24 victory, SMU now leads the series 48–40–1.

Pittsburgh (BBVA Compass Bowl)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
SMU 21 0 7 0 28
Pittsburgh 0 3 3 0 6

This game will mark the 6th meeting of the SMU Mustangs and the Pittsburgh Panthers. They last met on January 1, 1983 in the Cotton Bowl Classic, where SMU defeated Pittsburgh 7–3. After SMU won the 2012 BBVA Compass Bowl, the series now stands in the Mustangs' favor 3-2-1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tulane Green Wave vs. SMU Mustangs Box Score". ESPN.com. November 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Navy Midshipmen vs. SMU Mustangs Box Score". ESPN.com. November 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ http://smumustangs.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/sched/smu-m-footbl-sched.html#_
  4. ^ It is possible to receive votes in certain polls but not be officially ranked in the Top 25. Rankings of 26 and greater indicate the team has received votes, but not enough to be featured in the Top 25.