SMU Postgame Notes - January 7, 2012

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Jan. 7, 2012

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SMU 28, Pittsburgh 6
SMU (8-5), Pittsburgh (6-7)
BBVA Compass Bowl
Legion Field
Birmingham, Alabama

- SMU series vs. Pittsburgh: 3-2-1
- June Jones in bowl games: 6-3
- June Jones career record: 100-69 (wins his 100th career game as a college head coach)
- June Jones in bowl games at SMU: 2-1
- Captains for today: #23 Chris Banjo (FS), #70 Kelvin Beachum (OT), #6 Richard Crawford (DB) , #8 Taylor Thompson (DE)
- SMU played in a bowl for the third straight season, which ties the SMU record (1982-84). SMU has won at least 7 games for the third straight season, the first time since doing so five straight seasons from 1980 to 1984
- Had 7 sacks, which is a season high and the most by SMU under June Jones
- SMU is 8-0 this season when scoring first and 7-0 when scoring 21+ points
- The blocked punt by Justin Sorrell was the first for SMU since Chase Kennemer blocked a punt at UTEP in 2008

- SMU in bowl games: 6-7-1
- Darius Johnson named BBVA Compass Bowl MVP (7-120 receiving, 1TD) - BBVA Compass Bowl records (ties receptions with 7, set record for logest reception on the 50-yard TD in the 1st Qtr) (Johnson was also the offensive MVP in the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl)

- Longest pass: 50-yard YD pass from J.J. McDermott to Darius Johnson at 10:15 of the 1st Quarter (was 48 yards from James Pinkney to Bobby Good of East Carolina vs. USF 12/23/06)
- Points in a quarter: SMU scored 21 points in the first quarter (was 17 by Cincinnati vs. Southern Miss 12/22/07)
- Most rushing TDs: SMU had 3 (was 2 TDs 2 other times)
- Fewest points allowed: SMU held Pittsburgh to 6 points (record was 7 two other times)
- Fewest first downs: 12 by Pittsburgh, which ties the record (2 other times)
- Fewest rushing yards: 10 by Pittsburgh (record was 54)
- Fewest offensive yards: 205 by Pittsburgh, which ties the record)
- Receptions: Darius Johnson and Cole Beasley each tied the record with 7 receptions (tied 3 others)
- Points & Rushing TDs: Rishaad Wimbley had 2 rushing TDs for 12 points (2 rush TDs) to tie the record (tied 2 others)
- Most PATs: 4 by Chase Hover (Jake Rogers of Cincinnati vs. Southern Miss 12/22/07)

- SMU scored 21 points in the first quarter, second-highest for a quarter in a bowl game (22 in the 4th Qtr vs. Oklahoma in the 1968 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl - W, 28-27)

SMU Team Season Records
- 336 points, 6th at SMU
- 25.8 points per game, 9th at SMU
- 5052 yards of total offense, 4th at SMU
- 388.6 total yards per game, 3rd at SMU
- 6.08 yards per play, 2nd at SMU
- 3572 passing yards, 3rd at SMU
- 274.8 passing yards per game, 6th at SMU
- 17 passing TDs, 9th at SMU
- 281 completions, 5th at SMU
- 245 first downs, T-4th at SMU
- 164 passing first downs, 2nd at SMU

Cole Beasley and Darius Johnson have combined for 165 receptions and 2158 receiving yards this season
- That ties for 1st for combined receptions (Beasley 86, Johnson 79)
- That is 2nd for combined yards (Beasley 1040, Johnson 1118)

Cole Beasley (#11, WR) (Biletnikoff Award watch list, All-C-USA First Team)
- Had 7 receptions for 86 yards
- Has 255 career receptions, which is 2nd at SMU (record - 285 by Emmanuel Sanders) and 7th in C-USA
- Has 2959 career receiving yards, which is 3rd at SMU and 14th in C-USA
- His 86 receptions this season ranks 3rd at SMU
- His 1040 receiving yards this season ranks 8th at SMU
- Is the second SMU player with multiple 1000-yard seasons; had 1060 yards in 2010 (Aldrick Robinson 2008 and 2010)

Darius Johnson (#3, WR) (Biletnikoff Award watch list, All-C-USA First Team)
- Had 7 receptions for 120 yards and 1 TD
- Has 6th 100-yard games this season (T-2nd at SMU), and 10th for his career (3rd at SMU)
- Had 1 receiving TD; has 8 this season and 15 for his career
- Has 168 career receptions, which is 7th at SMU
- Has 2067 career receiving yards, which is 8th at SMU
- His 1118 receiving yards this season ranks 4th at SMU
- Has 79 receptions this season, 6th at SMU

Zach Line (#48, RB) (All-America Honorable Mention by - Doak Walker semifinalist, Maxwell Award watch list, All-C-USA First Team)
- DNP - out for season; foot injury (played 10 games)
- Had 8 games with 100+ rushing yards this season (T-3rd at SMU); has 15 in his career (T-4th at SMU)
- His 1224 rushing yards this season ranks 8th at SMU; 5th player at SMU with multiple 1000-yard seasons (Reggie Dupard (3), Eric Dickerson (2), Keylon Kincade (2), Alvin Maxson (2))
- His 2907 career rushing yards rank 7th at SMU
- His 17 rushing TDs this season are tied for 2nd at SMU (Eric Dickerson 19 in 1981, Eric Dickerson 17 in 1982)
- His 34 career rushing TDs rank 3rd at SMU
- Has 102 points this season, which is tied for 3rd at SMU
- His 204 career points rank 8th at SMU

J.J. McDermott (#15, QB)
- Had his first career rushing TD (1 yd run at 2:47 1st Qtr)
- Finished 16-26, 239 yds, 1 TD, 0 int
- 8-4 as the starting quarterback at SMU
- Had 1 TD pass. Has 17 TD passes this season, T-7th at SMU
- Has 3421 passing yards this season, 2nd at SMU for a season
- Has 3298 yards of total offense this season, 3rd at SMU
- Has 272 completions this season, 3rd at SMU

Taylor Thompson (#8, DE) (watch listsfor Bronko Nagurski Award, Rotary Lombardi Award, Pony Express Award; All-C-USA First Team)
- Had a sack, has 8 for the season and 18 for his career (T-4th at SMU)

Beau Barnes (#94 DL)
- Had his first career sack

Kelvin Beachum (#70, OT) (watch lists for Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award, All-C-USA First Team)
- Started his 51st consecutive game at SMU

Cole Beasley (#11, WR)
- See SMU Records

Ja'Gared Davis (#56, LB) (All-C-USA Second Team)
- Had a team-high 9 tackles
- Had a forced fumble, has 2 for the season and 5 for his career
- Had a sack, now has 5.5 for the season and 16.5 for his career
- Had 1 TFLs, now has 12 for the season and 30 for his career

Margus Hunt (#92 DE)
- Career-high 3 sacks (has 8.5 for career)

Darius Johnson (#3, WR)
- See SMU Records

Zach Line (#48, RB)
- See SMU Records

J.J. McDermott (#15, QB)
- See SMU Records

Taylor Reed (#44, LB) (All-C-USA Second Team)
- Had a fumble recovery, 2nd of career
- Had a sack, 4 on the season and 7 in career

Stephon Sanders (#51 LB)
- Had his first career interception

Justin Sorrell (#2 SS)
- Had a blocked punt, the first blocked kick of his career (first blocked punt for SMU since the game at UTEP in 2008)

Matt Stone (#31 P)
- Had a career-best 59 yd punt (4:25 of 2nd Qtr)

Jared Williams (#22 RB)
- Was 11-40 rushing (Season Total: 42-180)

Rishaad Wimbley (#29 RB)
- Was 6-15, 2 TDs rushing (Season Total: 40-178, 4 TDs)
- Tied his career-high with 2 rushing TD (has 4 TDs in the last 2 games)



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