SMU Heads To New Orleans
Oct. 9, 2012
SMU Mustangs (2-3, 1-0 C-USA) at Tulane Green Wave (0-5, 0-1 C-USA)
Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 12 P.M. CT
The Superdome (72,000)
New Orleans, La.
CSS/SMU Radio Network/SMUMustangs.com
Setting The Scene
SMU makes a trip to New Orleans looking for its fourth-straight 2-0 Conference USA start. The Mustangs are facing Tulane for the final time as conference mates, as SMU will move to the BIG EAST in 2013.
SMU's Randall Joyner is this week's C-USA Defensive Player of the Week. Making the start for an injured teammate, Joyner notched a team- and career-high 14 tackles and recorded two interceptions as SMU shutout UTEP in El Paso, 17-0.
Zach Line puts the "run" in SMU's Run & Shoot. Line has posted 100-yard games against Baylor and Texas A&M in 2012, and his 17 career 100-yard games rank second in SMU history to only Eric Dickerson and third among active players. He has totaled 3,334 yards and 37 rushing TDs in his career, both of which rank in the top five among active players.
SMU is 18-7 in Conference USA games since the start of the 2009 season (6-2, 6-2, 5-3, 1-0).
The SMU defense enters the game on the heels of two solid performances, allowing just three points over the last six quarters. Against No. 15 TCU, SMU held the Horned Frogs to just 156 yards of total offense. It was the fewest yards for a TCU team since 1997, as the Mustangs limited the Frogs to just 2.1 yards per play. SMU then posted a 17-0 win at UTEP, marking the second shutout of the season for the Mustangs, the first time that has happened at SMU since 1983. The Mustangs are just the third team in C-USA history to post two shutouts in one season, joining the 2011 UCF team and the 1999 Southern Miss squad. No team has ever recorded three shutouts in the same season.
Located in the nation's fifth-largest media market, SMU boasts an impressive resume with 143 Conference Championships, 147 NCAA top-10 finishes, eight NCAA team championships (three in football), over 100 individual NCAA championships, hundreds of All-Americans and one Heisman Trophy Winner. SMU has won its conference's Director's Cup in 11 out of the past 15 years. SMU is one of just 20 schools that has both a Heisman Trophy winner and multiple national championships.
SMU is in the midst of its Centennial Celebration, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the University's founding and opening. January 1, 2011, was designated as the start of the celebration period, running through 2015. SMU was founded in 1911 and opened in 1915.
CSS will air the game live to subscribers in its markets (check cable provider/DishNetwork 446/DirecTV 720). Dave Raymond (PBP), ND Kalu (color) and Leila Rahimi (sidelines) will call the game.
Rich Phillips (PBP), John Hampton (color) and Brian Bischoff (sidelines) will call the action on KTCK 1310 AM in Dallas beginning at 11:30 a.m. CT.
SMUMustangs.com will stream game audio and stats.
About The Green Wave
The Wave is riding a 15-game losing streak and has been outscored 212-45 in 2012.
Tulane leads the all-time series, 12-8, but SMU has won three straight and four of the last six in the set, topping the Green Wave in 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
June Jones is in his fifth season at the SMU helm. His SMU record is 26-31 and his career mark is now 102-72. Jones led SMU to back-to-back Conference USA Western Division Championships in 2009 and 2010, and has led the Mustangs to three straight bowl berths. Jones went 76-41 in nine seasons at Hawaii, leading the Warriors to the All-State Sugar Bowl following the 2007 season. Prior to heading to Hawaii, Jones had a 12-year coaching career in the NFL, including head coaching stops at Atlanta and San Diego.
Curtis Johnson is in his first season as the head coach at Tulane where he is 0-5. Johnson came to Tulane after spending the five seasons as the wide receivers coach for the New Orleans Saints.
For a complete set of SMU Game Notes, click here.