Oct. 16, 2012
SMU Mustangs (2-4, 1-1 C-USA) vs. Houston Cougars (3-3, 2-0 C-USA)
Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 7 P.M. CT
Gerald J. Ford Stadium (32,000)
Fox Sports/SMU Radio Network/SMUMustangs.com
Setting The Scene
• Coming off a disappointing loss at Tulane, SMU looks to get back on track when the Mustangs host the Houston Cougars for a Thursday night meeting. Each of the last three C-USA Western Division Championships has been won by SMU or UH, so the game figures to be pivotal in this season’s race.
• SMU and Houston will both head to the BIG EAST in 2013. It will be the third conference the two schools have shared as both were members of the Southwest Conference from 1971 until 1996 and Conference USA from 2005 until 2012.
• Zach Line puts the “run” in SMU’s Run & Shoot. Line has posted 100-yard games against Tulane, Baylor and Texas A&M in 2012, and his 18 career 100-yard games rank second in SMU history to only Eric Dickerson and third among active players. He has totaled 3,511 yards and 37 rushing TDs in his career, both of which rank in the top five among active players.
• SMU is 18-8 in Conference USA games since the start of the 2009 season (6-2, 6-2, 5-3, 1-1).
• SMU’s Chase Hover is coming off a career game at Tulane, kicking four field goals, including a career-long 52-yarder. The four field goals were the most in a game by an SMU kicker since 2005.
• 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.
About The Cougars
• After opening the season 0-3, Houston has won three straight in convincing fashion and sits at 2-0 in Conference USA play. Houston is led by running back Charles Sims, who leads C-USA and ranks eighth nationally at almost 130 yards per game, and linebacker Phillip Steward, who leads C-USA and rates fifth nationally, racking up 12 tackles per game.
• Houston holds a solid 17-9-1 series edge and has won nine of the last 10 meetings between the two schools. SMU’s lone win in that stretch came in Space City, edging the Cougars 29-24 in 2005. SMU has not defeated UH in Dallas since 1992.
• June Jones is in his fifth season at the SMU helm. His SMU record is 26-32 and his career mark is now 102-73. 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.
• Tony Levine is in his first full season as a head coach and sports a record of 4-3.
• Fox Sports will air the game live nationally (check local listings). Ron Thulin (PBP), Dave Lapham (color) and Desmond Purnell (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 6:30 p.m. CT.
• SMUMustangs.com will stream game audio and stats.
For a complete set of SMU Game Notes, click here.