Nov. 6, 2012
SMU Mustangs (4-5, 3-2 C-USA) vs. Southern Miss Golden Eagles (0-9, 0-5 C-USA)
Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 6 P.M. CT
Gerald J. Ford Stadium (32,000)
Fox Sports/SMU Radio Network/SMUMustangs.com
Setting The Scene
• Still in the hunt for the C-USA Western Division Championship, the SMU Mustangs host the 2011 C-USA Champion Southern Miss Golden Eagles in a nationally-televised Saturday night showdown at Ford Stadium.
• SMU is seeking its fourth-straight bowl berth, which would be a school record. The Mustangs won both the 2009 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl and 2012 BBVA Compass Bowl and also played in the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.
• SMU leads the nation in pick-sixes (6) and is tied for the national lead in total takeaways (28). The Mustangs are tied for second in interceptions (16), rank second in fumble recoveries for TDs (3) and are tied for fourth in total fumble recoveries (12).
• Zach Line puts the "run" in SMU's Run & Shoot. Line has totaled 3,847 yards and 40 rushing TDs in his career, both of which rank in the top five among active players. His career rushing total is second-best in school history, as the senior has passed Craig James and Reggie Dupard in the SMU record book and now trails only Eric Dickerson. In addition, his 20 career 100-yard games rank third among active players.
• Since the start of the 2009 season, SMU is 13-1 in C-USA games played at Ford Stadium and 20-9 in league games overall (6-2, 6-2, 5-3, 3-2).
• Located in the nation's fifth-largest media market, SMU boasts an impressive resume with 145 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 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 Golden Eagles
• The Golden Eagles enter the game at 0-9, but did take C-USA East-leading UCF to double-overtime before falling. USM ranks second in the league in pass defense and is led by senior defensive lineman Jamie Collins, who leads C-USA and ranks in the top 10 nationally in sacks.
• SMU and USM have met just three times, with the Golden Eagles holding a 3-0 series edge.
• June Jones is in his fifth season at the SMU helm. His SMU record is 28-33 and his career mark is now 104-74. 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.
• Ellis Johnson is in his first season at the USM helm, where he is 0-9. He is 17-37 in five seasons as a head coach having served as head coach at The Citadel (2001-03) and Gardner Webb (1983).
• Fox Sports will air the game live nationally on cable. Joel Meyers (PBP), Gary Reasons (analyst) and Desmond Purnell (sidelines) will call the game.
DirecTV Channel 677 (677-1 HD), Dish Network Channel 440 (9575 HD), Time Warner Cable (Dallas) Channel 906, Charter Cable (Fort Worth, Mid-Cities) Channel 300, AT&T U-Verse Channel 754 (1754 HD), Verizon Fios Channel 77 (577 HD).
• Rich Phillips (PBP), John Hampton (analyst) and Brian Bischoff (sidelines) will call the action on KTCK 1310 AMin Dallas beginning at 5:30 p.m. CT.
• SMUMustangs.com will stream game audio and stats.
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