The biggest win of the Chad Morris era was simultaneous with the biggest disappointment of the Tom Herman era on Saturday night. Morris' Mustangs dominated a flat Houston team that looked like it was done before the game started. SMU smelled blood and took the Cougars to the woodshed in a game that was never really in doubt.
Here's what we saw:
- Right Place Right Time: For SMU, they were able to catch a Cougar team at the right place and in the right situation on Saturday night. Houston's loss to Navy two weeks ago was telling, then a remarkable escape from Tulsa last week. Time ran out on a Houston team living on borrowed time. SMU meanwhile came out on fire and took the game to Houston, eliminating any hope that a staggered Cougar team could get up off the canvas. SMU jumped out to a 21-0 lead and never looked back.
- Braeden West Continues to Be the Man. West, a sophomore from Katy put together his second straight 100 yard game for the Ponies and salted the game away, slipping away from Houston in the second half. West is hitting his stride after an up and down start to 2016 and he and true freshman Ke'Mon Foreman give SMU a pretty nice running combination.
- SMU's Defensive Line Played Huge. SMU's defense, in particular the defensive line destroyed Houston's usually potent offense. The Mustangs registered a season high seven sacks and ten tackles for loss. Houston's offensive line was depleted by injury, but the Mustangs jumped through gaps and pressured Greg Ward Jr. all night. They also held up against Houston's rushing attack, holding the Coogs to just 62 yards and a 1.8 yards per carry average.
Houston gets UCF at home, an 11 a.m. start. Might want to monitor the attendance on that one.
SMU travels to the Big Easy and Tulane on Saturday.