What We Saw: USF 35 SMU 27

SMU is scrambling for that precious 6th win and a bowl bid. It didn't come at home against a good USF team. But some good stuff did happen at Ford on Saturday night. 

Here's what we saw...

Who's that guy...

Courtland Sutton continues to stake his claim as the best receiver in the state and one of the best in the country. (We assume if you're the first, you're going to be the latter) Sutton set a school record for yards in a game with his 13 catch 252 yard performance. Sutton scored twice and by the time he's done at SMU he's going to own the record book. 

Should have accounted for...

USF's Quentin Flowers. Flowers, USF's quarterback passed for 195 and rushed for 142 looking like the perfect dual threat. The Bulls averaged 6.5 yards a carry including 16 carries for 122 yards in the fourth quarter to salt the game away. SMU actually outgained USF by over 100 yards and held the ball for 12 minutes more but three turnovers and an inability to contain the run help do SMU in.

It was over when...

Braedon West was held to no gain on a fourth and one at the USF fourteen yard line. SMU hung around but in the end, that yard put an end to SMU's hopes for a bowl clinching win.  West by the way rushed for 120 yards and is now just twelve yards shy of a thousand yard season, that's still a big deal.  

One more thing...

We may write about this later, but SMU deserves more than what they're getting at home games in terms of attendance. Last night the Mustangs were on the verge of six wins, coming off a huge win over East Carolina and taking on a very good, top 25 caliber USF team and no one cared to show up. Butts in seats are attractive and why Houston will be able to out recruit  SMU et al. Recruits don't want crickets. They want shiny helmets and adoring fans. SMU has the former but not the latter. Plus, for a group of five team, gameday revenue is still a BIG DEAL. Half empty stadiums don't pay the bills. 

SMU has another shot at six wins against Navy at home Saturday. 

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Posted on November 20, 2016 and filed under SMU, Southwest Round-Up.