FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2016
Photos by Matthew Postins
TULSA, Okla. – Everything you needed to know about Friday’s 43-40 overtime loss to Tulsa was written on SMU head coach Chad Morris’ face. Exhausted and emotional, Morris wouldn’t let himself or his team get too down on losing this one, despite the fact that both he and his quarterback Ben Hicks, believe they should have won.
“It’s one of those times where you hope something eventually bounces your way and right now it’s not happening just yet,” Morris said.
If Morris was looking for toughness, resolve and a higher level of play after the Mustangs’ 45-20 pounding at the hands of Temple last week, he found all of that against Tulsa Friday night. But the Mustangs (2-4, 0-2 American) still lost. As much pressure as the SMU defense was able to put on Tulsa (4-1, 1-0), the Golden Hurricane still managed 43 points.
The Mustangs caught Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans four times, including SMU’s Jarvis Pruitt, who had 1.5 sacks. But the Mustangs couldn’t catch Evans as he cut up the seam of the SMU defense in overtime to score the game-winning touchdown, which led to a flood of his teammates crossing the field and mobbing him in the back of the end zone.
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