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Defense leads SMU to Hawaii Bowl blowout

L.J. Jones, Der'rikk Thompson AP

The 2011 Southern Miss team holds the NCAA record for most pick-sixes in a season with eight. The Golden Eagles went on to defeat Nevada 24-17 in last year’s Hawaii Bowl.

In this year’s version of the game, SMU tied USM’s NCAA record for interceptions returned for a touchdown thanks to a pair of late pick-sixes. In fact, SMU had more defensive points (14) than Fresno State had offensive points (10). Thanks to the Mustangs’ defensive efforts, SMU went on to beat the favored Bulldogs 43-10.

Leading the defensive effort for SMU was defensive end Margus Hunt, who had three tackles-for-loss, three sacks (one for a safety) and two forced fumbles. Hunt inflicted most of his damage in the first half, giving SMU a 22-0 halftime lead. The Mustangs held the Bulldogs to -16 yards rushing thanks in large part to a number of sacks on quarterback Derek Carr.

On offense, SMU running back Zach Line scored once for his 47th career rushing touchdown, tying Erikc Dickerson for a school record.

SMU now has back-to-back bowl wins in consecutive years for the first time in history and finishes the season 7-6. Fresno State finishes 9-4 after winning five in a row to end the season.

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8 Responses to “Defense leads SMU to Hawaii Bowl blowout”
  1. youngry says: Dec 25, 2012 12:48 AM

    SMU had 16 defensive points, not 14.

  2. ningenito78 says: Dec 25, 2012 1:27 AM

    Who cares?

  3. sportfan23 says: Dec 25, 2012 3:14 AM

    2 tds = 12 not 14, extra points aren’t defensive points. Plus the safety…14 total not 16.

  4. sd1024 says: Dec 25, 2012 8:38 AM

    Who cares?

  5. polegojim says: Dec 25, 2012 9:40 AM

    Otherwise known as the ‘no one is in the stands’ bowl…. Holy Empty Seats – WOW.

    Makes me wonder how these bowls make money? Is it all from ads?

    Great D by SMU – very true. Hunt is a beast.
    I actually started feeling bad for the FS RT Tackle.

  6. thegamecocker says: Dec 25, 2012 11:35 AM

    SMU will continue to post better records moving forward. They have a Head Coach, June Jones, who is a offensive genius. He will restore SMU to the glory days without paying players…..he wins wherever he goes.

  7. manchestermiracle says: Dec 25, 2012 12:53 PM

    Yet another upset and we’re hardly into the meat of the bowl schedule. Y’all said these bowls would suck and I countered that some would go as expected and others would be surprises. It will be interesting to see if that trend continues.

  8. cometkazie says: Dec 25, 2012 2:20 PM

    Good for SMU!

    Have you noticed that the cameras at NFL games avoid the empty seats? I do believe they are positioned so.

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