Sports: SMU football looking for home rebound against UAB

SMU kicker Matt SzymanskiDisappointing, but not hopeless: Texas Tech got the best of SMU in the season opener despite a late Mustangs rally with a final score of 35-27.

  • Sophomore QB Kyle Padron had an exciting if unbalanced day, throwing for 218 yards, 2 touchdowns…and three picks. Padron was also sacked 3 times by the Tech defense.
  • Senior kicker Matt Szymanski (right) was named Conference USA Special Teams Player Of The Week after kicking a school-record 61-yard field goal. (The goal is the second-longest in C-USA history.) SMU’s special teams were the unlikely heroes of the game, as Darryl Fields also returned a kickoff 92 yards to set up a 24-yard field to pull SMU within 35-17 in the third quarter.
  • SMU’s defeat was also Tommy Tuberville’s first win as head coach of Texas Tech. The Mustangs now have lost 14 straight games to Tech, dating back to 1989.

Bad memories, better futures: SMU will play its first home game against struggling C-USA rivalUAB on Saturday, Sept. 11. There will be a tribute to the heroes of United Flight 93, who sacrificed their lives to avert a 4th terrorist attack on 9/11. Mustangs will be wearing red, white and blue in honor of the victims. Also, SMU will be offering free tickets to all first-responders (including fire, police and emergency medical personnel) and to anyone with a military ID.

SMU soccer player Zach BarnesOff to a great start: The men’s soccer team received accolades for its furious 3-0-0 start when it was ranked 2nd in the Midwest division of the NSCAA/HendricksCars.com National Rankings.

  • SMU has defeated Missouri State in a 3-2 double overtime victory, Lipscomb with a 3-1 victory, and has shut out Seattle 3-0, all within the past week.
  • Freshmen lead the fight as Zach Barnes (right, 2 goals), Juan Castillo (2 goals), Robbie Derschang, A.J. Corrado, Ben Hill and Chris Sendejas have all scored in the three victories for SMU. Sophomore T. J. Nelson also netted his first career goal against Missouri State.
  • SMU continues its season this weekend at the Tulsa Tournament in Oklahoma, where it will face SIUE on Friday and Western Illinois on Sunday.

Revenge against Tech: The volleyball team continued their torrid start this past weekend with a 2-1 record at the Doubletree Invitational, which ended with their first loss of the season (but not after some due retribution was dealt out.)

  • SMU swept Texas Tech (25-15, 25-20, 25-17) in its first game of the Invitational, providing solace for bitter Mustangs over the weekend.
  • The Texas State Bobcats proved to be a bit more of a challenge in the second match of the day, but SMU prevailed with a 3-1 final score (SMU 25-23, 25-23, TXS 25-18, SMU 25-20.)
  • Sadly, the Lady Mustangs were out of gas in their 3-1 loss to UC-Davis in the Doubletree Invitational Championship. On the brighter side, both OH Kathryn Wilkerson and DS/L Sidney Stewart were named to the 2010 All-Tournament Team.
  • SMU looks to bounce back from their first loss of the season this weekend in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they will face UC-Santa Barbara, Sacramento State and host New Mexico in the Lobo Comcast Challenge.
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