Cooking with Iron: The Mustang football team won more than the 2011 Battle for the Iron Skillet in its 40-33 overtime victory against the 20th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs Saturday, Oct. 1. Junior wide receiver Darius Johnson (top left) was named the Conference USA and ESPN.com Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday, Oct. 3, recognizing his career-high-tying two receiving touchdowns, along with 12 catches and 152 yards. It was Johnson’s third straight 100-yard game and his third career game with 10 or more catches, tying him for third all-time at SMU.
At 4-1 and off to its best start since 1986, SMU received votes in both the USA Today Coaches’ and Associated Press Polls – ranking 34th in the Coaches’ Poll and 35th in the AP Poll. The Iron Skillet victory marked SMU’s first win over a ranked team since defeating a 22nd-ranked TCU squad 21-10 in Dallas on Sept. 10, 2005. It was also the team’s first road victory over a ranked opponent since topping No. 13 Baylor on Oct. 11, 1986, in Waco.
To commemorate the occasion, SMU Athletics has announced a special ticket plan at a rate that highlights the Mustangs’ margin of victory. For $40.33, the “Iron Skillet Special” allows fans to buy tickets for SMU’s four remaining home games, including a 2010 C-USA championship rematch with UCF Oct. 15, Tulane Nov. 5, Navy Nov. 12 for the 2011 Gansz Trophy, and Rice Nov. 26. Purchase the plan online at Ticketmaster.com.
Dig Pink®, fight cancer: The Mustang volleyball squad hosts Dig Pink® 2011 during its Saturday, Oct. 8 match against Tulane. The team handed Tulsa its first conference loss of the season with a 3-1 win on the road Wednesday, Oct. 5. The Mustangs recorded 15.0 blocks, and senior outside hitter Dana Powell (right) earned her 10th double-double of the season with 12 kills and 18 digs in the win.
Dig Pink® events, which attract participants from across the country and are sponsored by the Side-Out Foundation, raise money and awareness for the fight against breast cancer. SMU is participating in the program for the 4th year and has raised nearly $2,000 over the past three seasons. This year’s goal is $1,000.
The Mustangs will wear special pink jerseys during the match and encourage their fans to wear pink as well. The SMU Athletics Department will hold a silent auction at the match, in addition to selling bracelets and T-shirts. Items available for bid will include autographed items from Head Football Coach June Jones, basketball coaches and the SMU volleyball team. All proceeds will go directly to breast cancer research.
The match begins at 2 p.m. in Moody Coliseum. Make a gift at the game, or donate online or by U.S. Mail through SMU Volleyball’s Side-Out Foundation page.
Class of the field: Defender Adam Still (bottom left) is one of 10 men’s soccer finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, a national honor based on excellence in community, classroom, character and competition. Fans may vote online for Still once each day through Nov. 14, 2011. The fan vote will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winner.
Still is captain of the 2011 Mustangs and helped lead the team to a 16-2-2 record and an NCAA Elite Eight appearance in 2010. He started all 20 games for the Mustangs and played 1808 of a possible 1880 minutes last season. He also scored his first career goal on a 75-yard shot against No. 17 Tulsa on Oct. 20, 2010, helping SMU to a 3-2 win.
Currently, Still holds a 3.907 G.P.A. and will graduate in May 2012 with a degree in accounting. In 2010, Still was named to the CoSIDA ESPN Academic All-America Third Team. A two-time Academic All-America District VI Team award recipient, he has also been named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team and is a three-time C-USA Academic Medalist and three-time C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll member.