Sports: Football rolls out the ‘Iron Skillet Special,’ volleyball prepares to Dig Pink®

SMU wide receiver Darius JohnsonCooking 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 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.

Senior quarterback J.J. McDermott was named the C-USA Player Of The Week after going 23-of-45 for 349 yards and four touchdowns in the TCU game.

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

SMU outside hitter Dana PowellDig 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.

SMU soccer captain Adam StillClass 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.

Vote for Adam online and read more from SMU Athletics.

Sports: Men’s golf ranked 15th in the nation

SMU defensive end Margus HuntThe men’s golf team is ranked 15th in the nation in the Golf World/Nike Golf Division I Coaches’ Poll. SMU has claimed two victories in three events so far this season, winning the Gopher Invitational and the Adams Cup, leading to their first ranking of the year. The complete results will appear in the Oct. 19, 2009, issue of Golf World and can be viewed online now. Read more.

First-year defensive end Margus Hunt (left) was named the Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 12, 2009. Hunt blocked two field goal attempts in SMU’s 28-21 win over defending C-USA Champion East Carolina, one of which led to a 65-yard touchdown return. It was the first field goal block for a TD by SMU since Oct. 13, 2001. Hunt was also awarded an ESPN Helmet Sticker as he helped the Mustangs to their first 2-0 start in league play since 1986. Read more.

With the 2009 Texas-OU game set for an 11 a.m. kickoff, Red River Rivalry fans will have an opportunity to make Oct. 17 an even bigger day of college football in Dallas. On Saturday, the SMU Athletic Department will offer $10 tickets to the SMU-Navy battle for the Gansz Trophy at 7 p.m. in Ford Stadium to those with a Texas-OU ticket stub or a Saturday (Oct. 17) admission ticket from the State Fair of Texas. As part of its tribute to the armed forces, SMU also offers free game-day admission to anyone with a military ID. The festivities will include a pregame football delivery from the Navy SEALS Leap Frog Jump Team and a flyover by F/A-18 Hornets following the national anthem. Check for tickets online or call the SMU Ticket Office at 214-768-4263 (214-SMU-GAME). Read more.

Sports: SMU, Navy to battle for inaugural Gansz Trophy

Gansz TrophyThe SMU and Navy Athletic Departments have announced the creation of the Gansz Trophy (left), a traveling prize that honors the late coaching legend Frank Gansz. The trophy will be awarded to the winner of future SMU-Navy football games; the Mustangs and Midshipmen will battle for the trophy for the first time on Oct. 17 in Dallas.

Gansz, who was considered perhaps the top special teams coach in NFL history, spent time at both SMU and the U.S. Naval Academy. He was starting his second season as special teams coach on the Hilltop when he passed away on April 27, 2009. Gansz played center and linebacker for Navy from 1957 to 1959 and graduated in 1960. He also spent four seasons as a Navy assistant coach (1969-72). Read more.