With the victory over the Golden Hurricane, the SMU Mustangs are bowl-eligible for the first time in five seasons. SMU has gone through a lot since that Hawaii Bowl victory over the Fresno State Bulldogs, but it was worth the process.
If not for a critical penalty on a would-be touchdown the Mustangs could very well have lost this game. Tulsa was on its way to extending its lead to 14 when Justin Hobbs caught the ball and was on the way to a 60-yard touchdown, but he started celebrating at the 20-yard line, and that drew an unsportsmanlike penalty. Tulsa had to settle for a field goal on the drive, and the momentum was shifted entirely on the side of SMU as it scored on three of its next four drives.
This is a significant victory for a program that was 1-11 a few years ago, but according to head coach Chad Morris and the SMU players, they want more.
The team gets a chance to build upon this victory with a marquee matchup against the 18th ranked UCF Golden Knights tonight at Gerald J. Ford Stadium for homecoming.