Thursday, December 30, 2010
SMU down 16-0 half of Armed Forces Bowl
By Richard Durrett
UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas -- The SMU offense was held scoreless in the first half for the second consecutive game as Army took a 16-0 advantage at the half. The Black Knights will get the ball first in the second half.
SMU appeared poised to score just before the half, moving the ball into Army territory. But the drive stalled as Kyle Padron's pass in the end zone went just over the fingertips of Aldrick Robinson.
SMU has outgained Army 215 yards to 130 yards, but the three SMU turnovers have proved costly. If not for the SMU defense, the score would be more lopsided than it is.
A few other stats:
* Time of possession is almost exactly even: SMU -- 15:01, Army -- 14:59
* SMU is 1-for-5 on third-down conversions, while Army is 2-for-6
* SMU has three penalties for 35 yards and Army has yet to be penalized
* Army has 122 yards rushing and just eight in the air, while SMU has 166 yards passing and 49 on the ground