By Brian Hilderbrand for www.armedforcesbowl.com
Dallas, Texas, December 30, 2010 – It doesn’t take the football mind of a Walter C. Camp or a Bill Walsh to figure out what went wrong for SMU in its 16-14 loss to Army in Thursday’s Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl at Ford Stadium. In fact, the Mustangs’ downfall could be easily determined by looking at the stat sheet, under the heading of “turnovers.” SMU 3, Army 0. It’s as simple as that. SMU outgained the Black Knights 413-229 in total offense, but it was three costly turnover in the first half that ultimately led to the Mustangs’ demise. Army defensive end Josh McNary scooped up an SMU fumble on the Mustangs’ opening drive of the game and scampered 55 yards for a touchdown and the Black Knights picked off SMU quarterback Kyle Padron twice in the half – one of which killed a potential scoring drive late in the first quarter.