The Mustangs of Southern Methodist University played football in 2014 – badly. This once proud squad finished its season in 2014 with a Won-Loss record of 1-11. Since it is a member of the American Athletic Conference (AAC), it played Conference foes, as well and not surprisingly, lost seven of the eight games on its schedule.
Head Coach Judy Jones, mindful of his team’s poor performance, resigned after just two games had been played. His record after seven years was poor. The Mustangs won thirty six games for their Head Coach while losing forty-three contests.
The football team’s Offensive Coordinator, Tom Mason, became the Interim Head Coach and presided over the almost continuous losing.
The Mustangs have not always been a “bottom feeder.” This squad produced a winning season in 2011 when it triumphed in eight out of thirteen contests and earned an invitation to the Compass Bowl where it overcame the University of Pittsburgh by a score of 28-6.
The following year, 2012, was also successful. The Mustangs won seven out of twelve games and received another bowl game invitation. In that year, the squad went to the Hawaii Bowl and beat Fresno State University handily. The final score was 43-10.
But that was the last time the Mustangs performed at a high level. So Coach Mason knew the 2015 Season would likely be difficult for the slowly-improving Mustangs.
In truth, the Mustangs have gotten off to a reasonable start in 2015. The team lost its home opener on September 4th to the fourth ranked Baylor Bears. The score was 56-21. However, the Mustangs bounced back in Week Two. On September 12th, this team matched last year’s winning total by beating North Texas University 31-13.
Remaining home games may offer additional winning opportunities. Southern Methodist University will host James Madison University (JMU) on September 26th, East Carolina University on October 3rd, the University of Tulsa on October 31st, Temple University on November 6th and Tulane University on November 21st.
The road has already proven to be unpleasant to the Mustangs. They traveled to Texas Christian University (TCU) this past Saturday, September 19th. The home team, ranked third nationally, routed the visiting Mustangs by a score of 56-37.
The developing Mustangs will next travel to the University of Houston for a game on October 8th, the University of South Florida on October 24th, the U.S. Naval Academy on November 14th and Memphis University on November 28th.
These are all difficult contests, especially for a program that is currently struggling and trying to get better. But the Mustangs have already matched last year’s win total. Any positive result in the remaining home and road games will be a “sign of improvement”: and cause for optimism.
Courtesy of Bleacher Report