by CFP Staff
December 30, 2010
SMU missed two field goals and QB Kyle Padron turned the ball over three times as Army beat the Mustangs 16-14 in the Armed Forces Bowl on Thursday. Army's first bowl win since the 1985 Peach Bowl came in its first bowl appearance in 15 seasons.
The game is normally hosted by Amon G. Carter Stadium on the TCU campus in Fort Worth, but renovations to that facility forced the game to relocate to the SMU campus in Dallas.
Padron was sacked and fumbled on the third play of the opening drive and Josh McNary returned it 55 yards for a 7-0 Army lead 1:27 into the game.
Matt Szymanski missed a 35-yard field goal on SMU's next possession and Padron threw interceptions to end the next two drives.
Padron recovered from his mistakes to throw touchdown passes on consecutive drives in the second half, but it wasn't enough as Szymanksi missed again from 47 yards out with just over 4 minutes left in the game.
The Mustangs outgained Army 422 to 222, but the Black Knights led 13-0 after one quarter and 16-0 at halftime.
The game was a reunion of sorts for SMU head coach June Jones and Army head coach Rich Ellerson. The duo were Hawaii teammates in 1974.
SMU finished with a disappointing 7-7 record after consecutive losses in the CUSA Championship game and the bowl game. Just last season, the Mustangs ended a 25-year bowl drought with a 45-10 win over Nevada in the Hawai'i Bowl.
Army's bowl win gives the military academies (Air Force, Army and Navy) a 2-1 record for the 2010 postseason. It is the first time in history that all three academies received bowl bids in the same season.
Army improved to 3-2 all-time in bowl games while SMU fell to 5-7-1.