Player of the game, play of the game and notes

Player of the game

Travis Long, a freshman defensive end, made five solo tackles and assisted on four others. He had two tackles for losses plus a sack.

Play of the game

SMU led 27-13 with 10 minutes to play, and had the ball in WSU territory. But Cougars linebacker Myron Beck intercepted a pass and returned it 67 yards for a touchdown that made the score 27-20 and gave the Cougars a chance.

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That’s more like it

WSU’s Nico Grasu missed a 39-yard field goal earlier in the game, but hit the game-winner from that distance in overtime.

Maybe next time

The plan was to find playing time for freshman quarterback Jeff Tuel. But Tuel never even warmed up and Marshall Lobbestael, who replaced Kevin Lopina as the starter, went all the way. Lobbestael was 24 of 52 for 239 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

The decision not to play Tuel was predicated in part, on injuries on the Cougars’ offensive line.

“We had some issue in the protection,” offensive coordinator Todd Sturdy told The Spokesman-Review.

By the numbers


Interceptions returned for touchdowns by the Cougars. Alex Hoffman-Ellis took one back 52 yards to cut SMU’s lead to 24-13 late in the third quarter, before Beck went 67 yards in the fourth to make it 27-20.


Turnovers by SMU, including four interceptions.


Yards rushing for the Cougars. Dwight Tardy was WSU’s leader, with 33 yards on eight carries.


Passing yards for SMU. Mustangs quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell completed 40 of 57 passes, for two touchdowns.