September 13, 2007

Ponies look to make mark on the road

SMU (1-1) vs. Arkansas State (0-1)

SMU ventures to Jonesboro, Ark., for the first time Saturday looking for a key non-conference win. The 6 p.m. kickoff will be televised by KTXA-TV (Ch. 21 in Dallas-Fort Worth). Mark Followill and Bill Jones will have the call. The Mustangs won last year's meeting in Dallas, 55-9. Here are some notes on the game:


The toughest part of Saturday's game may just be the location. The Indians enjoy a significant home-field advantage in Jonesboro, Ark., and are 8-1 in their last nine games there. ASU has had two weeks between games after lightning storms postponed last week's scheduled home opener against Memphis, and is 4-1 in home openers during sixth-year head coach Steve Roberts.

SMU will travel to Memphis on Friday, practice at the Liberty Bowl and stay the night. Saturday, the Mustangs will bus nearly 90 minutes to Jonesboro for the game.

ASU played Texas tough in Austin two weeks ago, losing 21-13. Sophomore quarterback Corey Leonard passed for a career-high 259 yards in the game, connecting on 23-of-36 passes. The 23 completions were also a career-high. Senior safety Tyrell Johnson, the preseason Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year, had a game-high 14 tackles and an interception against Texas. Both were named SBC Players of the Week for their efforts.

ASU was picked third in the SBC was the league's coaches at the start of the season.

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