It may not be the Pony Express just yet, but there could be a stampede soon for SMU.
The Mustangs made the college football world take notice on Saturday by upsetting rival and No. 20-ranked TCU in Fort Worth, 40-33, in overtime.
And Tylerite Jeremy Johnson was right in the middle of the program-changing win.
The former John Tyler High School standout scored the eventual game-winner when he hauled in a 19-yard touchdown pass from quarterback J.J. McDermott on the first possession of overtime. It was McDermott’s fourth TD pass of the day.
Then it was up to the Mustangs defense. After three-straight incompletions by Horned Frogs quarterback Casey Pachall, the Ponies started celebrating. The victory snapped a TCU school-record 22-game winning streak at Amon G. Carter Stadium. It also snapped the Horned Frogs’ streak of 46 straight weeks in the Top 25 poll.
It was SMU’s first win over a ranked team since the Ponies defeated No. 22 TCU, 21-10, on Sept. 10, 2005 in Dallas. And it was the Mustangs’ fourth straight win, their longest streak since winning five consecutive games in 1997.
The victory meant the Ponies were carrying the Iron Skillet back to the Hilltop and marked a signature win for June Jones in his fourth year at SMU.
Johnson proved to Jones he was correct in giving the 6-0, 173-pound sophomore his first collegiate start. He had six receptions for 69 yards and, of course, the winning score.
The Mustangs (4-1) have a bye this week before returning to action on Oct. 15 when they play host to Central Florida at Ford Stadium.
The fact the SMU-TCU went to overtime was the result of Horned Frogs fullback Luke Shivers, a senior from Whitehouse. He caught a 4-yard TD pass from Pachall with just 1:16 left regulation. The score sent the game into OT tied at 33-33.
In his career at TCU, whenever Shivers touches the football it likely results in a score. Just call him Touchdown Luke.
Just look at the numbers: 2008 — two carries, two TDs; 2009 — two carries, one TD; one reception, one TD; 2010 — nine carries, five TDs; 2011 — four receptions, two TDs.
That’s 11 touchdowns on 18 touches.
Also in Saturday’s game, Chapel Hill’s Matthew Tucker scored on a 1-yard run for TCU (3-2). On the season, Tucker has 58 attempts for 281 yards and six TDs.
The Frogs try to get back on the winning track Saturday when they travel to California to meet San Diego State. Gametime is 9:30 p.m. (TV: CBS Sports Network).
GETTING THEIR KICKS
Over the years, Chris Woodard and the Robert E. Lee Lady Raiders soccer program has produced a number of collegiate players. Two of the Lady Raiders on the collegiate pitch are Johna Germany and Kati McCarty.
Germany, who is a sophomore at McNeese State, is having another outstanding season.
Last year, Germany, a midfielder, was named the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Freshman of the Year. The award encompasses the whole Pelican State, universities at all levels.
As a freshman, she started in all 19 games and led the team with 35 shots, six goals, five assists and 17 points. She ranked in the top 10 in the Southland Conference in assists (sixth), goals (ninth), goals per game (ninth), points (10th) and points per game (10th). She was all-SLC second team.
This season, Germany is continuing her standout play, leading the team with five goals and two assists in 11 games.
McCarty is a sophomore on the defending national champion NCAA Division III Hardin-Simmons Cowgirls. Hardin-Simmons is 8-1 on the season. The squad has recorded eight straight shutouts since an opening 3-2 loss to Trinity.
McCarty has played in all nine games and has recorded two assists. As a freshman at the Abilene school, McCarty played in 19 games and had three goals and two assists.
The Cowgirls are the favorites to win their ninth straight ASC title and 14th overall and have a 138 consecutive unbeaten streak against ASC teams.