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SMU wins the Hawaii Bowl

By Liz Chun - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - June Jones revived the UH football program and has now done the same for SMU in his second season with the Mustangs.  On Christmas eve history repeated itself.  A Hawaii Bowl victory is now a part of Jones legacy at both schools.     
Southern Methodist faced Nevada in it's first bowl appearance in 25 years.  Jones quarterback of choice for the game was Kyle Padron.  While Padron is a 18 year old freshman, he didn't play like it.  In fact his first pass of the game was a 71 yard completion to Cole Beasley.  That first pass pretty much set the tone for the game.  Padron was able to take Nevada a part.  The Mustangs also ran it in well.  Shawnbrey McNeal had the ground covered with three rushing touchdowns for SMU.  As for the passing game, Padron was in the record books for a bowl game by the first half throwing a school best 303 yards.  He'd end the game with 460 yards passing with two touchdown throws.
Nevada as the best rushing team in the country was resorted to the pass which just made matters worse in the second half.  Colin Kaepernick threw one interception in the fourth and was sacked three times in the game.  SMU ended up beating Nevada 45-10.  Counting what he did with the Warriors, Jones record all time at the Hawaii Bowl improves to 4-1.

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