Fresno State vs. SMU: Twitter Reaction, Recap and Analysis from 2012 Hawaii Bowl

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Fresno State vs. SMU: Twitter Reaction, Recap and Analysis from 2012 Hawaii Bowl

June Jones returned to Honolulu as head coach of SMU, and his Mustangs trounced Fresno State, 43-10, in the 2012 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl

The first half belonged to SMU and, more specifically, senior defensive end Margus Hunt. The 6'8", 280-pound lineman from Estonia was unstoppable in the first half hour and went into the locker room with three sacks, two forced fumbles and a safety.

Garrett Gilbert, Zach Line and the Mustangs' offense ensured that Hunt's defensive efforts were not in vain, and each rushed for a touchdown to give their team a 22-0 lead at the end of the first half.

The Bulldogs decided that Hunt was not going to have the same type of impact and frequently triple-teamed the talented pass-rusher for the remainder of the game. 

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This allowed Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr time to throw, and he was able to slightly close the gap with a touchdown pass to Davante Adams early in the third quarter. But Gilbert refused to entertain the notion of a comeback, and he found Darius Johnson in the end zone on the very next drive. 

The Hawaii Bowl was supposed to be Carr's time to shine, but a fourth-quarter interception that SMU's Taylor Reed returned for a touchdown turned this contest into a rout. Carr's later attempts to make the score respectable backfired, and Hayden Greenbauer intercepted another one of his passes and returned it for another score. 

SMU finished the season above .500 with a record of 7-6, while Fresno State dropped to 9-4 in 2012. 

 

Twitter Reaction

While the game was technically played at a neutral location, SportsCenter noted that SMU had an advantage thanks to head coach June Jones' previous job at the University of Hawaii:

Senior running back Zach Line has been a workhorse throughout his career with the Mustangs. In his final game, he put his name next to one of the all-time greats, as ESPN Stats & Info noted:

The National Football Post's Dave Miller took note of Margus Hunt's first-half production:

CBS Sports' Matt Hinton compared Hunt's dominance to an impressive performance from BYU's Kyle Van Noy a few days ago in the Poinsettia Bowl:

CBS Philly's Kevin McGuire was balancing his professional with his religious duties on Christmas Eve and noted that his prediction for this game was way off:

CBS Sports' Eye on College FBall noted that SMU's second interception return for a touchdown was another record-tying score for the Mustangs:

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