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Special to tje N.E.T. Sports Gazette

DALLAS, Texas - Despite an inspired effort, the SMU Mustangs dropped their 2004 season opener Sept. 4, 27-13, before a record crowd of 34,689 fans at Gerald J. Ford Stadium.

SMU scored first on a 35-yard field goal by Chris McMurtray. The Mustangs went into halftime down just 6-3, but the Red Raiders scored 17 second-half points to pull away late.

SMU starting quarterback Chris Phillips was 12-of-28 passing for 109 yards and rushed 21 times for 75 yards on the ground. Redshirt freshman Cedrick Doresy tallied the first TD of his career with a seven-yard scamper late in the fourth quarter.

The Mustangs next see action Saturday, September 11, at TCU. For more information on the upcoming contest against the Horned Frogs and festivities surrounding the game,

SMU To Host ECU, Rice, Tulane & UTEP In 2005

Special to tje N.E.T. Sports Gazette

IRVING, Texas - Conference USA has determined the 2005 and 2006 cross-over opponents for football, Commissioner Britton Banowsky announced today.

The scheduling model, which was approved during the Athletic Directors meeting last week, calls for each team to play four home and four away games in league play. In addition to playing every team in its division once, each school will play three games against opponents from the opposite division.

Cross-Over Opponents
West Division
Houston - Memphis/Southern Miss/UCF
SMU - ECU/Marshall/UAB
Tulane - Marshall/Southern Miss/UCF
Tulsa - ECU/Memphis/Southern Miss
UTEP - Marshall/Memphis/UAB

East Division
East Carolina - Rice/SMU/Tulsa
Marshall - SMU/Tulane/UTEP
Memphis - Houston/Tulsa/UTEP
Southern Miss - Houston/Tulane/Tulsa
UCF - Houston/Rice/Tulane

In addition, the following home and away opponents were selected for 2005 and will be reversed for 2006.

West Division
Houston 	Home:  Memphis/Rice/ SMU/Southern Miss
		Away:  Tulane/Tulsa/UCF/UTEP

Rice		Home:  Tulane/Tulsa/UCF/UTEP
		Away:  ECU/Houston/SMU/UAB

SMU		Home:  ECU/Rice/Tulane/UTEP
		Away:  Houston/Marshall/Tulsa/UAB

Tulane		Home:  Houston/Marshall/Tulsa/UTEP
		Away:  Rice/SMU/Southern Miss/UCF

Tulsa		Home:  ECU/Houston/Memphis/SMU
		Away:  Rice/Southern Miss/Tulane/UTEP

UTEP		Home:  Houston/Marshall/Tulsa/UAB
		Away:  Memphis/Rice/SMU/Tulane

East Division
ECU 		Home:  Rice/Southern Miss/UAB/UCF
		Away:  Marshall/Memphis/Tulsa/SMU

Marshall 	Home:  ECU/SMU/Southern Miss/UAB
		Away:  Memphis/Tulane/UCF/UTEP

Memphis 	Home:  ECU/Marshall/UAB/UTEP
		Away:  Houston/Southern Miss/Tulsa/UCF

Southern Miss 	Home:  Memphis/Tulane/Tulsa/UCF
		Away:  ECU/Houston/Marshall/UAB

UAB 		Home:  Rice/SMU/Southern Miss/UCF
		Away:  ECU/Marshall/Memphis/UTEP 

UCF 		Home:  Houston/Marshall/Memphis/Tulane
		Away:  ECU/Rice/Southern Miss/UAB

The new format will be the basis upon which the complete 2005 and 2006 schedules will be constructed. Exact game dates will be determined at a later date.

Beginning in 2005, Conference USA will conduct a football championship game between the champions of the East Division and West Division. The championship game will be held at the school with the highest Conference winning percentage.

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