SMU's 28-6 Compass Bowl victory over Pitt on Saturday was important for many reasons:
The Mustangs got their second bowl win in two years, the team showed they can hang with the boys of the Big East, and it riled up the recruits.
SMU currently has 19 players committed to the 2012 class, a group that is probably the best recruiting class the Mustangs have compiled in over 25 years.
The high school seniors loved watching their future program win on Saturday.
"It was awesome to see them totally dominate a pretty solid football program like that," said Seaver Myers, the three-star offensive tackle out of Friendswood High School (Texas). "I'm really excited to be a part of that next year."
It was only fitting that SMU play a current Big East team right after accepting an offer to become a member of the automatic-qualifying conference beginning in 2013.
The Mustangs certainly proved that they'll stack up just fine with the teams in the BCS conference, as they held Pitt to just two field goals and 205 total yards of offense.
"I definitely think we'll be able to compete in the Big East," said A.J. Justice, a three-star safety out of Stratford High School (Houston). "It definitely showed other schools what SMU is all about, coming out of Conference USA. Bigger schools never thought of them as a threat, but now I'm sure they do."
Justice added: "And with the kids coming in with my class mixed with the ones already on the team, I don't think we'll have any worries going into the Big East."
No one really expected the game to be a blowout like it was. SMU scored 21 points in the first quarter and the Panthers were never able to overcome such a deficit.
"It was pretty cool," said Robert Lewis, a three-star wide receiver out of South East High (South Gate, Calif.). "I thought it was going to be a closer game, but it was good. It shows me they'll be able to compete in the Big East, like they'll be one of the top teams in the conference."
The win shows that the Mustangs will definitely be able to compete – and win – in the Big East, and it shows players – current ones and recruits – that this program is still very much on the rise.
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