The Roundup: It Was Never in Doubt; Texas Loses Game of the Century

When Saturday night’s college football national championship game was first scheduled, Dallas officials were confident that the game would be a sellout. But some fans missed the 8:30 start time at AT&T Stadium in…

The Roundup: It Was Never in Doubt; Texas Loses Game of the Century

When Saturday night’s college football national championship game was first scheduled, Dallas officials were confident that the game would be a sellout. But some fans missed the 8:30 start time at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Saturday due to seemingly endless traffic backups on Interstate 30. By 11:30, when the game was already well underway, there were not enough tickets to meet demand and only 4,650 tickets were still available for $60. That gave SMU, seeded third in the Big 12 Conference, the home field advantage as everyone knew the Mustangs were a huge underdog. All that uncertainty led to a chaotic scene as fans were admitted to the stadium through gates that do not open until 5 p.m. The disappointment was palpable as SMU was slow to warm up and fall behind 17-0. From there, Houston’s Quartney Davis scored on a 1-yard run with 14:44 left to cut the deficit to 17-7. There were still 14 minutes and eight seconds left on the clock. The SMU fans began to chant “Next year! Next year!” Just as another touchdown looked likely, SMU defensive back Ebonee Saari stripped Houston running back D’Eriq King and recovered the ball at the Houston 38 yard line. Later in the drive, SMU quarterback Ben Hicks sailed a pass into the ground and Emmanuel Evans grabbed it out of the air for an interception. Though Houston mounted one final drive, SMU’s Kyle McDonald stopped Davis short on second and long and forced the game-ending turnover on downs to earn his team a 14-7 victory and the national championship. Related

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