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How SMU QB Ben Hicks tuned out the noise to deliver the best three-game stretch of his career

How SMU QB Ben Hicks tuned out the noise to deliver the best three-game stretch of his career

In the aftermath of SMU's 31-28 overtime win in Cincinnati, as coaches and players continued to celebrate on the field, offensive coordinator Joe Craddock broke away from the celebration for a moment to tell a reporter, "Ben is such a warrior."The Ben he was referring to, of course, is SMU quarterback Ben Hicks. The redshirt sophomore had just delivered SMU one of the most memorable moments of the Chad Morris era. Rolling to his right on fourth-and-26 in overtime, Hicks threw a ball just over the fingertips of a Cincinnati defender to reach Trey Quinn for a 28-yard gain, setting the table for...

5 key numbers from SMU's win over Cincinnati, like Ben Hicks' upward trend

Here are five key numbers from SMU's 31-28 overtime win over Cincinnati.3That's how many games in a row quarterback Ben Hicks has completed over 70 percent of his pass attempts. The sophomore drew some heat early in the season, even as SMU started 3-1, because his completion rate hovered around 50 percent. Against Cincinnati, Hicks completed 70.3 percent of his 37 pass attempts for 295 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He's completed 60.2 percent of his passes this season, 57th among qualifying FBS quarterbacks.(The three could just as easily stand for the number of games in a row...
SMU quotable: QB Ben Hicks on how his game has evolved this season

SMU quotable: QB Ben Hicks on how his game has evolved this season

Head coach Chad MorrisOn SMU's fourth-and-26 conversion in overtime:"There's a play on your play card for fourth-and-26. What you do is you recruit great kids and great players and you ask them to make great plays. And these kids made great plays all year long for us. There's no doubt in my mind that that fourth-and-26 will go down in the history of this program as we continue to change this entire culture and this entire program. To have Ben (Hicks) keep it alive, that's what you tell them to do. Don't let the game end with the ball in your hand and Trey Quinn made a play. Just really proud...

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