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Estonia's Margus Hunt helps SMU crush Fresno State in Hawai'i Bowl


The following is from the December 24, 2012, edition of The Dallas Morning News.

Bowl Champs

bowl game scoreboard
Scoreboard tells it all.

SMU defeats Fresno State in Hawaii Bowl
SMU takes home the trophy.

Margus Hunt
Margus Hunt was the game's MVP.

(Photos by Greg Yamamoto)

December 24, 2012

SMU coach June Jones walked out of Aloha Stadium with another win Monday (Dec. 24), thanks largely to a disruptive performance by defensive end Margus Hunt that set the tone for the Mustangs' 43-10 win over Fresno State in the Hawaii Bowl.

Hunt, the 6-foot-8 senior from Estonia with an 82-inch wing span, forced two fumbles that led to field goals and sacked Derek Carr for a safety as SMU (7-6) built a 22-0 halftime lead and never looked back.

The Mustangs also returned two interceptions for touchdowns, giving them eight for the season to tie the NCAA record set last year by Southern Miss. Hayden Greenbauer picked off Carr and returned it 83 yards with 1:14 left, the final blow to a miserable night for the Bulldogs (9-4).

SMU had seven sacks, the most Fresno State has given up all year.

Garrett Gilbert was effective with his arm and his legs, running for a 17-yard touchdown for the first score of the game and throwing a perfect strike to Darius Johnson for a 21-yard score to answer the Bulldogs' only touchdown. He rushed for 98 yards on 18 carries and threw for 212 yards.

But this game was decided by the Mustangs' defense, with Hunt leading the way. He was voted the game's MVP.

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