SMU Football is battling Tulane on ESPN on Thursday, looking to win a fourth straight game. The Green Wave are trying to bounce back from a 38-31 loss to UCF last week, the first loss for Willie Fritz’ team in AAC play.
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SMU got the ball to start. Tanner Mordecai opened up with a pass and hit Dylan Goffney for a big gain to the 45. Camar Wheaton ran three straight times, bringing up a 4th down after a tackle for loss on 3rd and 3.
A long run by Tyjae Spears got Tulane out from its 19 to the 41. SMU had held defensively on a 3rd and long, but a facemask call extended the drive for the Green Wave into SMU territory. A rough injury to Terrance Newman delayed play for a few minutes. Tulane picked up the 1st down when play resumed. SMU held until a 4th and 1 that was picked up by Michael Pratt on a quarterback sneak. Two plays later, Pratt scored on the keeper to take a 7-0 lead.
After SMU picked up a 1st down, Tulane’s defense locked in, helped by a Rashee Rice drop. The Green Wave took over and went right down the field for a touchdown. Aided by a long completion to Shae Wyatt and a huge run by Spears, Tulane punched it in for the 14-0 lead.
SMU went for it on a 4th down near midfield and Rashee Rice dropped a 1st down conversion. SMU’s defense turned around and held, but a muffed punt by Roderick Daniels gave the Green Wave the ball at the SMU 7. Spears caught a swing pass for a touchdown to give Tulane a 21-0 lead.
SMU got the ball and was held to a stop. On the ensuing punt though, Jha’Quan Jackson muffed the punt, giving the Mustangs the ball. RJ Maryland caught a tipped pass from Tanner Mordecai to go in for the touchdown. SMU trailed 21-7 with 13:54 to go.
After a long kick return, Tulane went right in for the touchdown to make it 28-7. After the teams traded stops, SMU got the ball and went on a long drive before halftime. The drive stalled and Colin Rogers’ 49-yard field goal attempt went wide.
Tulane opened with a long kick return to the SMU 45. Pratt opened with a run to the SMU 37. Spears carried for a 1st down to the SMU 26. Pratt completed a pass to Wyatt for the touchdown to go up 35-7.
SMU drove down the field and went for it on 4th down at the Tulane 18. Jordan Kerley dropped a pass from Mordecai that would’ve picked up the 1st down. Tulane took over and went 3-and-out. The Mustangs took over and fumbled, giving the Green Wave the ball.
Pratt and Spears capitalized to run it in, making it 42-7. After SMU turned it over on downs with an interception, the Mustangs allowed a deep touchdown to Tulane. The Mustangs responded with a long drive to close the gap to 49-14, thanks to an RJ Maryland touchdown catch.
Pratt scored to open up a 56-14 lead. The Mustangs started a skirmish after that touchdown, resulting in flags flying. SMU drove down the field to answer with a field goal, to close it to 56-17. Tulane kicked a field goal to make it 59-17. SMU put the backups in and drove down the field, capped by a Roderick Daniels touchdown run to make it 59-24.
FINAL: Tulane 59, SMU 24.