NCAAF Game Recap - Southern Methodist at Arkansas State
Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

GATec
14
Clem
52
F
Duke
3
Ala
42
F
UGA
30
Vand
6
F
Hou
31
Okla
49
F
FlAtl
21
OHSt
45
F
GaSo
3
LSU
55
F
MidTN
21
Mich
40
F
ND
35
Lou
17
F
LaTec
14
Tex
45
F
Oreg
21
Aub
27
F
TxSt
7
TxAM
41
F
EWa
14
Wash
47
F
Utah
30
BYU
12
F
Idaho
7
PSU
79
F
FlaAM
0
UCF
62
F
Tuls
7
MSU
28
F
Wisc
49
SoFL
0
F
MiaOH
14
Iowa
38
F
NoIa
26
IASt
29
F(2OT)
Syr
24
Lib
0
F
NMSt
7
WaSt
58
F
SoAl
21
Neb
35
F
NW
7
Stan
17
F
Alb
21
C Mi
38
F
UCLA
14
Cin
24
F
RMor
10
Buff
38
F
Wagn
21
UConn
24
F
Mor
3
BGSU
46
F
C Ark
35
W Ky
28
F
GWebb
28
Char
49
F
AlaSt
19
UAB
24
F
FLInt
14
Tul
42
F
SDSU
21
Minn
28
F
NoCol
18
SJSU
35
F
Kent
7
AzSt
30
F
Rice
7
Army
14
F
UMass
21
Rut
48
F
UtSt
35
Wake
38
F
Purd
31
Nev
34
F
ColSt
31
Colo
52
F
OkSt
52
OreSt
36
F
Miss
10
Mem
15
F
MisSt
38
ULLaf
28
F
InSt
17
Kans
24
F
Akr
3
Ill
42
F
ECU
6
NCSt
34
F
How
0
MD
79
F
Toled
24
KY
38
F
Ind
34
Ball
24
F
Boise
36
FlaSt
31
F
JMU
13
WVU
20
F
URI
20
Ohio
41
F
Buck
12
Temp
56
F
HolyC
7
Navy
45
F
Colg
7
AF
48
F
GASt
38
Tenn
30
F
SCar
20
UNC
24
F
E Mi
30
CoCar
23
F
ETenn
7
App
42
F
MonSt
10
TxTch
45
F
PorSt
13
Ark
20
F
VaTec
28
BC
35
F
SamHu
31
NM
39
F
(N/A)
7
UTSA
35
F
Camp
14
Troy
43
F
UCDav
13
Cal
27
F
VMI
17
Marsh
56
F
IllSt
10
NIU
24
F
Monm
13
WestMI
48
F
AlcSt
10
SMiss
38
F
Nich
14
K St
49
F
SFA
17
Bayl
56
F
SMU
37
ArkSt
30
F
Norf
21
OD
24
F
Mizzu
31
Wyo
37
F
Abil
31
NorTx
51
F
UVA
30
Pitt
14
F
Gram
9
ULMon
31
F
HBU
34
UTEP
36
F
ArkPB
7
TCU
39
F
Web
0
SDSU
6
F
SoUt
23
UNLV
56
F
Fres
23
USC
31
F

Aug 31, 2019, 7:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Southern Methodist (1-0)

3

13

14

7

37

Arkansas State (0-1)

7

2

14

7

30

Jones with 3 TDs, SMU holds on to beat Arkansas St. 37-30
Sat Aug 31, 2019 11:30 PM

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) Xavier Jones ran for three touchdowns as SMU held on late for a 37-30 win over Arkansas State on Saturday in a season opener.

SMU led by seven when Arkansas State began its final drive with just over two minutes left. The Red Wolves were threatening when, with seven seconds remaining, the Mustang's Delontae Scott sacked ASU quarterback Logan Bonner, forcing a fumble which was recovered by teammate Nelson Paul, sealing the win for SMU.

SMU trailed early but took a 16-9 edge at halftime with the help of field goals by Kevin Robledo of 29 and 25 yards.

Bonner opened the second half with a pair of touchdowns to Omar Bayless to give the Red Wolves a 23-16 lead with 7:36 to go in the third. C.J. Sanders answered for the Mustangs with a 98-yard punt return for a score and Jones ran for a touchdown, lifting SMU to a 30-23 lead at the end of the third. Jones ran for another TD midway through the fourth to stretch it to 37-23.

Shane Buechele threw for 360 yards for the Mustangs. Ke'Mon Freeman ran for 86 yards and Jones finished with 56 yards.

Bonner threw for 324 yards and four touchdowns for the Red Wolves.

---

More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25

Passing

SMU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
S. Buechele 49 30 61.2 0 360 51 1 75.2
ArkSt Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
L. Bonner 50 32 64.0 4 324 34 1 100.8

Rushing

SMU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Freeman 22 86 3.9 18 0
X. Jones 18 56 3.1 9 3
ArkSt Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
M. Murray 17 77 4.5 20 0
L. Bonner 6 16 2.7 20 0

Receiving

SMU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
R. Roberson Jr. 11 180 16.4 51 0
J. Proche 7 66 9.4 18 0
ArkSt Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
O. Bayless 10 132 13.2 34 4
B. Bowling 12 92 7.7 21 0

Fumbles

SMU F FL
R. Roberson Jr. 1 0
S. Buechele 1 0
ArkSt F FL
L. Bonner 2 1

Returning

SMU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
C. Sanders 3 44.3 1 98 0 - 0 0
T. Lavine 1 13.0 0 13 0 - 0 0
ArkSt KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
M. Murray 5 21.8 0 37 0 - 0 0
B. Edmonds 0 - 0 0 1 13.0 0 9

Punting

SMU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
L. Hogan 1 39 39.0 39
ArkSt Punt Yds Avg LgPu
C. Grace 6 249 41.5 55

Takeaways

SMU Int Yds InTD
T. Newman 1 2 0
ArkSt Int Yds InTD
D. Jackson 1 51 0

Team Stats Comparison

SMU ArkSt
Points For 37 30
Total Yards 508 414
Rushing Yards 148 90
Passing Yards 360 324
Passing Completions / Attempts 30/49 32/50
Turnovers 1 3
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 2/0 3/2
First Downs 29 25
Penalties - Yards 5/50 11/83
Time Of Possession 14:14 46:46
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 9/17 3/13
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/2 2/3
Punts - Average Yards 2/38 6/42

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter SMU ArkSt
ArkSt 1:52 TD Omar Bayless 7 yd pass from Logan Bonner (Blake Grupe kick) 0 7
SMU 6:15 FG Kevin Robledo 34 yd FG 3 7
2nd Quarter SMU ArkSt
ArkSt 0:59 SF Team safety 3 9
SMU 7:52 TD Xavier Jones 9 yd run (Kevin Robledo kick) 10 9
SMU 11:07 FG Kevin Robledo 29 yd FG 13 9
SMU 14:31 FG Kevin Robledo 25 yd FG 16 9
3rd Quarter SMU ArkSt
ArkSt 1:19 TD Omar Bayless 8 yd pass from Logan Bonner (Blake Grupe kick) 16 16
ArkSt 7:24 TD Omar Bayless 29 yd pass from Logan Bonner (Blake Grupe kick) 16 23
SMU 7:38 TD CJ Sanders 98 yd kick return (missed kick) 22 23
SMU 14:16 TD Xavier Jones 1 yd run (Kylen Granson 2pt pass from Tyler Page) 30 23
4th Quarter SMU ArkSt
SMU 5:49 TD Xavier Jones 2 yd run (Kevin Robledo kick) 37 23
ArkSt 9:01 TD Omar Bayless 34 yd pass from Logan Bonner (Blake Grupe kick) 37 30

Game Information

Stadium: Centennial Bank Stadium, Jonesboro, Arkansas
Attendance: 22,076
Game Time:
Weather: