NCAAF Game Recap - Southern Methodist at Texas Christian
Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

Char
10
Clem
52
F
SMiss
7
Ala
49
F
ND
17
UGA
23
F
LSU
66
Vand
38
F
MiaOH
5
OHSt
76
F
Aub
28
TxAM
20
F
Tenn
3
Fla
34
F
Utah
23
USC
30
F
Mich
14
Wisc
35
F
OkSt
30
Tex
36
F
UCF
34
Pitt
35
F
Oreg
21
Stan
6
F
UCLA
67
WaSt
63
F
AF
19
Boise
30
F
OD
17
UVA
28
F
Wash
45
BYU
19
F
Cal
28
Miss
20
F
Colo
34
AzSt
31
F
SMU
41
TCU
38
F
Hou
31
Tul
38
F
FLInt
31
LaTec
43
F
MSU
31
NW
10
F
ULMon
20
IASt
72
F
Elon
7
Wake
49
F
WestMI
33
Syr
52
F
BC
30
Rut
16
F
UConn
3
Ind
38
F
Mor
21
Army
52
F
CoCar
62
UMass
28
F
ULLaf
45
Ohio
25
F
CenCt
29
E Mi
34
F
Troy
35
Akr
7
F
BGSU
20
Kent
62
F
SoAl
3
UAB
35
F
Wyo
21
Tuls
24
F
App
34
UNC
31
F
Lou
24
FlaSt
35
F
Temp
22
Buff
38
F
SCar
14
Mizzu
34
F
KY
13
MisSt
28
F
C Mi
12
MiaFL
17
F
NMSt
52
NM
55
F
WVU
29
Kans
24
F
W&M
7
ECU
19
F
Hamp
27
Lib
62
F
Wagn
7
FlAtl
42
F
GASt
34
TxSt
37
F(2OT)
SIU
28
ArkSt
41
F
Bayl
21
Rice
13
F
Ball
23
NCSt
34
F
UTSA
3
NorTx
45
F
SJSU
31
Ark
24
F
Nev
37
UTEP
21
F
Neb
42
Ill
38
F
SacSt
20
Fres
34
F
Toled
41
ColSt
35
F
UtSt
23
SDSU
17
F
C Ark
16
Hawaii
35
F

Sep 21, 2019, 3:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Southern Methodist (4-0)

18

13

0

10

41

(25) Texas Christian (2-1)

7

10

7

14

38

Pony Up: SMU beats No. 25 TCU 41-38, 1st 4-0 start since '84
Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:34 PM

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) While SMU coach Sonny Dykes and new quarterback Shane Buechele are focused on this season, they do understand the historical context of a win over longtime rival TCU that has the Mustangs 4-0 for the first time since 1984.

That was back in the old Southwest Conference days, only a few years from crippling sanctions that kept the Mustangs from even fielding a team in 1987 and 1988 after the NCAA's so-called death penalty.

"I haven't been here 35 years. It's a big deal for our fans, and I get it," said Dykes, in his second season on the Hilltop after being an offensive analyst at TCU. "I don't try to get caught up in all of that stuff during the season, just because I think it's a bit of a distraction. ... Look, I appreciate winning."

Shane Buechele was 23-of-34 passing for 288 yards with two touchdowns and ran for another score as SMU held on to beat the 25th-ranked Horned Frogs 41-38 on Saturday, ending a seven-game losing streak in the 99th meeting between the schools.

"It's important for our fans to stay behind us. It's really important for those guys to have our back," said Buechele, the former Texas quarterback who is one of SMU's seven graduate transfers. "We have their back. We need to roll together as a team."

The Mustangs went ahead to stay after jumping ahead 15-0 in less than 10 minutes. They held on after true freshman Max Duggan's third touchdown pass of the second half for TCU with 3:37 left.

TCU (2-1) got the ball back after a three-and-out by SMU, including a third-down snap that Buechele wasn't ready for that resulted in a 23-yard loss. The Horned Frogs got the ball at the SMU 41, but Duggan's fourth-down pass never had a chance after TCU coach Gary Patterson opted against trying a 51-yard field goal attempt in the final minute.

Xavier Jones ran for 79 yards with a touchdown, and caught a 3-yard TD early in the fourth quarter for a 38-24 lead. That ended an 84-yard drive that started when TCU running back Sewo Olonilua lined up in wildcat formation on fourth-and-1 and was sacked for a 6-yard loss when he looked to pass.

Olonilua fumbled at TCU's 4 in the first quarter, giving SMU the ball back right after Buechele was stuffed for no gain on fourth-and-goal from the 1. That set up a 1-yard TD run by Jones.

"It's a simple thing. We got outplayed. We got outcoached," Patterson said.

Darius Anderson ran for 161 yards and two touchdowns for TCU. Duggan, after going 1-of-10 for 22 yards in the first half finished 16 of 36 for 188 yards and his three touchdowns. He didn't have an interception, but fumbled twice.

"It's hard. It's a tough loss," Anderson said. "We've got execute, do our job, make less mistakes."

HAT TOSS

On the same play Buechele had a pass intercepted in the end zone in the second quarter, the helmet of an SMU offensive lineman was ripped off his head by a defender and heaved from around the 30 to near the end zone. Dykes was livid that no penalty was called, and officials told him that they didn't see it.

"I just saw the helmet flying. I didn't see who threw it," Dykes said. "It went about 30 yards. ... Go try to do that sometimes and see how far you can throw a helmet. It was really impressive."

Anderson broke free for a 77-yard run on the next play, setting up his 3-yard TD to get TCU within 18-14.

THE TAKEAWAY

SMU: The Mustangs had lost the last seven in the series by an average margin of four touchdowns. Buechele, who was 0-2 against TCU with the Longhorns, has two big receivers in James Proche (10 catches, 66 yards, one touchdown) and Reggie Roberson Jr. (four catches, 122 yards), a former transfer from West Virginia.

TCU: Duggan finished strong, including two TD passes to Pro Wells. "We didn't win. That's how all quarterbacks get judged," Patterson said. Graduate transfer Alex Delton started the first two games. The Frogs were coming of a three-touchdown road win against Big Ten team Purdue, and had allowed only 209.5 total yards per game.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

TCU will fall out of the Top 25, a week after getting ranked and making it 15 seasons in a row to appear in the poll. SMU didn't get any votes in the AP poll last week, and hasn't been ranked since 1986.

UP NEXT

SMU plays its American Athletic Conference opener at USF next Saturday.

TCU stays at home next Saturday to open Big 12 Conference play against Kansas.

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Passing

SMU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
S. Buechele 34 23 67.6 2 288 46 1 101.1
TCU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
M. Duggan 36 16 44.4 3 188 32 0 88.7

Rushing

SMU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
X. Jones 19 79 4.2 23 1
S. Buechele 9 30 3.3 16 1
TCU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Anderson 19 161 8.5 77 2
J. Reagor 1 29 29.0 29 0

Receiving

SMU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
R. Roberson Jr. 4 122 30.5 44 0
K. Granson 4 83 20.8 46 0
TCU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Thomas 4 70 17.5 30 0
D. Anderson 2 32 16.0 32 0

Fumbles

TCU F FL
S. Olonilua 1 1
M. Duggan 3 2

Returning

SMU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
C. Sanders 2 22.5 0 28 0 - 0 0
J. Proche 0 - 0 0 1 3.0 0 3
TCU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Reagor 2 8.5 0 11 1 23.0 0 23
T. Moehrig 0 - 0 0 1 7.0 0 7

Punting

SMU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
W. Scott 1 44 44.0 44
TCU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Sandy 4 166 41.5 52

Takeaways

TCU Int Yds InTD
A. Washington 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

SMU TCU
Points For 41 38
Total Yards 406 424
Rushing Yards 118 236
Passing Yards 288 188
Passing Completions / Attempts 23/34 16/36
Turnovers 1 3
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/0 6/3
First Downs 16 23
Penalties - Yards 6/45 5/60
Time Of Possession 55:55 5:05
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 9/20 8/16
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/2 0/2
Punts - Average Yards 6/40 4/42

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter SMU TCU
SMU 1:18 TD Shane Buechele 4 yd run (Luke Hogan kick) 7 0
SMU 9:04 TD Xavier Jones 1 yd run (KE'MON FREEMAN 2pt run) 15 0
TCU 12:03 TD Darius Anderson 14 yd run (Jonathan Song kick) 15 7
SMU 15:00 FG Luke Hogan 38 yd FG 18 7
2nd Quarter SMU TCU
TCU 1:55 TD Darius Anderson 3 yd run (Jonathan Song kick) 18 14
SMU 7:16 TD Ke'Mon Freeman 1 yd run (missed kick) 24 14
TCU 11:32 FG Jonathan Song 29 yd FG 24 17
SMU 14:47 TD James Proche 9 yd pass from Shane Buechele (Russell Roberts kick) 31 17
3rd Quarter SMU TCU
TCU 7:51 TD Pro Wells 12 yd pass from Max Duggan (Jonathan Song kick) 31 24
4th Quarter SMU TCU
SMU 1:02 TD Xavier Jones 3 yd pass from Shane Buechele (Russell Roberts kick) 38 24
TCU 5:17 TD Sewo Olonilua 5 yd pass from Max Duggan (Jonathan Song kick) 38 31
SMU 8:24 FG Russell Roberts 32 yd FG 41 31
TCU 11:23 TD Pro Wells 13 yd pass from Max Duggan (Jonathan Song kick) 41 38

Game Information

Stadium: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
Attendance: 41,250
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