NCAAF Game Recap - Southern Methodist at Memphis
Sat Nov 2, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

Wof
14
Clem
59
F
UGA
24
Fla
17
F
Oreg
56
USC
24
F
Utah
33
Wash
28
F
Miss
14
Aub
20
F
WVU
14
Bayl
17
F
Mich
38
MD
7
F
SMU
48
Mem
54
F
VaTec
20
ND
21
F
Cin
46
ECU
43
F
GaSo
24
App
21
F
Boise
52
SJSU
42
F
K St
38
Kans
10
F
NCSt
10
Wake
44
F
Navy
56
UConn
10
F
Buff
43
E Mi
14
F
NIU
10
C Mi
48
F
Hou
29
UCF
44
F
UTSA
14
TxAM
45
F
BC
58
Syr
27
F
Neb
27
Purd
31
F
Lib
63
UMass
21
F
OD
17
FLInt
24
F
Akr
6
BGSU
35
F
Troy
35
CoCar
36
F
ArkSt
48
ULMon
41
F
UNLV
17
ColSt
37
F
Army
13
AF
17
F
Marsh
20
Rice
7
F
TCU
27
OkSt
34
F
UTEP
26
NorTx
52
F
Rut
10
Ill
38
F
MiaFL
27
FlaSt
10
F
MidTN
20
Char
34
F
Tuls
26
Tul
38
F
FlAtl
35
W Ky
24
F
MisSt
54
Ark
24
F
Pitt
20
GATec
10
F
OreSt
56
Ariz
38
F
TxSt
3
ULLaf
31
F
UAB
7
Tenn
30
F
NW
3
Ind
34
F
Vand
7
SCar
24
F
UVA
38
UNC
31
F
Colo
14
UCLA
31
F
BYU
42
UtSt
14
F
NM
10
Nev
21
F
Fres
41
Hawaii
38
F

Nov 2, 2019, 7:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(15) Southern Methodist (8-1)

7

10

7

24

48

(24) Memphis (8-1)

7

16

17

14

54

White throws for 350, No. 24 Memphis beats No. 15 SMU 54-48
Sun Nov 3, 2019 1:11 AM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The 24th-ranked Memphis Tigers had a national stage both in their town and on their field.

They lived up to the moment.

Brady White threw for 350 yards and three touchdowns, Antonio Gibson had a school-record 386 all-purpose yards with three scores and Memphis held off No. 15 SMU 54-48 Saturday night to cap the biggest day yet in Tigers' football history.

"This stage, this moment, this opportunity, they came out and they played with everything they had against a really good football team," Memphis coach Mike Norvell said.

The Tigers (8-1, 4-1) handed SMU its first loss of the season and moved atop the American Athletic Conference's Western Division to improve their case to represent the Group of Five in the New Year's Six.

SMU (8-1, 4-1) came in with its best start to a season since 1982 when the Mustangs won their first 10. They left having lost their sixth straight in Memphis in a series dominated by the Tigers, and coach Sonny Dykes said they just made too many errors against a good team.

"You know, 48 points is usually enough to win," Dykes said.

Memphis started the day on display thanks to ESPN's "College GameDay" on Beale Street with wrestler Jerry Lawler as the big guest, then filled the Liberty Bowl with 59,506 for the biggest crowd for an American conference game. The Tigers followed by outdueling the nation's sixth-best scoring offense, which had been averaging 43 points a game.

"The momentum swings, there were highs, there were lows," Norvell said. "There was a great response from our Memphis Tigers. I want to say thank you to Memphis. Memphis had an opportunity to be showcased, and much like this football team, it rose to the occasion."

The teams combined for 1,067 yards total offense, and SMU stayed close scoring three TDs in the fourth quarter going for 2 after each - converting all three. Shane Buechele threw a 2-yard TD pass to James Proche with 2:06 left for the final margin.

But Preston Brady recovered SMU's onside kick, and Memphis ran out the clock for the victory.

White said the Tigers understood the special platform they had with the prime-time game on network television.

"We appreciated the opportunity and just wanted to make sure we took advantage of it and put our best foot forward and kind of we fed off that energy a little bit," White said.

Gibson caught six passes for 130 yards and a TD, and he also returned a kickoff 97 yards to open the third. The senior wide receiver padded Memphis' lead, taking a handoff 78 yards for a TD with 9:31 left to give him 386 all-purpose yards for a Memphis record. Damonte Coxie caught seven passes for 143 yards and two TDs.

Buechele finished with 456 yards passing and three TDs, and Ke'mon Freeman ran for two TDs.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Tigers lost at Temple after entering the Top 25 in October. This victory ensures they will stick around and likely move up a bit. SMU hadn't been ranked this highly since being No. 3 in October 1985, and the Mustangs will drop after this loss.

NO TURNOVERS

SMU came in having forced 17 turnovers this season and at least one in 19 straight games, but the second-longest active streak in the nation ended against Memphis.

THE TAKEAWAY

SMU: The Mustangs played without their leading receiver in Reggie Roberson who is ranked eighth in the nation with 803 yards receiving. Roberson didn't travel with SMU after hurting his foot early in a win against Houston on Oct. 24. James Proche came through with 13 catches for 149 yards, and Rashee Rice caught seven for 122 yards.

Memphis: Riley Patterson had a career-high 17 points and bailed the Tigers out with four field goals after Memphis had three touchdowns wiped out. Gibson was ruled short of the goal line in the first quarter, and the Tigers later turned the ball over on downs. A 75-yard kickoff return by Joey Magnifico was erased by an illegal block in the back, and a hold negated Kenny Gainwell's second TD run, a 13-yarder, just before halftime.

QUOTABLE

"There's a play here and there, that if we make them, it's a different outcome," Dykes said.

UP NEXT

SMU: Hosts East Carolina on Nov. 9.

Memphis: A little rest with an open date, and then the Tigers visit Houston on Nov. 16.

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Passing

SMU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Proche 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
S. Buechele 54 34 63.0 3 456 53 0 108.3
Mem Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
B. White 33 19 57.6 3 350 50 0 124.6

Rushing

SMU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Freeman 6 74 12.3 68 2
X. Jones 11 22 2.0 7 1
Mem Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
A. Gibson 3 97 32.3 78 1
K. Gainwell 21 88 4.2 14 1

Receiving

SMU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Proche 13 149 11.5 49 1
R. Rice 7 122 17.4 53 0
Mem Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Coxie 7 143 20.4 49 2
A. Gibson 6 130 21.7 50 1

Fumbles

SMU F FL
S. Buechele 1 0
X. Jones 1 0
Mem F FL
K. Gainwell 1 0

Returning

SMU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
C. Sanders 5 22.6 0 33 0 - 0 0
J. Proche 0 - 0 0 1 11.0 0 11
Mem KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. Gibson 3 53.0 1 97 0 - 0 0
C. Austin III 0 - 0 0 1 0.0 0 0

Punting

Mem Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Williams 2 97 48.5 51

Takeaways

Team Stats Comparison

SMU Mem
Points For 48 54
Total Yards 553 514
Rushing Yards 97 164
Passing Yards 456 350
Passing Completions / Attempts 34/55 19/33
Turnovers 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 2/0 1/0
First Downs 27 26
Penalties - Yards 11/108 16/134
Time Of Possession 1:01 59:59
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 9/18 8/17
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 2/2 1/2
Punts - Average Yards 6/34 2/48

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter SMU Mem
SMU 9:11 TD Kylen Granson 16 yd pass from Shane Buechele (Kevin Robledo kick) 7 0
Mem 11:26 TD Kenneth Gainwell 14 yd run (Riley Patterson kick) 7 7
2nd Quarter SMU Mem
Mem 1:22 FG Riley Patterson 30 yd FG 7 10
SMU 3:30 TD Xavier Jones 2 yd run (Kevin Robledo kick) 14 10
Mem 5:36 FG Riley Patterson 49 yd FG 14 13
Mem 9:16 TD Antonio Gibson 50 yd pass from Brady White (Riley Patterson kick) 14 20
SMU 11:18 FG Kevin Robledo 23 yd FG 17 20
Mem 14:48 FG Riley Patterson 34 yd FG 17 23
3rd Quarter SMU Mem
Mem 0:10 TD Antonio Gibson 97 yd kick return (Riley Patterson kick) 17 30
SMU 2:14 TD Ke'Mon Freeman 2 yd run (Kevin Robledo kick) 24 30
Mem 6:17 FG Riley Patterson 50 yd FG 24 33
Mem 12:46 TD Damonte Coxie 24 yd pass from Brady White (Riley Patterson kick) 24 40
4th Quarter SMU Mem
SMU 2:11 TD Kylen Granson 30 yd pass from Shane Buechele (Rashee Rice 2pt pass from Shane Buechele) 32 40
Mem 3:24 TD Damonte Coxie 49 yd pass from Brady White (Riley Patterson kick) 32 47
Mem 5:29 TD Antonio Gibson 78 yd run (Riley Patterson kick) 32 54
SMU 6:53 TD Ke'Mon Freeman 68 yd run (Rashee Rice 2pt pass from Shane Buechele) 40 54
SMU 12:54 TD James Proche 2 yd pass from Shane Buechele (JAYLON THOMAS 2pt run) 48 54

Game Information

Stadium: Liberty Bowl Memorial, Memphis, Tennessee
Attendance: 59,506
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