NCAAF Game Recap - East Carolina at Southern Methodist
Sat Nov 9, 2019 12:00 PM EST

LSU
46
Ala
41
F
MD
14
OHSt
73
F
Clem
55
NCSt
10
F
PSU
26
Minn
31
F
Mizzu
0
UGA
27
F
IASt
41
Okla
42
F
Vand
0
Fla
56
F
Bayl
29
TCU
23
F(2OT)
ND
38
Duke
7
F
Iowa
22
Wisc
24
F
UConn
3
Cin
48
F
K St
24
Tex
27
F
Wyo
17
Boise
20
F OT
Wake
17
VaTec
36
F
ECU
51
SMU
59
F
Nev
17
SDSU
13
F
Kent
33
Toled
35
F
Ball
31
WestMI
35
F
MiaOH
24
Ohio
21
F
ULLaf
48
CoCar
7
F
Temp
17
SoFL
7
F
UCF
31
Tuls
34
F
Wash
19
OreSt
7
F
Purd
24
NW
22
F
W Ky
45
Ark
19
F
TxTch
38
WVU
17
F
FlaSt
38
BC
31
F
UMass
7
Army
63
F
GATec
28
UVA
33
F
UTSA
24
OD
23
F
SoAl
28
TxSt
30
F
Char
28
UTEP
21
F
Stan
13
Colo
16
F
GaSo
28
Troy
49
F
USC
31
AzSt
26
F
UAB
2
SMiss
37
F
Ill
37
MSU
34
F
Lou
27
MiaFL
52
F
NMSt
3
Miss
41
F
NorTx
17
LaTec
52
F
GASt
31
ULMon
45
F
FLInt
7
FlAtl
37
F
UtSt
37
Fres
35
F
WaSt
20
Cal
33
F
App
20
SCar
15
F
Lib
24
BYU
31
F
Tenn
17
KY
13
F
SJSU
40
Hawaii
42
F

Nov 9, 2019, 12:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

East Carolina (3-7)

7

13

17

14

51

(23) Southern Methodist (9-1)

14

14

17

14

59

No. 23 SMU bounces back by outscoring East Carolina 59-51
Sat Nov 9, 2019 5:35 PM

DALLAS (AP) If there was any concern about a letdown coming off a first loss that changed the course of the season for No. 23 SMU, it disappeared in another wild, high-scoring game.

Shane Buechele threw five touchdown passes, Xavier Jones broke one of Eric Dickerson's school records and the Mustangs bounced back by outscoring East Carolina 59-51 on Saturday.

SMU (9-1, 5-1 American Athletic) played from ahead and kept it that way in a second straight game with more than 1,000 combined yards. The Mustangs had fallen behind and failed to close the gap last week in a 54-48 loss to No. 19 Memphis.

Tight end Kylen Granson caught three touchdown passes, including a 31-yarder on fourth-and-20 with SMU leading 45-44 midway through the fourth quarter. Granson had seven receptions for 138 yards, while James Proche finished with 14 catches for 167 yards.

"We got our head right," said Granson, a Rice transfer who sat out last season and now has eight touchdowns. "We knew ECU was a good team that could score a lot. Our focus was, `All right, we've got to be 9-1. We've got a lot to play for still."'

On the kickoff that followed Granson's third score, East Carolina's Jsi Hatfield couldn't pick up the loose ball around his 15-yard line and SMU recovered. That led to Proche's second touchdown catch.

Proche, a senior, had broken Emmanuel Sanders' school record with his 35th career touchdown catch on his first score of the day.

Buechele threw for 414 yards as the Mustangs finished with 636 total yards to 644 for the Pirates (3-7, 0-6).

Jones, who ran for 157 yards, had three rushing touchdowns for the third time this season. Jones has 20 total touchdowns (18 rushing and two receiving), one more than the Pro Football Hall of Famer Dickerson had in 1981 - all on the ground.

SMU started 8-0 for the first time since Dickerson was leading the Pony Express in his final season in 1982. But the loss to Memphis left the Mustangs needing help to reach the AAC championship game even if they win their final two regular-season games.

"Our guys showed up on Sunday and had the exact frame of mind we wanted them to have," SMU coach Sonny Dykes said. "We didn't have to beg them to practice. They showed up and handled their business."

East Carolina's Tyler Snead caught 19 passes for 240 yards, both career highs, with three touchdowns. Heading into Saturday, the highest single-game reception total for any Football Bowl Subdivision player this season was 16 by Western Kentucky's Lucky Jackson against Marshall.

Snead's previous best for catches was six. At one point, Snead caught seven straight passes from Holton Ahlers.

"He hits the home run, big pass play, comes jogging off and he just looks at me and says, `Next play,"' East Carolina coach Mike Houston said of Snead. "He is what you want in a player. The toughness, the competitiveness to go along with the ability to make plays."

Ahlers threw for 498 yards and a school-record six touchdowns a week after setting an ECU mark with 535 yards passing when the Pirates lost to No. 17 Cincinnati 46-43 on a field goal on the final play.

THE TAKEAWAY

East Carolina: When his first season is over, Houston could easily point to this two-week stretch as the most significant progress for a program with a 4-26 conference record going back to 2016. The Pirates performed well against consecutive Top 25 opponents.

SMU: Defense is an issue for the Mustangs, who have allowed at least 500 yards four times in five games after posting mostly respectable numbers early in the season. "I'm surprised we didn't play better defensively based on the way we practiced, but again, you've got to give East Carolina credit," Dykes said.

WATCHING RECORD FALL

Dickerson saw his record for total touchdowns fall on Jones' 64-yard touchdown late in the third quarter, and Dykes didn't know until about the milestone until after the game. "I wish I'd have known that," Dykes said. "I saw Eric in the locker room. I would have given him a hard time about that." Jones became the sixth SMU back with multiple 1,000-yard seasons (1,063).

QB SHOOTOUT

It's been quite a two-week run for both quarterbacks. Ahlers, who was 32 of 42 without an interception, has 1,033 yards passing in two games. Buechele is at 870 after throwing for 456 against Memphis. Buechele was 33 of 46 with one interception.

UP NEXT

Both teams are off next weekend before playing their final road games Nov. 23. East Carolina goes to UConn, and SMU will be at No. 25 Navy.

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Passing

ECU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
H. Ahlers 42 32 76.2 6 498 68 0 154.6
SMU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
S. Buechele 46 33 71.7 5 414 51 1 126.5

Rushing

ECU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Williams 14 61 4.4 14 0
D. Mauney 8 43 5.4 32 0
SMU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
X. Jones 20 157 7.8 64 3
K. Freeman 8 45 5.6 21 0

Receiving

ECU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Snead 19 240 12.6 57 3
A. Omotosho 4 77 19.3 29 1
SMU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Proche 14 167 11.9 51 2
K. Granson 7 138 19.7 36 3

Fumbles

ECU F FL
T. Snead 1 0

Returning

ECU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Hatfield 3 8.7 0 13 0 - 0 0
T. Snead 3 12.0 0 20 0 - 0 0
SMU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
C. Sanders 2 36.5 0 48 0 - 0 0
J. Proche 0 - 0 0 2 8.5 0 11

Punting

ECU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Young 4 168 42.0 45

Takeaways

ECU Int Yds InTD
J. McMillian 1 20 0

Team Stats Comparison

ECU SMU
Points For 51 59
Total Yards 644 636
Rushing Yards 146 222
Passing Yards 498 414
Passing Completions / Attempts 32/42 33/46
Turnovers 1 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 2/1 0/0
First Downs 27 33
Penalties - Yards 1/15 3/9
Time Of Possession 5:05 55:55
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 9/16 5/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/1 5/5
Punts - Average Yards 4/42 3/37

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter ECU SMU
SMU 2:16 TD Kylen Granson 22 yd pass from Shane Buechele (Kevin Robledo kick) 0 7
ECU 7:40 TD Jsi Hatfield 68 yd pass from Holton Ahlers (Jake Verity kick) 7 7
SMU 11:09 TD Kylen Granson 4 yd pass from Shane Buechele (Kevin Robledo kick) 7 14
2nd Quarter ECU SMU
ECU 3:54 FG Jake Verity 38 yd FG 10 14
SMU 7:32 TD Xavier Jones 3 yd run (Kevin Robledo kick) 10 21
SMU 10:15 TD James Proche 51 yd pass from Shane Buechele (Kevin Robledo kick) 10 28
ECU 12:56 TD Tyler Snead 36 yd pass from Holton Ahlers (Jake Verity kick) 17 28
ECU 15:00 FG Jake Verity 37 yd FG 20 28
3rd Quarter ECU SMU
ECU 1:07 TD Zech Byrd 45 yd pass from Holton Ahlers (Jake Verity kick) 27 28
SMU 2:59 TD Xavier Jones 35 yd run (Kevin Robledo kick) 27 35
ECU 6:54 TD Tyler Snead 47 yd pass from Holton Ahlers (Jake Verity kick) 34 35
SMU 9:26 FG Kevin Robledo 23 yd FG 34 38
ECU 13:04 FG Jake Verity 41 yd FG 37 38
SMU 14:41 TD Xavier Jones 64 yd run (Kevin Robledo kick) 37 45
4th Quarter ECU SMU
ECU 4:02 TD Tyler Snead 57 yd pass from Holton Ahlers (Jake Verity kick) 44 45
SMU 7:35 TD Kylen Granson 31 yd pass from Shane Buechele (Kevin Robledo kick) 44 52
SMU 10:42 TD James Proche 3 yd pass from Shane Buechele (Kevin Robledo kick) 44 59
ECU 13:05 TD Audie Omotosho 22 yd pass from Holton Ahlers (Jake Verity kick) 51 59

Game Information

Stadium: Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 29,528
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