NCAAF Game Recap - Memphis at Southern Methodist
Sat Oct 3, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

UVA
23
Clem
41
F
TxAM
24
Ala
52
F
SCar
24
Fla
38
F
Aub
6
UGA
27
F
TCU
33
Tex
31
F
Tuls
34
UCF
26
F
UNC
26
BC
22
F
SoFL
7
Cin
28
F
Ark
21
MisSt
14
F
OkSt
47
Kans
7
F
Okla
30
IASt
37
F
LSU
41
Vand
7
F
Mizzu
12
Tenn
35
F
LaTec
14
BYU
45
F
NCSt
30
Pitt
29
F
Mem
27
SMU
30
F
Camp
14
Wake
66
F
ArkSt
23
CoCar
52
F
Bayl
21
WVU
27
F(1OT)
ECU
29
GASt
49
F
UTSA
13
UAB
21
F
N AL
7
Lib
28
F
Abil
23
Army
55
F
TxTch
21
K St
31
F
JacSt
24
FlaSt
41
F
Miss
42
KY
41
F OT
VaTec
38
Duke
31
F
Char
17
FlAtl
21
F
W Ky
20
MidTN
17
F
Navy
7
AF
40
F
GaSo
35
ULMon
30
F
SMiss
41
NorTx
31
F

Oct 3, 2020, 3:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(25) Memphis (1-1)

3

17

7

0

27

Southern Methodist (4-0)

17

7

3

3

30

SMU gets late FG for 30-27 win over long-idle No. 25 Memphis
Sat Oct 3, 2020 9:53 PM

DALLAS (AP) Chris Naggar kicked a 43-yard field goal with nine seconds left and SMU beat No. 25 Memphis 30-27 on Saturday, after the Mustangs blew an early three-touchdown lead against a team playing its first game in four weeks.

Memphis (1-1, 0-1 American Athletic Conference), which because of COVID-19 issues hadn't played since winning its opener Sept. 5, was driving for a potential go-ahead score when Brady White was sacked and fumbled with 1:25 left. That set up the final drive for SMU (4-0, 1-0), which never trailed.

"I knew I was going to have to play a big part in the game," said Naggar, who also had field goals of 27 and 25 yards. "I was already in the right mindset. I knew it was going to come down to something like that."

Shane Buechele was 32-of-45 passing for 474 yards and three touchdowns. That included catch-and-run scores of 70 and 85 yards to Reggie Roberson before the star receiver exited the game with an apparent left knee injury late in the third quarter. Roberson finished with five catches for 243 yards.

White was 29 of 42 for 380 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Damonte Coxie had eight catches for 169 yards.

Memphis last played a month ago against Arkansas State. The Tigers didn't play their next two scheduled games and had an 11-day gap without practicing because of positive COVID-19 tests in the program.

SMU had a 24-3 lead after Roberson's 85-yard score early in the second quarter. Buechele stepped up in the pocket and hit Roberson near the 25, where the receiver made a defender miss and then took off down the sideline.

"Obviously disappointed, or mad, sad with the loss. I was not pleased with the way the game started in any phases," Memphis coach Ryan Silverfield said. "No excuses. We're not going to use rust or anything of that nature."

After the teams traded turnovers in the final minute of the first half, Memphis was within 24-20 on Riley Patterson's 56-yard field goal as time expired. The Tigers got even at 27 on White's 5-yard TD pass to Tahj Washington late in the third quarter.

STUDENT SECTION CLEARED

Police removed fans in the end zone student section late in the first half for not wearing face coverings or adhering to social distancing guidelines.

SMU Athletics said in a statement that several reminders were given in the past week about the importance of following safety measures. There also was increased staffing in the student section to provide direction, monitor policy compliance and provide support.

"During the game, some students began to gather and disregard these safety measures," the statement said. "They were asked to spread out and mask when in close contact. After numerous attempts by staff and security to get the students to comply with these safety requirements, it became necessary to clear the area. While some students did move to other areas in the stadium where they could watch in small groups at safe distances, many did leave."

Spokeswoman Dianne Anderson said 1,000 students were admitted to the game.

"Students who knowingly violate the SMU pledge to protect by not social distancing and masking under university guidelines can be held responsible under the student code of conduct," Anderson texted to The Associated Press.

The school said it is hoped students will be able to return for the next home game Oct. 24 against Cincinnati.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Memphis was barely ranked when the Top 25 came out last week, only one poll point ahead of the first team left out. The Tigers will fall out Sunday. SMU has been getting votes, but likely needs more than a win over Memphis to be ranked. The Mustangs' other wins are against Texas State, North Texas and FCS team Stephen F. Austin.

THE TAKEAWAY

Memphis: A tough loss for the defending AAC champion Tigers, who were obviously rusty coming back and likely affected by conditioning late. White and the offense can still pile up the yards, with 585 against SMU.

SMU: While the Mustangs are 4-0 in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1983-84, there are concerns because of the injuries to their top receiver and starting tailback. Roberson didn't play again last year after a right foot injury in the eighth game of the season. Sophomore TJ McDaniel suffered a gruesome lower left leg injury on the first play of the game. He had to taken off the field on a cart.

UP NEXT

Memphis: After waiting so long to play, the Tigers now have a scheduled open date before hosting No. 11 UCF on Oct. 17.

SMU: A week off before playing at Tulane on Oct. 16.

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Passing

Mem Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
B. White 42 29 69.0 3 296 32 2 93.0
SMU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
S. Buechele 45 32 71.1 3 474 85 0 127.5

Rushing

Mem Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
R. Clark 16 98 6.1 19 0
K. Watkins 10 68 6.8 44 0
SMU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
U. Bentley IV 13 32 2.5 9 0
S. Buechele 7 27 3.9 16 0

Receiving

Mem Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Coxie 8 85 10.6 26 0
S. Dykes 6 85 14.2 27 1
SMU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
R. Roberson Jr. 5 243 48.6 85 2
K. Granson 5 94 18.8 31 0

Fumbles

Mem F FL
B. White 1 1
SMU F FL
R. Roberson Jr. 1 1
R. Rice 1 1

Returning

Mem KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
G. Rogers 3 13.7 0 19 0 - 0 0
C. Austin III 0 - 0 0 2 7.5 0 0
SMU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
T. Jackson 1 8.0 0 8 1 7.0 0 0
D. Gray 1 14.0 0 14 0 - 0 0

Punting

Mem Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Williams 4 177 44.3 48
SMU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
C. Naggar 4 183 45.8 58

Takeaways

Mem Int Yds InTD
Q. Johnson 0 0 0
J. Broussard Jr. 0 0 0
SMU Int Yds InTD
B. Crossley 1 0 0
T. Denbow 1 11 0

Team Stats Comparison

Mem SMU
Points For 27 30
Total Yards 501 549
Rushing Yards 205 75
Passing Yards 296 474
Passing Completions / Attempts 29/42 32/46
Turnovers 4 2
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 2/2 2/2
First Downs 26 21
Penalties - Yards 5/40 7/60
Time Of Possession 51:51 9:09
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 10/17 9/17
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/1 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 0/0 0/0

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Mem SMU
SMU 4:26 FG Chris Naggar 27 yd FG 0 3
Mem 7:02 FG Riley Patterson 26 yd FG 3 3
SMU 11:08 TD Danny Gray 3 yd pass from Shane Buechele (Chris Naggar kick) 3 10
SMU 13:53 TD Reggie Roberson Jr. 70 yd pass from Shane Buechele (Chris Naggar kick) 3 17
2nd Quarter Mem SMU
SMU 5:09 TD Reggie Roberson Jr. 85 yd pass from Shane Buechele (Chris Naggar kick) 3 24
Mem 7:44 TD Calvin Austin III 8 yd pass from Brady White (Riley Patterson kick) 10 24
Mem 11:30 TD Sean Dykes 27 yd pass from Brady White (Riley Patterson kick) 17 24
Mem 15:00 FG Riley Patterson 56 yd FG 20 24
3rd Quarter Mem SMU
SMU 5:31 FG Chris Naggar 25 yd FG 20 27
Mem 12:07 TD Tahj Washington 5 yd pass from Brady White (Riley Patterson kick) 27 27
4th Quarter Mem SMU
SMU 14:51 FG Chris Naggar 43 yd FG 27 30

Game Information

Stadium: Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 7,898
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