1. Zach Line stole the show yet again. After breaking the school's single-game touchdown record last weekend with five scores, Line rushed for three touchdowns in SMU's 42-0 blowout at Memphis. He had 20 carries for 136 yards and is averaging 115.7 yards per game this season.
Line currently leads the nation with 11 rushing touchdowns. Quite the stat line, if you will.
2. J.J. McDermott completed 28 of 44 passes for 357 yards and three touchdowns. It was his first game to throw for over 300 yards.
McDermott got SMU off to a fast start, leading his team downfield with a passing attack in the opening two drives that resulted in touchdowns (scored by Line). That's the way the Mustangs' offense is rolling these days—a mixture of long and short passes, usually to Cole Beasley or Darius Johnson, then when they get inside the red zone, McDermott hands off to Line for the touchdown rush.
Line is the heart of the SMU offense and even though June Jones characteristically likes to pass more, he understands that until McDermott gets a full grasp on the playbook, this is how the Mustangs will win games.
Kyle Padron didn't take a single snap.
3. SMU's defense contained Memphis quarterback Taylor Reed, who went 17 of 32 for 153 yards. The Mustangs sacked him four times for 31 yards.
They also shut down running back Billy Foster, who Jones claimed to be just as good as Cyrus Gray earlier this week. It was apparent that that wasn't true at all, as he ran for a grand total of seven yards. Gray had 132 yards and two touchdowns against SMU.
SMU's Taylor Reed led the team with 10 tackles, 2.5 TFL and a sack.
4. Der'rikk Thompson sure earned his stripes today. Starting for an injured Keenan Holman, Thompson had six receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown. His longest catch was a 44-yarder for a touchdown.
Johnson also had a good day, making 10 receptions for 116 yards and two touchdowns.
5. Sure it was a blowout, SMU's first shutout since beating Hawaii 28-0 in 1998, but the Mustangs have to work on forcing turnovers. They had a few break ups, but only caused one fumble all game.
"We're not doing good enough things to beat good teams," Jones said. "We're minus in give-a-way/take-a-way and we're 3-1. That gives you an idea of the potential this team has."
The Mustangs' injured reserve list is growing. Holman was out today with a sprained right ankle; Beasley went out in the second quarter after planting his foot wrong and grabbing his right knee on the ground and didn't return; Chris Banjo was MIA with an undisclosed injury he assumedly suffered last week against Northwestern State (even though he practiced all week); Marquis Frazier hurt his hand; and Kelvin Beachum banged up his left knee.
I have no idea how serious any of these injuries are right now, but will definitely find out this week. SMU will need all of these players 100 percent healthy when they face TCU next weekend.
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