Zach Line: We are in 'desperation beast mode'

SMU senior running back Zach Line is breaking records but is more focused on helping his team reach a bowl game

SMU senior running back Zach Line surpassed a major milestone this past weekend when he passed SMU great Reggie Dupard on the all-time SMU rushing list. Line moves into the number two spot with 3,847 rushing yards.

"Whenever you're mentioned with those guys it's pretty cool," Line said. "I didn't even know until after the game when a couple people told me. It's always an honor. I didn't know where the number was, but that's kind of how it's been since I've been her."

Line has been a workhorse for the Mustangs, but the team has gone away from running Line during certain stretches of some of the games. Saturday at UCF, Line rushed for 96 yards on 21 carries and added a touchdown while leading the team in receiving with 51 yards.

"It was kind of a bittersweet deal. When people were telling me that I broke the record I really didn't care because UCF just spanked us," Line said. "I'm not going to pay any attention to it. Maybe after the season I can kind of look back at my accomplishments, but right now I feel like I'd be cheating the team looking at my own stats when we just lost a game."

Throughout his career, Line has always been known as one of the most humble players on the team. Line's leadership along with several other seniors that have been the key players in turning around SMU's program will be relied upon to keep the team moving forward after the tough loss.

"I think this team needs to just keep moving forward. I think we've done a great job staying together," Line said. "Nobody is really attacking each other in the locker room or talking behind each other's backs so it's a good team chemistry right now even with the loss. We've stuck together."

With three games to go against Southern Miss this Saturday, Rice and then Tulsa, SMU will have to win all three to have a shot at a conference championship, and that's what the SMU players believe they can do if they stay together and take it one game at a time.

"We knew going into UCF that we were in a must-win situation and losing to UCF were now in what we call 'desperation beast mode' right now," Line said. "We have to win and we know we have to win."

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