How it happened: SMU played Texas Tech close in the first half, but the bottom line is this offense just wasn't explosive. Even with the changes made by Hal Mumme, the Mustangs struggled to put points on the board. SMU can't continue to settle for field goals- something they did way too often last year. Can you believe in the debut of the new Mumme and June Jones offense, SMU failed to score on a passing touchdown? So much for the Run N' Raid. Defensively, SMU really took a blow when it lost its leader in Randall Joyner, and they looked completely gassed in the fourth quarter as Texas Tech pulled away. Getting outcoached and outplayed by a first-year head coach and a true freshman walk-on quarterback is not a good sign.
What it means: SMU looks poised to go 1-3 in non-conference play and probably won't be competitive against TCU or Texas A&M. The offense obviously still needs time to adjust to Mumme's tweaks.
Side Note: Traylon Shead was a non-factor in his SMU debut, which is quite disappointing considering how he looked in camp. Before being lost for the game, he managed just 22 yards on nine carries and also put the ball on the ground twice. Losing Randall Joyner really hurt SMU. The heart and soul of this defense never returned from a calf injury suffered in the second quarter.
Next: SMU will host FCS opponent Montana State. The Mustangs should bounce back with a win in that one. But games against TCU and Texas A&M loom large.
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