How it HappenedSMU couldn't cover TCU's receivers most of the night and struggled with dumb penalties at the wrong times to derail some of the offense's drives. That made SMU fall behind, but SMU answered the 42-17 deficit with 20 unasnwered points to close the gap to five points. TCU finally put points on the board with a 48-yard touchdown to Josh Doctson.
TCU had SMU's number on the secondary hitting big play after big play before getting caught up with penalties that derailed drives of their own. TCU got away from its gameplan in the third quarter of attacking the SMU defensive backs and SMU's offense hit its stride, which allowed SMU to make it a game. The final though 56-37 doesn't reflect just how much SMU ended up being in the game.
It was Over WhenJosh Doctson beat David Johnson for a 48-yard touchdown. Trevone Boykin threw the ball too far outside of Doctson, allowing Johnson to be in position, but instead of making a play on the ball, he allowed Doctson the easy catch. Johnson didn't try to knock the ball down. It made it a 12-point TCU lead and just too much for SMU to overcome in the final few minutes of the game.
What it MeansSMU has truly arrived offensively in my mind and while the defense gave up huge chunk plays and couldn't stop a lot of what TCU threw at them. SMU has to cut out mental errors and work on the secondary having to play in space, but SMU needs to feel good about the progress they've made offensively.
Player of the GameThe Offensive Line: Like I said in three up, three down, SMU wanted to allow Davis to stand back and pass it. While Davis had a few moments where he got some pressure and or couldn't find holes, SMU's line really had push and a nasty streak tonight.
Side NoteOn Twitter during the game? Plano East WR Adewale Omotosho was certainly taking notice of Sutton and showing it. He also retweeted a video of Sutton's unreal catch.
SUTTON IS COLD— Scarface (@AudieOsho) September 20, 2015
Courtland Sutton— Scarface (@AudieOsho) September 20, 2015
I'm too live— Scarface (@AudieOsho) September 20, 2015