How it Happened
SMU scored two touchdowns on its first two possesions to take a 14-3 lead late in the first quarter, but stalled for much of the second quarter as Tulsa retook the lead. SMU scored with 1:13 left on a trick play touchdown pass from Xavier Jones to Xavier Castille to take a lead, but allowed Tusato march down the field and score in 53 seconds for a lead at halftime. Deion Sanders' Jr. muffed a punt after SMU's defense forced a punt on the first series of the first quarter. Tulsa recoverd, scored a touchdown and never relinquished.
What it Means
Today's loss was a pretty familiar narrative. Show some progress, make some plays, but fail to put four complete quarters together. It wasn't as mistake-filled a performance as the South Florida game, but SMU still made enough mistakes to lose. After Matt Davis threw a pick-six in the second quarter, Darrell Colbert took over at quarterback for one series. Davis played the rest of the game, but it showed that Morris isn't afraid to make any change he wants. Defensively, SMU played better but not great. The defense played hard and nearly had a goal-line stand in fourth quarter and also tackled better in space, but it still gave up some untimely big plays that allowed Tulsa to control the game.
Player of the Game
Courtland Sutton. SMU needed to get its playmaker involved after he posted his three lowest yardage totals in the last three games. SMU got him invovled early and took advantage on 1-on-1 looks. Sutton was back to making his highlight-reel catches in the second half once he and Davis appeared to get back the chemistry they had early in the season. Sutton finished with eight catches for 165 yards and one touchdown.
Horace Richardson, Kyran Mitchell and R.C. Cox all needed medical assistance after sustaining injuries during the game. Mitchell and Richardson both left the game in the first half and did not return. Cox walked off under his own power in the second half and returned a couple drives later. Matt Davis also sat a series in the first quarter while the training staff appeared to look at him.
SMU will have a short week. It hosts Temple on Friday at 7 p.m.