How it Happened
After punting on their first possession on 4th and 1, a breakdown in coverage for SMU gave Memphis an early lead, and the Mustangs were never able to recover. Memphis’ Paxton Lynch, who only played in the first half, had his way with the SMU defense, throwing for 222 yards and 7 touchdowns. Lynch saw very little pressure and had no trouble finding open receivers thanks to breakdowns in coverage by SMU. Lynch’s weapons had receptions of 34, 43, and 44 yards thanks to poor tackling and open running lanes by SMU. For the Mustangs offense, nothing went right. Davis and Colbert struggled throwing the ball thanks the rainy weather, and combined to complete just 5 passes for 64 yards on the day. The offensive line got pushed around and failed to open holes for SMU’s running backs. And SMU runners continued to struggle holding onto ball, with four lost fumbles hurting the Mustangs chances even more.
What it Means
This game had no real meaning for the season, but it shows this team and this staff that there is still a ton of work to be done.
Player of the Game
With no SMU player deserving of a Player of the Game honor, I’m going with Darrell Colbert’s 34-yard pass to Courtland Sutton as this week’s play of the game. The Mustangs passing game struggled all day long with dropped balls and overthrows, but it was nice to see Sutton come down with the jump ball that Colbert placed well.
Matt Davis, who has started all season long for SMU, was pulled and replaced by Darrell Colbert in the second quarter. Davis was inserted back into the starting lineup in the second half, but was pulled again after the third quarter. The junior quarterback finished 4-18 for just 28 yards, and after today’s showing, you’d have to think that Chad Morris and company would look to a quarterback competition in 2016 with Colbert, Ben Hicks and any freshman that signs with the Mustangs.
SMU will have a long off-season, which will be needed to fix things on both sides of the ball. For the Mustangs, this 2016 recruiting class, and much needed help at a number of positions, can’t get on campus soon enough. SMU will have all winter and spring to remember the sting of a two-win season and put in the work so that it doesn’t happen in Chad Morris’ second season.
Rapid Reaction: SMU Mustangs vs. Memphis Tigers
How it Happened