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Gameday Central: SMU vs. North Texas

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When: Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 6 p.m. CT 
WHERE: Apogee Stadium- Denton, Texas 
TV: American Sports Network 
SERIES: 29-5-1 SMU leads 
LAST MEETING: SMU won 31-13 September 12, 2015 at Gerald J. Ford Stadium
Line: SMU -9.5 
Over/Under: 69.5


1st Quarter Blog

SMU's first drive couldn't have started better as it went six plays and 78 yards for a touchdown in under two minutes. Xavier Jones led the way with six carries for 64 yards in the first quarter. SMU was set to go up 14-0 in the first eight minutes of the game, but Matt Davis threw an interception on the goal line. UNT did end up punting and SMU went up 10-0 later in the quarter. Ben Hicks entered in the final two minutes of the first quarter and after two awkward first plays, Hicks found Courtland Sutton for an 88-yard touchdown pass to put SMU up 17-0. That's the fifth longest pass play in SMU history. SMU ends the quarter pretty happy even with a turnover and a couple close calls. North Texas threw two interceptions and showed nothing offensively outside of a couple plays. 

2nd Quarter Blog

Alec Morris started the 2nd quarter off by throwing a touchdown and driving the Mean Green down to bring UNT back within 10. The planned move to sit Matt Davis for the third series of the game ended with Davis coming back in on the fourth drive. SMU would eventually turn the ball over on downs after a Davis pass couldn't connect. UNT threw an interception after going for it on 4th and 1. That allowed SMU to take advantage with a deep bomb to James Proche. SMU backed all the way up to 3rd and 45, but Davis had other plans. Davis threw a lob and Courtland Sutton came down with it in the endzone to put SMU up 24-7. UNT had other plans and SMU gave up a quick scoring drive featuring one crazy leap into the endzone by tight end Kelvin Smith to end the half 24-14. 

3rd Quarter Blog

SMU's defense really tightened up in the third quarter with a bend, but don't break attitude. SMU gave up just ** yards in the 3rd quarter. UNT threatened, but couldn't muster anything really. SMU also introduced fans to Ke'Mon Freeman, who ran five times for 39 yards in the quarter with Xavier Jones going out with a hamstring injury. Matt Davis exited the game after his knee buckled late in the quarter. SMU added 135 yards in the quarter. All seems well as SMU added 10 points in the quarter to lead 34-14.

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