How it Happened
Things started well for SMU as Jordan Wyatt intercepted Phillip Walker on the first pass and took it to the house for the touchdown. After that, SMU struggled with Temple. Temple took advantage of a rugby punt that hit an SMU gunner and scored 35 unanswered points. Temple used play-action to find open targets with SMU defensive backs biting on plays. It was a lot of the same from Temple all game. The Owls ran the ball well and controlled the line of scrimmage.
The second half was encouraging for SMU as the team put together some drives, but overall, Temple controlled the game following the interception by Wyatt. Temple opened with a 35-14 lead and didn't score a touchdown until 9:58 in the fourth. SMU drove down the field a couple times, but drives fizzled for SMU for the most part. SMU did answer the Temple score with a drive of their own with a James Proche touchdown. After that, SMU didn't get anything going. Ke'Mon Freeman led SMU with 12 rushes for 65 yards on the ground. Hicks finished 22-of-42 for 199 yards.
What it Means
SMU still hasn't seen what it needs out of Ben Hicks or its offensive line. The defense gave up too many plays because of biting on play-action as well. SMU has to find some answers along the offensive line. Too often Temple came off the edge and were to Hicks in a heartbeat. Hicks didn't help on some of his throws being off target, but he was certainly abused in this game with the protection issues.
Player of the Game: Jordan Wyatt
Wyatt started SMU off the right way with his interception return for a touchdown. Temple tested Wyatt a couple times and he was generally good in coverage and tackling. The safety help behind him struggled, but Wyatt was generally SMU's best defensive player and started things off in a big way.
SMU was just 5-for-20 on third downs and Temple was 4-for-16. SMU ran 76 plays, but was held to just over three yards per play and under 300 yards of total offense.
SMU faces Tulsa on the road on Friday night on ESPN2 at 7 pm CT.