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Without any prior play, I set up the Mustangs first game with Texas Tech. If what happens last night happens in real life, I can guarantee Coach June Jones is going to be mighty happy on Monday, September 6th.
Game recap Things started a bit shaky for SMU, but a surprise performance by their defense in the second half gave the Mustangs a 31-27 victory over Texas Tech last night.
SMU was down 24-7 at halftime, but held the new look Texas Tech Raiders to just three points in the second half. The combination of safety Chris Banjo and linebacker JaGared Davis neutralized the Red Raiders air attack after their first drive in the 2nd half. Banjo led the team in tackles with nine and Davis had three sacks.
The Mustangs offense was a bit rusty in the early going. On Kyle Padron's first play of the game, he threw an interception on a fade route to Aldrick Robinson. It gave Texas Tech perfect field position to knock in a field goal.
The Mustangs and Padron responded on the second drive. A total of 6 plays for 71 yards and a touchdown. The sophomore quarterback hit Cole Beasly on a crossing route for a 41 yard score.
After that, the SMU offense was pretty stale in the 1st half. Between a combination of great defense and ball control by Texas Tech, SMU didn't have many opportunities to find the end zone until the 3rd quarter.
But, games are won in the second half, and SMU took advantage of a loose Red Raiders defense in the 3rd quarter. Padron connected on a 75 yard pass play with Aldrick Robinson for a touchdown, following up his next possession with a 20 yard screen pass to Zach Line for the score. Padron finished the game going 19/31 for 373 yards and three touchdowns.
Down four with just under 20 seconds left to play, Texas Tech quarterback Taylor Potts went deep down-field trying to make a play, but it was senior cornerback Sterling Moore with the interception that clinched a SMU victory.
SMU running back Zach Line finished the game with 5 carries for 21 yards and two touchdowns. Aldrick Robinson caught five balls for 151 yards to lead the Mustangs in receiving.