SMU Shows They Are Ready for Their Power Five Move

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The SMU Mustangs set the tone for Saturday’s noon game against Tulsa right from the start, with quarterback Preston Stone connecting on a 74-yard touchdown to Romello Brinson on just the second play. The following offensive onslaught saw the Mustangs finish the first half with 52 points. Stone had been making remarkable throws all season, and today was no different. He showcased his talent with another spectacular throw to Keyshawn Smith.

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This game wasn’t just all about the Southern Methodist offense, though. The defense, which has self-titled itself as “Club Takeaway,” made their presence felt when Jaylon Davis-Robinson intercepted a Tulsa pass in the second quarter. A 62-yard touchdown connection between Stone and RJ Maryland immediately followed Davis-Robinson’s pick. The Mustangs used their tight ends cleverly, exploiting the sidelines for significant gains. This strategy was evident when Stone completed a 42-yard pass to tight end Adam Moore.

A would-be touchdown by Rodrick Daniels Jr. was nullified due to an illegal motion penalty. Regardless, SMU’s Moochie Dixon countered immediately by finding the end zone on the subsequent play. This touchdown brought the Mustangs’ score to 52 in the first half alone, with nine different receivers making catches. Stone wrapped up his day in remarkable fashion, logging three touchdowns for 371 yards. He got those all in the first half before being replaced by Kevin Jennings. Jennings showed a different offensive approach in the second half, leading a methodical drive spanning almost six minutes across 12 plays that culminated in a rushing touchdown.

SMU drops 52 in first half, completely annihilates Tulsa, 69-10 - Underdog Dynasty

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The second half also saw a more emphasized running game. Camar Wheaton highlighted this shift with two carries for 52 yards, one of which resulted in a touchdown that further extended the Mustangs’ lead. SMU deployed three quarterbacks during this conference game, underscoring their depth and versatility. This explosive performance marks the season’s third game in which the Mustangs have exceeded 50 points. Their defense, living up to their “Club Takeaway” moniker, had two takeaways against Tulsa. Southern Methodist finished the game with a 69-10 victory over Tulsa, improving their season record to 6-2 and maintaining their undefeated status in the conference.

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