Mustangs lose to Tigers in last football game

The SMU Mustangs fell to the Memphis Tigers 63-0 in the final game of the regular season.

Memphis scored on its first possession on a 43-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Paxton Lynch to Phil Mayhue. After the two teams traded punts, the Tigers scored again, this time on a touchdown pass from Lynch to Dorceus.

On SMU’s next possession, Memphis blocked Jackson Koonce’s punt attempt, giving the Tigers the ball on the SMU 21-yard line. Lynch found Frank Wims on the next play for another touchdown.

Two plays later, SMU running back Xavier Jones fumbled. The ball was picked up by Leonard Pegues and returned for a touchdown, making it 28-0 at the end of the first quarter.

SMU fumbled in the red zone on its next possession after putting together its longest drive of the game. Lynch hit Daniel Montiel three plays later for a 15-yard touchdown pass.

Following another SMU punt, Lynch threw a 44-yard strike to Anthony Miller for a touchdown. SMU quarterback Matt Davis was intercepted by Dontrell Nelson two plays later, leading to another touchdown pass by Lynch to Daniel Hurd.

Quarterback Darrel Colbert Jr. replaced Davis for SMU but the woes continued. Colbert Jr. fumbled and Memphis scored a quick touchdown on Lynch’s FBS-record seventh touchdown pass in the half, giving the Tigers a 56-0 lead at the break.

Davis returned for the Mustangs in the second half, but SMU never got anything going on offense. Memphis took out the starters for the second half and added a score on the game’s second fumble return for a touchdown later in the third quarter.

The Memphis offense gained 483 yards of offense. Lynch had seven touchdown passes on just nine completions to seven different receivers. Eleven different players had at least one carry, totaling 195 yards on the ground. The defense forced five turnovers, two of which resulted in touchdowns, and a blocked punt.

The Mustangs managed just 99 yards of offense. Davis was 4-18 for just 28 yards through the air and only managed 25 yards rushing on 16 attempts. The team combined for 35 yards rushing, averaging 0.7 yards per rush. The defense forced two turnovers but gave up five touchdown drives that lasted less than one minute.

In Head Coach Chad Morris’ first year on the Hilltop, SMU finished the 2015 season 2-10, including 1-7 in American Athletic Conference play.

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