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Freshman TJ McDaniel leads SMU past the Bobcats

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Freshman TJ McDaniel leads SMU past the Bobcats

The SMU Mustangs defeated the Texas State Bobcats Saturday night 47-17 and are now 3-0 for the first time since 1984. The Mustangs are now 2-0 against the Bobcats in school history.

Coach Sonny Dykes mentioned that he was worried about a let down from what he saw in practice on Sunday and Monday. Those thoughts went away as the week went on to the point that he was not worried at all by Thursday. Coach Dykes mentioned the team had its best practice on Tuesday. 

Quarterback Shane Buechele finished the game 14-18 for 219 yards and two touchdowns. Buechele also threw two first half interceptions. Coach Dykes felt this game was needed for Shane and he was encouraged by the team finding a way to win despite Shanes struggles.

Freshman TJ McDaniel stole the show Saturday night, rushing for 159 yards and three touchdowns on just 8 rushing attempts. After spending most of his time to this point on scout team, McDaniel said after the game that he got the sense that he could play on Tuesday when he took some reps with the first team.

It was another quick start for the Mustangs as they went 74 yards on 7 plays to take a 7-0 lead. James Proche capped that drive with a 4 yard touchdown reception. That touchdown moved James Proche into 4th place in SMU history with 25.

The offense struggled the rest of the first half aside from freshman TJ McDaniel getting loose for 72 yards and a touchdown on four carries early in the second quarter to put the Mustangs up 13-3. That score would remain until halftime.

After the first half struggles, the Mustangs scored 34 points in the 2nd half and ran away from the Bobcats.

Xavier Jones continued his hot start to the season Saturday scoring his 7th touchdown and rushing for 108 yards on 20 carries. The Mustangs rushed for 390 yards for the game.

On the defensive side of the ball, SMU held the Bobcats to 4-17 on third down and 241 yards on offense. Coming off a defensive player of week award, Patrick Nelson starred on the defense again collecting three sacks.

Texas State quarterback Gresch Jensen finished the game 22 of 37 for 185 yards and one touchdown.

Next up: The Mustangs will travel to Ft. Worth to play the TCU Horned Frogs next Saturday. 

Staff writer covering the Dallas Cowboys | Grew up in Plano, Texas. Graduated from Plano east in 2009, graduated from American broadcasting school in 2011. Big time DFW sports fan. Once went to Shawn Marions pool party the summer the Mavs won the championship.

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