The Memphis Tigers (7-4, 4-3) knocked off the SMU Mustangs (5-6, 4-3) Friday night 28-18. The Mustangs came into this game winners of two straight and five of their last seven.
With a win, the Mustangs could have taken over first place in the West division of the American Athletic conference and put themselves in prime position to play in the conference title game.
With the Mustangs up 3-0, Coach Dykes called for a fake punt at the Mustangs 24 yard line, that was unsuccessful. It took the Tigers 3 plays to cash in to take a 7-3 lead with 9:26 left in the second quarter when Brady White connected with Joey Magnifico. The Mustangs were 1-3 on 4th down in the first half.
The first half ended with the Tigers up 7-5 despite committing 9 penalties for 109 yards.
SMU really struggled to get anything going on offense against the Tigers after scoring 45 and 60 the last two weeks. The Mustangs fumbled four times in this game, losing two including Ryan Beckers fumble late in the first half at the Memphis 14.
Ben Hicks completed 29 of 55 passes for 344 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. James Proche led the team in receiving with 12 catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns. Reggie Roberson, Jr. was right behind him hauling in seven catches for 116 yards.
Next up: The Mustangs will try to become bowl eligible again next week against Tulsa.
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