The SMU Mustangs improved to 2-0 with a 49-27 win over the North Texas Mean Green. It was the 39th matchup between the two schools and the 32nd win for the Mustangs in the matchup. It was a game that the Mustangs had circled on their calendar after last years disappointing performance in Denton.
Shane Buechele went 21-31 for 292 yards and three touchdowns. Senior running back Xavier Jones rushed for 127 yards and scored three more touchdowns. He now has six through the first two games. Coach Sonny Dykes praised Buecheles ability to get rid of the ball and avoid sacks after the game. Jones credited his offensive line as the biggest reason for his early success.
The Mustangs dynamic duo of receivers performed well. Reggie Roberson Jr. hauled in 6 catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns while James Proche finished the game with 7 catches for 115 yards and a touchdown.
The Mustangs led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter. Reggie Roberson capped a 9 play, 75 yard drive with a five yard touchdown on the teams first drive.
After a quick North Texas 3 and out, Xavier Jones scored his 4th touchdown of the season on a 24 yard run. The Mustangs would miss the extra point.
SMU would score their third first quarter touchdown on a 4 play, 45 yard drive that saw Ke’mon Freeman score for the Mustangs. James Proche came through on the 2 point attempt to make the score 21-0.
Momentum would begin to shift in the 2nd quarter after North Texas blocked a field goal attempt that would have made the score 24-0 Mustangs. The Mean Green would capitalize by scoring their first touchdown on a Tre Siggers run, making the score 21-7.
Tre Siggers rushed for 164 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.
The Mustangs took a 28-14 lead into halftime and never let the Mean Green get within one score.
North Texas had a chance to make it a one score game on the first drive of the third quarter. They drove down the field but were forced to settle for a field goal, which made the score 28-17.
SMU put the game away on the next drive by putting together a 9 play, 76 yard touchdown drive to make the score 35-17.
The night was not kind to UNT quarterback Mason Fine. He finished the game 17-32 for 152 yards and one touchdown and an interception. The touchdown he threw was his 69th career touchdown pass, which tied a school record.
Next up: The Mustangs will host the Texas State Bobcats next Saturday at Gerald Ford Stadium in Dallas.
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