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  NOV 15 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tanner Mordecai, Jr., QB, SMU,...Mordecai completed 37 of 54 passes for 377 yards and three touchdowns and had 33 rushing yards to finish with 410 yards of total offense in a 55-28 win against UCF. Mordecai had five completions of 15 or more yards and registered his 10th consecutive game with at least two touchdown passes. Mordecai ranks second nationally with 37 touchdown passes this season and needs one TD pass to tie the American Athletic Conference single-season record of 38, set by Memphis' Riley Ferguson in 2017. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  NOV 15 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Elijah Chatman, Jr., DT, SMU,...Had five tackles with 2.0 sacks and 3.0 tackles for loss in a 55-28 win against UCF. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  Tanner Mordecai threw for 377 yards and three touchdowns and Tre Siggers ran for three scores as SMU crushed Central Florida 55-28 on Saturday. Ryan O'Keefe pulled in an 18-yard pass from Mikey Keene and Parker Navarro ran in from the 6 to put UCF up 14-7 with 5:33 left in the first quarter but the Mustangs answered with 31 straight points to take a 38-14 advantage at intermission. Ulysses Bentley IV started the SMU run by stiff-arming his way 56 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-14 and Siggers put the Mustangs in front for good with a 10-yard run for his first score. Bentley gained 97 yards on 14 carries for the Mustangs (8-2, 4-2 American) and Siggers added 93 on 11 carries as SMU gained 241 yards on the ground. Dylan Goffney caught 10 passes for 88 yards. Mark-Anthony Richards ran for two touchdowns in the second half for UCF (6-4, 2-3), including a 58-yard dash early in the third quarter. Richards finished with 104 yards on eight carries. The win snapped a two-game losing streak by SMU. UCF had won three straight coming into the game. - SMU/AP College Football

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  NOV 1 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Bryan Massey, So., S, SMU,...Had five tackles, a pass breakup and a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in a 44-37 loss at Houston. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#23 FS) So/2024 FS Bryan MasseySouthern Methodist
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  OCT 25 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tanner Mordecai, Jr., QB, SMU,...Mordecai engineered an SMU offense that reeled off 612 yards and hit a season high scoring total in a 55-26 win against Tulane. Mordecai completed 30 of 42 passes for a career-high 427 yards and three touchdowns and added 34 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown to finish with 461 yards of total offense. Mordecai enters Week 9 tied for the NCAA FBS national lead with 29 touchdown passes, or 13 more than any other American Athletic Conference player. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  SMU coach Sonny Dykes saw the best first half of the season from his team, which made it easier to excuse a drop-off after halftime. Tanner Mordecai threw three touchdown passes to push his nation-leading total to 29, ran for another score and No. 21 SMU dominated the opening half in a 55-26 victory over Tulane on Thursday night. The Mustangs (7-0, 3-0 American Athletic) are a victory away from their second 8-0 start in the past three seasons as they get ready to play three of the next four games on the road in a stretch that ends with a trip to No. 2 Cincinnati. "You've got to go play well when you have the national stage," Dykes said. "We don't get it very often. I thought our guys were excited about the opportunity and took advantage of it certainly in the first half. Second half wasn't as good." Mordecai had 300 of his career-high 427 yards at halftime, capped by a 22-yard toss to Reggie Roberson Jr. for a 31-7 lead 53 seconds before the break.

The Oklahoma transfer's 3-yard scoring run on a bootleg off a fake pitch fooled the entire Tulane defense early. "Overall just poor execution on the defensive side of the ball," Tulane linebacker Nick Anderson said. "Many times we had them third-and-long and just didn't execute the right calls to get off the field." Second-year freshman Michael Pratt tied a career high with three touchdown passes to give him at least one in all 17 of his games, but the early deficit was too big in a fifth consecutive loss for the Green Wave (1-6, 0-3), which was displayed by Hurricane Ida early in the season. - SMU/AP College Football


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  OCT 11 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Bryan Massey, So., S, SMU,...Massey had a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to help SMU to a 31-24 win against Navy, keeping the Mustangs unbeaten in 2021. Massey's return came with SMU trailing 21-7 and sparked a comeback that saw the Mustangs outscore the Midshipmen 24-3 to close the game. It was the first kickoff return for a touchdown by an SMU player since CJ Sanders' 100-yard return against Navy Nov. 23, 2019. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  Tanner Mordecai threw for 324 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 24 SMU rallied from a 14-point second-quarter deficit to beat Navy 31-24 on Saturday. Bryan Massey scored on a 95-yard kickoff return to begin the comeback for the unbeaten Mustangs. SMU (6-0, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) had the game tied by halftime and went up 31-24 on a 22-yard TD pass from Mordecai to Jordan Kerley with 8:19 remaining in the final quarter. Mordecai now has 26 touchdown passes on the season. He also threw a 66-yarder to Reggie Roberson on fourth-and-1 to open the scoring, but Navy (1-4, 1-2) answered with the next 21 points.

Chance Warren tied the game with a 23-yard scoring run, then Tai Lavatai threw the first touchdown pass of the season for the Midshipmen, 37 yards to Kai Puailoa-Rojas on a flea-flicker. Then a couple big turnovers went Navy's way. Mordecai was intercepted in the end zone, and later in the second quarter, he fumbled - and Diego Fagot returned that turnover 20 yards for a touchdown and a 21-7 lead. Navy never had a chance to get comfortable, though. Massey took the ensuing kickoff all the way back for a touchdown, and then Tre Siggers scored on a 2-yard run to tie it with 1:54 left in the half. After Kerley's catch in the end zone put the Mustangs ahead, Navy turned the ball over on downs twice, the second time inside its own 20. - SMU/AP College Football


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  OCT 4 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Tanner Mordecai, Jr., QB, SMU,...Completed 29 of 42 passes for 301 yards and four touchdowns with one interception in a 41-17 win against South Florida. Registered his fifth consecutive game with at least four TD passes. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  SMU's Tanner Mordecai is throwing touchdown passes at the fastest rate in the Football Bowl Subdivision since 2012. The Oklahoma transfer has passed for at least four in each of the Mustangs' games, and his total of 24 is the most through five games since West Virginia's Geno Smith had the same number at this point nine years ago. Mordecai is the fourth FBS quarterback since 2000 to have 24 TD passes at this point in a season. The junior opened the season with seven TD passes against lower-tier Abilene Christian, then had four against North Texas, five against Louisiana Tech and four each against TCU and South Florida. Mordecai was a four-star recruit coming out of high school in Waco, Texas. He appeared in a total of 12 games for Oklahoma, backing up Jalen Hurts in 2019 and Spencer Rattler last year. He transferred to 24th-ranked SMU after 2020 starter Shane Buechele declared for the NFL draft, and he won the starter's job in August. - AP College Football

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  Tanner Mordecai threw two of his four touchdown passes in the first quarter as undefeated Southern Methodist jumped to a 16-0 lead in the first half and rolled to a 41-17 in over South Florida in the American Athletic Association opener for both schools Saturday afternoon. Mordecai fired a 21-yard pass to Reggie Roberson, Jr. four minutes into the game to put the Mustangs on top and they pushed the lead to 17-3 by intermission. The Bulls got within a touchdown, 17-10, after Jared Mangham scored the first of his two third-quarter touchdowns on a one-yard plunge. Mordecai completed 28 of 41 passes for 287 yards and hit Danny Gray for two of his four touchdown passes. Gray finished with seven catches for 74 yards. Tre Siggers carried 19 times for 79 yards and a touchdown for the Mustangs (5-0, 1-0). Timmy McClain was 14 of 22 for 223 yards to lead South Florida (1-4, 0-1). - Southern Methodist/AP College Football

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  SEPT 27 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Danny Gray, Jr., WR, SMU,...Had four receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown in a 42-34 win at TCU. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  SEPT 27 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Ulysses Bentley IV, So., RB, SMU,...Rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in a 42-34 win at TCU. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  Tanner Mordecai added to his nation-leading total in touchdown passes with four more and SMU overcame his three interceptions in a 42-34 victory over TCU on Saturday in the 100th meeting of the Dallas-Fort Worth rivals. Ulysses Bentley IV ran for 153 yards and a touchdown and Danny Gray had 130 yards receiving, including a 68-yard catch-and-run for a score during a torrid start for both teams.

After last year's Iron Skillet game was called off because of COVID-19 issues in TCU's program, the Mustangs earned consecutive victories over the Horned Frogs for the first time since 1992-93. Mordecai was 17 of 28 for 245 yards and is up to 20 TD passes for the season. SMU (4-0) limited TCU to a pair of field goals after interceptions that put the Horned Frogs (2-1) inside the Mustangs' 25-yard line twice. The third pick by Mordecai was in the TCU end zone on a failed fourth-down try from the 3 on the final play of the first half, when coach Sonny Dykes went for the TD instead of a short field goal in a 21-21 game. - SMU/AP College Football


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  SEPT 20 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tanner Mordecai, Jr., QB, SMU,...Mordecai passed for 395 yards and a career-high five touchdowns, including a 33-yard score as time expired, to give SMU a 39-37 win at Louisiana Tech. Mordecai was 36 of 48 (75%), turning in the most completions by an American Athletic Conference player this season. His 16 touchdown passes this season are five more than any other FBS player in 2021. - American Athletic Conference Football

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