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Southern Methodist 41, South Florida 23

Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. - Tanner Mordecai threw his two touchdown passes in a 21-point third quarter and SMU became bowl eligible with a 41-23 win over South Florida, the Bulls' eighth-straight loss.

USF, which fired coach Jeff Scott and defensive coordinator Bob Shoop last Sunday, played a spirited first half under interim coach Daniel Da Prato, scoring 10 late points to tie the game at 17 at halftime. But it was the Mustangs, under first-year head coach Rhett Lashlee, who took control to earn a probable bowl trip for the fourth-straight year.

The Mustangs went 97 yards in six plays with their first possession of the third quarter, taking the lead on a 21-yard pass to Rashee Rice. Their next drive was one play, Mordecai finding Jordan Kerley down the middle for a 70-yard touchdown.

SUM (6-4, 4-2 American Athletic Conference) capped the game-changing quarter with Tyler Lavine's 8-yard touchdown running after the Bulls turned the ball over on downs.

Mordecai finished 19 of 27 for 280 yards. Lavine and Camar Wheaton, who scored two touchdowns in the first half, both ran for 112 yards. Kerley had seven catches for 156 and Rice six for 99.

Brian Battie ran for 145 yards for the Bulls (1-9, 0-6). Katravis Marsh threw a touchdown pass to Xavier Weaver, but Marsh was taken from the field on the stretcher after lowering his head on a run with less than six minutes to go in the game.

Jason Albritton ran for a score and Byrum Brown threw his first college touchdown pass, hitting Jayson Littlejohn inside the last two minutes for the Bulls.

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Updated November 12, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter SMUUSF
SMU TD 10:08 Camar Wheaton 1 yd run (Collin Rogers kick) 7 0
SMU FG 4:22 Collin Rogers 22 yd FG 10 0
Second Quarter SMUUSF
USF TD 13:41 Jason Albritton 1 yd run (Spencer Shrader kick) 10 7
SMU TD 9:23 Camar Wheaton 18 yd run (Collin Rogers kick) 17 7
USF TD 2:44 Xavier Weaver 32 yd pass from Katravis Marsh (Spencer Shrader kick) 17 14
USF FG 0:08 Spencer Shrader 41 yd FG 17 17
Third Quarter SMUUSF
SMU TD 8:10 Rashee Rice 21 yd pass from Tanner Mordecai (Collin Rogers kick) 24 17
SMU TD 5:56 Jordan Kerley 70 yd pass from Tanner Mordecai (Collin Rogers kick) 31 17
SMU TD 0:13 Tyler Lavine 8 yd run (Collin Rogers kick) 38 17
Fourth Quarter SMUUSF
SMU FG 8:02 Collin Rogers 45 yd FG 41 17
USF TD 1:46 Jayson Littlejohn 17 yd pass from Byrum Brown (failed 2pt pass) 41 23
Team Stats
  SMU South Florida
First downs 30 22
  Rushing 15 10
  Passing 12 11
  Penalty 3 1
3rd Down Efficiency 5-11, 45% 7-18, 39%
4th down efficiency 1-3, 33% 2-4, 50%
Rushes-Yards 41-273 42-179
Passing Yards 280 202
Return Yards 20 26
Completions-Attempts-Int 19-27-0 14-34-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 2--16
Punts 0 4
Punts-Average 39.8
Fumbles Lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 2-20 7-60
Time of Possession 27:18 32:42
SMU Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Mordecai 19 27 280 2 0
South Florida Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
K. Marsh 12 31 178 1 1
B. Brown 2 3 24 1 0
SMU Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Lavine 17 112 6.6 1
C. Wheaton 14 112 8.0 2
V. Gardner 6 19 3.2 0
T. McDaniel 2 19 9.5 0
T. Mordecai 1 6 6.0 0
K. Jennings 1 5 5.0 0
South Florida Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Battie 26 145 5.6 0
J. Albritton 4 16 4.0 1
M. Dukes 4 10 2.5 0
K. Powell 2 6 3.0 0
K. Marsh 4 3 0.8 0
X. Weaver 1 1 1.0 0
B. Brown 1 -2 -2.0 0
SMU Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Kerley 7 156 22.3 1
R. Rice 6 99 16.5 1
D. Goffney 1 15 15.0 0
R. Maryland 1 5 5.0 0
R. Daniels Jr. 2 4 2.0 0
M. Dixon 2 1 .5 0
South Florida Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
X. Weaver 4 60 15.0 1
J. Horn Jr. 3 60 20.0 0
S. Atkins 4 55 13.8 0
J. Littlejohn 1 17 17.0 1
G. Reynolds 1 7 7.0 0
M. Dukes 1 3 3.0 0
SMU Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Rogers 1 20
South Florida Interceptions
Player Int Yards
SMU Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
South Florida Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Stokes 2 82 41.0
C. McCreary 2 77 38.5
SMU Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
South Florida Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
SMU Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Massey 1 0 0
South Florida Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Horn Jr. 1 20 20.0
B. Battie 1 6 6.0
SMU Missed FG
Player Length
C. Rogers 53
South Florida Missed FG
Player Length




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