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Tulane 59, Southern Methodist 24

(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

By BRETT MARTEL
AP Sports Writer

NEW ORLEANS - Michael Pratt passed for three touchdowns and ran for three scores, and No. 21 Tulane capitalized on a slew of SMU mistakes to beat the Mustangs 59-24.

Tyjae Spears carried 13 times for 121 yards - his fifth straight game eclipsing 100 yards rushing. He scored two touchdowns rushing and another receiving for Tulane (9-2, 6-1 American Athletic Conference), which beat SMU for the first time in eight meetings and can clinch a berth in the conference title game by winning its regular-season finale at Cincinnati.

SMU (6-5, 4-3) came in as one of the top offenses in the AAC, averaging 486.4 yards and a league-high 40.3 points per game. But the Mustangs were plagued by dropped passes and five turnovers as they dropped out of contention for a conference title game berth.

Tanner Mordecai was intercepted twice and lost a fumble when he was sacked by Darius Hodges. SMU fumbled five times in all, losing three.

The Mustangs' first turnover came on a muffed punt by Roderick Daniels that Tulane long snapper Ethan Hudak recovered on the SMU 7. That set up Spears' TD reception to make it 21-0 late in the first quarter.

A muffed punt by Tulane returner Jha'Quan Jackson deep in Green Wave territory looked like a potential momentum changer when SMU immediately converted that break into a 19-yard TD pass from Mordecai to RJ Maryland. But the Green Wave responded quickly with Michael Pratt's 26-yard, tackle-slipping scoring run.

Tulane opened the second half by widening its lead to 35-7 on Pratt's floating, 26-yard timing pass to Shae Wyatt, who made an over-the-shoulder catch and narrowly got his feet in bounds before falling out of the left side of the end zone.

One play after Tulane safety Lummie Young intercepted Mordecai, Pratt found Wyatt well behind the SMU defense for a 46-yard score that made it 49-7.

Wyatt finished with three catches for 104 yards.

November 17, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter SMUTulane
Tulane TD 7:01 Michael Pratt 6 yd run (Valentino Ambrosio kick) 0 7
Tulane TD 5:06 Tyjae Spears 2 yd run (Valentino Ambrosio kick) 0 14
Tulane TD 0:00 Tyjae Spears 5 yd pass from Michael Pratt (Valentino Ambrosio kick) 0 21
Second Quarter SMUTulane
SMU TD 13:54 RJ Maryland 19 yd pass from Tanner Mordecai (Collin Rogers kick) 7 21
Tulane TD 12:22 Michael Pratt 26 yd run (Valentino Ambrosio kick) 7 28
Third Quarter SMUTulane
Tulane TD 13:32 Shae Wyatt 26 yd pass from Michael Pratt (Valentino Ambrosio kick) 7 35
Tulane TD 7:32 Tyjae Spears 12 yd run (Valentino Ambrosio kick) 7 42
Tulane TD 4:37 Shae Wyatt 48 yd pass from Michael Pratt (Valentino Ambrosio kick) 7 49
SMU TD 1:53 RJ Maryland 13 yd pass from Tanner Mordecai (Collin Rogers kick) 14 49
Fourth Quarter SMUTulane
Tulane TD 12:34 Michael Pratt 1 yd run (Valentino Ambrosio kick) 14 56
SMU FG 7:55 Collin Rogers 30 yd FG 17 56
Tulane FG 3:40 Valentino Ambrosio 33 yd FG 17 59
SMU TD 0:51 Roderick Daniels Jr. 2 yd run (Collin Rogers kick) 24 59
Team Stats
  SMU Tulane
First downs 31 20
  Rushing 11 15
  Passing 18 4
  Penalty 2 1
3rd Down Efficiency 9-20, 45% 0-7, 0%
4th down efficiency 1-5, 20% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 44-141 42-310
Passing Yards 329 141
Return Yards 47 128
Completions-Attempts-Int 35-52-2 9-14-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 3--19 1--3
Punts 3 4
Punts-Average 44.7 45.8
Fumbles Lost 5-3 1-1
Penalties - Yards 5-50 4-40
Time of Possession 33:46 26:14
SMU Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Mordecai 32 49 298 2 2
K. Jennings 3 3 31 0 0
Tulane Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Pratt 9 14 141 3 0
SMU Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Lavine 18 82 4.6 0
C. Wheaton 9 29 3.2 0
R. Daniels Jr. 3 18 6.0 1
T. McDaniel 4 13 3.3 0
V. Gardner 1 4 4.0 0
T. Mordecai 8 0 0.0 0
A. Upshaw 1 -5 -5.0 0
Tulane Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Spears 13 121 9.3 2
S. Clayton 8 75 9.4 0
M. Pratt 10 70 7.0 3
I. Celestine 7 39 5.6 0
J. Coltrin 2 5 2.5 0
K. Horton 1 1 1.0 0
SMU Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Lavine 7 62 8.9 0
R. Maryland 6 61 10.2 2
D. Goffney 3 60 20.0 0
R. Rice 6 41 6.8 0
R. Daniels Jr. 3 30 10.0 0
T. McDaniel 2 24 12.0 0
G. Haskin 1 17 17.0 0
J. Kerley 3 14 4.7 0
C. Wheaton 2 11 5.5 0
A. Upshaw 2 9 4.5 0
Tulane Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
S. Wyatt 3 104 34.7 2
T. James 2 12 6.0 0
J. Jackson 1 12 12.0 0
L. Keys III 1 7 7.0 0
T. Spears 1 5 5.0 1
S. Clayton 1 1 1.0 0
SMU Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Tulane Interceptions
Player Int Yards
L. Young IV 1 6
D. Douglas 1 0
SMU Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Bujcevski 3 134 44.7
Tulane Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Glover 4 183 45.8
SMU Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Daniels Jr. 2 0 0
Tulane Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Jackson 2 -3 -1.5
SMU Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Massey 2 47 23.5
Tulane Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. Keys III 2 118 59.0
K. Cooper Jr. 1 7 7.0
SMU Missed FG
Player Length
C. Rogers 49
Tulane Missed FG
Player Length




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