GAMEDAY College Football

Southern Methodist 35, North Texas 12

Associated Press

DALLAS - Tanner Mordecai passed for 312 yards and four touchdowns and SMU dominated the second half for a 35-12 victory over North Texas in nonconference play.

Neither team had much offense in the first half. North Texas managed two Ethan Mooney field goals to grab a 6-0 lead. The Mustangs (2-0) didn't score until Mordecai found Rashee Rice for a 62-yard TD with 3:50 left in the second quarter. SMU never trailed again.

Mordecai fired a 58-yard scoring strike to Danny Gray on the Mustangs' second possession of the third quarter for a 14-6 lead. Jace Ruder had the answer for the Mean Green (1-1) - connecting with Isaiah Johnson for a 23-yard TD - before seeing his two-point pass attempt fall incomplete, leaving North Texas trailing 14-12.

Mordecai stretched SMU's lead to 21-12 by the end of the third quarter with a 29-yard TD strike to Grant Calcaterra. Ulysses Bentley IV took over in the final quarter - scoring on a 19-yard pass from Mordecai before ripping off an 85-yard TD run to cap the scoring.

Mordecai completed 21 of 33 passes with two interceptions. Bentley rushed just 10 times and finished with 141 of SMU's 226 yards on the ground.

Ruder was 32-of-51 passing for 366 yards with two picks. Roderic Burns had 12 catches for 141 yards, while Jyaire Shorter hauled in six passes for 107. The two teams combined for 1,044 yards of offense.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter NorTxSMU
NorTx FG 9:29 Ethan Mooney 29 yard field goal 3 0
Second Quarter NorTxSMU
NorTx FG 13:52 Ethan Mooney 22 yard field goal 6 0
SMU TD 3:50 Rashee Rice 62 yard TD pass from Tanner Mordecai (Blake Mazza Extra Point) 6 7
Third Quarter NorTxSMU
SMU TD 11:13 Danny Gray 58 yard TD pass from Tanner Mordecai (Blake Mazza Extra Point) 6 14
NorTx TD 6:12 Isaiah Johnson 23 yard TD pass from Jace Ruder (DeAndre Torrey 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 12 14
SMU TD 5:01 Grant Calcaterra 29 yard TD pass from Tanner Mordecai (Blake Mazza Extra Point) 12 21
Fourth Quarter NorTxSMU
SMU TD 11:17 Ulysses Bentley IV 19 yard TD pass from Tanner Mordecai (Blake Mazza Extra Point) 12 28
SMU TD 7:37 Ulysses Bentley IV 85 yard TD run (Blake Mazza Extra Point) 12 35
Team Stats
  North Texas SMU
First downs 24 20
  Rushing 6 8
  Passing 16 10
  Penalty 2 2
3rd Down Efficiency 6-19, 32% 3-11, 27%
4th down efficiency 0-4, 0% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 40-130 31-230
Passing Yards 384 314
Return Yards 69 90
Completions-Attempts-Int 34-56-2 21-33-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 1-1 0-0
Punts 7 6
Fumbles Lost 5-0 2-2
Penalties - Yards 12-105 6-70
North Texas Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Ruder 32 52 366 1 2
A. Aune 2 4 18 0 0
SMU Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Mordecai 21 33 314 4 2
North Texas Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Torrey 16 71 4.4 0
L. Thompson 1 31 31.0 0
J. Ruder 9 23 2.6 0
I. Ragsdale 4 19 4.8 0
I. Johnson 6 11 1.8 0
A. Aune 2 -1 -0.5 0
SMU Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
U. Bentley IV 10 146 14.6 1
T. Siggers 10 51 5.1 0
T. Mordecai 7 33 4.7 0
T. Lavine 2 2 1.0 0
North Texas Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Burns 11 136 12.4 0
J. Shorter 6 107 17.8 0
J. Pirtle 5 43 8.6 0
I. Johnson 3 32 10.7 1
J. Roberts 3 24 8.0 0
U. Stout 1 22 22.0 0
D. Torrey 1 10 10.0 0
R. Texada 1 5 5.0 0
B. Jackson 1 4 4.0 0
L. Thompson 1 1 1.0 0
I. Ragsdale 1 0 0.0
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SMU Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Rice 4 99 24.8 1
D. Gray 5 87 17.4 1
R. Roberson Jr. 5 42 8.4 0
G. Calcaterra 2 39 19.5 1
U. Bentley IV 2 21 10.5 1
T. McIntyre 1 18 18.0 0
J. Kerley 1 7 7.0 0
T. Lavine 1 1 1.0 0
North Texas Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Novil 1 17
J. Davis Jr. 1 -1
SMU Interceptions
Player Int Yards
I. Nwokobia 1 17
C. Cromartie 1 0
North Texas Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Rodriguez 7 193 27.6
SMU Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Hall 4 149 37.3
M. Fraanje 2 37 18.5
North Texas Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
SMU Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Record 2 1 0.5
J. Kerley 1 0 0
North Texas Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
I. Johnson 2 31 15.5
D. Morris 1 22 22.0
SMU Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Kerley 2 49 24.5
U. Bentley IV 1 23 23.0
North Texas Missed FG
Player Length
SMU Missed FG
Player Length




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