GAMEDAY College Football

Southern Methodist 39, Louisiana Tech 37

Associated Press

RUSTON, La. - Tanner Mordecai threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Roderick Roberson Jr. on the final play to give SMU a 39-37 win at Louisiana Tech in a non-conference game.

Austin Kendall fired an 11-yard strike to Marcus Williams Jr. with 5:07 left, then set up a 38-yard field goal by Cesar Barajas to give Louisiana Tech a 37-33 advantage with :36 to play.

Mordecai drove the Mustangs 73 yards in six plays for the game winner.

The game featured former Oklahoma quarterbacks as opposing starters. Both Mordecai and Kendall were Sooners in 2018 before both opted to transfer. Mordecai is a fourth-year junior. Kendall is a sixth-year graduate transfer.

Mordecai finished 36 of 48 for 395 yards and five touchdowns. Kendall was 24 of 41 for 351 yards and four touchdowns, but was picked off once and ran for a score.

SMU (3-0) put up 579 yards of offense and did not turn the ball over. Louisiana Tech (1-2) had 483 yards of offense with a turnover.

Both quarterbacks hit first-quarter bombs. Kendall hit Tre Harris for a 62-yard touchdown in the first quarter and found him again in the third from 11-yards out. Mordecai hit Rashee Rice with a 41-yard strike in the first quarter.

SMU athletics press release


Scoring Summary
First Quarter SMULaTech
LaTech TD 6:22 Tre Harris 62 yd pass from Austin Kendall (Jacob Barnes kick) 0 7
SMU TD 3:13 Rashee Rice 41 yd pass from Tanner Mordecai (Blake Mazza kick) 7 7
Second Quarter SMULaTech
LaTech TD 6:49 Samuel Emilus 11 yd pass from Austin Kendall (Jacob Barnes kick) 7 14
SMU TD 3:30 Danny Gray 17 yd pass from Tanner Mordecai (blocked XP) 13 14
SMU FG 0:00 Blake Mazza 29 yd FG 16 14
Third Quarter SMULaTech
SMU TD 12:09 Jordan Kerley 18 yd pass from Tanner Mordecai (Blake Mazza kick) 23 14
LaTech TD 10:30 Tre Harris 11 yd pass from Austin Kendall (Jacob Barnes kick) 23 21
SMU FG 7:55 Blake Mazza 24 yd FG 26 21
LaTech TD 5:25 Austin Kendall 3 yd run (Jacob Barnes kick) 26 28
SMU TD 0:24 Rashee Rice 5 yd pass from Tanner Mordecai (Blake Mazza kick) 33 28
Fourth Quarter SMULaTech
LaTech TD 5:07 Marcus Williams Jr. 6 yd pass from Austin Kendall (failed 2pt pass) 33 34
LaTech FG 0:36 Jacob Barnes 47 yd FG 33 37
SMU TD 0:00 Reggie Roberson Jr. 33 yd pass from Tanner Mordecai 39 37
Team Stats
  SMU Louisiana Tech
First downs 31 26
  Rushing 13 7
  Passing 18 16
  Penalty 0 3
3rd Down Efficiency 8-16, 50% 6-12, 50%
4th down efficiency 0-2, 0% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 38-183 30-132
Passing Yards 395 351
Return Yards 165 0
Completions-Attempts-Int 36-50-0 24-41-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 1--8
Punts 4 5
Punts-Average 41.8 38.6
Fumbles Lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 8-85 8-41
Time of Possession 32:37 26:59
SMU Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Mordecai 36 48 395 5 0
Louisiana Tech Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Kendall 24 41 351 4 1
SMU Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
U. Bentley IV 13 61 4.7 0
T. Mordecai 8 51 6.4 0
T. Siggers 13 50 3.8 0
D. Gray 2 13 6.5 0
T. Lavine 2 8 4.0 0
Louisiana Tech Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Williams Jr. 13 65 5.0 0
G. Garner 7 42 6.0 0
A. Kendall 6 20 3.3 1
H. Dixon 3 5 1.7 0
K. Dominique 1 0 0.0 0
SMU Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
G. Calcaterra 7 103 14.7 0
R. Rice 4 73 18.3 2
R. Roberson Jr. 6 71 11.8 1
D. Gray 7 69 9.9 1
J. Kerley 3 39 13.0 1
U. Bentley IV 2 11 5.5 0
T. Siggers 2 9 4.5 0
T. McIntyre 1 9 9.0 0
A. Upshaw 2 6 3.0 0
N. Matthews 1 3 3.0 0
R. Daniels Jr. 1 2 2.0 0
Louisiana Tech Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Harris 5 102 20.4 2
S. Emilus 3 57 19.0 1
S. Harris 6 55 9.2 0
C. Rieder 1 48 48.0 0
B. Means 2 43 21.5 0
M. Williams Jr. 2 19 9.5 1
G. Hebert 3 14 4.7 0
K. Maxwell 1 9 9.0 0
G. Garner 1 4 4.0 0
SMU Interceptions
Player Int Yards
I. Slade-Matautia 1 35
Louisiana Tech Interceptions
Player Int Yards
SMU Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Hall 4 167 41.8
Louisiana Tech Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Barajas 5 193 38.6
SMU Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Kerley 1 5 5.0
Louisiana Tech Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
SMU Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Kerley 3 44 14.7
U. Bentley IV 2 81 40.5
B. Epton Jr. 1 0 0
Louisiana Tech Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
SMU Missed FG
Player Length
Louisiana Tech Missed FG
Player Length




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