College football is a week to week sport, and the SMU Mustangs have completely embodied that mindset. The Mustangs have gone from a team that many felt could win enough games to qualify for a bowl to one that could very well qualify for a New Year’s Six Bowl (if things go right.) But with that success came higher expectations, and two weeks ago, those expectations almost cost them in the triple-overtime win over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Coming off a bye week, fans and the media were unsure how the team would handle facing the Top 25 ranked Temple Owls, but the 45-21 decisive win showed that they were up for the challenge and conquered it pretty quickly.
The most complete game we’ve played up to this point
– SMU Head Coach Sonny Dykes
The SMU offense is scary good with Reggie Roberson Jr.
Wide receiver Reggie Roberson Jr. started the 2019 season with a bang — an 11-catch 180-yard performance versus Arkansas State –, but nagging injuries impacted his ability to consistently contribute to the SMU offense until Saturday. Roberson Jr. took advantage of lax coverage by the Temple cornerbacks to the tune of a 10 catch, 250 yards, and three touchdown performance. With him being able to play at full strength, his ability to be a deep-ball threat makes this SMU even more dangerous.
The SMU defense continues to earn its keep
After racking up 456 yards against Memphis, many assumed that Temple would replicate that against an SMU defense that has been up and down all season. But the unit that gave up 500+ yards to Tulsa two weeks ago hunkered down and limited the Owls to 273 total yards. Linebacker Richard McBryde (eight tackles) and Safety Patrick Nelson (two sacks, seven tackles) led the way and continue to be stalwarts for a defense that limited Temple offensively all afternoon. The Mustangs defense did benefit from at least six drops by Temple receivers, but these are the breaks that good teams get on the way to a historic season.