Top 5 Takeaways: SMU defeats Tulane on senior night FINAL: SMU 49, Tulane 21

SMU 49, Tulane 21

A solid win by SMU on senior night.

While Tulane isn’t the best team, it’s always good to end the season at home with a win. SMU still has to face the strong arm of Paxton Lynch, but this is a win that could give them the momentum they need to knock off the Tigers in Memphis next week.

1. Offensive Identity

Once again, SMU struggled to find their rhythm on offense. However, an early spark and touchdown by their special teams got the offense going.

Morris’s offensive machine has been struggling in recent weeks, but luckily the ‘Stangs have still found ways to score aside from Matt Davis. In what usually is a high-flying up-tempo offense, Morris’s squad had six touchdowns on the ground and the previously mentioned special teams score.

SMU had 195 yards through the air and 323 on the ground.

2. Defensive Identity  

Whether it’s because Tulane’s offense sucks that bad or SMU’s defense has finally played a decent full game, it looks like SMU finally found their defensive identity.

Senior Zach Wood made his last home game count with great play as well as a first quarter field goal block that led to an SMU touchdown.

Justin Lawler made his presence known beyond the line and will be a big contributor in the future for SMU.

SMU’s secondary was finally able to catch a break with a relatively “weak” passing offense by Tulane. It will be interesting watching this defense when they have more talent and depth.

3. Jones makes a statement

He had such a good game that yes, he does deserve his own point. Is it possible that SMU has found their surefire No. 1 option at RB? I hope so.

In the first half, Jones carried the ball for 80 yards and three touchdowns. He finished the game with 117 yards.

Braeden West and Prescott Line also had a rushing touchdown each. SMU’s run game was dominant to say the least.

4. Sutton’s Luck

There is something special and exciting about watching a receiver with good hands and a little luck. In the third quarter, Sutton muffed a punt and somehow recovered it after the ball bounced off almost every single Tulane player.

Later in the game, Sutton made a one-handed catch with his left hand. He was later ruled out of bounds. He had another solid outing with five catches for 45 yards.

Sutton also completed a 30-yard pass to Darius Joseph in what has become a regular trick play for the Mustangs.

5. Finally the W

It’s been a long road to this point for SMU. Collectively, they’ve faced opponents who are 66-22. How fitting is it that SMU gets their second win of the season at home on senior night?

One has to believe that if SMU had just been able to pull off a win earlier in the season, they might have had the momentum to win one of their bigger games, either way it’s still a big win for Chad Morris and his program.

Extra Credit

A team that is normally very disciplined, SMU was flagged 14 times for an absurd 123 yards. Additionally, SMU did not force any turnovers.

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Written by Jesse Carr
Jesse is journalism major at Southern Methodist University and co-founder of The Stable. A die hard Texan, Jesse loves Lonestar beer, tattoos, God, anything sports related, and contributes coverage of all SMU athletics.