Southern Methodist at North Texas

Sutton snags 3 TD passes in SMU's 34-21 win over North Texas


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DENTON, Texas (AP) Courtland Sutton only made four catches but three went for touchdowns in SMU's 34-21 victory over North Texas in a season opener on Saturday.

Sutton finished with 162 yards receiving, including an 88-yarder from Ben Hicks for the fifth-longest touchdown pass in Mustangs history. Sutton's other two TD receptions were thrown by Matt Davis. Xavier Jones added 115 yards and a score on 11 carries as the Mustangs rolled up 572 yards offense.

SMU jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter on Jones' 49-yard run, a 29-yard field goal by Josh Williams, and the 88-yard pass play. A 46-yard Davis pass to Sutton with two minutes left in the half put the Mustangs ahead 24-7, which came following Horace Richardson's second interception of the game.

The Mean Green's Alec Morris threw two touchdown passes, one each to Thaddeous Thompson and Kelvin Smith, but he also tossed three first-half interceptions.

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Scoreboard
Southern Methodist  (1-0) «17710034
North Texas  (0-1)0140721
Scoring Summary
SMUXavier Jones 49 yd run (Josh Williams kick)
SMUJosh Williams 29 yd FG
SMUCourtland Sutton 88 yd pass from Ben Hicks (Josh Williams kick)
NTEXASThaddeous Thompson 7 yd pass from Alec Morris (Trevor Moore kick)
SMUCourtland Sutton 46 yd pass from Matt Davis (Josh Williams kick)
NTEXASKelvin Smith 25 yd pass from Alec Morris (Trevor Moore kick)
SMUCourtland Sutton 4 yd pass from Matt Davis (Josh Williams kick)
SMUMichael Armstrong 22 yd FG
NTEXASJeffrey Wilson 11 yd run (Trevor Moore kick)
 
Team Stats
 SMUNTEXAS
First Downs2326
Third Down Efficiency8-146-15
Fourth Down Efficiency0-11-3
Plays-Net Yards73-57279-394
Rushes-Yds46-27229-83
Passing Yds300311
Kick Return Yds6866
Punt Return Yds50
Passes13-27-132-50-3
Punts2-775-198
Fumbles-Lost1-01-0
Penalties-Yds7-606-68
Time of Poss.31:528:55
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
SMU: Xavier Jones 11-115, Matt Davis 14-91, Ke'Mon Freeman 5-39, Braeden West 13-23, James Proche 1-8, Team 2--4
NTEXAS: Jeffrey Wilson 15-86, Anthony Wyche 5-10, Mason Fine 5-6, Alec Morris 4--19
PASSING
SMU: Matt Davis 8-17-155-1, Ben Hicks 5-9-145-0, Darrel Colbert Jr. 0-1-0-0
NTEXAS: Alec Morris 24-39-237-3, Mason Fine 8-11-74-0
RECEIVING
SMU: Courtland Sutton 4-162, James Proche 3-73, Xavier Castille 2-15, Ryan Becker 1-17, Myron Gailliard 1-12, Austin Rolfe 1-11, Mitchell Kaufman 1-10
NTEXAS: Willie Robinson 8-73, Terian Goree 8-64, Jeffrey Wilson 6-55, Thaddeous Thompson 5-56, Kelvin Smith 2-36, Rico Bussey Jr. 2-18, Anthony Wyche 1-9
 
Standings
TeamStandingsConferenceOverall
Southern Methodist5th American Athletic West3-55-7
North Texas4th Conference USA West3-55-8

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