ulysses-bentley-iv-smu-cbs.jpg
USATSI

Everyone loves a Hail Mary attempt to decide the game, and SMU delivered one of the best finishes we may see all season with its game-winning touchdown against Louisiana Tech in 39-37 win on Saturday in Ruston. 

Louisiana Tech positioned itself well to pull off the upset as double-digit home underdogs against the visiting Mustangs, which were picked third in the preseason American Athletic Conference poll behind Cincinnati and UCF. The Bulldogs went blow-for-blow as the second half turned into a shootout, even putting together a drive for the go-ahead score with five minutes left to play and extending that lead with a field goal in the final 40 seconds. 

But SMU quarterback Tanner Mordecai had other plans. 

The Oklahoma transfer got the Mustangs down the field quickly with a couple of passes to another former Sooner, tight end Grant Calcaterra, and a first down run to set up a Hail Mary try from the 33-yard line. Mordecai scrambled around on the final play and his heave from about 40 yards out eventually found the hands of star wide receiver Reggie Roberson. 

Mordecai finished the game with 395 yards on 36-of-48 passing and five touchdowns, besting Louisiana Tech quarterback Austin Kendall -- another former Oklahoma player -- who finished with 351 yards and four touchdowns with an interception. 

The game-winner improves SMU to 3-0 on the season heading into its rivalry game against TCU next Saturday in Fort Worth.