No. 18 SMU dominates second half, beats Temple 47-23
Shane Buechele passed for 355 yards and four touchdowns and paced a second-half offensive explosion from No. 18 SMU in its 47-23 victory over Temple on Saturday in Philadelphia.
The Mustangs (7-1, 4-1 American Athletic Conference) scored on their first six possessions of the second half and outscored Temple (1-4, 1-4 AAC) 37-10 following the intermission.
SMU amassed 357 of its 549 yards after the break, with Buechele completing scoring strikes of 44 yards to Tyler Page, 24 yards to Kylen Granson and 33 yards to Rashee Rice. Tyler Lavine added a 2-yard touchdown run that pushed the Mustangs to a 33-16 lead before TaMerick Williams capped the scoring for SMU with his 49-yard touchdown dash with 7:32 remaining in the contest.
Granson and Page both recorded 100-yard receiving games, with Granson posting six receptions for 149 yards while Page had nine catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns.
The first quarter offered promise for Temple, with quarterback Trad Beatty completing a 75-yard touchdown pass to Randle Jones on the first play from scrimmage for a 6-0 lead just 13 seconds into the game. After the point-after attempt failed, the Mustangs responded with a 10-play, 85-yard drive culminating in a Buechele scoring strike to Page, but Temple fashioned a response and quickly erased the 7-6 deficit.
Following a turnover on downs by the Mustangs, Temple covered 61 yards in 11 plays with 5:45 elapsed from the clock. Tayvon Ruley pushed the Owls to a 13-7 lead via his 3-yard touchdown run with 1:32 left in the first period. The quarterback tandem of Re-al Mitchell and Beatty were a combined 6-of-7 for 106 yards and a touchdown in the first, offering a better start than in the Owls’ loss at Tulane last week when both labored in the stead of injured senior Anthony Russo.
By the close of the half, Temple held a 13-10 lead and played the Mustangs to a standstill in total yards (196 to 192) and time of possession (15:02 to 14:58). But the Owls had five consecutive possessions end with punts bridging the second and third periods, a span that opened the door for the Mustangs to seize momentum once the second half commenced.
–Field Level Media