Pratt accounts for 6 TDs, No. 21 Tulane tames SMU 59-24


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Michael Pratt handed for 3 touchdowns and ran for 3 scores, and No. 21 Tulane capitalized on a slew of SMU errors to beat the Mustangs 59-24 on Thursday evening.

Tyjae Spears carried 13 occasions for 121 yards — his fifth straight recreation eclipsing 100 yards speeding. He scored two touchdowns speeding and one other receiving for Tulane (9-2, 6-1 American Athletic Convention), which beat SMU for the primary time in eight conferences and might clinch a berth within the convention title recreation by profitable its regular-season finale at Cincinnati.

SMU (6-5, 4-3) got here in as one of many prime offenses within the AAC, averaging 486.4 yards and a league-high 40.3 factors per recreation. However the Mustangs have been affected by dropped passes and 5 turnovers as they dropped out of competition for a convention title recreation berth.

Tanner Mordecai was intercepted twice and misplaced a fumble when he was sacked by Darius Hodges. SMU fumbled 5 occasions in all, shedding three.

The Mustangs’ first turnover got here on a muffed punt by Roderick Daniels that Tulane lengthy snapper Ethan Hudak recovered on the SMU 7. That arrange Spears’ TD reception to make it 21-0 late within the first quarter.

A muffed punt by Tulane returner Jha’Quan Jackson deep in Inexperienced Wave territory appeared like a possible momentum changer when SMU instantly transformed that break right into a 19-yard TD cross from Mordecai to RJ Maryland. However the Inexperienced Wave responded shortly with Michael Pratt’s 26-yard, tackle-slipping scoring run.

Tulane opened the second half by widening its result in 35-7 on Pratt’s floating, 26-yard timing cross to Shae Wyatt, who made an over-the-shoulder catch and narrowly acquired his ft in bounds earlier than falling out of the left aspect of the tip zone.

One play after Tulane security Lummie Younger intercepted Mordecai, Pratt discovered Wyatt properly behind the SMU protection for a 46-yard rating that made it 49-7.

Wyatt completed with three catches for 104 yards.

THE TAKEAWAY

SMU: The Mustangs’ error-filled efficiency belied their current kind. SMU entered the sport having gained 4 of 5 — with its lone loss in that stretch by simply 2 factors to No. 22 Cincinnati on Oct. 22 — to get again within the AAC race.

Tulane: After struggling per week earlier to cease UCF operating QB John Rhys Plumlee, Tulane’s conference-leading protection returned to kind in opposition to SMU’s pass-heavy assault. The Inexperienced Wave handed SMU its most lopsided lack of the season. Pratt grew to become the fourth QB this season to have a minimum of three TDs passing and speeding in a single recreation. The others are LSU’s Jayden Daniels, Oregon’s Bo Nix and Plumlee. Tulane rushed for 310 yards.

UP NEXT

SMU: Hosts Navy on Nov. 19.

Tulane: Visits Cincinnati on Nov. 25.

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