SMU’s hopes of going undefeated, and possibly sneaking into the College Football Playoff in stunning fashion, are gone after they lost a thrilling affair to the Memphis Tigers on Saturday by the score of 54-48. The Mustangs’ QB, Shane Buechele, had over 450 yards passing and three touchdowns, but it was not enough to hold off Brady White and co. White had three TD’s as well and 350 yards across the air.
However, it was running back Antonio Gibson that was the true hero of the day. He set a Memphis record for the most total yards in school history, scampering for a combined 386 yards. He had three touchdowns, including a 97-yard kickoff return in the third quarter and a 78-yard run in the fourth that had put Memphis ahead 54-32. Despite the valiant comeback from the Mustangs, it just wasn’t enough. The #15 team had been beaten, and so, too, their hopes of a dream scenario that saw them in the final four.