SMU starts fast, breezes to 45-34 victory over Tulsa

Oct 29, 2022, 4:27 AM | Updated: 4:53 pm
Tulsa quarterback Davis Brin (7) attempts a pass during the first quarter of an NCCA college footba...

Tulsa quarterback Davis Brin (7) attempts a pass during the first quarter of an NCCA college football game in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)

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              Tulsa safety Jehlen Cannady (2) celebrates after making a a tackle on a punt return during the first quarter of an NCCA college football game in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)
            
              SMU running back Tyler Lavine spins off an attempted tackle by Tulsa defensive lineman Joseph Anderson and safety Bryson Powers during the second quarter of an NCCA college football game in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)
            
              SMU running back Tyler Lavine (31) jumps over a pile while running the ball during the second quarter of an NCCA college football game in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)
            
              SMU safety Brandon Crossley and linebacker Isaac Slade-Matautia pressure Tulsa quarterback Davis Brin (7) as he attempts a pass during an NCCA college football game in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)
            
              SMU running back Tyler Lavine (31) spins off an attempted tackle by Tulsa defensive lineman Joseph Anderson and safety Bryson Powers (21) during the second quarter of an NCCA college football game in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)
            
              Tulsa safety Bryson Powers (21) attempts to intercept a pass intended for SMU wide receiver Rashee Rice while Tulsa cornerback Tyon Davis (0) defends during the first quarter of an NCCA college football game in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)
            
              SMU wide receiver Rashee Rice catches a pass while Tulsa safety LJ Wallace (22) defends during the first q quarter of an NCCA college football game in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)
            
              Tulsa linebacker Justin Wright (30) celebrates with linebacker Grant Sawyer (19) after a defensive play during the second quarter of an NCCA college football game in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)
            
              SMU quarterback Preston Stone (2) attempts a pass during the first quarter of an NCCA college football game in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)
            
              Tulsa quarterback Davis Brin (7) attempts a pass during the first quarter of an NCCA college football game in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Preston Stone passed to Rashee Rice for a 75-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage and SMU never trailed in a 45-34 victory over Tulsa on Saturday.

Tyler Lavine followed with the first of his three short touchdown runs on the day and SMU (4-4, 2-2 American Athletic Conference) led 14-0 before the game was five minutes old. Lavine’s second scoring run helped the Mustangs take a 24-7 lead at halftime.

Elijah Chapman scooped up a fumble and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter to push the Mustangs’ lead to 45-20.

Stone completed 11 of 17 passes for 219 yards for SMU. Freshman backup quarterback Kevin Jennings had his first collegiate touchdown pass — a 6-yarder to Rice late in the third quarter. Rice had nine receptions for 180 yards.

Braylon Braxton came off the bench to complete 8 of 14 passes for 120 yards for the Golden Hurricane (3-5, 1-3). He teamed up with Keylon Stokes for a 50-yard score and Jordan Ford for a 9-yarder in the fourth quarter.

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SMU starts fast, breezes to 45-34 victory over Tulsa