Crossley’s late pick preserves SMU’s 34-31 win over Memphis

Nov 26, 2022, 2:35 AM | Updated: 4:42 pm
SMU quarterback Tanner Mordecai (8) gets a hand from head coach Rhett Lashlee after a Mustangs touc...

SMU quarterback Tanner Mordecai (8) gets a hand from head coach Rhett Lashlee after a Mustangs touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Memphis at Ford Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, in Dallas. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

(Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

              SMU wide receiver Jordan Kerley (1) is knocked off his feet by the Memphis defense after a catch during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Ford Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, in Dallas. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
            
              Memphis quarterback Seth Henigan (5) throws a pass under pressure from SMU defensive end Je'lin Samuels (11) during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Ford Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, in Dallas. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
            
              SMU wide receiver Jordan Kerley flips toward the end zone after being knocked off his feet by the Memphis defense after a catch during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Ford Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, in Dallas. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
            
              SMU quarterback Tanner Mordecai (8) is brought down by Memphis linebacker Tyler Murray (5) during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Ford Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, in Dallas. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
            
              SMU wide receiver Rashee Rice (11) can't hold on to a pass as Memphis defensive back Quindell Johnson (15) and defensive back Sylvonta Oliver (11) defend during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Ford Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, in Dallas. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
            
              SMU quarterback Tanner Mordecai (8) scrambles from his own end zone to avoid Memphis linebacker Tyler Murray (5) during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Ford Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, in Dallas. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
            
              SMU running back Tyler Lavine (31) stretches for the end zone to score on a touchdown run during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Memphis, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, in Dallas. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
            
              SMU quarterback Tanner Mordecai (8) gets a hand from head coach Rhett Lashlee after a Mustangs touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Memphis at Ford Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, in Dallas. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

DALLAS (AP) — Brandon Crossley picked off a Seth Henigan pass in the back of the end zone with two seconds left to preserve SMU’s 34-31 win over Memphis Saturday in the regular-season finale for both schools.

Henigan drove the Tigers 76 yards to set up second-and-goal at the SMU 9 with 14 seconds left, needing only a field goal to send the game into overtime. He rolled to his left and floated a pass intended for a receiver streaking along the end line only to have Crossley make a leaping interception.

Tanner Mordecai fired 24 yards to Rashee Rice early in the fourth quarter, then drove the Mustangs 66 yards in 12 plays to set up Collin Rogers’ 23-yard field goal to take a 34-23 lead.

But Henigan answered by hitting Roc Taylor from 7-yards out, then finding Gabriel Rogers for a two-point conversion to pull Memphis within 34-31 with 2:36 left in the game.

SMU’s Austin Upshaw pounced on the on-sides kick, but the Mustangs could not make a first down and punted, giving the Tigers the ball at their own 16.

Mordecai was 22 of 30 for 228 yards and two touchdowns and Tyler Lavine carried it 25 times for 64 yards and two scores to lead SMU (7-5, 5-3 American Athletic Conference). Rice caught 13 passes for 147 yards.

Henigan was 27 of 44 for 287 yards and a touchdown, with Javon Ivory catching six for 98 yards for Memphis (6-6, 3-5). Jevyon Ducker carried 10 times for 81 yards.

SMU won for just the fifth time in 15 meetings with Memphis. Since both teams joined the AAC, the Tigers lead the series 7-3.

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