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NCAA Game Summary - SMU at Texas Tech

(Saturday, September 13th)

Final Score: (12) Texas Tech 43, SMU 7

Lubbock, TX (Sports Network) - Graham Harrell threw for a whopping 418 yards and five touchdowns on 31-of-48 passes as the 12-ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders walloped the SMU Mustangs, 43-7.

Sophomore sensation Michael Crabtree was Harrell's favorite target, bringing down eight balls for 164 yards and three touchdowns for the Red Raiders (3-0), who have won each of their first three games by double digits. Baron Batch led the ground attack with 99 yards and a score on 10 carries. Daniel Charbonnet had three interceptions for the victors.

Bo Levi Mitchell had a forgettable performance under center for SMU (1-2), throwing five interceptions on 13-of-24 passing for 155 yards. Emmanuel Sanders had eight catches for 125 yards for the Mustangs, who were outgained 693-274.

Despite nearly 10 inches of rain that fell in the Lubbock area over the previous 36 hours, the game was played flawlessly by the home team.

The Mustangs got off to a horrific start as Mitchell was picked off on the first play of the game, setting the tone for a long day for SMU.

The Mustangs' defense held the Red Raiders to a 35-yard field goal by Donnie Carona, but a 45-yard touchdown run from Batch midway through the first quarter gave the favorites a 9-0 edge as the PAT failed.

Mitchell's first pass on the ensuing possession was picked off, setting the stage for Graham and Crabtree's 24-yard touchdown hookup in the back of the end zone with 5:39 remaining in the first quarter.

The two-point conversion failed, but another Crabtree touchdown, this time from 47 yards out, gave the Raiders a 22-0 lead at the break.

The Raiders failed to punch in a score from inside the Mustangs' five-yard line before the break, but a 51-yard pitch-and-catch from Graham to Crabtree on the first drive of the second half made that missed opportunity a distant memory.

Later in the third, Graham found Edward Britton on a seven-yard score, capping a seven-play, 88-yard drive, which was highlighted by a 45-yard reception from Shannon Woods.

Graham's final pass on his prolific day was a 44-yard TD to Detron Lewis two minutes into the fourth, and SMU saved some face with Aldrick Robinson's seven-yard touchdown from Logan Turner with four minutes left in the game.

Game Notes

Texas Tech hosts Massachusetts next weekend, while SMU squares off against TCU...Texas Tech has won five straight games dating back to last year...Last weekend, SMU defeated Football Championship Subdivision member Texas State, snapping an 11-game losing streak dating back to last season, as head coach June Jones notched his first win at the helm of the program. The Mustangs have dropped 11 straight decisions on the road dating back to 2006...Texas Tech leads the all-time series 31-16, including the last 13 meetings...Woods had 86 yards on the ground and 46 through the air.

09/13 23:45:13 ET

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