If you didn't catch any of SMU-Houston on Saturday night, you missed the most bonkers game of the weekend and probably the college football season. Sure, there were games like LSU taking down Alabama with a walk-off two-point conversion, but find me another game with 140 points scored in regulation — you can't, because it's never happened before.
And the star of the show was SMU quarterback Tanner Mordecai, who threw for nine touchdowns and rushed for another to account for 70 of the Mustangs' 77 points. Mordecai actually slowed down precipitously after putting up eight of his touchdowns in the first half.
Houston quarterback Clayton Tune put up a casual 527 passing yards and seven touchdowns — as well as 111 yards and a score on the ground — in defeat, too. This game was bananas.
Perhaps the most ridiculous stat to come out of the shootout in Dallas was that Mordecai nearly doubled Iowa's season passing touchdown total in one game. He had to settle for nine to the Hawkeyes' five in 2022. Brian Ferentz should probably call Mordecai this week and ask him what his secret is.
Every SMU defensive player owes Mordecai a steak dinner for what he did Saturday night, because those guys were giving up touchdowns like they were going out of style, too, and they still won by two scores. I'm sure the defensive meetings on Monday are not going to be pretty, but they'd have been a hell of a lot worse if it weren't for Mordecai putting the team on his back and dragging it to victory.
These games are why we love college football.