Mordecai throws 3 TD passes, SMU cruises past Lamar 45-16

DALLAS, TX - SEPTEMBER 10: Southern Methodist Mustangs quarterback Tanner Mordecai (8) passes during the game between SMU and Lamar on September 10, 2022 at Gerald J Ford Stadium in Dallas, TX. (Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Tanner Mordecai threw three touchdown passes and SMU rolled to a 45-16 victory over Lamar on Saturday night.

Mordecai was 18-of-31 passing for 212 yards. He connected with Rashee Rice twice for scores, including the Mustangs' first touchdown. Rice also made an over-the-shoulder, 20-yard catch in the end zone late in the third quarter. Rice finished with nine catches for 132 yards.

TJ McDaniel found a crease up the middle, stiff armed a defender then ran along the left sideline for a 56-yard touchdown run that stretched the Mustangs’ lead to 24-7 late in the first half. McDaniel scored his first touchdown since the 2020 season. He sat out last season due to injury. He added a 1-yard score and finished with 96 yards on the ground.

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Velton Gardner had 100 yards rushing on 11 carries for SMU (2-0).

Khalan Griffin had a 1-yard touchdown run for Lamar (0-2).