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Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, Texas Attendance: 23,373
Mordecai's 7 TDs propels SMU past Abilene Christian 56-9
DALLAS (AP) Tanner Mordecai threw a school-record seven touchdowns - five coming in the first half - and SMU broke it open in the second quarter and went on to beat Abilene Christian 56-9 on Saturday in a season opener.
A transfer from Oklahoma, Mordecai's seven touchdowns tied the American Athletic Conference record.
Mordecai threw scoring passes of 21 and 8 yards to Grant Calcaterra in the first quarter, and early in the second, for a 14-0 lead.
Later, in the second, he connected with Danny Gray on scoring plays of 30 and 27 yards. Then, with 29 seconds before halftime, Mordecai threw a 30-yard score to Rashee Rice and the Mustangs led 35-3 at intermission.
Mordecai completed 24 of 30 pass attempts for 317 yards while seven different ball carriers tallied 171 yards on the ground.
Stone Earle threw for 176 yards and a touchdown for the Wildcats.
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Updated September 4, 2021