Sept. 6, 2008
DALLAS, Texas (AP) - Bo Levi Mitchell threw five touchdown passes and SMU beat Texas State 47-36 on Saturday night, ending an 11-game losing streak and making coach June Jones a winner in his first home game.
Jones is the first SMU coach to win a home opener since Bobby Collins in 1982. Offense is Jones' specialty, and his touch was evident from the start, with Mitchell and Emmanuel Sanders hooking up for touchdown passes of 21, 8 and 35 yards in the first half alone. Aldrick Robinson also had a 32-yarder mixed in as SMU went up 30-6 in the second quarter.
But Texas State scored with 2 seconds left in the half and kept inching closer. The Bobcats (1-1) cut it to 40-29 in the fourth quarter on Cameron Luke's third touchdown catch.
Then it was Mitchell's turn again. Facing third-and-9 from his 29, the true freshman hit Sanders for 24 yards, then hit Robinson in the end zone from the 34.
Texas State scored again with 2:41 left, but Sanders snagged an onside kick attempt. The Mustangs drove just shy of the goal line but opted to take a knee rather than trying to crack 50 points. It was SMU's first win since Sept. 8, 2007, against North Texas.
Mitchell was 24-of-37 for 370 yards. Robinson had 172 yards receiving and Sanders had 138, each with eight receptions.