Mustangs Shut Out SFA, 52-0
DALLAS (AP) -- Zach Line got SMU off and running with a pair of rushing touchdowns in the second quarter and then the Mustangs' defense and special teams took over, securing a 52-0 victory over Stephen F. Austin on Saturday night.
After the teams battled to a scoreless tie at the end of the first quarter, Line scored on a 3-yard run and a 1-yard run. He finished with 60 yards on 19 carries.
Kenneth Acker excelled for SMU (1-1) on defense and special teams. He returned a blocked field-goal attempt 56 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the first half, and scored on a 77-yard interception return early in the fourth quarter.
SMU intercepted seven passes and recovered three fumbles by Stephen F. Austin (1-1), returning one fumble and two interceptions for touchdowns.
SMU defensive end Margus Hunt set the NCAA career record with his 9th blocked FG. He now has 15 total blocks (9 FG, 6 PAT), which is third in NCAA history. The block was on a 23-yard FG attempt at 4:57 of the 1st quarter.
The Mustangs next host Texas A&M Saturday, Sept. 15 at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 2:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at smumustangs.com/tickets.