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SMU beats Houston in highest scoring game in college football history

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SMU beat Houston 77-63 on Saturday in the highest-scoring regular season game in college football history. The ridiculous showdown between the AAC powers dwarfed Pitt’s 76-61 win over Syracuse in 2016, when the Panthers and Orange combined for 137 points and nearly 1,300 attacking yards — with 47 points in the fourth quarter alone.

The only game ahead of SMU-Houston on the all-time list is the legendary 2018 battle between LSU and Texas A&M, which went into seven overtime. The 74-72 decision in favor of the Aggies eventually convinced the NCAA to change the overtime rules to prevent another such game; now, the third overtime and beyond results in a 2-point contest.

The Mustangs and Cougars combined 1,352 yards of offense, with 907 yards in the air. Mustangs quarterback Tanner Mordecai threw nine touchdowns, tying a one-game record against a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent and four players for the second-best in a game against any competition. Houston quarterback Clayton Tune threw for 527 yards and seven touchdowns in a losing effort, while three wide receivers finished with over 100 yards. However, Tune also threw three interceptions, including an endgame pick that allowed SMU to run out of time.

Ironically, three of the five quarterbacks with the best touchdown numbers in a single game, besides Mordecai, came from Houston. Former Coogs quarterback David Klinger set the record with 11 touchdown passes in an 84–21 win over Eastern Washington on November 17, 1990. Klinger also threw nine touchdowns in a 73–3 win over Louisiana Tech. in 1991. Case Keenum, the NCAA’s all-time leader in touchdown passes, also played a nine-touchdown game in 2011. The other two players were Dennis Shaw of San Diego State in 1969 and Anthony Gordon, of Washington State in 2019.

The battle between SMU and Houston was the last (for now) between the two historic rivals before the Cougars departed for the Big 12. Outside of a 10-year period following the dissolution of the Southwest Conference, these two Texas schools were mates in form. consistent since 1976.

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