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Shane Buechele leads SMU to dominating win over Mason Fine and North Texas

SMU quarterback Shane Buechele drops back for a pass attempt during the first half against Arkansas State in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, in Jonesboro, Ark. (Quentin Winstine/The Jonesboro Sun via AP)
SMU quarterback Shane Buechele drops back for a pass attempt during the first half against Arkansas State in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, in Jonesboro, Ark. (Quentin Winstine/The Jonesboro Sun via AP) AP

Quarterback Shane Buechele outdueled Mason Fine on Saturday as the SMU Mustangs handled the North Texas Mean Green 49-27 at Ford Stadium.

Buechele completed 21 of 31 passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns. He led the Mustangs on a 9-play, 75-yard opening touchdown drive in which he completed all five passes and had a 28-yard run down to the 10. His 5-yard scoring strike to Reggie Roberson Jr. put SMU on the board.

After forcing a three-and-out, SMU drove 83 yards on nine plays to take a 13-0 lead on Xavier Jones’ 24-yard scoring run. The extra-point attempt missed.

Fine finished 17 of 32 for 152 yards with a touchdown and an interception. His pass on 4th and 1 halfway through the first quarter to Deion Hair-Griffin was incomplete, which set SMU up on the North Texas 45.

Buechele, who attended Arlington Lamar and the University of Texas before transferring to SMU, led the Mustangs on another quick drive, including a 40-yard pass to Tyler Page, before Ke’Mon Freeman scored on a two-yard run. Buechele’s two-point pass to James Proche made it 21-0 with 3:16 remaining in the first quarter.

The Mean Green’s 8-play, 73-yard drive was capped by an eight-yard touchdown pass from Fine to Michael Lawrence that cut the SMU lead to 28-14.

But the North Texas defense couldn’t slow Buechele, and Fine rarely had much time to get the offense going. Tre Siggers led the Mean Green with 164 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Xavier Jones had 127 yards and three scores on 16 carries for SMU.

Proche led the Mustangs with 115 yards and a touchdown on seven catches.

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Stefan Stevenson has been covering sports for the Star-Telegram since 1997. He spent five years covering TCU athletics, which included two BCS bowls, two trips to the college World Series and the move to the Big 12. He has covered the Texas Rangers since 2014 and started reporting on the Dallas Cowboys in 2016.
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