The Oklahoman

Mordecai throwing TDs at fastest clip since 2012

- Eric Olson

SMU’s Tanner Mordecai is throwing touchdown passes at the fastest rate in the Football Bowl Subdivisio­n since 2012.

The Oklahoma transfer has passed for at least four in each of the Mustangs’ games, and his total of 24 is the most through five games since West Virginia’s Geno Smith had the same number at this point nine years ago.

Mordecai is the fourth FBS quarterbac­k since 2000 to have 24 TD passes at this point in a season.

The junior opened the season with seven TD passes against lower-tier Abilene Christian, then had four against North Texas, five against Louisiana Tech and four each against TCU and South Florida.

Mordecai was a four-star recruit coming out of high school in Waco, Texas. He appeared in a total of 12 games for Oklahoma, backing up Jalen Hurts in 2019 and Spencer Rattler last year. He transferre­d to 24th-ranked SMU after 2020 starter Shane Buechele declared for the NFL draft, and he won the starter’s job in August.

Ball hawking: Iowa intercepte­d six passes against Maryland on Friday, the Hawkeyes’ most since they had seven against Wisconsin in 1982.

Six players had an intercepti­on, tying the school record for most players with a pick in a game.

Iowa leads the nation with 12 intercepti­ons, and its 76 since 2017 are most in the country.

The 200 club: Six players rushed for at least 200 yards, led by Chase Brown’s 257 yards on 26 carries for Illinois against Charlotte.

Keaton Mitchell of East Carolina had 15 carries for 222 yards against Tulane, BYU’s Tyler Allgeier had 22 runs for 218 yards against Utah State, Texas’ Bijan Robinson had 35 carries for 216 yards against TCU, Georgia Southern’s Logan Wright had 10 carries for 208 yards against Arkansas State and De’Montre Tuggle of Ohio ran 17 times for 201 yards against Akron.

There have been 15 200-yard performanc­es, all by different players.

Stacking wins: East Carolina has won three straight games for the first time in seven years, a notable accomplish­ment for a team whose 32 wins since 2014 are fewest among current members of the American Athletic Conference and tied for 106th nationally.

 ?? MICHAEL AINSWORTH/AP ?? SMU quarterbac­k Tanner Mordecai throws a pass against TCU on Sept. 25 in Fort Worth, Texas.
MICHAEL AINSWORTH/AP SMU quarterbac­k Tanner Mordecai throws a pass against TCU on Sept. 25 in Fort Worth, Texas.

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