By Harry Allison
Shane Buechele had six touchdown passes and 457 passing yards as No. 19 SMU improved to 7-0 with a 45-21 win over Temple.
The Mustangs have opened the season with seven straight wins for the first time since 1982, when they were 10-0-0 en route to an 11-0-1 finish. The seven-game winning streak is their longest since winning eight straight during the 1984-85 seasons and matches their win total of the previous two years.
SMU (3-0 American) remains in first place in the West Division.
Buechele, in his first year at SMU after playing the previous three years at Texas, was 30 for 53 passing. He also threw touchdown passes of 10 yards each to James Proche and Kylen Granson and 5 yards to Xavier Jones. Buechele’s previous yardage high was 375 as a Longhorn in 2017.
Temple (5-2, 2-1) scored on a 1-yard runs by Ra’Mahn Davis and Anthony Russo and a 25-yard pass from Russo to Branden Mack. The Owls are one game behind first-place Cincinnati in the East.
“There’s a lot to fix in all areas,” first-year Owls coach Rod Carey said. “The good news is it’s correctable. The bad news is it cost us today.
“They caught us in the one-on-ones and took advantage and executed, and we did not.”