I’ve said it before: a good running game covers a multitude of sins. Both the SMU Mustangs and the TCU Horned Frogs proved the truth of that sentiment again in Dallas on Friday.
Mustang sophomore Zach Line was SMU’s mistake-covering medicine, rushing out of a very cleverly executed draw passed the Horned Frogs’ overpursuing linebacker twice in a row for 15 and then 21 yards to open the Mustangs’ second drive of the game. Line broke free out of the same play early in the fourth for 29 yards and a touchdown, capping a 139 yard day. Fourteen of SMU’s points came on drives extended largely due to Line’s remarkable running.
The mistakes that Zach Line’s running covered were many. Kyle Padron completed only 40 percent of his passes, and was pressured, hurried, hit, and sacked early and often. The Mustang offensive line just didn’t have the moxie to hang the Frogs’ defensive onslaught.