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Texas Christian Horned Frogs vs. Southern Methodist Mustangs Pick & Prediction SEPTEMBER 24th 2022

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Ticket sales for SMU's home game Saturday against TCU reflect the anticipated return of former coach Sonny Dykes, who left the Mustangs last November after five seasons at the helm of the Dallas-Fort Worth-area rival.

No tickets remained as of Monday on SMU's official website for the Battle for the Iron Skillet. According to the Dallas Morning News, the cheapest tickets on secondary markets have been sold for at least $150.

The turnout could threaten the Ford Stadium attendance record of 36,742 fans who watched SMU play Army in the 2010 Armed Forces Bowl.

SMU (2-1) is coming off a 34-27 loss at Maryland while TCU (2-0) was idle.

"I'm not worried about our guys one bit," said SMU coach Rhett Lashlee, who was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Dykes with the Mustangs in 2018 and '19.

"They're going to have a good week. They're going to be ready to play. We've got a really good opponent coming in."

Dykes reportedly upset SMU players and fans when he left for TCU at the end of last season without informing the Mustangs.

When told by a reporter during a recent press conference, "We all know people at SMU aren't happy that you left," Dykes said, "I don't take any of this stuff personal."

"It's not healthy," he said. "It's hard to stay in this profession very long if you take everything personal. It's hard to keep your sanity. I choose to try to keep mine."

Dykes is not the only person who left SMU for TCU. The Horned Frogs' starting center, Alan Ali, played the previous five seasons at SMU and started 39 games across all five offensive line positions.

Dykes is the first TCU first-year coach to start 2-0 since Dutch Meyer in 1934. A first-year coach at the school has not started 3-0 since Francis Schmidt in 1929.

SMU quarterback Tanner Mordecai, formerly of Oklahoma, is third in the nation with 1,013 passing yards. He has completed 70 of 117 pass attempts with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions.

--Field Level Media

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Texas Christian Horned Frogs vs. Southern Methodist Mustangs Recap SEP 24TH 2022

Max Duggan threw for 278 yards with three touchdowns to lead TCU to a 42-34 victory over SMU on Saturday afternoon at Dallas.

The game between the Dallas-Fort Worth schools featured the return of former SMU coach Sonny Dykes, who now holds the same position at TCU.

Kendre Miller added 142 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown for TCU (3-0).

Emari Demercado rushed for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including a 63-yard run with 2:31 remaining that put TCU ahead 42-27.

SMU responded with a quick scoring possession of 1:27 that covered 75 yards, finishing with Jake Bailey's 35-yard reception from Tanner Mordecai.

TCU successfully recovered the ensuing onside kick.

The Horned Frogs were forced to punt with 42 seconds left after SMU burned two timeouts. During the punt, an SMU defender tried to leap over a blocker, which is a violation. TCU maintained possession and ran out the clock.

Tanner Mordecai completed 27 of 49 passes for 372 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Mustangs.

Bailey had eight receptions for 163 yards and Tre Siggers rushed for three touchdowns and 60 yards.

SMU (2-2) came within a touchdown twice in the second half, first cutting the lead to 28-21 after successfully converting a fourth-and-10 attempt at the TCU 46 with a 45-yard completion from Mordecai to Bailey.

That play set up Siggers' 1-yard scoring run with 3:33 remaining in the third quarter. The play completed a 98-yard possession that took 10 plays.

TCU took a 35-21 lead on Demercado's 1-yard scoring run with 8:14 remaining.

Siggers again scored on SMU's next possession on a 2-yard run.

TCU set the tone early, scoring a touchdown in four of its first five possessions, starting with the game's opening drive going 74 yards in only five plays.

--Field Level Media

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