Jalen Reagor made a leaping 38-yard catch between four defenders in the end zone on the last play of the first half, finally putting No. 20 TCU ahead to stay in a 56-36 victory over upset-minded SMU on Saturday.
The Mustangs (2-1) led 19-7 before Kenny Hill threw three TD passes in the final 7 1/2 minutes of the second quarter. The last was Reagor’s catch in a crowd of Mustangs who seemed more like observers than defenders.
“It made a huge difference, just give us a little something going into halftime, kind of deflated them a little bit,” Hill said. “That’s the first time I’ve been in a game that I’ve ever seen a Hail Mary completed. … Just kind of throwing it up to him, let him go make a play.”
Darius Anderson ran for two touchdowns for TCU (3-0) in the second half, including the first drive after halftime. Speedy running back Kenedy Snell also scored twice, while Hill completed 24 of 30 passes for 365 yards and four touchdowns.
Snell had a 10-yard TD run and later turned a short pass into a 71-yard sprint to the end zone . That long score put TCU up 21-19 with 2:40 left in the first half. Snell and Reagor are both true freshmen from Waxahachie, Texas, less than an hour from the TCU campus
“Obviously we put it in so (Reagor) could jump there. We already knew he could do it,” Patterson said when talking about the two newcomers. “We’ve been chasing Snell all through two-a-days.”
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