DALLAS — SMU wasn’t kind to Northwestern State coach Bradley Dale Peveto in his return to his alma mater.
SMU running back Zach Line ran for a school-record five touchdowns in a 40-7 victory at Ford Stadium on Saturday night.
SMU (2-1) held the Demons (1-2) without an offensive score and 126 total yards.
The Mustangs rolled up 530 offensive yards, 416 on 26 completions, and scored on five of their first six possessions to post a 26-0 halftime lead.
“SMU is a very good team that played very, very good tonight,” Peveto said in a university release. “We played hard from start to finish, but we didn’t play very well. I have a lot of good feelings about the effort, but our performance wasn’t good enough by a long haul.”
Line (16 carries, 85 yards rushing) found the end zone on runs of 1, 4, 9, 16 and 5 yards to top an SMU scoring record by 11 players, including Eric Dickerson and 1948 Heisman Trophy winner Doak Walker.
The other Mustangs points came from field goals of 29 and 27 yards from Chase Hover, attoning for a miss on the first extra point of the night.
The Demon defense played tough near the goalline to force the short field goals by Hover, and that effort produced NSU’s only points — a school-record 93-yard fumble return with 1:41 remaining by senior safety Phil LeBlanc.
Along with LeBlanc’s fumble return, junior safety Jamaal White had two interceptions, returning them for a combined 91 yards.
The Demons played without two starting offensive linemen, center Zach Case (knee) and right guard Larry Calcote (concussion).
All-America linebacker Derek Rose was able to play only a few first-half snaps due to a leg injury and failed to make a tackle for the first time in two seasons.