RUSTON, La. — To Reggie Roberson Jr., the ball came in as if it were in slow motion.
It wasn’t a play that should have worked. It wasn’t a game SMU should have won. It wasn’t a drive — six plays, 36 seconds, 73 yards — that should have happened.
But it did. Rashee Rice tipped Tanner Mordecai’s last-second heave out of the scrum of defenders. Roberson stood in the end zone, all alone, watching the tipped ball methodically come his way. All there was left to do was catch the 33-yard prayer, and in doing so seal a 39-37 win for SMU.