SMU wide receiver James Proche put the finishing touches on one of the wildest games on the Hilltop.
Proche, a graduate of DeSoto High School, had 11 receptions for 153 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning TD in the third overtime period, in SMU’s 43-37 win against Tulsa at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas.
For his efforts, Proche has been named The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week for the sixth week of the college football season, Cindy Smoak, SPORTyler executive director, announced on Tuesday.
Proche helped SMU rally from a 30-9 fourth-quarter deficit against the Golden Hurricane and kept the Mustangs unbeaten at 6-0 entering an open week. It is the first time since 1982 that the Ponies have been 6-0.
The senior wide receiver was also chosen as the American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week and the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week.
After Tulsa missed its second field goal in overtime, Proche made a leaping catch in the front corner of the end zone over a defender and got a foot down before going out of bounds. The play was initially ruled incomplete before being overturned on replay review.
“We knew we were a second-half team,” Proche said. “I don’t think it was anything with Tulsa’s defense. We just stayed the course and played SMU football.”
It was the 11th-career 100-yard game for Proche, and second this season, and sixth-career game with 10 or more receptions, also second this season. Proche now has five consecutive games with a touchdown pass, which ties for third at SMU.
Proche is second on SMU’s all-time career receiving touchdown list with 31 and third with 3,253 career-receiving yards. His 235 receptions tie him for third.
SMU returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 19 when the Mustangs host Temple in Dallas. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2).
Proche joins previous winners: Week 1, Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma; Week 2, JoJo Ward, WR, Hawaii; Week 3, Darius Anderson, RB, TCU; and TJ McDaniel, RB, SMU; Week 4, Shane Buechele, QB, SMU; and Week 5, Charlie Brewer, QB, Baylor.
The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, announced in 2012 by the Tyler Chamber and SPORTyler, recognizes the top offensive player in Division I football who also exhibits the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell: integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community, and tenacity; specifically tenacity to persist and determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals.
In addition, the nominee must meet one or more of the following criteria: born in Texas and/or graduated from a Texas High School and/or played at a Texas-based junior college or four year D1 Texas college.
For more information about The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award go to www.earlcampbellaward.com or contact Cindy Smoak, SPORTyler, Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce: email@example.com or 903-592-1661, extension 237.
Week 6 Honorable Mentions
Ryan Agnew, senior quarterback, San Diego State
High School: Carroll
Passing: 16 of 20 passing attempts, 147 yards, 3 TDs
San Diego State defeated Colorado State, 24-10, on Saturday in Fort Collins, Colorado.
J.K. Dobbins, junior running back, Ohio State
Hometown: La Grange
High School: La Grange
Rushing: 24 carries, 172 yards, TD
Ohio State defeated Michigan State, 34-10, on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.
Jett Duffey, junior quarterback, Texas Tech
High School: Lake Ridge
Passing: 26 of 44 passing attempts, 424 yards, 4 TDs
Rushing: 5 carries, 16 yards, TD
Texas Tech defeated Oklahoma State, 45-35, on Saturday in Lubbock.
Xavier Jones, senior running back, SMU
High School: Spring
Rushing: 26 carries, 121 yards, 2 TDs
SMU defeated Tulsa, 43-37 in three overtimes, on Saturday in Dallas.
Sincere McCormick, freshman running back, UT San Antonio
High School: Judson
Rushing: 22 carries, 189 yards, TD
Receiving: 1 catch, 7 yards
UT San Antonio defeated UT El Paso, 26-16, on Saturday in El Paso.