Hype around Paxton Lynch as a potential first-round NFL draft pick has been building all season, and he's finishing what could be his final college regular season on a high note.
The Memphis quarterback completed 9 of 14 passes in the first half on Saturday against SMU. SEVEN of those passes went for touchdowns, to seven different receivers, covering 43, 16, 21, 15, 44, 6 and 22 yards. Memphis, who entered the game with an 8-3 record, took a 56-0 halftime lead into the locker room against the 2-9 Mustangs on a rainy day at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
Memphis went on to win 63-0, with Lynch not throwing a pass in the second half with the game already decided.
The 6-foot-7, 245-pound Lynch is a redshirt junior who will almost certainly go pro after this season. Entering Saturday, he had thrown or 3,448 yards, 21 touchdowns and three interceptions in 11 games.
This also may be the last game at Memphis for coach Justin Fuente, whose name has been mentioned for many open Power Five jobs. Multiple reports indicate that Fuente is the favorite to land at Virginia Tech. Fuente took Memphis to a 10-3 record last season, a mark that is within reach again.