Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

October 28, 2013

Troup-ex Thompson has a huge role in SMU's latest victory

Progress staff reports
Jacksonville Daily Progress


Former Troup Tiger Der'rikk Thompson had his best day as an SMU Mustang on Saturday when the Ponies outscored Temple 59-49 in an American Athletic Conference game that was played before a crowd of nearly 16,000 at Ford Stadium in Dallas.

Thompson, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound junior had nine catches for 158 yards — both career bests for Thompson, who was a first team all District 19-2A selection while at Troup — and also scored one touchdown.

His touchdown reception covered 17 yards and came at the 11:03 mark of the third quarter as SMU improved to 3-4, 2-1 with the win — Temple dropped to 1-7, 0-4 following the loss.

Thompson's longest catch was a 43-yard pass from quarterback Garrett Gilbert who passed for 538 yards and four touchdowns in the game. Gilbert was 37-53-0 via the airways.

SMU is slated to continue conference play at 11 a.m. Saturday when the Mustangs travel to Cincinnati to face the Bearcats.


NOTE: Thompson's previous top effort as a Mustang came in last year's Sheraton Hawaii Bowl when he hauled down five catches for 82 yards in the Ponies' 43-10 romp over Fresno State.