UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas - Deion Sanders was at Moody Coliseum on Thursday night, but the Temple Owls were not ready for prime time.
With the Hall of Fame cornerback looking on - as were Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, Mavericks center Samuel Dalembert, and Kansas City Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt - the Owls wilted under defensive pressure and lost, 75-52, to Larry Brown's Southern Methodist team.
The defeat was the Owls' 10th in their last 11 games, and their second straight lopsided loss. They fell to 6-15 and 1-8 in the American Athletic Conference.
Facing the AAC's best defense - SMU (18-5, 7-3) entered the night ranked third nationally in field-goal percentage defense (.372) - Temple's normally prolific offense crumbled. The Owls produced 23 fewer points than their season average of 75.8, and their .303 field-goal percentage was an eyelash above their season low of .302, set in a 72-58 loss to Clemson.