Southern Methodist at Tulane

Tulane 27, SMU 26


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Ryan Griffin returned from a shoulder injury to throw for 302 yards and three touchdowns to beat Southern Methodist 27-26 Saturday.

Griffin, who missed the last three games, completed 17 of 32 passes and threw touchdown passes of 31, 79 and 16 yards. His first touchdown gave Tulane a 7-0 lead and his second helped the Green Wave (1-5, 1-1 Conference USA) jump ahead 20-6 at halftime.

SMU's offense picked up after halftime, scoring 20 consecutive points behind two Chase Hover field goals and two Garrett Gilbert touchdowns.

Hover's second field goal, a 19-yarder, gave the Mustangs a 26-20 lead with 1:22 remaining.

Tulane began its next drive on its own 32 but quickly advanced to the SMU (2-4, 1-1) 16 behind two deep passes from Griffin.

Griffin and Kelley then linked up for their second touchdown, a 16-yard strike that put Tulane ahead with 35 seconds left.

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Scoring Summary
TULANERob Kelley 31 yd pass from Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos kick)
SMUChase Hover 27 yd FG
TULANECairo Santos 44 yd FG
SMUChase Hover 22 yd FG
TULANEMarc Edwards 79 yd pass from Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos kick)
TULANECairo Santos 35 yd FG
SMUChase Hover 52 yd FG
SMUJeremy Johnson 2 yd pass from Garrett Gilbert (Chase Hover kick)
SMUDarius Joseph 7 yd pass from Garrett Gilbert (Chase Hover kick)
SMUChase Hover 19 yd FG
TULANERob Kelley 16 yd pass from Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2913
Third Down Efficiency6-163-11
Fourth Down Efficiency0-20-0
Plays-Net Yards89-47148-342
Passing Yds275302
Kick Return Yds8383
Punt Return Yds1430
Time of Poss.40:1719:43
Individual Stats
SMU: Zach Line 28-177, Garrett Gilbert 10-19
TULANE: Orleans Darkwa 5-18, Dante Butler 3-13, Rob Kelley 4-6, Ryan Griffin 3-2, Josh Rounds 1-1
SMU: Garrett Gilbert 25-51-275-1
TULANE: Ryan Griffin 17-32-302-0
SMU: Jeremy Johnson 11-106, Darius Joseph 5-54, Der'rikk Thompson 3-54, Zach Line 3-27, Gehrig Dieter 2-19, Jeremy Gray 1-15
TULANE: Rob Kelley 4-64, Xavier Rush 3-55, Justyn Shackelford 3-43, Marc Edwards 2-96, Orleans Darkwa 2-1, Ryan Grant 1-28, Sydie London 1-11, Matt Marfisi 1-4
Southern Methodist5th American Athletic West3-55-7
Tulane6th American Athletic West1-74-8

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