DALLAS -- Garrett Gilbert threw four scoring passes, and Southern Methodist returned three of its six interceptions for touchdowns and scored on a fumble return in a 72-42 victory against Houston on Thursday night.
Gilbert was 23 of 38 for 265 yards with two interceptions for the Mustangs (3-4, 2-1 Conference USA), and Zach Line ran for 113 yards and two scores.
Darius Johnson led SMU in receiving with nine catches for 110 yards, Jeremy Johnson had nine receptions for 94 yards and a score, and Keenan Holman caught a 43-yard TD pass.
Taylor Reed, Darrian Wright and Stephon Sanders returned interceptions for touchdowns, and Kevin Pope scored on the fumble return.
Crawford Jones, David Piland and Bram Kohlhausen each suffered two interceptions for Houston (3-4, 2-1). Jones also threw three touchdown passes.
Charles Sims had seven catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for 54 yards and two more scores. D.J. Hayden scored on a 75-yard interception return.
SMU had 384 yards of total offense and Houston finished with 560.
Both schools are headed to the Big East next season.
|Cougars quarterback Garrett Gilbert helps lead SMU to a school scoring record five days after a loss at winless Tulane. (US Presswire)|
|SMU||Darius Johnson 8 yd pass from Garrett Gilbert (Chase Hover kick)|
|HOU||Charles Sims 1 yd run (Matt Hogan kick)|
|SMU||Zach Line 12 yd run (Chase Hover kick)|
|HOU||Charles Sims 2 yd run (Matt Hogan kick)|
|SMU||Jeremy Johnson 18 yd pass from Garrett Gilbert (Chase Hover kick)|
|SMU||Taylor Reed 7 yd interception return (Chase Hover kick)|
|SMU||Kevin Pope 20 yd fumble return (Chase Hover kick)|
|SMU||Chase Hover 35 yd FG|
|SMU||Darrian Wright 10 yd interception return (Chase Hover kick)|
|HOU||Charles Sims 24 yd pass from Crawford Jones (Matt Hogan kick)|
|HOU||Daniel Spencer 7 yd pass from Crawford Jones (Matt Hogan kick)|
|SMU||Keenan Holman 43 yd pass from Garrett Gilbert (Chase Hover kick)|
|SMU||Darius Johnson 24 yd pass from Garrett Gilbert (Chase Hover kick)|
|HOU||Charles Sims 49 yd pass from Crawford Jones (Matt Hogan kick)|
|HOU||D.J. Hayden 75 yd interception return (Matt Hogan kick)|
|SMU||Zach Line 4 yd run (Chase Hover kick)|
|SMU||Stephon Sanders 36 yd interception return (missed kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||12-21||8-15|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||2-4||1-1|
|Kick Return Yds||136||64|
|Punt Return Yds||-8||10|
|Time of Poss.||28:32||31:28|
|HOU: Charles Sims 17-54, Braxton Welford 1-31, David Piland 5-18, Kenneth Farrow 3-9, Crawford Jones 6-2, Ryan Jackson 1-1|
|SMU: Zach Line 22-113, Garrett Gilbert 2-8, Team 2--2|
|HOU: Crawford Jones 17-33-252-2, David Piland 15-25-180-2, Bram Kohlhausen 2-7-13-2|
|SMU: Garrett Gilbert 23-38-265-2|
|HOU: Charles Sims 7-114, Daniel Spencer 7-96, Deontay Greenberry 6-94, DeWayne Peace 4-41, Larry McDuffey 3-50, Kenneth Farrow 3-16, Shane Ros 2-24, Braxton Welford 2-10|
|SMU: Darius Johnson 9-110, Jeremy Johnson 9-94, Zach Line 2-0, Keenan Holman 1-43, Cole Loftin 1-11, Der'rikk Thompson 1-7|
|Houston||3rd Conference USA West||4-4||5-7|
|Southern Methodist||2nd Conference USA West||5-3||7-6|