Houston at Southern Methodist

72-42! SMU defense scores four touchdowns, blows out Houston

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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.

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Cougars quarterback Garrett Gilbert helps lead SMU to a school scoring record five days after a loss at winless Tulane.  (US Presswire)
Cougars quarterback Garrett Gilbert helps lead SMU to a school scoring record five days after a loss at winless Tulane. (US Presswire)

 

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Scoring Summary
SMUDarius Johnson 8 yd pass from Garrett Gilbert (Chase Hover kick)
HOUCharles Sims 1 yd run (Matt Hogan kick)
SMUZach Line 12 yd run (Chase Hover kick)
HOUCharles Sims 2 yd run (Matt Hogan kick)
SMUJeremy Johnson 18 yd pass from Garrett Gilbert (Chase Hover kick)
SMUTaylor Reed 7 yd interception return (Chase Hover kick)
SMUKevin Pope 20 yd fumble return (Chase Hover kick)
SMUChase Hover 35 yd FG
SMUDarrian Wright 10 yd interception return (Chase Hover kick)
HOUCharles Sims 24 yd pass from Crawford Jones (Matt Hogan kick)
HOUDaniel Spencer 7 yd pass from Crawford Jones (Matt Hogan kick)
SMUKeenan Holman 43 yd pass from Garrett Gilbert (Chase Hover kick)
SMUDarius Johnson 24 yd pass from Garrett Gilbert (Chase Hover kick)
HOUCharles Sims 49 yd pass from Crawford Jones (Matt Hogan kick)
HOUD.J. Hayden 75 yd interception return (Matt Hogan kick)
SMUZach Line 4 yd run (Chase Hover kick)
SMUStephon Sanders 36 yd interception return (missed kick)
 
Team Stats
 HOUSMU
First Downs3020
Third Down Efficiency12-218-15
Fourth Down Efficiency2-41-1
Plays-Net Yards98-56064-384
Rushes-Yds33-11526-119
Passing Yds445265
Kick Return Yds13664
Punt Return Yds-810
Passes34-65-623-38-2
Punts3-1455-237
Fumbles-Lost3-30-0
Penalties-Yds9-732-30
Time of Poss.28:3231:28
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
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
PASSING
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
RECEIVING
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
 
Standings
TeamStandingsConferenceOverall
Houston4th American Athletic 5-38-4
Southern Methodist5th American Athletic 4-45-7