DALLAS (AP) - Garrett Gilbert ran for two touchdowns and passed for another, leading SMU to a 34-6 victory over Southern Miss on Saturday night.
Gilbert had scoring runs of 36 and 19 yards and hit Darius Johnson for a 9-yard score. He rushed for 94 yards and was 27 of 43 passing for 249 yards.
Zach Line added 92 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Mustangs (5-5, 4-2 Conference USA), who are seeking their fourth straight bowl berth. It was the 41st career touchdown for Line, who ranks second on the school's all-time rushing list behind Eric Dickerson.
Southern Miss (0-10, 0-6) managed just 178 yards of offense. The Golden Eagles' only score came on a 15-yard TD pass from Chris Campbell to Dominique Sullivan in the second quarter. The PAT was blocked.
|SMU||Garrett Gilbert 36 yd run (Chase Hover kick)|
|SMU||Chase Hover 34 yd FG|
|USM||Dominique Sullivan 15 yd pass from Chris Campbell (blocked XP)|
|SMU||Chase Hover 33 yd FG|
|SMU||Zach Line 3 yd run (Chase Hover kick)|
|SMU||Darius Johnson 9 yd pass from Garrett Gilbert (Chase Hover kick)|
|SMU||Garrett Gilbert 19 yd run (Chase Hover kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||5-14||8-18|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||0-0||1-2|
|Kick Return Yds||39||70|
|Punt Return Yds||1||3|
|Time of Poss.||23:14||36:46|
|USM: Jalen Richard 10-40, Kendrick Hardy 3-8, Chris Campbell 1-5, Anthony Alford 6-4, Jeremy Hester 1-1, Cole Weeks 1--7|
|SMU: Garrett Gilbert 5-94, Zach Line 22-92, Luke Seeker 2-1, Conner Preston 1--1|
|USM: Chris Campbell 8-18-93-2, Cole Weeks 4-10-30-0, Anthony Alford 2-3-4-0|
|SMU: Garrett Gilbert 27-43-249-0, Conner Preston 0-1-0-0|
|USM: Chris Briggs 4-33, Justin Sims 3-23, Dominique Sullivan 2-26, Tracy Lampley 2-23, Quentin Pierce 1-11, Cooper Harrington 1-9, Jalen Richard 1-2|
|SMU: Jeremy Johnson 8-97, Der'rikk Thompson 8-66, Austin Fuller 7-59, Darius Johnson 4-27|
|Southern Mississippi||6th Conference USA East||0-8||0-12|
|Southern Methodist||2nd Conference USA West||5-3||7-6|