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Richardson's 2 pick-6s spark SMU 55-31


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GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) Horace Richardson returned a pair of interceptions for touchdowns and SMU beat East Carolina 54-31 on Saturday.

Richardson's 70-yard return put the Mustangs in front 31-17 in the second quarter and his 80-yarder in the third made it 45-24.

The picks were the fifth and sixth for Richardson, and with Darrion Millines making his fifth, the Mustangs have 17 this season. SMU came in tied for third nationally in that category and has interceptions in eight of its 10 games.

The Mustangs (5-5, 3-3 American) have their most wins since 2013 after rolling up 477 yards offense. Ben Hicks threw for 235 yards and three touchdowns, Courtland Sutton had 12 catches for 166 yards, both career highs, plus two touchdowns, Ke'Mon Freeman rushed for 111 yards and a score and Braeden West added 105 on the ground.

Zay Jones made 12 catches for 173 yards a score for the Pirates (3-7, 1-5), who had 466 yards offense but also five turnovers.

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Scoreboard
Southern Methodist  (5-5) «102810755
East Carolina  (3-7)7170731
Scoring Summary
ECUPhilip Nelson 7 yd run (Davis Plowman kick)
SMUJosh Williams 20 yd FG
SMUCourtland Sutton 8 yd pass from Ben Hicks (Josh Williams kick)
ECUJames Summers 14 yd run (Davis Plowman kick)
SMUKe'Mon Freeman 39 yd run (Josh Williams kick)
ECUDavis Plowman 27 yd FG
SMUJames Proche 10 yd pass from Ben Hicks (Josh Williams kick)
SMUHorace Richardson 70 yd interception return (Josh Williams kick)
SMUCourtland Sutton 22 yd pass from Ben Hicks (Josh Williams kick)
ECUZay Jones 8 yd pass from Gardner Minshew (Davis Plowman kick)
SMUHorace Richardson 80 yd interception return (Josh Williams kick)
SMUJosh Williams 32 yd FG
SMUKevin Johnson 10 yd run (Josh Williams kick)
ECUDevin Anderson 2 yd run (Davis Plowman kick)
 
Team Stats
 SMUECU
First Downs2527
Third Down Efficiency12-185-14
Fourth Down Efficiency1-13-4
Plays-Net Yards79-47781-466
Rushes-Yds47-24032-152
Passing Yds237314
Kick Return Yds62121
Punt Return Yds00
Passes19-32-029-49-3
Punts3-1043-104
Fumbles-Lost0-04-2
Penalties-Yds6-609-84
Time of Poss.34:4825:12
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
SMU: Ke'Mon Freeman 18-111, Braeden West 20-104, Kevin Johnson 2-17, Darrel Colbert Jr. 3-8, Joseph Paden 1-2, Ben Hicks 2-0, Team 1--2
ECU: James Summers 12-89, Devin Anderson 15-63, Philip Nelson 3-4, Gardner Minshew 2--4
PASSING
SMU: Ben Hicks 18-30-235-0, James Proche 1-2-2-0
ECU: Gardner Minshew 18-30-170-1, Philip Nelson 11-19-144-2
RECEIVING
SMU: Courtland Sutton 12-166, James Proche 3-11, Ke'Mon Freeman 2-48, Xavier Castille 1-10, Ben Hicks 1-2
ECU: Zay Jones 12-173, Quay Johnson 8-75, Brandon Bishop 2-25, Terrell Green 2-17, Jimmy Williams 2-7, James Summers 2-3, Deondre Farrier 1-14
 
Standings
TeamStandingsConferenceOverall
Southern Methodist5th American Athletic West3-55-7
East Carolina4th American Athletic East1-73-9

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