NCAA Game Summary - Tulane at S-M-U|
(Saturday, November 5th)
Final Score: SMU 45, Tulane 24
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - J.J. McDermott was stellar completing 29-of-40
attempts for 322 yards and three touchdowns for the Mustangs as they snapped
their two-game losing streak with a 45-24 win over Tulane in Conference USA
action at Ford Stadium.
SMU (6-3, 4-2 C-USA) received a huge boost from the conference's leading
rusher Zach Line as he ran for 143 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries.
Darius Johnson was uncontainable as he racked up 135 receiving yards and a
touchdown on seven catches. The Mustangs became bowl eligible with the
Tulane (2-8, 1-5) has now lost seven in a row. The Green Wave was led by Ryan
Griffin as he completed 20-of-36 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns.
Wilson Van Hooser contributed 66 receiving yards and a touchdown on five
SMU's dominant first half began with a four yard touchdown run by Line at the
7:14 mark of the opening quarter. McDermott completed a 12-yard touchdown pass
to Der'rikk Thompson with just under three minutes left in the first frame to
give the Mustangs a 14-0 lead.
Kicker Chase Hover added three with a 32-yard field goal with 11:19 left in
the first half. SMU added two more touchdowns as McDermott connected with
Johnson on a 58-yard touchdown play at the 4:14 mark and Line punched it in
from a yard out with just over a minute left in the first half to give SMU a
31-0 half time advantage.
Tulane's defense gave the visitors some life in the opening seconds of the
third quarter as Dominique Robertson returned a fumble 18 yards for the Green
Wave's first score. Cairo Santos added three more for Tulane with a 42-yard
field goal at the 11:11 mark of the third quarter. The Green Wave then scored
on a 30-yard touchdown pass to Van Hooser from Griffin with 7:43 left in the
third quarter that made the SMU advantage 31-17.
Line scored his second touchdown of the day on a seven yard run to end
Tulane's 17-point rally with 2:18 left in the third quarter. The Green Wave
scored with seconds remaining in the third period as Justyn Shackleford found
the end zone on a 49-yard pass from Griffin that made SMU's lead 38-24.
McDermott completed a two-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Wilkerson with 1:39
left to play. The senior quarterback's third touchdown toss of the game ended
scoring with the Mustangs up 45-24.
SMU outperformed their conference foe offensively by gaining 453 yards of
total offense to Tulane's 271.
Tulane's interim head coach Mark Hutson is now 0-3 since taking over on
October 18th after the resignation of Bob Toledo.
11/05 20:08:24 ET