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(Saturday, September 19th)
Final Score: Washington State 30, SMU 27 (OT)
Pullman, WA (Sports Network) - Nico Grasu hit a 39-yard field goal in overtime to give the Washington State Cougars a thrilling 30-27 victory over the SMU Mustangs in a non-conference matchup at Martin Stadium.
Marshall Lobbestael completed 24-of-52 pass attempts for 239 yards and a pair of scores in the win for Washington State (1-2), while Jared Karsetter grabbed five passes for 63 yards and a touchdown for the Cougars.
Emmanuel Sanders hauled in an astounding 18 passes for 178 yards to lead SMU (2-1) in the losing effort, and Shawnbrey McNeal gained 83 yards on the ground for the Mustangs. Bo Levi Mitchell completed 40-of-57 pass attempts for 424 yards and two touchdowns in the contest, but the SMU signal caller was also guilty of four costly interceptions.
Mitchell gave SMU a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter with a 46-yard toss to Terrance Wilkerson.
A 29-yard field goal by Matt Szymanski early in the second period of play gave the Mustangs a 10-0 advantage.
SMU extended its lead to 17-0 midway through the frame following a four-yard run by Zach Line.
The Cougars found the endzone with under a minute remaining in the half following a three-yard toss from Lobbestael to Daniel Blackledge.
The Mustangs extended their advantage 24-7 early in the third quarter with a 23-yard strike from Mitchell to Wilkerson.
A 52-yard interception return for a touchdown by Alex Hoffman-Ellis pulled the Cougars to within 24-13 late in the period.
The Mustangs extended their lead early in the final period of play with a 45- yard Matt Szymanski field goal.
Myron Beck intercepted Mitchell less than a minute later, returning the turnover 67 yards for a touchdown to cut SMU's lead to 27-20.
The Cougars sent the contest into overtime with under a minute remaining in regulation, as Lobbestael completed a seven-yard strike to Karsetter.
Grasu's field goal was the difference in the extra session as mentioned.
09/19 22:44:15 ET