DALLAS (AP) -- Justin Willis completed 18 of 19 passes for 248
yards and five touchdowns and ran for another score as Southern
Methodist beat Sam Houston State 45-14 on Saturday night.
After they were outscored 59-9 in their first two games, SMU
(1-2) recorded 443 yards of total offense and scored their most
points at Gerald J. Ford Stadium since the venue opened in 2001.
Division I-AA Sam Houston State (1-1) has lost its last seven
games against I-A teams and is 2-19 all-time against I-A opponents.
Willis had scoring tosses of 32, 11, 30, 13 and 25 yards to five
different receivers, along with a 2-yard touchdown run, as the
Mustangs built a 42-0 lead. He started the game completing 13
consecutive passes, tying the second-longest streak in school
history behind 19 consecutive completions by Josh McCown against
Tulsa in 1999.
Willis' five touchdown passes were the second most by an SMU
quarterback in a game behind six by Mike Romo against Vanderbilt in
Phillip Daugherty started at quarterback for the Bearkats,
replacing the injured Wade Pate. Pate injured his left shoulder in
Sam Houston's 41-3 win over Arkansas-Monticello on Sept. 9.
Daugherty finished the game 17 of 25 for 110 yards with two
interceptions. Backup Brett Hicks led Sam Houston with 134 yards
passing, completing 16 of 26 passes.
Fred Turner of SMU led all rushers with 104 yards rushing on
nine attempts. D.D. Terry led Sam Houston State with 40 yards
rushing on 10 carries and two touchdowns.