Sam Houston 14

(1-1, 0-1 away)

SMU 45

(1-2, 1-0 home)

8:00 PM ET, September 16, 2006

Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, TX

1 2 3 4 T
SHSU 0 0 7 714
SMU 14 21 7 345

Top Performers

Passing: J. Willis (SMU) - 248 YDS, 5 TD

Rushing: F. Turner (SMU) - 9 CAR, 104 YDS

Receiving: C. Givens (SMU) - 3 REC, 106 YDS, 1 TD

Southern Methodist 45, Sam Houston State 14

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 1990.

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.