Marshall 21

(1-5, 0-4 away)

SMU 31

(4-3, 3-0 home)

3:00 PM ET, October 14, 2006

Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, TX

1 2 3 4 T
MRSH 0 14 0 721
SMU 0 10 7 1431

Top Performers

Passing: J. Willis (SMU) - 208 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: A. Bradshaw (MRSH) - 20 CAR, 91 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: E. Sanders (SMU) - 6 REC, 62 YDS, 1 TD

Southern Methodist 31, Marshall 21

DALLAS (AP) -- Justin Willis threw for 208 yards and four touchdowns off the bench in his first game back from suspension as SMU beat Marshall 31-21 on Saturday.

Willis, who started SMU's first five games but was benched last week after getting in an off-campus fight, completed 20 of 23 passes after replacing Corey Slater in the second quarter.

Willis' third touchdown pass, a 7-yard score to Reynaldo Pellerin with 6:38 remaining, gave SMU (4-3, 2-1 Conference USA) the lead. Less than a minute later, Willis sealed the win with a 17-yard touchdown to Ryan Kennedy.

Bernard Morris finished 19 of 32 for 192 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions for Marshall (1-4, 0-2). Devin Lowery had all three interceptions for SMU.

Marshall took a 21-17 lead early in the fourth after Morris' 25-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Fitzgerald. Marshall running back Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 91 yards and scored two touchdowns for the Thundering Herd, who led 14-10 at halftime.

Emmanuel Sanders set an SMU school record with a touchdown reception in his fifth straight game after catching a 3-yard score from Willis in the third. He led SMU with 62 yards on six receptions.

Slater was 3-of-6 for 23 yards for SMU before being replaced by Willis, who was suspended Oct. 6 but reinstated by the school Thursday.