Scores

Final

SMU 27

(1-4, 0-2 American)

Tulane 34

(2-2, 1-1 American)

Coverage: CBS Sports Network

8:00 PM ET, September 25, 2008

Superior Dome, Marquette, MI

1 2 3 4 T
SMU 0 7 6 1427
TULN 10 21 0 334

Top Performers

Passing: K. Moore (TULN) - 254 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Anderson (TULN) - 36 CAR, 219 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Williams (TULN) - 6 REC, 124 YDS, 2 TD

Moore's arm, Anderson's legs help Tulane to second straight win

Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- Kevin Moore passed for three touchdowns and Andre Anderson ran for 219 yards and a score, leading Tulane to its second-straight victory, 34-27 over SMU on Thursday night.

Anderson, who had never rushed for 100 yards in a game before gaining 157 in a victory last weekend over Louisiana-Monroe, carried the ball 36 times in setting a new career high for the second time in less than a week.

Moore completed 19-of-24 passes for 254 yards. He was intercepted once. Two of his touchdowns went to Jeremy Williams on passes of 51 and 21 yards. His other TD pass went for 23 yards to Alan Mitchell on what was Mitchell's first college catch. Williams finished with six catches for 124 yards.

June Jones' spread offense continues to be a work in progress at SMU, but showed promise in spurts.

Bo Levi Mitchell was 21-of-44 for 256 yards and three TDs. He was intercepted twice by David Skehan and Josh Lumar, however, and the Mustangs were doomed by a poor first half in which they fell behind 31-7.

Tulane gave SMU hope with a pair of turnovers in the third quarter.

Kasey Stelly's fumble, recovered by Derrius Bell on the Tulane 33, set up Thomas Morstead's 25-yard field goal.

The Green Wave then drove to the SMU 18, only to turn the ball over again when Moore's first-down pass was intercepted by Justin Smart and returned 35 yards to the SMU 45. That led to Morstead's 49-yard field goal.

Facing fourth-and-3 on the Tulane 31 on its next series, SMU converted when Mitchell found Emmanuel Sanders for a 13-yard gain. Mitchell went right back to Sanders on the next play for an 18-yard score that pulled the Mustangs to 31-20 early in the fourth quarter.

Tulane managed only Ross Thevenot's 33-yard field goal in the second half, which gave the Green Wave a 34-20 lead with about four minutes to go.

Mitchell's 13-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Wilkerson pulled SMU to 34-27 with 2:03 left.

SMU then chose to kick deep, but couldn't stop Anderson, whose 40-yard run to the SMU 42 on the second play of Tulane's final drive sealed the victory.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SMU
TULN
1st Downs1624
Total Yards311474
Passing256254
Rushing55220
Penalties7-7010-105
3rd Down Conversions2-126-11
4th Down Conversions2-20-0
Turnovers22
Possession21:4838:12

Passing Leaders

SMUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Mitchell21/442565.832
TulaneC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Moore19/2425410.631

Rushing Leaders

SMUCARYDSAVGTDLG
Morstead13434.0034
Butler6162.7012
TulaneCARYDSAVGTDLG
Anderson362196.1140
Williams155.005

Receiving Leaders

SMURECYDSAVGTDLG
Sanders911512.8124
Robinson410626.5145
TulaneRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams612420.7251
Anderson4389.5025

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSMUTULN
TD08:33Alan Mitchell 23 Yd Pass From Kevin Moore (Ross Thevenot Kick) 07
FG00:30Ross Thevenot 32 Yd 010
SECOND QUARTERSMUTULN
TD13:31Jeremy Williams 51 Yd Pass From Kevin Moore (Ross Thevenot Kick) 017
TD11:14Aldrick Robinson 45 Yd Pass From Bo Levi Mitchell (Thomas Morstead Kick) 717
TD08:05Andre Anderson 1 Yd Run (Ross Thevenot Kick) 724
TD02:15Jeremy Williams 21 Yd Pass From Kevin Moore (Ross Thevenot Kick) 731
THIRD QUARTERSMUTULN
FG11:53Thomas Morstead 25 Yd 1031
FG05:20Thomas Morstead 49 Yd 1331
FOURTH QUARTERSMUTULN
TD14:21Emmanuel Sanders 18 Yd Pass From Bo Levi Mitchell (Thomas Morstead Kick) 2031
FG04:01Ross Thevenot 43 Yd 2034
TD02:03Terrance Wilkerson 13 Yd Pass From Bo Levi Mitchell (Thomas Morstead Kick) 2734