Scores

Final

Memphis 31

(5-5, 3-3 American)

SMU 26

(1-9, 0-6 American)

3:00 PM ET, November 8, 2008

Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, TX

1 2 3 4 T
MEM 14 0 7 1031
SMU 7 6 7 626

Top Performers

Passing: L. Turner (SMU) - 228 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: C. Steele (MEM) - 19 CAR, 123 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: E. Sanders (SMU) - 5 REC, 107 YDS, 1 TD

Memphis 31, SMU 26

Associated Press

DALLAS -- Curtis Steele ran for 123 yards and a touchdown, and Brandon Ross added 111 more on the ground and another score to lead Memphis to a 31-26 win over SMU on Saturday.

Steele sat out the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury. It was the first time since 2005 that two Memphis players have rushed for over 100 yards in the same game. Maurice Avery and DeAngelo Williams did it in 2005 against Houston.

Memphis (5-5, 3-3 C-USA) rushed for 306 yards and finished with 436 yards of total offense.

Logan Turner, who replaced an injured Bo Levi Mitchell, threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Cole Beasley with 38 seconds left to cut the Tigers lead to 31-26. The Mustangs failed to convert on the two-point conversion and Memphis recovered the Mustangs' onside kick attempt.

SMU (1-9, 0-6 C-USA) has lost 15 consecutive Conference USA games.

Memphis grabbed a 31-20 lead with 1:31 remaining after a 10-play, 77-yard drive which lasted 6:09 ended with a 24-yard field goal by Matt Reagan.

Brett Toney threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Carlos Singleton for a 28-20 Memphis lead with 12:59 left. Toney completed 9 of 19 passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns.

Turner's 21-yard touchdown pass to Beasley narrowed Memphis' lead to 21-20 with 3:31 left in the third quarter. Turner completed 19 of 31 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns.

Mitchell injured his shoulder early in the second quarter when he attempted to throw a stiff-arm on a quarterback sneak. Mitchell was 5 of 7 for 83 yards.

Steele and Ross each ran for a touchdown in the first quarter to give the Tigers a 14-0 lead.

Mitchell connected with Emmanuel Sanders for a 53-yard touchdown pass with 1:37 left in the first quarter and Thomas Morstead converted on field goal attempts of 38 and 40 yards to narrow Memphis' lead to 14-13 at halftime.

Sanders led all receivers with 107 yards on five receptions.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MEM
SMU
1st Downs2420
Total Yards436349
Passing130311
Rushing30638
Penalties6-623-32
3rd Down Conversions9-153-9
4th Down Conversions1-20-1
Turnovers10
Possession36:5623:04

Passing Leaders

MemphisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Toney9/191306.821
Southern MethodistC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Turner19/312287.420

Rushing Leaders

MemphisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Steele191236.5135
Ross221115.0126
Southern MethodistCARYDSAVGTDLG
McKinney7253.6011
Turner3258.3011

Receiving Leaders

MemphisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Singleton37123.7128
Jones12020.0020
Southern MethodistRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sanders510721.4153
Beasley66611.0221

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMEMSMU
TD08:31Curtis Steele 2 Yd Run (Matt Reagan Kick) 70
TD02:22Brandon Ross 10 Yd Run (Matt Reagan Kick) 140
TD01:37Emmanuel Sanders 53 Yd Pass From Bo Levi Mitchell (Thomas Morstead Kick) 147
SECOND QUARTERMEMSMU
FG09:16Thomas Morstead 40 Yd 1410
FG00:00Thomas Morstead 38 Yd 1413
THIRD QUARTERMEMSMU
TD06:51Steven Black 4 Yd Pass From Brett Toney (Matt Reagan Kick) 2113
TD03:39Cole Beasley 21 Yd Pass From Logan Turner (Thomas Morstead Kick) 2120
FOURTH QUARTERMEMSMU
TD12:59Carlos Singleton 18 Yd Pass From Brett Toney (Matt Reagan Kick) 2820
FG01:31Matt Reagan 24 Yd 3120
TD00:38Cole Beasley 8 Yd Pass From Logan Turner (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 3126