Scores

Final

SF Austin 23

(0-1, 0-1 away)

SMU 31

(1-0, 1-0 home)

8:00 PM ET, September 5, 2009

Gerald Ford Stadium, DALLAS, TX

1 2 3 4 T
SFA 7 3 13 023
SMU 7 7 0 1731

Top Performers

Passing: J. Moses (SFA) - 391 YDS, 2 TD, 5 INT

Rushing: S. McNeal (SMU) - 19 CAR, 158 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Rhea (SFA) - 8 REC, 167 YDS, 1 TD

SMU 31, Stephen F.Austin 23

Associated Press

DALLAS -- Shawnbrey McNeal ran for 158 yards on 19 carries and scored a touchdown to lead SMU to a 31-23 win over Stephen F. Austin Saturday night.

Mustang quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell scored on fourth-and-1 with 7:47 left in the game to help the Mustangs (1-0) erase a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit and take a 24-23 lead.

SFA had a chance to take the lead with 2:13 left in the game but Evan Engwall's 39-yard field goal attempt drifted wide left. Engwall had hit on all three of his previous attempts from 46, 38 and 48 yards.

On the next possession, McNeal scored on a 48-yard run to help the Mustangs win their first season opener since they defeated Kansas in 2000. The Lumberjacks (0-1) have lost their last four games to Football Bowl Subdivision schools.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SFA
SMU
1st Downs1917
Total Yards460355
Passing391202
Rushing69153
Penalties4-366-55
3rd Down Conversions8-184-16
4th Down Conversions0-11-3
Turnovers62
Possession28:4231:18

Passing Leaders

Stephen F. AustinC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Moses31/523917.525
Southern MethodistC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Mitchell23/452024.512

Rushing Leaders

Stephen F. AustinCARYDSAVGTDLG
Pervis15684.5012
Ross980.905
Southern MethodistCARYDSAVGTDLG
McNeal191588.3149
Line331.002

Receiving Leaders

Stephen F. AustinRECYDSAVGTDLG
Rhea816720.9141
Crawford77210.3130
Southern MethodistRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sanders8668.3021
Johnson4369.0118

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSFASMU
TD11:11Gralyn Crawford 2 Yd Pass From Jeremy Moses (Evan Engwall Kick) 70
TD06:02Emmanuel Sanders 79 Yd Punt Return (Matt Szymanski Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERSFASMU
FG04:42Evan Engwall 46 Yd 107
TD02:45Darius Johnson 18 Yd Pass From Bo Levi Mitchell (Matt Szymanski Kick) 1014
THIRD QUARTERSFASMU
FG11:45Evan Engwall 38 Yd 1314
FG01:09Evan Engwall 48 Yd 1614
TD00:22Aaron Rhea 5 Yd Pass From Jeremy Moses (Evan Engwall Kick) 2314
FOURTH QUARTERSFASMU
FG14:01Matt Szymanski 53 Yd 2317
TD07:47Bo Levi Mitchell 1 Yd Run (Matt Szymanski Kick) 2324
TD01:31Shawnbrey McNeal 49 Yd Run (Matt Szymanski Kick) 2331