Scores

Final/OT

SMU 27

(2-1, 1-0 American)

Washington St 30

(1-2, 0-1 Pac-12)

5:00 PM ET, September 19, 2009

Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA

1 2 3 4 OT T
SMU 7 10 7 3 027
WSU 0 7 6 14 330

Top Performers

Passing: B. Mitchell (SMU) - 424 YDS, 2 TD, 4 INT

Rushing: S. McNeal (SMU) - 22 CAR, 83 YDS

Receiving: E. Sanders (SMU) - 18 REC, 178 YDS

Washington State fights past SMU with 39-yard field goal in OT

Associated Press

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Nico Grasu kicked a 39-yard field goal in overtime as Washington State came back to beat Southern Methodist 30-27 on Saturday for their first win of the season.

The Mustangs (2-1) had the first drive of overtime. But Bo Levi Mitchell threw deep into the end zone on the first play and was picked off by Chima Nwachukwu. It was Washington State's fourth interception of the game.

The Cougars (1-2) took over on the 25 and gained just three yards on three plays before Grasu's game winner. Earlier in the game he missed a 39-yard field goal.

It was the first time Washington State had led all season.

Southern Methodist led 24-7 in the third quarter and seemed to be cruising to victory.

Then the WSU defense took control.

Linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis picked off Mitchell at midfield and ran the ball back 52 yards for a touchdown late in the third. But the snap for the conversion was fumbled, and the Cougars trailed 24-13. That missed extra point would end up costing them a chance to win in regulation.

Matt Szymanski kicked a field goal early in the fourth for SMU.

Linebacker Myron Beck picked off a scrambling Mitchell and outran the Mustangs for a 67-yard touchdown that cut SMU's lead to 27-20 with 10:07 left.

Mitchell led SMU deep into WSU territory on the next drive but was picked off by Brandon Jones. The Cougars' offense went 3-and-out, but SMU did the same and Washington State got the ball back on its 20 for one last drive.

The Cougars benefited from a key pass interference call on fourth down against Sterling Moore on receiver Jared Karstetter that gave them first down on SMU's 34. Quarterback Marshall Lobbestael completed two passes to give them first down on the SMU 7 with 36 seconds left.

On the second play, Lobbestael hit a diving Karstetter in the end zone with 28 seconds left. Grasu kicked the extra point to tie the game at 27-27.

The loss ruined a career day for Mitchell, who completed 40 of 57 passes for 424 yards and two touchdowns, but also four interceptions. Receiver Emmanuel Sanders caught a school record 18 passes for 178 yards, while Terrance Wilkerson caught two touchdown passes.

The Mustangs had 504 yards of offense, compared to 276 for WSU.

Lobbestael, who replaced Kevin Lopina at starting quarterback this game, completed 24 of 52 passes for 239 yards and was picked off twice. Karstetter finished with five catches for 63 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SMU
WSU
1st Downs2817
Total Yards504276
Passing424239
Rushing8037
Penalties6-544-45
3rd Down Conversions7-163-15
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers53
Possession39:4020:20

Passing Leaders

Southern MethodistC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Mitchell40/574247.424
Washington StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lobbestael24/522394.622

Rushing Leaders

Southern MethodistCARYDSAVGTDLG
McNeal22833.8013
Line2115.517
Washington StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tardy8334.1014
Montgomery6101.704

Receiving Leaders

Southern MethodistRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sanders181789.9045
Wilkerson711316.1246
Washington StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Karstetter56312.6133
Forzani25025.0029

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSMUWSU
TD07:10Terrance Wilkerson 46 Yd Pass From Bo Levi Mitchell. (Matt Szymanski Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERSMUWSU
FG14:08Matt Szymanski 29 Yd 100
TD08:23Zach Line 4 Yd Run. (Matt Szymanski Kick) 170
TD00:30Daniel Blackledge 3 Yd Pass From Marshall Lobbestael. (Nico Grasu Kick) 177
THIRD QUARTERSMUWSU
TD09:59Terrance Wilkerson 23 Yd Pass From Bo Levi Mitchell. (Matt Szymanski Kick) 247
TD01:16Alex Hoffman-Ellis 52 Yd Interception Return. (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2413
FOURTH QUARTERSMUWSU
FG10:47Matt Szymanski 45 Yd 2713
TD10:07Myron Beck 67 Yd Interception Return. (Nico Grasu Kick) 2720
TD00:28Jared Karstetter 7 Yd Pass From Marshall Lobbestael. (Nico Grasu Kick) 2727
OVERTIMESMUWSU
FGNico Grasu 39 Yd 2730