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
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