Scores

Final

SMU 28

(1-8, 0-5 American)

Houston 38

(6-3, 5-1 American)

8:00 PM ET, November 4, 2007

Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX

1 2 3 4 T
SMU 14 0 14 028
HOU 7 24 0 738

Top Performers

Passing: J. Willis (SMU) - 351 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Alridge (HOU) - 31 CAR, 154 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Avery (HOU) - 10 REC, 116 YDS, 1 TD

Houston RB Alridge passes for TD, runs for two in win

HOUSTON (AP) -- Running back Anthony Alridge ran for two touchdowns and threw for another Sunday night as Houston defeated SMU 38-28.

Alridge carried 31 times for 154 yards as the Cougars won their fourth straight. Quarterback Case Keenum was 19-of-27 for a career-best 264 yards and two touchdowns as Houston (6-3, 5-1) held onto first place in Conference-USA's West Division.

SMU's seventh straight loss came even as Justin Willis had his third 300-yard passing game of the season and moved past Chuck Hixson for the school's career lead in touchdown passes. He hit 19-of-32 for 351 yards and three touchdowns to give him 43 for his career, three more than Hixson who played from 1968-70.

Willis gave the Mustangs (1-8, 0-5) a 14-7 lead the first quarter with his first rushing touchdown of the year, a 4-yarder, and a 17-yard touchdown pass to Columbus Givens.

After a 31-yard field goal by T.J. Lawrence, Alridge ran for a 36-yard touchdown to give Houston a 17-14 lead with 8:57 left in the half.

He then threw for his first touchdown, hitting Chaz Rodriguez with a 24-yard TD pass with 3:29 to play in the second quarter.

Willis fumbled four times the first half, twice on one play. He dropped the ball as he cocked his arm to throw, picked it up on the bounce and ran left, only to fumble again.

After the fumble, Houston scored on a 14-yard pass from Keenum to Jeron Harvey to take a 31-14 lead 44 seconds before the half.

Willis threw touchdown passes of 51 and 21 yards to Zack Sledge in the third quarter to pull the Mustangs to within 31-28.

But Keenum hit Donnie Avery for a 7-yard touchdown to push Houston's lead back to 10 with 12:08 remaining. Avery had 10 catches for 116 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SMU
HOU
1st Downs2032
Total Yards460552
Passing351288
Rushing109264
Penalties6-706-65
3rd Down Conversions5-1212-19
4th Down Conversions0-00-1
Turnovers41
Possession22:0137:59

Passing Leaders

SMUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Willis19/3235111.031
HoustonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Keenum19/272649.820

Rushing Leaders

SMUCARYDSAVGTDLG
Willis16513.2114
Mapps6274.508
HoustonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Alridge311545.0244
Keenum13574.4016

Receiving Leaders

SMURECYDSAVGTDLG
Sledge38729.0251
Sanders57615.2044
HoustonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Avery1011611.6147
Harvey48521.3149

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSMUHOU
TD12:01Justin Willis 4 Yd Run (Thomas Morstead Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 80 yds, 2:59
70
TD08:09Anthony Alridge 2 Yd Run (T.J. Lawrence Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 77 yds, 3:53
77
TD04:43Columbus Givens 17 Yd Pass From Justin Willis (Thomas Morstead Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 67 yds, 1:43
147
SECOND QUARTERSMUHOU
FG13:03T.J. Lawrence 31 Yd
Drive: 12 plays, 75 yds, 4:10
1410
TD08:57Anthony Alridge 36 Yd Run (T.J. Lawrence Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 36 yds, :08
1417
TD03:29Chaz Rodriguez 24 Yd Pass From Anthony Alridge (T.J. Lawrence Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 80 yds, 3:28
1424
TD00:44Jeron Harvey 14 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (T.J. Lawrence Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 49 yds, 1:46
1431
THIRD QUARTERSMUHOU
TD11:01Zack Sledge 51 Yd Pass From Justin Willis (Thomas Morstead Kick) 2131
TD05:19Zack Sledge 21 Yd Pass From Justin Willis (Thomas Morstead Kick) 2831
FOURTH QUARTERSMUHOU
TD12:08Donnie Avery 7 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (T.J. Lawrence Kick) 2838