Scores

Final/3OT

SMU 52

(1-11, 0-8 American)

Memphis 55

(7-5, 6-2 American)

2:00 PM ET, November 24, 2007

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN

1 2 3 4 3OT T
SMU 7 21 7 7 1052
MEM 14 7 21 0 1355

Top Performers

Passing: J. Willis (SMU) - 375 YDS, 4 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: J. Willis (SMU) - 23 CAR, 114 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: E. Sanders (SMU) - 13 REC, 118 YDS, 3 TD

Memphis 55, SMU 52, OT

Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Matt Reagan connected on a 32-yard field goal in the third overtime Saturday as Memphis defeated SMU 55-52.

Memphis (7-5, 6-2 Conference USA) would get its chance to win the game by stopping SMU on fourth-and-goal from the 2 on the first possession of the third overtime. Corey Mills knocked SMU quarterback Justin Mills out of bounds as Willis tried to sweep around the right side.

That set the stage for the winning kick by Reagan, who missed a 32-yarder at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime. On that kick with 31 seconds left in regulation, holder Brett Toney bobbled the snap, helping send the kick wide.

Memphis quarterback Martin Hankins threw for 336 yards and four touchdowns on the day, including a 6-yarder to Greg Hinds in the second overtime. Carlos Singleton caught three touchdown passes from Hankins as the Tigers won five of their final six games on the season, and qualified for their fourth bowl in five years.

T.J. Pitts rushed for 110 yards for Memphis.

SMU (1-11, 0-8) lost its 10th straight, the final game for coach Phil Bennett, who was told a month ago he would not return to the job.

Willis led the Mustangs, completing 35-of-48 passes for 375 yards and four touchdowns, three of them to Emmanuel Sanders. Willis also ran for 114 yards on 23 carries and had a 48-yard touchdown run in the third period.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SMU
MEM
1st Downs2835
Total Yards564539
Passing375343
Rushing189196
Penalties12-1046-54
3rd Down Conversions9-1714-25
4th Down Conversions0-11-1
Turnovers21
Possession27:1432:46

Passing Leaders

SMUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Willis35/483757.842
MemphisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hankins30/593365.741

Rushing Leaders

SMUCARYDSAVGTDLG
Willis231145.0148
Martin5224.4111
MemphisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Pitts191105.8125
Doss16754.7018

Receiving Leaders

SMURECYDSAVGTDLG
Sanders131189.1326
Sledge48621.5150
MemphisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Singleton812715.9340
Black121129.3019

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSMUMEM
TD12:33Zack Sledge 16 Yd Pass From Justin Willis (Thomas Morstead Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 72 yds, 2:27
70
TD07:01Will Hudgens 1 Yd Run (Matt Reagan Kick)
Drive: 14 plays, 72 yds, 5:26
77
TD00:23Earnest Williams 6 Yd Pass From Will Hudgens (Matt Reagan Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 51 yds, 2:50
714
SECOND QUARTERSMUMEM
TD13:20Demyron Martin 6 Yd Run (Thomas Morstead Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 73 yds, 1:58
1414
TD10:03Emmanuel Sanders 4 Yd Pass From Justin Willis (Thomas Morstead Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 79 yds, 2:22
2114
TD07:30Carlos Singleton 20 Yd Pass From Martin Hankins (Matt Reagan Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 68 yds, 2:27
2121
TD00:07Emmanuel Sanders 26 Yd Pass From Justin Willis (Thomas Morstead Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 45 yds, :53
2821
THIRD QUARTERSMUMEM
TD10:27Carlos Singleton 11 Yd Pass From Martin Hankins (Matt Reagan Kick)
Drive: 15 plays, 69 yds, 4:26
2828
TD07:11Justin Willis 48 Yd Run (Thomas Morstead Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 73 yds, 3:10
3528
TD04:50T.J. Pitts 25 Yd Run (Matt Reagan Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 72 yds, 2:16
3535
TD02:18Carlos Singleton 40 Yd Pass From Martin Hankins (Matt Reagan Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 74 yds, 2:12
3542
FOURTH QUARTERSMUMEM
TD04:43Emmanuel Sanders 10 Yd Pass From Justin Willis (Thomas Morstead Kick)
Drive: 13 plays, 93 yds, 4:26
4242
OVERTIMESMUMEM
FGThomas Morstead 20 Yd
Drive: 7 plays, 22 yds, :00
4542
FGMatt Reagan 33 Yd
Drive: 6 plays, 9 yds, :00
4545
2ND OVERTIMESMUMEM
TDGreg Hinds 6 Yd Pass From Martin Hankins (Matt Reagan Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 25 yds, :00
4552
TDChris Butler 1 Yd Run (Thomas Morstead Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 25 yds, :00
5252
3RD OVERTIMESMUMEM
FGMatt Reagan 32 Yd
Drive: 5 plays, 10 yds, :00
5255