Scores

Final

Houston 44

(4-3, 3-0 American)

SMU 38

(1-7, 0-5 American)

8:00 PM ET, October 18, 2008

Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, TX

1 2 3 4 T
HOU 0 14 9 2144
SMU 14 7 14 338

Top Performers

Passing: B. Mitchell (SMU) - 365 YDS, 4 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: B. Beall (HOU) - 22 CAR, 105 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: A. Robinson (SMU) - 8 REC, 186 YDS, 2 TD

Houston 44, SMU 38

Associated Press

DALLAS -- Case Keenum threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Tyron Carrier with 24 seconds left as Houston rallied for its third straight win, beating SMU 44-38 on Saturday night.

Houston (4-3, 3-0 Conference USA) trailed 35-23 heading into the fourth quarter before Keenum, who surpassed 300 yards passing for the eighth straight game, engineered the comeback.

Trailing 38-36, the Cougars got the ball at their own 15 with 1:58 left.

Keenum, who completed 28 of 36 passes for 404 yards, was 5-of-6 on an eight-play drive. He capped it with his TD pass to Carrier, who made a nice over-the-shoulder catch in the end zone.

SMU (1-7, 0-5) has lost 14 straight conference games and 17 in a row to FBS teams. The Mustangs' only win this season was against FCS school Texas State.

Bo Levi Mitchell was 29-of-39 for 365 yards and four touchdowns, and Aldrick Robinson had 186 yards receiving and two touchdowns for the Mustangs.

Bryce Beall rushed for 105 yards and three touchdowns and Mark Hafner had 160 yards receiving for the Cougars, who are 3-0 in league play for the first time since 1990.

Keenum's 9-yard touchdown run brought the Cougars within 35-30 early in the fourth.

After an SMU field goal, Beall scored on a 1-yard run but Houston's two-point conversion attempt to tie the game failed. The Mustangs were forced to punt on their next possession, setting up the Cougars' game-winning drive.

Mitchell's desperation pass from near midfield on the final play of the game was intercepted.

The Mustangs last won a conference game on Nov. 18, 2006.

SMU jumped out to a 21-7 lead thanks to Mitchell's first TD run of the season and two scoring passes to Emmanuel Sanders, who set the SMU school record with 26 touchdown receptions.

The Cougars crept within 21-17 early in the third. Mitchell tossed a pair of touchdown passes to Robinson, including a 70-yarder on the final play of the third quarter to extend SMU's lead to 35-23.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
HOU
SMU
1st Downs3026
Total Yards535413
Passing404365
Rushing13148
Penalties8-8911-90
3rd Down Conversions6-116-11
4th Down Conversions0-10-0
Turnovers23
Possession29:0530:55

Passing Leaders

HoustonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Keenum28/3640411.221
Southern MethodistC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Mitchell29/393659.442

Rushing Leaders

HoustonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Beall221054.8311
Kohn6193.207
Southern MethodistCARYDSAVGTDLG
McKinney8415.1011
Martin252.505

Receiving Leaders

HoustonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hafner1016016.0043
Edwards49223.0143
Southern MethodistRECYDSAVGTDLG
Robinson818623.3270
Sanders8799.9217

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERHOUSMU
TD11:10Emmanuel Sanders 17 Yd Pass From Bo Levi Mitchell (Thomas Morstead Kick) 07
TD01:52Bo Levi Mitchell 4 Yd Run (Thomas Morstead Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERHOUSMU
TD14:05Patrick Edwards 29 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Ben Bell Kick) 714
TD08:35Emmanuel Sanders 10 Yd Pass From Bo Levi Mitchell (Thomas Morstead Kick) 721
TD02:17Bryce Beall 5 Yd Run (Ben Bell Kick) 1421
THIRD QUARTERHOUSMU
FG11:30Ben Bell 23 Yd 1721
TD04:17Aldrick Robinson 9 Yd Pass From Bo Levi Mitchell (Thomas Morstead Kick) 1728
TD01:56Bryce Beall 3 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2328
TD00:00Aldrick Robinson 70 Yd Pass From Bo Levi Mitchell (Thomas Morstead Kick) 2335
FOURTH QUARTERHOUSMU
TD09:23Case Keenum 9 Yd Run (Ben Bell Kick) 3035
FG04:55Thomas Morstead 23 Yd 3038
TD02:34Bryce Beall 1 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 3638
TD00:24Tyron Carrier 26 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Case Keenum Pass To Mark Hafner For Two-Point Conversion) 4438