Scores

Final

Tulane 24

(2-8, 1-5 American)

SMU 45

(6-3, 4-2 American)

3:00 PM ET, November 5, 2011

Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, TX

1 2 3 4 T
TULN 0 0 24 024
SMU 14 17 7 745

Top Performers

Passing: J. McDermott (SMU) - 322 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: Z. Line (SMU) - 25 CAR, 143 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: D. Johnson (SMU) - 7 REC, 135 YDS, 1 TD

SMU 45, Tulane 24

Associated Press

DALLAS -- J.J. McDermott threw for three touchdowns and Zach Line rushed for three scores to lead SMU to a 45-24 victory against Tulane on Saturday.

McDermott was 29 of 40 for 322 yards passing for the Mustangs (6-3, 4-2 Conference USA), and Line compiled 143 yards on the ground.

Ryan Griffin threw for 214 yards and two TDs for the Green Wave (2-8, 1-5).

Tulane trailed 31-0 at halftime, but Griffin rallied it to within 38-24 at the end of the third quarter. Early in the fourth quarter, the Green Wave marched to the SMU 25 when Griffin fumbled, and Chris Banjo recovered for the Mustangs.

That was Tulane's last gasp, and SMU clinched the game by driving 75 yards in 12 plays to McDermott's 2-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Wilkerson.

Darius Johnson had seven catches for 135 yards and a TD for the Mustangs.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TULN
SMU
1st Downs1623
Total Yards271453
Passing214322
Rushing57131
Penalties9-566-50
3rd Down Conversions8-178-13
4th Down Conversions0-10-0
Turnovers21
Possession26:2633:34

Passing Leaders

TulaneC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Griffin20/362145.920
Southern MethodistC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McDermott29/403228.130

Rushing Leaders

TulaneCARYDSAVGTDLG
Darkwa16462.907
Kelley9343.808
Southern MethodistCARYDSAVGTDLG
Line251435.7329
McDermott3-12-4.003

Receiving Leaders

TulaneRECYDSAVGTDLG
Van Hooser56613.2130
Shackleford36521.7149
Southern MethodistRECYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson713519.3158
Thompson67212.0127

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTULNSMU
TD07:14Zach Line 4 Yd Run (Chase Hover Kick) 07
TD02:47Der'rikk Thompson 12 Yd Pass From J.J. McDermott (Chase Hover Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERTULNSMU
FG11:19Chase Hover 32 Yd 017
TD04:14Darius Johnson 58 Yd Pass From J.J. McDermott (Chase Hover Kick) 024
TD01:08Zach Line 1 Yd Run (Chase Hover Kick) 031
THIRD QUARTERTULNSMU
TD14:42Dominique Robertson 18 Yd Fumble Return (Cairo Santos Kick) 731
FG11:11Cairo Santos 42 Yd 1031
TD07:43Wilson Van Hooser 30 Yd Pass From Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos Kick) 1731
TD02:18Zach Line 7 Yd Run (Chase Hover Kick) 1738
TD00:13Justyn Shackleford 49 Yd Pass From Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos Kick) 2438
FOURTH QUARTERTULNSMU
TD01:39Terrance Wilkerson 2 Yd Pass From J.J. McDermott (Chase Hover Kick) 2445