Scores

Final

Rice 24

(4-8, 3-5 C-USA)

SMU 27

(7-5, 5-3 American)

12:00 PM ET, November 26, 2011

Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, TX

1 2 3 4 T
RICE 0 7 10 724
SMU 7 7 0 1327

Top Performers

Passing: N. Fanuzzi (RICE) - 159 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: R. Wimbley (SMU) - 20 CAR, 115 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Johnson (SMU) - 8 REC, 123 YDS, 1 TD

SMU 27, Rice 24

Associated Press

DALLAS -- Rishad Wimbley ran for 115 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns to help SMU defeat Rice 27-24 on Saturday in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Jared Williams had a 52-yard touchdown run for the Mustangs (7-5, 5-3 Conference USA), who are eligible for a bowl bid. J.J. McDermott connected with Darius Johnson for a 45-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring for SMU.

The Mustangs trailed 17-14 entering the fourth quarter, but Wimbley's 1-yard run with 12:14 to play gave them the lead, though at 20-17 as the extra point was missed. After Rice was forced to punt, on SMU's third play, Wimbley ran for 39 yards to score with 9:36 left.

Nick Fanuzzi threw a pair of touchdown passes for the Owls (4-8, 3-5). Fanuzzi ran for a team-high 53 yards and threw for 159.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
RICE
SMU
1st Downs1014
Total Yards250368
Passing163179
Rushing87189
Penalties3-205-48
3rd Down Conversions4-182-12
4th Down Conversions1-40-0
Turnovers15
Possession26:3533:25

Passing Leaders

RiceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Fanuzzi22/381594.221
Southern MethodistC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McDermott16/251797.212

Rushing Leaders

RiceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Fanuzzi8536.6038
Smith14322.306
Southern MethodistCARYDSAVGTDLG
Wimbley201155.8239
Williams11807.3152

Receiving Leaders

RiceRECYDSAVGTDLG
McDonald44812.0031
Taylor5428.4117
Southern MethodistRECYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson812315.4145
Beasley7588.3029

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERRICESMU
TD09:58Darius Johnson 45 Yd Pass From J.J. McDermott (Brad Namdar Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERRICESMU
TD10:08Jared Williams 52 Yd Run (Brad Namdar Kick) 014
TD04:45Donte Moore 13 Yd Pass From Nick Fanuzzi (Chris Boswell Kick) 714
THIRD QUARTERRICESMU
TD11:37Cameron Nwosu 21 Yd Fumble Return (Chris Boswell Kick) 1414
FG02:17Chris Boswell 49 Yd 1714
FOURTH QUARTERRICESMU
TD12:14Rishad Wimbley 1 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 1720
TD09:36Rishad Wimbley 39 Yd Run (Brad Namdar Kick) 1727
TD02:01Jordan Taylor 2 Yd Pass From Nick Fanuzzi (Chris Boswell Kick) 2427