Ward runs for another TD
Greg Ward Jr. now has 11 rushing touchdowns this season, tied with Leonard Fournette for the FBS lead. Ward had 8 rushing TDs in the previous 2 seasons combined. Houston leads SMU 49-21 in the fourth on ESPN2.
Trick play puts Huskies up on Trojans
After a fumble recovery, Jake Browning threw a lateral to Marvin Hall on a bubble screen, who instead tossed it downfield to Joshua Perkins for a 27-yard TD that put Washington up 10-6 over USC on ESPN.
South Carolina St. confuses team for TD
South Carolina State faked the punt return on Bethune-Cookman, and while his teammate got laid out, Antonio Hamilton took off 82 yards for a TD.
Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer
Houston's defense starting to come alive here at TDECU Stadium. SMU's last four drives have ended in two fumbles, turnover on downs and a punt. They're getting more pressure on SMU QB Matt Davis than they were earlier. Cougars in control, up 35-21 with 6:24 to go in Q3 and with a chance to widen the gap some more here.
Houston takes a 2-touchdown lead
Greg Ward Jr. ran for a 10-yard TD, his second straight game with 3 rushing TDs. The Cougars lead the Mustangs 35-21 in the third on ESPN2.
Trojans lead 6-3 at the half
Cody Kessler led the USC offense 81 yards in 4:34, but the Huskies managed to hold the Trojans to a field goal to end the half. It's the first time since Week 9 of 2011 that USC has not scored a TD in the first half (Oct. 29 vs. Stanford). Live on ESPN/WatchESPN
Kessler connects with Smith-Schuster
Cody Kessler found JuJu Smith-Schuster for 26 yards in the second to gain the first down, but USC is still knotted at 3 with Washington on ESPN.
Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer
Rough first quarter for USC QB Cody Kessler vs. Washington. He finished just 4-of-9 for 39 yards and threw a pair of interceptions after throwing just one pick in the previous four games. USC still managed to take a 3-0 lead into the second quarter.
Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
Cody Kessler is 2/7 for -1 yard and 2 interceptions but the game is still scoreless. Washington can't capitalize on his mistakes.
Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer
I watched both of these QBs last year and seeing them tonight, it's clear both Houston's Greg Ward and SMU's Matt Davis have taken significant steps forward in their development. Both are having strong nights so far. It's all tied up 21-21 late in the second quarter in Houston.
Washington at (17) USC on ESPN
USC coach Steve Sarkisian will face his former team for the first time when Washington heads to the Coliseum. Despite the loss to Stanford, USC is ranked No. 2 in ESPN's FPI and has a 44% chance to win the Pac-12. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN
Houston knots game at 14
Kenneth Farrow ran for a 2-yard TD, and the Mustangs and Cougars are tied in the second quarter on ESPN2.
SMU hits back in a hurry
Matt Davis completed a 9-yard pass to Ryheem Malone for 9 yds for SMU's second TD of the night. Last season against Houston, the Mustangs scored a total of 9 points en route to a 26-point loss.
Houston answers to even score
Greg Ward Jr. ran for 10 yards for a TD. The rushing TD is Ward's 8th of the year, and the Cougars are on the board live on ESPN2.
SMU strikes first in Houston
Matt Davis found Courtland Sutton in the end zone for an 8-yard TD and a 7-0 lead in the first.
Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer
More bad news on the D-line for Nebraska: Freedom Akinmoladun is out with a knee injury. The whole front four is dangerously thin. And true freshman RB Jordan Stevenson is set to shed his redshirt against Wisconsin.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
Illinois RB Josh Ferguson ruled out for Saturday's game at No. 22 Iowa. Freshman Ke'Shawn Vaughn likely will get the bulk of the carries for the Illini.
Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer
Florida State backup running back Mario Pender won't play against Miami, but the redshirt junior is out of the hospital. He suffered a collapsed lung Sept. 22 after bumping into a lineman at practice. Pender lost 18 pounds in the hospital and will miss a few weeks, but Fisher said he is in "great spirits."
Houston hosts SMU
Houston has dominated this Texas rivalry, winning 11 of the last 13 matchups, and SMU hasn't won on the road since 2005. QB Greg Ward Jr. is the only player in the nation averaging 200 yards passing and 100 yards rushing per game. ESPN2/WatchESPN