NCAAF Game Recap - Southern Methodist at Houston
Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

Ark
7
Ala
48
F
Aub
20
LSU
23
F
Wisc
7
OHSt
38
F
BC
7
Clem
59
F
Okla
41
K St
48
F
PSU
28
MSU
7
F
ND
14
Mich
45
F
WaSt
35
Oreg
37
F
Cal
0
Utah
35
F
Tex
27
TCU
37
F
SMU
34
Hou
31
F
MD
10
Minn
52
F
Iowa
20
NW
0
F
App
30
SoAl
3
F
OkSt
34
IASt
27
F
AzSt
32
UCLA
42
F
USC
35
Colo
31
F
BGSU
10
WestMI
49
F
MisSt
30
TxAM
49
F
Lib
34
Rut
44
F
Ill
24
Purd
6
F
MiaFL
16
Pitt
12
F
SJSU
34
Army
29
F
SMiss
20
Rice
6
F
Ohio
34
Ball
21
F
Nev
3
Wyo
31
F
W Ky
23
Marsh
26
F
NMSt
7
GaSo
41
F
Akr
0
NIU
49
F
E Mi
34
Toled
37
F OT
MiaOH
23
Kent
16
F
C Mi
20
Buff
43
F
Tul
38
Navy
41
F
Ariz
31
Stan
41
F
Ind
38
Neb
31
F
FLInt
17
MidTN
50
F
FlAtl
41
OD
3
F
UConn
56
UMass
35
F
UVA
21
Lou
28
F
Syr
17
FlaSt
35
F
NorTx
38
Char
39
F
SoFL
45
ECU
20
F
Hawaii
45
NM
31
F
SCar
21
Tenn
41
F
Duke
17
UNC
20
F
TxSt
14
ArkSt
38
F
Troy
33
GASt
52
F
Mem
42
Tuls
41
F
UCF
63
Temp
21
F
TxTch
34
Kans
37
F
ColSt
41
Fres
31
F
Mizzu
7
KY
29
F
LaTec
42
UTEP
21
F
UtSt
7
AF
31
F
SDSU
20
UNLV
17
F

Oct 24, 2019, 7:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(16) Southern Methodist (8-0)

7

14

10

3

34

Houston (3-5)

0

13

7

11

31

Buechele, Jones lead No. 16 SMU past Houston, 34-31
Fri Oct 25, 2019 12:46 AM

HOUSTON (AP) SMU coach Sonny Dykes conceded that the Mustangs did not play well and still managed to escape with a win.

Shane Buechele threw for 203 yards and two touchdowns, Xavier Jones ran for 133 yards and two touchdowns and No. 16 SMU held off Houston 34-31 Thursday night.

"It was a struggle for most of the night," Dykes said. "We didn't do a good job running the ball in the second half, didn't really have the ball in the second half. We had a couple short fields and made strange things happen, but again, any time you cannot play well and win on the road, especially on a short week . I got to give our guys a lot of credit."

Buechele was 20 of 38. James Proche caught seven passes for 83 yards and a touchdown, and Kylen Grayson had six receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown for SMU (8-0, 4-0 American).

SMU improved to 8-0 for the first time since starting 10-0 in 1982, and improved to 4-0 in conference play for the first time since 1986.

"It wasn't our best performance really on either side of the ball," Dykes said. "We made some uncharacteristic mistakes. We haven't given up big plays like that on defense. We've executed at a much higher level offensively up to this point than we did tonight."

Jones had a career-long 62-yard rushing touchdown with 10:41 left in the second quarter and added a 2-yard scoring run 47 seconds into the second half after

SMU forced a Houston fumble and Richard McBryde recovered it.

"We've been preaching all week `It might be ugly; it might be pretty, but we wanted to come down here and be 1-0'," Jones said. "We got the job done. It was an ugly game, but I'm proud of my team and how we fought."

Houston's Clayton Tune finished 18 of 35 for a career-high 407 yards and two touchdowns. Mulbah Car rushed for 136 yards on 18 carries. Marquez Stevenson had five catches for 211 yards and two touchdowns, including a 75-yard score.

"We're that close, and we've been that close for a while," Tune said. "We just got to break through and make those plays to win the game. It's very frustrating."

Bryson Smith added a 1-yard TD run to start the second quarter.

Houston (3-5, 1-3) outgained SMU, 510-385 yards.

"We refused to quit," Houston coach Dana Holgorsen said. "We refused to give up. We refused to not play with effort. . It (stinks) we are 3-5 with five close losses to five really good teams."

Houston closed to 34-31 on a 96-yard touchdown pass from Tune to Stevenson and added a 2-point conversion with 4:47 left. After Houston forced an SMU punt, the Mustangs forced a turnover on downs at the Houston 45. Houston forced another SMU punt, but Tune was sacked at midfield to end the game.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

SMU should maintain its position in the poll following the win over Houston.

ROBINSON EJECTED FOR TARGETING

SMU's Delano Robinson was ejected for targeting late in the first quarter after hitting Christian Trahan after Trahan missed Tune's pass. Robinson was called for unnecessary roughness with targeting and the play was confirmed after review.

THE TAKEAWAY

SMU: SMU kept its hopes of playing in a New Years' Six bowl alive. The Mustangs took advantage of Houston's three turnovers, converting them into 14 points. SMU had seven sacks for 51 yards and 13 tackles for loss.

"We just never really got into a rhythm," Dykes said. "We grinded it out. We got the ball in end zone enough. Defensively, they created a ton of turnovers, gave the offense short fields."

Houston: The Cougars played well defensively, but committed three turnovers and 11 penalties for 129 yards. Houston had 22 first downs and had the ball for almost 32 minutes, but also had issues holding on to the ball, with five fumbles, losing the ball twice.

"We lost the turnover battle 3-1," Holgorsen said. "I can deal with that if they weren't bad turnovers. Two of them were bad turnovers. The second thing is that - what is it three times - we got into the red zone and had to kick field goals. That's not a winning performance either."

UP NEXT

SMU: At Memphis on Nov. 2.

Houston: At UCF on Nov. 2.

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Passing

SMU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
S. Buechele 38 20 52.6 2 203 52 1 74.8
Hou Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
C. Tune 33 18 54.5 2 407 96 1 106.5

Rushing

SMU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
X. Jones 22 133 6.0 62 2
K. Freeman 6 47 7.8 46 0
Hou Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
M. Car 18 136 7.6 44 0
K. Porter 8 31 3.9 8 0

Receiving

SMU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Proche 7 83 11.9 52 1
K. Granson 6 76 12.7 33 1
Hou Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Stevenson 5 211 42.2 96 2
C. Trahan 3 71 23.7 31 0

Fumbles

Hou F FL
M. Stevenson 1 0
C. Tune 2 1

Returning

SMU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
C. Sanders 2 27.5 0 37 0 - 0 0
T. Lavine 1 9.0 0 9 0 - 0 0
Hou KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Williams 0 - 0 0 1 13.0 0 13
B. Smith 0 - 0 0 1 3.0 0 3

Punting

Hou Punt Yds Avg LgPu
D. Roy 5 232 46.4 53

Takeaways

SMU Int Yds InTD
R. Clemons 1 0 0
Hou Int Yds InTD
A. Willis-Dalton 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

SMU Hou
Points For 34 31
Total Yards 385 510
Rushing Yards 182 103
Passing Yards 203 407
Passing Completions / Attempts 20/38 18/35
Turnovers 1 3
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 5/2
First Downs 22 22
Penalties - Yards 9/86 11/129
Time Of Possession 17:17 43:43
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/15 5/15
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 1/2
Punts - Average Yards 7/40 5/46

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter SMU Hou
SMU 13:27 TD James Proche 15 yd pass from Shane Buechele (Kevin Robledo kick) 7 0
2nd Quarter SMU Hou
Hou 0:32 TD Bryson Smith 1 yd run (Dalton Witherspoon kick) 7 7
SMU 4:19 TD Xavier Jones 62 yd run (Kevin Robledo kick) 14 7
SMU 6:46 TD Kylen Granson 11 yd pass from Shane Buechele (Kevin Robledo kick) 21 7
Hou 13:04 FG Dalton Witherspoon 25 yd FG 21 10
Hou 15:00 FG Dalton Witherspoon 34 yd FG 21 13
3rd Quarter SMU Hou
SMU 0:47 TD Xavier Jones 2 yd run (Kevin Robledo kick) 28 13
Hou 0:59 TD Marquez Stevenson 75 yd pass from Clayton Tune (Dalton Witherspoon kick) 28 20
SMU 4:04 FG Kevin Robledo 23 yd FG 31 20
4th Quarter SMU Hou
Hou 0:50 FG Dalton Witherspoon 40 yd FG 31 23
SMU 6:04 FG Kevin Robledo 33 yd FG 34 23
Hou 10:13 TD Marquez Stevenson 96 yd pass from Clayton Tune (Christian Trahan 2pt pass from Clayton Tune) 34 31

Game Information

Stadium: TDECU Stadium, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 24,543
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