Houston Trounces SMU 37-7

The Mustangs are heavy underdogs in their first appearance on ESPN Game Day under head coach June Jones.

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SMU Vs. Houston Final Score: Cougars Romp, 37-7

SMU hung on in the first half. Not so much in the second half, as Case Keenum and the Houston Cougars scored 24 second half points en route to a 37-7 drubbing of the Mustangs. 

Keenum was 30-of-45 passing for 318 yards and a touchdown, as he tied an NCAA record with his 36th 300 yard passing game. Keenum used his legs as well, as his 16 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter extended Houston's lead to 30-7, effectively putting the game out of reach. 

SMU had trouble stopping Houston's rushing game as well. Houston accumulated 148 yards on the ground, averaging 4.8 yards per rush as a team. Michael Hayes led the Cougars in rushing yards, racking up 68 on 15 carries, including a 36 yard touchdown run with less than a minute to go in the first half. 

The Mustangs had even more trouble establishing their own running game. SMU only managed to rush for a meager 24 yards on 26 carries, while J.J. McDermott was 23-of-40 passing for 239 yards, with both a touchdown and interception to his credit. 

Houston outgained SMU in total yards, 513-263, which is reflected by the 37-7 score.

The win improves Houston to a perfect 11-0, one of the two remaining undefeated teams in FBS, along with top-ranked LSU. SMU, meanwhile, drops to 6-5, and 4-3 within the conference. 

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SMU Vs. Houston Score Update: Houston Leads 13-0 At Half

So far, the SMU Mustangs have managed to hang in there against the No. 11 Houston Cougars, but the Mustangs still trail 13-0 at halftime. 

It's a minor miracle that the Mustangs trail only by 13, as the Cougars have out-gained SMU 260-93 in total yards. SMU's defense, to their credit, managed to hold the Cougars to a pair of field goals, before Michael Hayes rattled off a 36 yard touchdown run with less than a minute to play in the first half, giving Houston a 13-0 lead. 

Houston quarterback Case Keenam has been accurate thus far, completing 16-of-23 passes for 166 yards without throwing a touchdown or interception. Houston has been effecting on the ground, rushing 22 times for 94 yards. Conversely, SMU has been awful on the ground, mustering only 11 yards on 12 carries. 

The Mustangs are going to need to get their offense going, and quickly, in the second half if they're going to seriously threaten Houston for a major upset. SMU is a mere 1-of-6 on third down conversions, compared to Houston's 50% rate (5-of-10). 

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SMU Vs. Houston Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Mustangs are heavy underdogs in their first appearance on ESPN Game Day under head coach June Jones.

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