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SMU vs. Houston: Mustangs set scoring record in win

SMU snapped their three-game losing streak to the Cougars with a 72-42 win over Houston, setting a school record for points.

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SMU lights up Houston, 72-42

The SMU Mustangs scored 72 points, a school record, as they easily defeated Houston on Thursday.

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After 3 quarter, SMU leads Houston 59-28

The SMU Mustangs found the end zone on special teams, defense and offense when they scored 31 points in the third quarter, and now are pouring it on as they lead the Houston Cougars 59-28. The scoring started on the opening kick off, but the way SMU made it to the end zone was unconventional. SMU kicked off the ball, but Houston's Ryan Jackson fumbled the ball at their 20-yard line, and Kevin Pope scooped up the ball to score a touchdown for SMU.

The SMU defense came up huge in the third quarter as they picked off Houston quarterback Bram Kohlhausen three times, and Darrian Wright returned his interception for the Mustang's second touchdown of the quarter. That touchdown put SMU up 45-14, but Houston made a mini-run by scoring the next two touchdowns.

SMU's offense responded by scoring the final two touchdowns of the quarter. The first offensive touchdown was a 43-yard pass from Garrett Gilbert to Keenan Holman, and the second was another Garrett pass to Darius Johnson for 24 yards.

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SMU leads Houston 28-14, at the half

The SMU Mustangs scored the final two touchdowns in a span of 37 seconds and now lead by a score of 28-14 at halftime over the Houston Cougars. For most of the second quarter, the SMU offense was completely shut down; on their first two drives, they went three-and-out for a grand total of three yards.

SMU's third drive is when the offense came alive. The Mustangs started with the ball deep in their own territory and proceeded to drive 92 yards on just eight plays. The two big plays on this drive were a 30-yard pass from Garrett Gilbert to wide receiver Jeremy Johnson to get past midfield and a 29-yard run by Zach Line to get in the red zone. The scoring play was a 18-yard touchdown pass to Johnson, which gave SMU a 21-14 lead.

The SMU defense forced its fourth turnover of the game when linebacker Taylor Reed intercepted Houston quarterback David Piland and proceeded to return the ball six yards, giving SMU a 14-point halftime lead.

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UH football: Big challenges, big goals

SMU isn't the only former SWC school current playing in C-USA who will be moving on to the Big East in 2013.

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Houston vs. SMU: Game time, TV schedule, and odds

Houston has won three in a row as it visits Gerald Ford Stadium on Thursday to take on SMU.

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SMU vs. Houston Odds: Mustangs are TD underdogs

After a devastating road loss to previously winless Tulane dropped their season record to 2-4, SMU is a +6 point underdog to a Houston team going through a transition process of their own in 2012.

With Case Keenum (finally) graduated and Kevin Sumlin now at Texas A&M, the 2012 version of the Cougars isn't nearly as good as last year's team that destroyed SMU 37-7 and nearly made a BCS bowl.

Houston started the year 0-3, including an embarrassing home loss to Texas State, an FCS team. However, they've righted the ship in C-USA play and come into Thursday's game on the Hilltop with a 3-3 record.

As a result, the game has huge ramifications for the conference title race, as SMU could get right back into the mix with a 2-1 mark in conference play or fall almost completely out of it.

Garrett Gilbert is still looking for a break-out game in his first season as the Mustangs starting QB, and if he doesn't get it going against a Houston defense ranked 89th in the country in points allowed, it might not happen at all.

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SMU looks to rebound against streaking Houston

Houston has won three in a row as it visits Gerald Ford Stadium on Thursday.

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