NCAA Football Week 8 Recap, Houston Falls 38-16 to SMU, Saturday, October 22, 2016

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6-1, 2nd in American Athletic – West October 22, 7:00 PM | Grass of Gerald J. Ford Stadium 2-4, 5th in American Athletic – West

When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 22, 2016
Where: Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, Texas

Houston Cougars vs. SMU Mustangs, BOXSCORE

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HOU 0 7 7 2 16
SMU 7 21 0 10 38
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Braeden West scampered through the Houston defense for 115 yards as SMU handed the Cougars a 38-16 defeat on Saturday at Gerald J. Ford Stadium.

SMU was the ATS victor, as they covered the +22.5-point spread as an underdog. Over-Under bettors who played UNDER the total of 60.0 were rewarded at the payout window.

Braeden West rushed for 115 yards, while Ke’Mon Freeman added 52 yards in the win. Courtland Sutton and James Proche added 83 and 44 receiving yards respectively.

Duke Catalon rushed for 54 yards for Houston, while Dillon Birden added 5 yards. Greg Ward threw for 241 yards for the Cougars, while receivers Chance Allen and Duke Catalon had 84 and 66 yards respectively.

Houston was outgained by SMU 406-303 yards in Saturday’s match, while the important battle of first downs was won 19-13 by the Mustangs.

The time of possession battle favored Houston as their offense was on the field for 30:22, longer than the 29:38 of their opponents.

SMU looks to continue their winning ways next game with a battle against Tulane. Houston will aim to get back on the winning track vs. UCF.

SMU’s 38-16 upset victory over No. 11 Houston on Saturday night in Dallas allowed the host Mustangs to match their win total of three games the previous two seasons.

SMU coach Chad Morris and his program also evened the score against Houston coach Tom Herman, who took a jab at the Mustangs before this season when explaining the growth of the Cougars’ program after finishing 13-1 with a No. 8 ranking last season.

In May, Herman said the Cougars were no longer content with a 7-5 record as a program before stating, “I hear there’s a private school in Dallas that’s really trying to get to seven wins.”

SMU, downtrodden at 3-21 the previous two seasons, is still in search of seven victories this season at 3-4 overall. But one of those victories is against Herman and his bewildered Cougars, who have lost two of their last three games to fall to 6-2, 3-2 in the American Athletic Conference.

“This is what it’s all about right here,” Morris said among jubilant fans on the field. “The thing about us, our guys are ready for this. Our guys are prepared for this moment. We just needed to stay the course and stick to the process and it happened tonight.”

SMU quarterback Ben Hicks threw three touchdown passes and rushed for another, and the Mustangs’ defense sacked Houston quarterback Greg Ward Jr. seven times en route to the upset.

“It seemed like we did not play with the kind of confidence we’re accustomed to playing with,” Herman said. “Give them credit. We have to go back and work very hard to get things back on track.”

The Mustangs (1-2 AAC), had lost 12 straight against ranked teams, losing by an average of 27.6 points in that span since upsetting No. 20 TCU 40-33 in overtime in 2011.

Houston, held to only 62 yards rushing on 35 carries, had its six-game streak snapped of scoring at least 35 points by an aggressive SMU defense. SMU linebacker Jarvis Pruitt had a team-high three sacks for a defense that held Houston to 303 yards of total offense, 202.1 under its average. Fellow linebackers Demerick Gary and Justin Lawler each had two sacks.

“I learned a lot about all of our guys,” said Morris when asked about subduing Houston’s potent offense with Ward at quarterback. “I knew they wouldn’t give up. I know this win will shock a lot of people. It doesn’t surprise us.

“It just takes one (win) to start a revolution, one win to put a wind in our sails. This is it. We move forward from here.”

The Mustangs capitalized on Houston’s failed fourth-and-5 attempt at their own 40 with 14:15 remaining in the fourth quarter to build on their lead. Ward was sacked for a loss of 18 yards on the play by Lawler.

SMU was stopped on three plays and Josh Williams made a 26-yard field goal with 12:27 remaining as the Mustangs took a 31-14 lead.

A 19-yard field goal attempt by Ty Cummings on Houston’s next possession bounced off the right upright and was no good with 9:50 left.

The Cougars failed to take advantage of a 51-yard pass from Ward to receiver Duke Catalon on that possession. Catalon was forced out at the SMU 4.

Houston’s offense averaged 86 plays before Saturday. The Cougars only had 12 in the first quarter when they fell behind 7-0, due in part to two lost fumbles.

“We started the game poorly and that’s on me,” Herman said. “We got into a hole we couldn’t climb out of.”

Hicks accounted for all four of the Mustangs’ touchdowns in the first half when they mounted a 28-7 lead.

Hicks rushed for a 1-yard touchdown run, capping an 11-play drive in SMU’s first possession. In the second quarter, he completed touchdown passes of 31 yards to Jeremiah Gaines, 2 to Courtland Sutton and 28 to James Proche.


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