Houston (AP) – John O’Korn finished 25 of 41 for 245 yards and two touchdowns to lead Houston over SMU 34-0 Friday.
Daniel Spencer caught seven passes for 100 yards and a touchdown, while Greg Ward, Jr., had five receptions for 48 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Jackson rushed seven times for 62 yards and a touchdown, and Kent Brooks added a touchdown run for the Cougars, who totaled 365 yards.
Houston forced four turnovers — three interceptions and a fumble — and also had five sacks. Zach McMillan had two interceptions.
Neal Burcham, who started in place of Garrett Gilbert — out with a left knee sprain — finished 27 of 52 for 212 yards and threw 3 interceptions for SMU (5-6, 4-3).
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Jeremy Johnson had 8 receptions for 75 yards, and Darius Joseph caught 9 passes for 52 yards, while Prescott Line rushed 17 times for 81 yards for SMU, which finished 3 of 7 on fourth downs and gained 295 yards.
The Mustangs, who entered the game averaging almost 31 points, were held to scoreless for the first time since 2004 when they were shut out 42-0 at Fresno State. Both times SMU got inside the Cougars’ 35 in the first half resulted in turnovers — the first a McMillan interception in the end zone when SMU reached the
Houston 22 and the second was Eiland’s fumble recovery when the Mustangs were at the Houston 32.
SMU got in the red zone with five minutes left in the fourth, but Line was stopped a yard short of the first down on fourth and 6 from the Houston 15.
The Mustangs are back in action next Saturday, Dec. 7 when they host UCF at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 11:00 a.m. CT.