SMU Loses To Tulane In Last Minute, 27-26

Oct. 13, 2012

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Ryan Griffin returned from a shoulder injury to throw for 302 yards and three touchdowns as Tulane beat SMU 27-26 Saturday.

Griffin, who missed the last three games, completed 17 of 32 passes and threw touchdown passes of 31, 79 and 16 yards. His first touchdown gave Tulane a 7-0 lead and his second helped the Green Wave (1-5, 1-1 Conference USA) jump ahead 20-6 at halftime.

SMU's offense picked up after halftime, scoring 20 consecutive points behind two Chase Hover field goals and two Garrett Gilbert touchdowns.

Hover's second field goal, a 19-yarder, gave the Mustangs a 26-20 lead with 1:22 remaining.

Tulane began its next drive on its own 32 but quickly advanced to the SMU (2-4, 1-1) 16 behind two deep passes from Griffin.

Griffin and Kelley then linked up for their second touchdown, a 16-yard strike that put Tulane ahead with 35 seconds left.

SMU running back Zach Line rushed for a season-high 177 yards 28 carries. It was Line's 18th career game with 100+ yards rushing, a mark that is second all-time at SMU. The record is held by former Mustang great Eric Dickerson (28).

SMU is back in action this Thursday, Oct. 18 when they face Houston at Ford Stadium. Kickoff for the Thursday night game is 7 p.m. To add to excitement surrounding the weeknight match-up, SMU will host Local Business Night. Discounted tickets are available for businesses wanting to experience this networking event. Click here for more information on the promotion. General tickets are still available for the game and can be purchased online at or by calling 214-768-4263. The game will be televised on FSN.



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