SMU Defeats Houston 72-42 In Record-Setting Performance

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Oct. 18, 2012

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DALLAS (AP) -- Garrett Gilbert threw four scoring passes, and SMU returned three of its six interceptions for touchdowns and scored on a fumble return in a 72-42 victory over Houston on Thursday night. The 72 points were an SMU record. SMU's previous scoring high was a 70-0 victory over Daniel Baker on Sept. 25, 1920.

Gilbert was 23-of-38 for 265 yards with two interceptions for the Mustangs (3-4, 2-1 Conference USA), and Zach Line ran for 113 yards and two scores.

Darius Johnson led SMU in receiving with nine catches for 110 yards, Jeremy Johnson had nine receptions for 94 yards and a score, and Keenan Holman caught a 43-yard TD pass.

Taylor Reed, Darrian Wright and Stephon Sanders returned interceptions for touchdowns and Kevin Pope scored on the fumble return.

Crawford Jones, David Piland and Bram Kohlhausen each threw two interceptions for Houston (3-4, 2-1). Jones also threw three touchdown passes. SMU's nine takeaways ties for 2nd in a game in team history. The Mustangs now lead the nation with 25 total takeaways on the year.

Charles Sims had seven catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 54 yards and two more scores. D.J. Hayden scored on a 75-yard interception return.

SMU had 384 yards of total offense and Houston finished with 560. The Mustangs' 10 touchdowns were a school record.

Both schools are headed to the Big East next season.

The Mustangs are back in action Saturday, Oct. 27 when they host Memphis at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m. Tickets are available online at The Memphis game is also Homecoming weekend at SMU. For more information on homecoming festivities, visit



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