Justin Willis dives for a 4-yard touchdown in the first quarter
Nov. 4, 2007
HOUSTON (AP) - Houston running back Anthony Alridge ran for two touchdowns and threw for another Sunday night as Houston defeated SMU 38-28.
Alridge carried 31 times for 154 yards as the Cougars won their fourth straight. Quarterback Case Keenum was 19-of-27 for a career-best 264 yards and two touchdowns as Houston (6-3, 5-1) held onto first place in Conference-USA's West Division.
SMU's seventh straight loss came even as Justin Willis had his third 300-yard passing game of the season and moved past Chuck Hixson for the school's career lead in touchdown passes. He hit 19-of-32 for 351 yards and three touchdowns to give him 43 for his career, three more than Hixon who played from 1968-70.
Willis gave the Mustangs (1-8, 0-5) a 14-7 lead the first quarter with his first rushing touchdown of the year, a 4-yarder, and a 17-yard touchdown pass to Columbus Givens.
After a 31-yard field goal by T.J. Lawrence, Alridge ran for a 36-yard touchdown to give Houston a 17-14 lead with 8:57 left in the half.
He then threw for his first touchdown, hitting Chaz Rodriguez with a 24-yard TD pass with 3:29 to play in the second quarter.
After a Willis fumble, Houston scored on a 14-yard pass from Keenum to Jeron Harvey to take a 31-14 lead 44 seconds before the half.
Willis threw touchdown passes of 51 and 21 yards to Zack Sledge in the third quarter to pull the Mustangs to within 31-28.
But Keenum hit Donnie Avery for a 7-yard touchdown to push Houstons lead back to 10 with 12:08 remaining. Avery had 10 catches for 116 yards.