Scores

Final

SMU 26

(2-4, 1-1 American)

Tulane 27

(1-5, 1-1 C-USA)

1:00 PM ET, October 13, 2012

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1 2 3 4 T
SMU 3 3 3 1726
TULN 10 10 0 727

Top Performers

Passing: R. Griffin (TULN) - 302 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: Z. Line (SMU) - 28 CAR, 177 YDS

Receiving: J. Johnson (SMU) - 11 REC, 106 YDS, 1 TD

Tulane 27, SMU 26

Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- Ryan Griffin returned from a shoulder injury to throw for 302 yards and three touchdowns to beat Southern Methodist 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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SMU
TULN
1st Downs2913
Total Yards471342
Passing275302
Rushing19640
Penalties6-346-67
3rd Down Conversions6-163-11
4th Down Conversions0-20-0
Turnovers11
Possession40:1719:43

Passing Leaders

Southern MethodistC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Gilbert25/512755.421
TulaneC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Griffin17/323029.430

Rushing Leaders

Southern MethodistCARYDSAVGTDLG
Line281776.3021
Gilbert10191.9015
TulaneCARYDSAVGTDLG
Darkwa5183.607
Butler3134.3013

Receiving Leaders

Southern MethodistRECYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson111069.6125
Joseph55410.8115
TulaneRECYDSAVGTDLG
Edwards29648.0179
Kelley46416.0231

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSMUTULN
TD12:07Robert Kelley 31 Yd Pass From Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos Kick) 07
FG06:31Chase Hover 27 Yd 37
FG00:22Cairo Santos 44 Yd 310
SECOND QUARTERSMUTULN
FG09:28Chase Hover 22 Yd 610
TD02:13Marc Edwards 79 Yd Pass From Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos Kick) 617
FG00:00Cairo Santos 35 Yd 620
THIRD QUARTERSMUTULN
FG03:42Chase Hover 52 Yd 920
FOURTH QUARTERSMUTULN
TD14:18Jeremy Johnson 2 Yd Pass From Garrett Gilbert (Chase Hover Kick) 1620
TD09:11Darius Joseph 7 Yd Pass From Garrett Gilbert (Chase Hover Kick) 2320
FG01:22Chase Hover 19 Yd 2620
TD00:35Robert Kelley 16 Yd Pass From Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos Kick) 2627