DALLAS (AP) -- Justin Willis threw for two touchdowns and ran for
another to lead SMU to a 34-24 win over Tulsa on Saturday
The Mustangs scored 27 consecutive second-half points to erase a
17-point halftime deficit, tying for the third-largest comeback in
SMU took its first lead at 27-24 with 12:46 left in the game
after Willis scored on a 6-yard touchdown run and ran in the
two-point conversion. With the touchdown, Willis set a school
record for touchdowns accounted for in a season with 28, the
previous record had been set by Chuck Hixson in 1968.
Wide receiver Blake Warren scored on a 14-yard run with 4:31
left in the game to extend the SMU lead to 10 points. Willis threw
a lateral to Warren, who broke two tackles on the way to the end
The Mustangs (6-5, 4-3) became bowl eligible with the win and
won at least six games for only the second time since the school
received the death penalty in 1987.
Tulsa (7-4, 4-3) lost its third consecutive game.
Willis completed 11 of 18 passes for 190 yards with scoring
tosses of 8 and 10 yards and led SMU with 93 yards rushing on 17
attempts. His 8-yard touchdown pass with 1:25 left in the third
quarter to Reynaldo Pellerin came five plays after the Mustangs'
Andrew McKinney recovered Nick Graham's fumbled kickoff return at
the Tulsa 24-yard line.
Tulsa scored on all four of its first-half possessions for a
24-7 halftime lead. Paul Smith completed nine consecutive passes
for 132 yards to start the game including a 12-yard touchdown pass
to Idris Moss with 6:14 left in the second quarter for a 17-7 Tulsa
lead. Moss led all receivers with 13 receptions for 120 yards.
Smith also scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak with 36 seconds
left in the first half.
Smith completed 22 of 30 passes for 230 yards and one touchdown.
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