Scores

Final

SMU 35

(2-0, 1-0 away)

UAB 33

(1-1, 1-1 home)

4:00 PM ET, September 12, 2009

Legion Field (AL), Birmingham, AL

1 2 3 4 T
SMU 14 14 0 735
UAB 0 7 20 633

Top Performers

Passing: B. Mitchell (SMU) - 353 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: J. Webb (UAB) - 18 CAR, 97 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: E. Sanders (SMU) - 9 REC, 148 YDS, 1 TD

SMU 35, UAB 33

Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- B.L. Mitchell threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns and Southern Methodist held off Alabama-Birmingham's rally to win 35-33 on Saturday.

Mitchell, who completed 28 of 47 passes, had touchdown throws of 44, 32 and 6 yards. His third TD pass went to Cole Beasley to give the Mustangs (2-0, 1-0 Conference USA) a 28-7 lead in the second quarter.

The Blazers (1-1, 1-1 CUSA) scored 20 points in the third quarter to cut the lead to 28-27. Joe Webb scored on a 1-yard run, Mark Ferrell had an 80-yard touchdown run and Andre Hicks returned an interception 20 yards for a score.

SMU regained its eight-point lead on Shawnbrey McNeal's 19-yard run with 4:04 left. UAB got within two on Jeffery Anderson's 14-yard touchdown reception, but Webb's rushing attempt on a 2-point conversion failed.

SMU's Emmanuel Sanders had 148 yards receiving and one touchdown.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SMU
UAB
1st Downs2420
Total Yards437448
Passing353226
Rushing84222
Penalties7-726-65
3rd Down Conversions5-146-13
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers45
Possession33:4726:13

Passing Leaders

SMUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Mitchell28/473537.532
UABC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Webb18/352266.524

Rushing Leaders

SMUCARYDSAVGTDLG
McNeal21673.2119
Smith3186.0111
UABCARYDSAVGTDLG
Webb18975.4125
Ferrell28542.5180

Receiving Leaders

SMURECYDSAVGTDLG
Sanders914816.4144
Robinson79113.0132
UABRECYDSAVGTDLG
Forrest36923.0129
Anderson44611.5123

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSMUUAB
TD10:10Braden Smith 7 Yd Run (Matt Szymanski Kick) 70
TD01:50Emmanuel Sanders 44 Yd Pass From Bo Levi Mitchell (Matt Szymanski Kick) 140
SECOND QUARTERSMUUAB
TD13:41Frantrell Forrest 18 Yd Pass From Joe Webb (Josh Zahn Kick) 147
TD12:18Aldrick Robinson 32 Yd Pass From Bo Levi Mitchell (Matt Szymanski Kick) 217
TD00:11Cole Beasley 6 Yd Pass From Bo Levi Mitchell (Matt Szymanski Kick) 287
THIRD QUARTERSMUUAB
TD09:14Joe Webb 1 Yd Run (Josh Zahn Kick) 2814
TD01:46Mark Ferrell 80 Yd Run (Josh Zahn Kick) 2821
TD01:29Andre Hicks 20 Yd Interception Return (Pat Blocked) 2827
FOURTH QUARTERSMUUAB
TD04:04Shawnbrey McNeal 19 Yd Run (Matt Szymanski Kick) 3527
TD00:13Jeffery Anderson 14 Yd Pass From Joe Webb (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 3533