Hayes ran for 86 yards and Beall added 85 for the Cougars (4-3, 3-1 Conference USA), who have won two of four games since star quarterback Case Keenum was lost for the season with a knee injury. David Piland, a true freshman making his third start, completed 19 of 32 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown.
Receiver Tyron Carrier had a big special-teams TD for Houston. After the Mustangs got within 24-17 on Padron's 29-yard scoring pass to Cole Beasley in the third quarter, Carrier returned the ensuing kickoff 91 yards to re-establish a 14-point lead and squash SMU's momentum.
Carrier caught three passes for 42 yards to give him 34 straight games with at least one reception, which is tied for the fourth-longest streak in the nation.
Three more women have joined a federal Title IX lawsuit filed earlier this month against Baylor claiming the school was indifferent to or ignored claims of sexual assault.
If Arizona can stay healthy on defense, they have a good chance at success based on the trio of Sani Fuimaono, Paul Magloire Jr. and DaVonte' Neal.
Answering Big 12 questions about expansion, Oklahoma State's Jordan Sterns and more.
Duke's program has turned a corner under coach David Cutcliffe, and will be trying to create early momentum when it travels to Northwestern.
Kentucky faces a tough stretch in the middle of the season, but a six-win season and bowl berth are reachable goals.
The Ducks' quarterback battle betweek Dakota Prukop and Travis Jonsen is intriguing, but whoever gets the nod can lean on these two skill players.