Friday, December 15, 2017
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SMU shocks No. 11 Houston

DALLAS — Ben Hicks threw for three touchdowns and ran for another and SMU stunned No. 11 Houston 38-16 Saturday night for its first win over a ranked team in five years.

The Cougars lost for the second time after a 5-0 start that included a season-opening win over then-No. 3 Oklahoma that vaulted them into the Top 10.

The last time the Mustangs beat a team ranked 11th or higher, they were No. 4 and finishing off a near-perfect 1982 season (11-0-1) with a 7-3 victory over sixth-ranked Pittsburgh in the Cotton Bowl. SMU tied No. 7 Texas A&M in 1994.

Greg Ward Jr. couldn't shake a persistent SMU pass rush or find receivers for big plays, finishing with 241 yards passing — almost 100 below his average — and just 3 yards rushing on 17 carries thanks to seven sacks.

One of the sacks was for an 18-yard loss to the Houston 22 when coach Tom Herman went for it on fourth down trailing 28-14 early in the fourth quarter.

Herman got conservative moments later, choosing a 19-yard field-goal attempt on fourth down from the SMU 2. Ty Cummings hit the right upright for his second miss.

Hicks was 16-of-31 for 228 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown to a wide-open James Proche for a 28-7 lead in the final seconds of the first half. SMU appeared content to run out the clock before a 40-yard run by Braeden West, who had 115 yards rushing and a punctuating touchdown late.

The Cougars lost two fumbles in the first quarter and never got their high-powered offense going. Houston was outgained 406-303.

NO. 24 NAVY 42, MEMPHIS 28: Will Worth rushed for a career-high 201 yards and three touchdowns, and the Midshipmen won their 14th straight at home.

In addition to operating the triple option nearly flawlessly, Worth completed 3 of 4 passes for 85 yards and two scores.

"He's just a tough, hard-nosed, resilient kid, a really good leader," Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said of his senior quarterback. "I'm super proud of him."

The last Navy player to rush for 200 yards was Keenan Reynolds in 2014.

The Midshipmen ran for a season-high 447 yards, averaging 6 yards per carry.

UCF 24, UCONN 16: A week after losing to Temple on a last-second play, the Knights made sure they didn't blow another fourth-quarter lead.

Visiting UCF made fourth-down stops on two late Huskies drives and held on.

"We didn't want that sour taste in our mouth again from last week," said UCF linebacker Errol Clarke, who finished with nine tackles and a sack. "That's what I think really pushed us over the top."

McKenzie Milton threw for a season-high 317 yards and three touchdowns.

TULSA 50, TULANE 27: Dane Evans threw for three touchdowns and 236 yards for the host Golden Hurricane. James Flanders ran for 190 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries, and Josh Atkinson had 142 yards and a score receiving.

Evans' touchdown passes all came in the first half, an 11-yard pass to Keevan Lucas, a 49-yarder to Atkinson and a 5-yarder to D'Angelo Brewer. Flanders added a short scoring run and Redford Jones kicked a 20-yard field goal and Tulsa led 31-7 at halftime.

CINCINNATI 31, ECU 19: Gunner Kiel made his first start of the season and led the host Bearcats to their first conference win. Kiel completed 23 of 40 passes for 348 yards and four touchdowns. He was third on the depth chart at the start of the season behind Hayden Moore and Ross Trail.

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