Tulane QB returns to help beat SMU
BY Associated Press
Sunday, October 14, 2012
10/14/12 at 4:35 AM
Ryan Griffin returned from a shoulder injury to throw for 302 yards and three touchdowns to lead Tulane over Southern Methodist 27-26 Saturday in New Orleans.
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.
East Carolina 41, Memphis 7: In Greenville, N.C., Shane Carden tossed five touchdowns and threw for 308 yards as East Carolina trounced Memphis.
Despite posting minus-9 yards rushing in the first half, East Carolina (4-3, 3-1) outgained Memphis (1-5, 1-1) 236-105 before the break as the Pirates built a 17-0 advantage. Shane Carden was 16-of-21 for 245 yards with two passing scores in the half.
Houston 39, UAB 17: In Houston, David Piland threw for 362 yards and a touchdown and Matt Hogan kicked six field goals for the Cougars.
Charles Sims added 134 yards on 26 carries and Kenneth Farrow and Ryan Jackson each ran for a touchdown for the Cougars (3-3, 2-0 Conference USA). Shane Ros led Houston with seven catches for 114 yards and one touchdown.
Houston rolled up 566 yards of total offense to 374 yards for the Blazers.
Rice 34, UTSA 14: In Houston, quarterback Taylor McHargue ran for two touchdowns and Turner Petersen added another as Rice's ground game overwhelmed UTSA.
McHargue completed 12-of-21 passes for 144 yards and ran for another 68 yards. Charles Ross led all rushers with 117 yards on 16 carries as Rice (2-5) rolled up 301 yards on the ground.
Original Print Headline: Return of QB helps Tulane win