Boxscore
Southern Methodist 28, Pittsburgh 6
Saturday, January 7, 2012 1:00 PM
Location - Legion Field
Attendance - 29726

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Southern Methodist 21 0 7 0 28
Pittsburgh 0 3 3 0 6

Recap


Rishaad Wimbley rushed for a pair of touchdowns and Southern Methodist broke out to a big early lead and coasted to a 28-6 victory over Pittsburgh at the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Ala.

The Mustangs (8-5) put the game out of reach early, building a 21-0 cushion in the first quarter. Darius Johnson began the onslaught with a 50-yard touchdown pass from J.J. McDermott, and SMU tacked on short scoring rushes by McDermott and Wimbley later in the period, with the latter set up by a Pitt fumble. The Panthers (6-7), playing under interim head coach Keith Patterson after Todd Graham left for Arizona State, were outgained, 159 to minus-6, in the quarter.

SMU was able to make its lead hold up with a strong defensive effort. The Mustangs sacked Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri eight times and held the Panthers without a touchdown in three trips to the red zone. Pittsburgh's longest drive of the day ended with a Stephon Sanders interception at the 4-yard line.

Johnson caught seven passes for 121 yards to lead the SMU offense, while Cole Beasley added 86 yards on his seven receptions. Neither team fared particularly well on the ground, with Pittsburgh rushing for 10 yards on 29 carries and the Mustangs gaining 75 yards on 30 rushes.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 10:15
Southern Methodist   TD  Pittsburgh 0 - Southern Methodist 7
1st Quarter - 2:47
Southern Methodist   TD  Pittsburgh 0 - Southern Methodist 14
1st Quarter - 0:35
Southern Methodist   TD  Pittsburgh 0 - Southern Methodist 21
2nd Quarter - 12:30
Pittsburgh   FG  Pittsburgh 3 - Southern Methodist 21
3rd Quarter - 7:34
Southern Methodist   TD  Pittsburgh 3 - Southern Methodist 28
3rd Quarter - 3:21
Pittsburgh   FG  Pittsburgh 6 - Southern Methodist 28
TEAMS

Team Records

  Southern Methodist Pittsburgh
W/L 8 - 5 - 0 6 - 7 - 0
Conference 5 - 3 - 0 4 - 3 - 0

Team Stats

  Southern Methodist Pittsburgh
Score 28 6
First Downs 13 12
3rd Down Efficiency 6-for-13
46%
6-for-17
35%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-1
0%
0-for-0
0%
Total Yards 300 205
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 31-61 30-10
Average/Rush 2.0 0.3
Passing
Comp-Att 16-26 21-32
Passing Yards 239 195
Average/Pass Play 8.0 5.0
Penalties-Yards 3-24 5-24
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 3-1
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Time of Possession 31:31 28:29

PLAYER STATS

Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. McDermott 16/25 239 1 0
S. Kaiser 0/1 0 0 0
Pittsburgh (6 - 7)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Sunseri 19/28 183 0 1
R. Jones 1/1 7 0 0
M. Myers 1/3 5 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
J. Williams 11 40 3.6 0
B. Lunday 7 21 3.0 0
R. Wimbley 6 15 2.5 2
T. Reed 1 7 7.0 0
J. McDermott 6 -22 -3.7 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
I. Bennett 10 22 2.2 0
C. Davis 4 21 5.2 0
R. Jones 2 3 1.5 0
M. Myers 1 -3 -3.0 0
T. Sunseri 13 -33 -2.5 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
D. Johnson 7 120 17.1 1
C. Beasley 7 86 12.3 0
D. Thompson 1 17 17.0 0
T. Wilkerson 1 16 16.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
D. Street 5 62 12.4 0
M. Shanahan 4 50 12.5 0
R. Jones 6 36 6.0 0
D. Carswell 2 23 11.5 0
H. Graham 1 18 18.0 0
D. Patton 1 5 5.0 0
I. Bennett 2 1 0.5 0