Houston 34, Southern Methodist 0

Date - Friday, November 29, 2013 12:00 PM
Location - Reliant Stadium
Attendance - 23210

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Southern Methodist 0 0 0 0 0
Houston 10 14 10 0 34

Recap


Houston 34, Southern Methodist 0: John O'Korn threw two touchdown passes as the host Cougars rolled at home in an American Athletic Conference matchup to wrap up their regular season. 

O'Korn was 25-of-41 for 245 yards and two interceptions for Houston (8-4, 5-3), which is projected to play in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 28 in Charlotte, N.C. Daniel Spencer had seven catches for 100 yards and a touchdown for the Cougars, who snapped a three-game skid.

Neal Burcham, in place of injured starter Garrett Gilbert, completed 27-of-52 passes for 212 yards and three interceptions for Southern Methodist (5-6, 4-3), which visits Central Florida in its season finale Dec. 7. Prescott Line had a game-high 81 rushing yards on 17 carries for the Mustangs, who entered Saturday's tilt allowing an AAC-worst 34.9 points per game. 

O'Korn's 67-yard touchdown pass to Spencer gave Houston a 7-0 lead just 88 seconds into the game. After Kyle Bullard's 27-yard field goal gave the Cougars a 10-point edge, O'Korn connected with Greg Ward Jr. on a 19-yard scoring strike to make it 17-0 with 13:05 left in the first half.

After Eric Eiland recovered a fumble and returned it 62 yards to the SMU 1-yard line, Kent Brooks scored his first career rushing touchdown on the next play to put the Cougars up 24-0 with 34 seconds in the half. Ryan Jackson's 37-yard touchdown run, his longest rush of the year, extended Houston's lead to 31-0 with 8:07 left in the third quarter.

GAME NOTEBOOK: O'Korn's 26 passing touchdowns this season are a record for a Houston freshman, eclipsing Kevin Kolb's 25 in 2003. ... It was the first shutout loss for SMU's June Jones, who has been an NFL and NCAA head coach since 1994. ... With his first-half receiving touchdown, Ward became first Cougar since Anthony Alridge in 2007 to catch, throw and rush for a touchdown in the same season. 

SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 13:32
Houston   TD  Houston 7 - Southern Methodist 0
1st Quarter - 5:23
Houston   FG  Houston 10 - Southern Methodist 0
2nd Quarter - 13:05
Houston   TD  Houston 17 - Southern Methodist 0
2nd Quarter - 0:34
Houston   TD  Houston 24 - Southern Methodist 0
3rd Quarter - 8:07
Houston   TD  Houston 31 - Southern Methodist 0
3rd Quarter - 2:48
Houston   FG  Houston 34 - Southern Methodist 0
TEAMS

Team Records

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

Team Stats

  Southern Methodist Houston
Score 0 34
First Downs 17 21
3rd Down Efficiency 4-for-20
20%
7-for-17
41%
4th Down Efficiency 3-for-7
43%
0-for-2
0%
Total Yards 295 365
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 34-83 30-120
Average/Rush 2.4 4.0
Passing
Comp-Att 27-52 25-42
Passing Yards 212 245
Average/Pass Play 3.7 5.6
Penalties-Yards 10-90 7-60
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0
Interceptions Thrown 3 2
Time of Possession 31:36 28:24

PLAYER STATS

Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
N. Burcham 27/52 212 0 3
Houston (8 - 4)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. O'Korn 25/41 245 2 2
G. Ward Jr. 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
P. Line 17 81 4.8 0
K. Pope 9 39 4.3 0
D. Joseph 1 -1 -1.0 0
N. Burcham 6 -31 -5.2 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
R. Jackson 7 62 8.9 1
K. Brooks 8 33 4.1 1
K. Farrow 9 27 3.0 0
J. O'Korn 3 0 0.0 0
G. Ward Jr. 3 -2 -0.7 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
J. Johnson 8 75 9.4 0
D. Joseph 9 52 5.8 0
K. Pope 3 25 8.3 0
K. Holman 2 16 8.0 0
D. Thompson 1 16 16.0 0
D. Sanders, Jr. 1 12 12.0 0
P. Line 1 6 6.0 0
N. Reed 1 6 6.0 0
S. Nelson 1 4 4.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
D. Spencer 7 100 14.3 1
G. Ward Jr. 5 48 9.6 1
R. Jackson 3 17 5.7 0
X. Maxwell 1 17 17.0 0
A. Rodriguez 2 17 8.5 0
L. McDuffey 1 16 16.0 0
K. Farrow 3 13 4.3 0
D. Ayers 2 10 5.0 0
W. Beadle 1 7 7.0 0