McDermott Leads SMU to Victory Over UCF

SMU 38, UCF 17

Saturday, Oct 15, 2011  |  Updated 7:12 PM CDT
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McDermott Leads SMU to Victory Over UCF

Frank Heinz, NBCDFW.com

Game pixs of SMU's win over TCU on Saturday, October 1.

J.J. McDermott threw for 358 yards and two touchdowns to lead SMU to a 38-17 victory against UCF on Saturday.

Cole Beasley caught 10 passes for 134 yards and a TD, and Zach Line rushed for two scores for the Mustangs (5-1, 3-0 Conference USA).

UCF (3-3, 1-1) closed to within 24-10 early in the fourth quarter on Jeff Godfrey's 27-yard touchdown pass to Josh Reese. But on the next play from scrimmage, McDermott hit Der'rikk Thompson with a 72-yard scoring pass.

McDermott was 20 of 31 against the Golden Knights, who came into the game as the only FBS team that had not allowed a passing touchdown.

He remained undefeated as the first-string quarterback. McDermott came off the bench in SMU's season-opening loss against Texas A&M and has started since, throwing for 1,064 yards and nine TDs the last three games.

Godfrey was 23 of 32 for 231 yards.

Richard Crawford returned a second-quarter punt 92 yards for a touchdown for SMU.

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