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Southern Methodist Holds Off East Carolina

SMU 28, East Carolina 21



    Southern Methodist Holds Off East Carolina
    Frank Heinz,

    Bo Levi Mitchell completed 17 of 29 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns to lead Southern Methodist to a 28-21 win over East Carolina on Saturday.

      Aldrick Robinson scored on a 96-yard touchdown reception to tie for the longest touchdown pass in SMU history, and the Mustangs (3-2, 2-0 Conference USA) snapped the Pirates' five-game conference winning streak.
    The Mustangs are 2-0 in conference play for the first time since 1986 when they played in the Southwest Conference.
    Dominique Lindsay led all rushers with 144 yards on 24 attempts for ECU (3-3, 2-1).
    The Mustangs scored 21 consecutive points to take a 21-7 lead, capped by safety Rock Dennis' 53-yard interception return with 8:12 left in the third quarter.
    Dennis' TD followed the record-tying play by Robinson and Mitchell. Robinson caught the ball near midfield before outrunning two East Carolina defenders to score at 11:07 of the third quarter. In 1982 quarterback Jeff Courtwright connected Craig James on a 96-yard TD pass against North Texas.
    SMU's first score came on a 63-yard touchdown return by Bryan McCann off a blocked field goal by Sterling Moore with 3:52 left in the first half. SMU's Margus Hunt blocked another field goal attempt earlier in the game.
    Mitchell threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Wilkerson with 5:02 left in the game to give SMU a 28-14 lead. East Carolina pulled to within 28-21 after Dwayne Harris, who scored the game's first touchdown on a 10-yard run, returned ensuing kickoff 77 yards for a TD with 4:42 left. ECU had a chance to tie the game, but Patrick Pinkney threw an incomplete pass on fourth-and-26 from the SMU 38 yard with 41 seconds remaining.