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SMU tops Tulsa, becomes bowl eligible for 1st time since ’12

October 28, 2017

SMU quarterback Ben Hicks (8) tries to pass as he is wrapped up by Tulsa linebacker Diamon Cannon during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Dallas, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

DALLAS (AP) — Ben Hicks threw for 338 yards and two touchdowns, and SMU became bowl eligible for the first time since 2012 with a 38-34 victory over Tulsa on Friday night.

Tulsa went for it on fourth-and-8 from its own 35 with less than three minutes remaining in the game, but Demerick Gary sacked Luke Skipper and SMU ran out the clock after getting a first down on Trey Quinn’s 13-yard catch.

Quinn, who entered with 15-plus receptions in three straight games, had eight grabs for 101 yards and two touchdowns for SMU (6-2, 3-1 American Athletic Conference). Courtland Sutton added 136 yards receiving and James Proche had 123.

Xavier Jones gave SMU its first lead of the game at 35-34 with 13:26 left on a 9-yard run, and the Mustangs created the first turnover of the game seven-plus minutes later on Rodney Clemons’ interception in the end zone.

Skipper, a freshman, made his third start of the season for Tulsa (2-7, 1-4). He was 9-of-23 passing for 212 yards and one touchdown. D’Angelo Brewer rushed for 156 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries.

Tulsa freshman Shamari Brooks, who entered with three straight 100-yard rushing games, broke two tackles on a 4-yard touchdown run in the first quarter but he was injured on the play and did not return.

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