HOUSTON -- Gary Ward Jr. ran for four touchdowns and Kenneth Farrow ran for three as Houston defeated SMU 49-28 on Thursday night.
Ward, who completed 16 of 18 passes for 243 yards, led the Cougars (5-0, 2-0 American Conference) with 82 yards on 14 carries, finding the end zone once in each quarter.
Ward has rushed for 11 touchdowns and passed for eight this season but his 82 yards on the ground is his lowest output of the season.
Matt Davis completed 21 of 35 passes for 238 yards and three touchdowns for the Mustangs (1-5, 0-2), who led 14-7 after one quarter. Courtland Sutton and Ryheem Malone had the touchdowns.
Farrow scored twice and Ward capped the second quarter with a 2-yard TD run with two seconds left to help the Cougars take a 28-21 lead at the half.
Davis' third TD was a 25-yarder to Darius Joseph with 3:35 to play.
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