Houston took an early 7-0 lead, when Greg Ward Jr. scored the first points of the game with a 38-yard touchdown run.
The Cougars were in field goal range before the end of the first quarter, but Kyle Bullard missed the 36-yard field goal attempt.
At the start of the second quarter John Bordano intercepted a pass by Ward Jr., giving SMU possession of the ball.
The Mustangs were not able to capitalize on the turnover. Gavin Stansbury blocked Cody Rademacher’s 38-yard field goal attempt, the first blocked kick of the season for Houston.
On the next Houston possession, Mason Gentry sacked Ward Jr. for a loss of seven yards, resulting in a safety. SMU scored an automatic two points from the penalty, making it 7-2.
Just before the end of the first half, Matt Davis connected with Jeremiah Gaines for a 67-yard touchdown run. SMU took the lead, 9-7, only their second lead of the 2014 season.
At the start of the second half Kenneth Farrow rushed up the middle for an 11-yard touchdown run, putting Houston back in the lead, 14-9.
On the next Houston possession, Ward Jr. ran the ball into the end zone for his second rushing touchdown of the game. Ward Jr.’s four-yard touchdown rush extended the Cougars lead to 21-9.
Toward the end of the third quarter, Matthew Adams sacked Davis for a loss of six yards. Adams forced the fumble, while Stansbury recovered the ball for Houston.
With only 01:25 left in the third quarter, Farrow rushed for 14 yards into the end zone for his second rushing touchdown of the game. The Cougars entered the final quarter of the game with a comfortable 28-9 lead.
Farrow’s 116-yard game marked the fifth time this season that Farrow has had a 100-yard rushing game.
Late in the fourth quarter, Ward Jr. scored his third touchdown of the game with a five-yard touchdown run, sealing the 35-9 victory for Houston.
The SMU matchup marked the first time that Ward Jr. has had multiple rushing touchdowns in a single game.
Sophomore linebacker Steven Taylor recorded a career-high, two sacks for a loss of 11 yards total.
Houston’s Third Ward Defense successfully held the Mustangs to only nine points, and has now recorded at least one takeaway in 34 consecutive games.
SMU remains the only winless team in the country for the 2014 season, with a 0-11 record.