College Football
Southern Methodist 28, Pittsburgh 6
When: 1:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 7, 2012
Where: Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama
Temperature: 65°
Head Official: Dan Romeo
Attendance: 29726

Rishaad Wimbley rushed for a pair of touchdowns and Southern Methodist broke out to a big early lead and coasted to a 28-6 victory over Pittsburgh at the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Ala.

The Mustangs (8-5) put the game out of reach early, building a 21-0 cushion in the first quarter. Darius Johnson began the onslaught with a 50-yard touchdown pass from J.J. McDermott, and SMU tacked on short scoring rushes by McDermott and Wimbley later in the period, with the latter set up by a Pitt fumble. The Panthers (6-7), playing under interim head coach Keith Patterson after Todd Graham left for Arizona State, were outgained, 159 to minus-6, in the quarter.

SMU was able to make its lead hold up with a strong defensive effort. The Mustangs sacked Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri eight times and held the Panthers without a touchdown in three trips to the red zone. Pittsburgh's longest drive of the day ended with a Stephon Sanders interception at the 4-yard line.

Johnson caught seven passes for 121 yards to lead the SMU offense, while Cole Beasley added 86 yards on his seven receptions. Neither team fared particularly well on the ground, with Pittsburgh rushing for 10 yards on 29 carries and the Mustangs gaining 75 yards on 30 rushes.
Top Game Performances
Southern Methodist   Pittsburgh
Jared Williams Player Isaac Bennett
11 Attempts 10
40 Yards 22
3.6 Avg Yards 2.2
0 Touchdowns 0
0 Long 0
Southern Methodist   Pittsburgh
Darius Johnson Player Devin Street
7 Receptions 5
120 Yards 62
17.1 Avg Yards 12.4
1 Touchdowns 0
0 Long 0
Team Stats Summary
  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sck FF
Southern Methodist 300 61 239 4 0 1 7.0 2
Pittsburgh 205 10 195 0 2 0 4.0 1