Freshman backup quarterback Neal Burcham lead two third-period scoring drives to help SMU overcome the loss of injured starter Garrett Gilbert and beat South Florida 16-6 on Saturday night.
Garrett Gilbert threw for 321 yards and two touchdowns, Traylon Shead ran for two more scores and SMU won its first American Athletic Conference game with a 34-29 victory over Memphis on Saturday afternoon.
Rutgers freshman Justin Goodwin scored the game-winning 17-yard touchdown as the Scarlet Knights won 55-52 in three overtimes.
SMU has been to four consecutive bowl games for the only time in school history. In the final season of the Bowl Championship Series, the Mustangs are finally in one of the six conferences with automatic entry into the biggest games in January.
Playing his first game since moving from the Texas Longhorns, Garrett Gilbert threw two touchdown passes in SMU’s 59-24 season-opening loss to Baylor on Sunday night.
Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who lost his starting job after two games and then had season-ending shoulder surgery, plans to transfer.
Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who lost his starting job after the second game, will miss the rest of the season for the No. 19 Longhorns after having shoulder surgery.
Garrett Gilbert is out as the starting quarterback at No. 24 Texas. The Longhorns will go with Case McCoy and David Ash at UCLA.
Garrett Gilbert was announced as the starting quarterback for the Texas Longhorns on Monday, for Saturday’s season-opener against Rice.