GAMEDAY College Football

Houston 37, Texas-San Antonio 35

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ
Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO - Houston quarterback Clayton Tune leaped over a defender to score on a 13-yard run and the 24th-ranked Cougars escaped with 37-35 victory over UTSA in three overtimes.

Per NCAA rules for a third overtime, Tune's winning run was a 2-point conversion. The Roadrunners were unable to match the score as their final pass floated out of bounds.

Houston rallied from a 14-point deficit in the second half at the Alamadome to snap UTSA's 10-game home winning streak.

After Tune scored on a 1-yard run and threw for the 2-point conversion in the second overtime, Roadrunners quarterback Frank Harris matched the output by running in the conversion after tossing a touchdown pass to De'Corian Clark.

Houston dominated the final quarter, maintaining possession for 10 minutes, 30 seconds in driving 77 yards on 18 plays. The drive ended with Bubba Baxa kicking a 35-yard field goal with 26 seconds remaining for a 24-21 lead.

UTSA matched the feat in far less time, driving 55 yards in 23 seconds for a 37-yard field goal by Jared Sackett to force overtime.

Baxa and Sackett kicked matching field goals in the first overtime.

Harris completed 28 of 43 passes for 337 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 63 yards and a score.

Tune was 22 of 32 for 206 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 51 yards and a TD.

Cougars coach Dana Holgorsen expressed concerns over crowd noise being pumped into the stadium, which is forbidden by the NCAA and was vehemently denied by UTSA.

There was no need for artificial celebration as the Roadrunners put on a show for the 37,526 in attendance, the fifth-largest crowd in school history.

Houston and UTSA both averaged 30-plus points per game last season, but could not score in the opening quarter against the aggressive and physical play of the line and linebackers and a miscue.

The Cougars' Nathaniel Dell returned a punt 74 yards for an apparent score midway through the second quarter, but it was nullified by a block-in-the-back penalty. The ensuing drive ended in a fumble recovered by Roadrunners linebacker Dadrian Taylor after Tune was stripped while fleeing the pocket.

Both offenses broke through in the second quarter with a series of big plays.

Dell converted his next scoring opportunity, tapping his left foot inbounds before falling out of the end zone to complete an 11-yard touchdown from Tune a minute into the second quarter.

UTSA responded on its ensuing possession, driving 65 yards in four plays punctuated by Joshua Cephus' 51-yard touchdown reception from Frank Harris.


Scoring Summary
Second Quarter HouTx-SA
Hou TD 14:02 Nathaniel Dell 11 yd pass from Clayton Tune (Bubba Baxa kick) 7 0
Tx-SA TD 12:20 Joshua Cephus 51 yd pass from Frank Harris (Jared Sackett kick) 7 7
Tx-SA TD 6:30 Frank Harris 38 yd run (Jared Sackett kick) 7 14
Third Quarter HouTx-SA
Tx-SA TD 4:12 De'Corian Clark 15 yd pass from Frank Harris (Jared Sackett kick) 7 21
Fourth Quarter HouTx-SA
Hou TD 14:54 Nathaniel Dell 10 yd pass from Clayton Tune (Bubba Baxa kick) 14 21
Hou TD 12:19 Joseph Manjack IV 20 yd pass from Clayton Tune (Bubba Baxa kick) 21 21
Hou FG 0:23 Bubba Baxa 35 yd FG 24 21
Tx-SA FG 0:00 Jared Sackett 37 yd FG 24 24
OT HouTx-SA
Hou FG   Bubba Baxa 35 yd FG 27 24
Tx-SA FG   Jared Sackett 39 yd FG 27 27
2nd OT HouTx-SA
Hou TD   Clayton Tune 1 yd run (Nathaniel Dell 2pt pass from Clayton Tune) 35 27
Tx-SA TD   De'Corian Clark 13 yd pass from Frank Harris (FRANK HARRIS 2pt run) 35 35
3rd OT HouTx-SA
Hou   Clayton Tune OT Plus rush attempt is GOOD 37 35
Team Stats
  Houston UTSA
First downs 20 24
  Rushing 7 8
  Passing 11 16
  Penalty 2 0
3rd Down Efficiency 13-21, 62% 5-12, 42%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 0-2, 0%
Rushes-Yards 44-140 28-104
Passing Yards 206 337
Return Yards 62 1
Completions-Attempts-Int 22-32-0 28-45-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 4--17 3--8
Punts 5 4
Punts-Average 46.6 41
Fumbles Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 11-75 6-54
Time of Possession 35:27 24:33
Houston Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Tune 22 32 206 3 0
UTSA Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
F. Harris 28 43 337 3 1
Houston Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Tune 15 51 3.4 1
B. Campbell 15 49 3.3 0
T. Henry 8 25 3.1 0
S. Sneed 6 15 2.5 0
UTSA Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
F. Harris 8 63 7.9 1
T. Smith 13 34 2.6 0
B. Brady 6 11 1.8 0
J. Cephus 1 -4 -4.0 0
Houston Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
N. Dell 5 50 10.0 2
M. Golden 2 46 23.0 0
J. Manjack IV 3 42 14.0 1
S. Sneed 2 22 11.0 0
C. Trahan 3 14 4.7 0
T. Henry 2 12 6.0 0
K. Carter 3 10 3.3 0
B. Campbell 2 10 5.0 0
UTSA Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Cephus 7 106 15.1 1
Z. Franklin 10 100 10.0 0
D. Clark 6 70 11.7 2
O. Cardenas 2 36 18.0 0
B. Brady 2 16 8.0 0
T. Bradley 1 9 9.0 0
Houston Interceptions
Player Int Yards
N. Ceaser 1 32
UTSA Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Houston Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
L. Wilkins 5 233 46.6
UTSA Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
L. Dean 3 125 41.7
B. Brady 1 39 39.0
Houston Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
N. Dell 1 8 8.0
UTSA Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Cephus 1 1 1.0
Houston Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Golden 1 22 22.0
UTSA Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Houston Missed FG
Player Length
UTSA Missed FG
Player Length




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