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Tulane 27, Houston 24

Associated Press

HOUSTON - Third-string quarterback Kai Horton tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Tayjae Spears in overtime to give Tulane a 27-24 victory over Houston.

Bubba Baxa kicked a 36-yard field goal for Houston (2-3, 0-1) in the opening possession of overtime.

Horton forced overtime after leading a 75-yard, 11-play drive capped by his 3-yard touchdown shuffle pass to Tyrick James that tied the game 21-21 with 39 seconds remaining.

Horton, who entered having thrown just one pass this season, took over for Justin Ibieta after Tulane's first series of offense. Horton completed 11 of 21 passes for 132 yards that included a 13-yard TD pass to Duece Watts early in the second quarter.

Spears finished with six catches for 85 yards and added 54 yards rushing on 14 carries.

Tulane (4-1, 1-0) jumped ahead 14-7 midway through the third quarter when Houston quarterback Clayton Tune dropped the ball while diving for extra yardage. Jadon Canady then scooped it up and ran untouched 57 yards into the end zone. It was the Green Wave's first fumble return for a touchdown since Nov. 14, 2020 against Army.

Houston's Brandon Campbell bullied into the end zone from the 1 that tied it 14-14 with 10:04 remaining. Tune completed a 41-yard pass to KeSean Carter before Campbell scored three plays later. Tune's 14-yard touchdown pass to Nathaniel Dell gave the Cougars a 21-14 lead with 3:04 to play.

Tune was 22-of-33 passing for 208 yards with two touchdown passes.

Tulane last won at Houston on Nov. 8, 2014.


Scoring Summary
Second Quarter TulaneHou
Tulane TD 12:42 Duece Watts 13 yard TD pass from Kai Horton (Kriston Esnard Extra Point) 7 0
Hou TD 6:10 Nathaniel Dell 1 yard TD pass from Clayton Tune (Bubba Baxa Extra Point) 7 7
Third Quarter TulaneHou
Tulane TD 8:31 Jadon Canady 57 yard fumble return for TD (Kriston Esnard Extra Point) 14 7
Fourth Quarter TulaneHou
Hou TD 10:04 Brandon Campbell 1 yard TD run (Bubba Baxa Extra Point) 14 14
Hou TD 3:04 Nathaniel Dell 14 yard TD pass from Clayton Tune (Bubba Baxa Extra Point) 14 21
Tulane TD 0:39 Tyrick James 3 yard TD pass from Kai Horton (Kriston Esnard Extra Point) 21 21
OT TulaneHou
Hou FG   Bubba Baxa 36 yard field goal 21 24
Tulane TD   Tyjae Spears 10 yard TD pass from Kai Horton 27 24
Team Stats
  Tulane Houston
First downs 13 22
  Rushing 4 10
  Passing 8 11
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 5-12, 42% 9-18, 50%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 28-84 48-175
Passing Yards 189 208
Return Yards 54 20
Completions-Attempts-Int 16-26-0 22-33-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-18 2-13
Punts 4 4
Fumbles Lost 1-1 1-1
Penalties - Yards 4-35 9-70
Tulane Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
K. Horton 11 21 132 3 0
J. Ibieta 5 5 57 0 0
Houston Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Tune 22 33 208 2 0
Tulane Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Spears 14 54 3.9 0
I. Celestine 7 39 5.6 0
J. Ibieta 1 9 9.0 0
D. McDougle 1 3 3.0 0
K. Horton 5 -21 -4.2 0
Houston Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Campbell 19 66 3.5 1
C. Tune 14 56 4.0 0
S. Sneed 6 30 5.0 0
T. Henry 8 25 3.1 0
Tulane Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Spears 6 85 14.2 1
D. Watts 3 50 16.7 1
S. Wyatt 2 36 18.0 0
L. Keys III 1 14 14.0 0
T. James 2 7 3.5 1
D. McDougle 1 1 1.0 0
K. Horton 1 -4 -4.0 0
Houston Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
N. Dell 8 73 9.1 2
K. Carter 2 41 20.5 0
S. Brown 4 34 8.5 0
M. Golden 2 32 16.0 0
S. Sneed 2 18 9.0 0
C. Trahan 1 9 9.0 0
K. Wafer 1 6 6.0 0
B. Campbell 2 -5 -2.5 0
Tulane Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Houston Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Tulane Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Glover 4 193 48.3
Houston Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
L. Wilkins 4 159 39.8
Tulane Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Jackson 2 21 10.5
Houston Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Tulane Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Jackson 1 33 33.0
Houston Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
P. Sawyer 1 20 20.0
Tulane Missed FG
Player Length
K. Esnard 21
Houston Missed FG
Player Length
B. Baxa 54
B. Baxa 47




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