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As the clock expired, the Cougars used a thrilling 12-second drive to regain the lead.
Houston – In the historic first meeting between the two programs, the University of Houston football team used a last-second Hail Mary to defeat rv/rv West Virginia 41-39, giving the Cougars the Big 12 win. The league’s first win.
Trailing 35-39 with 12 seconds left, the Cougars (3-3, 1-2 Big 12) used two carries for 57 yards rushing and were capped by the junior quarterback’s 49 yards Drill touchdown pass capped Donovan Smith to second-year outfielder Stephen Johnson Defeated the Mountaineers (4-2, 2-1 Big 12) by two points.
Smith made 21 of 27 throws for 253 yards and a total of 5 touchdowns (4 passing, 1 rushing). This was the third time in his career that he had 4 touchdowns. After completing five passes in 11 attempts in his first start, Smith completed 16 of 16 the rest of the way, with all four touchdowns and 214 yards.
Johnson had two touchdown receptions on four receptions, including the first of his Cougars career, and he narrowly missed his first 100-yard reception with 96 yards. ball game.Sophomore outfielder Joseph Manjack IV and Samuel Brown Caught two other touchdowns for the Cougars.
Defense, Junior Defensive Back Isaiah Hamilton Had his third interception of the season as a sophomore safety. AJ Holsey Made a season-best 15 tackles.second grade Matthew Golden He continued to shine on special teams, completing his second return touchdown of the season with 100 yards rushing in the first quarter.
West Virginia trailed 35-24 with 7:28 left in the game, but Hudson Clement caught the ball for a 50-yard touchdown with 12 seconds left. The Americans led 39-35 and West Virginia seemed to seal the victory. On the ensuing kickoff, Houston returned the ball 18 yards for a thrilling touchdown to seal the victory.
There will be more to come.
Houston will stay at home next weekend, taking on #9/#11 Texas at TDECU Stadium on October 21st at 3pm.
The Cougars will celebrate a Night of Heroes to honor the military and first responders.
The game will be televised on FOX and can be heard on 950 AM KPRC.
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