Tune throws 2 late TD passes, football stuns Memphis 33-32

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3-3 , 1-1



4-2 , 2-1



Score by quarters
Crew 1st 2nd 3rd 4th F

0 seven 0 26 33

14 3 3 12 32

Game recap: Soccer |

Cougars enjoy second fourth-quarter win over Tigers since 2015

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – University of Houston senior quarterback Clayton Air threw a pair of touchdown passes in the final two minutes as Houston scored 26 points in the fourth quarter to stun Memphis 33-32 Friday night inside Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium.

Tune threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to the senior wide receiver Ke Sean Carter which capped off a 12-play, 75-yard drive to bring Houston to 32-26 with 1:17 remaining. Houston took possession after the ensuing onside kick on the senior tight end by Christian Trahan recovery. Tune and Carter connected again six plays later for the game winner on a 2-yard touchdown with 18 seconds left.

He’s tied as the fifth-greatest comeback in school history. It was also the second win from behind with 19+ fourth quarter points against the Tigers in school history (the Cougars trailed 34-14 with 14:52 left in the fourth quarter on Nov. 14 2015, before taking a 35-34 win).

Houston (3-3 • 1-1 American) has won back-to-back wins over Memphis (4-2 • 2-1 American) since ending a five-game losing streak against the Tigers in a 31 home win -13 last season.

Tune completed 36 of 57 passes for 366 yards with three touchdowns. Redshirt freshman wide receiver Samuel Brown had nine receptions for 116 yards and a junior wide receiver Nathaniel Dell had 10 catches for 81 yards and a score. Carter finished with four receptions for 36 yards and a pair of scores.

Memphis appeared to be heading for an easy win when Seth Henigan threw a full-back at Gabriel Rogers near the sideline. Rogers then dodged three defenders and ran towards the logo and threw a pass to Asa Martin in the end zone for a 41-yard touchdown that extended Memphis’ lead to 26-7 with 14:50 remaining.

Senior defensive back Jayce Rogers returned a 100-yard kickoff for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter for Houston, but Chris Howard scored his fourth field goal, a 39-yarder, to push the Tigers lead to 32-19 with 4:04 left. to play.

Henigan completed 21 of 32 passes for 241 yards for Memphis.

After their bye weekend, the Cougars return to action when they meet rival American Athletic Conference Navy at 11 a.m. (CST) on October 22 in Annapolis, Maryland.

This game can be seen on the ESPN family of networks and can be heard on 950 AM KPRC.

The Cougars return to TDECU Stadium to host American rival South Florida in their annual comeback game on October 29.

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