UTSA pushed Houston but the Cougars exploded in the fourth quarter to really put the game to bed as they defeated the Roadrunners 59-28 at the Alamodome.
It was turnovers that really hurt UTSA as they gave away five turnovers while they weren’t able to force a single turn over as Houston tore them apart in the final quarter.
UTSA actually opened the scoring in the game as they ran back the opening kickoff with a 12-play 81-yard drive that Kam Jones wrapped up as he hauled in Eric Soza’s 12-yard pass.
Houston came back after changing a 1-for-5 day in the air John O’Korn hit 5-of-6 one of which was a 15-yarder for Ryan Jackson to level the scores at seven with 2:41 remaining in the first.
The Cougars found the lead with the next touchdown as Greg Ward Jr. ran it in for six yards to put Houston in front for the first time, and they would never be behind again.
UTSA came back with a short run of their own as they got in to the goal situation before Soza managed to carry and get the final yard to make it 14-14.
That come back was short lived as Houston again took the lead back when O’Korn managed a short seven yarder to put Xavier Maxwell over the line.
UTSA did come back again and kept the scores level at the break as another short pass tied things up at 21 at the break after Soza found Earon Holmes for the final score of the half.
The third quarter was much tighter as UTSA’s defense came up big on many occasions to stop the Cougars running away with the game, seemingly restricting them to just three points in the quarter with the score at 24-21 with time running out.
That was when UTSA saw an incomplete pass on a goal situation which forced the Roadrunners to go for a field goal only for Houston to charge down that kick and run the field to make it 31-21 with 3:11 to play in the third.
UTSA were able to salvage something from the third quarter, staying in touch heading to the fourth as David Glasco II managed a two yard dash to make it 31-28 at the end of the third.
But that was as good as it got for the Roadrunners as the fourth quarter was horrible, as UTSA head coach Larry Coker rightly said after the game “The fourth quarter was a disaster.”
It just went from bad to worse beginning with BJ Singleton, who blocked the FG attempt, intercepting Soza’s pass in just the first minute of the quarter.
That play kicked off a scoring drive as O’Korn managed a 22 yard pass for Maxwell to bring Houston’s advantage back up to ten.
From there it was just a disaster for UTSA as a 20 yard pass found Deontay Greenberry before Justin Hicks managed a 15 yard run saw Houston up 52-28.
The Cougars rubbed salt in the wound with the final play as William Jackson ran 96 yards after an intercept to seal a 59-28 win for Houston keeping their perfect record intact.
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