NCAA Football

#20 Houston Cougars (12-2)


Sat. 11/27 Sat. 12/4 Tue. 12/28
@ UConn
W 45-17
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@ Cin
L 20-35
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@ Auburn
W 17-13
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No. 21 Houston edges Auburn 17-13 in Birmingham Bowl

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Clayton Tune and the Houston Cougars punctuated an impressive season with a win in Southeastern Conference country.

Jake Herslow caught a 26-yard, go-ahead touchdown pass from Tune with 3:27 left to help lift No. 21 Houston to a 17-13 victory over Auburn on Tuesday in the Birmingham Bowl in front of a mostly orange-and-blue crowd at Protective Stadium.

The Cougars (12-2) marched 80 yards in eight plays to cap the third season in program history with at least 12 wins. They snapped a four-game bowl losing streak and won 12 of their final 13 games, the only loss after the opener coming to No. 4 Cincinnati in the American Athletic Conference championship game.

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Leaders
Passing Yards: C. Tune3546
Passing TDs: C. Tune30
Rushing Yards: A. McCaskill961
Rushing TDs: A. McCaskill16
Receiving Yards: N. Dell1329
Receiving TDs: N. Dell12
Interceptions: M. Jones5
Schedule 2021
Date Opponent Result / Time
9/4 vs. Texas Tech L 21 - 38
9/11 at Rice W 44 - 7
9/18 vs. Grambling State W 45 - 0
9/25 vs. Navy W 28 - 20
10/1 at Tulsa W 45 - 10
10/7 at Tulane W 40 - 22
10/23 vs. East Carolina W 31 - 24
10/30 vs. 19 SMU W 44 - 37
11/6 at South Florida W 54 - 42
11/13 at Temple W 37 - 8
11/19 vs. Memphis W 31 - 13
11/27 at Connecticut W 45 - 17
12/4 at 4 Cincinnati L 20 - 35
12/28 at Auburn W 17 - 13
American Athletic Conference
  Conference Overall
4 Cincinnati 8-0 13-1
20 Houston 8-0 12-2
UCF 5-3 9-4
East Carolina 5-3 7-5
Tulsa 5-3 7-6
Southern Methodist 4-4 8-4
Memphis 3-5 6-6
Navy 3-5 4-8
Tulane 1-7 2-10
South Florida 1-7 2-10
Temple 1-7 3-9
Offense (FBS Rank)
Yards: 5794 (30)
Passing Yards: 3802 (15)
Rushing Yards: 1992 (71)
Points per game: 35.9 (16)
Yards per game: 413.9 (62)
Touchdowns: 59 (14)
Field Goals: 16 (54)
Defense (FBS Rank)
Yards: 4224 (19)
Passing Yards: 2721 (47)
Rushing Yards: 1503 (16)
Points per game: 20.4 (20)
Yards per game: 301.7 (6)
Touchdowns: 31 (26)
Field Goals: 11 (27)