Justin Houston's key Fresno State defensive play.

There were plenty of remarkable college football finishes Saturday, but a notable and unusual one came on Fresno State’s defense against a game-tying two-point conversion from Nevada with two seconds left. The Wolf Pack executed their two-point play well, with quarterback Carson Strong (who threw for 449 yards and four touchdowns on the night with one interception) finding top receiver Romeo Doubs (who had 20 catches on 21 targets for 204 yards and a touchdown) despite defenders between them, and with Doubs getting his hands on that ball. But the Bulldogs’ Justin Houston made an incredible defensive play, hitting Doubs as he caught the ball and pushing him out of bounds before he could land.

That’s great timing and situational awareness there from Houston. If he contacts Doubs even little earlier and hits him before he gets the ball, that’s likely to draw a pass interference flag. (Even as it was, this was close, but Houston looked to make contact right as Doubs touched the ball.) If he does a more standard tackle here, that might not carry Doubs out of the back of the end zone. And if he hesitates a second, Doubs would have enough time to come down in bounds. But Houston (a sophomore who plays the Bulldogs’ “Husky” position, a combination of linebacker, cornerback and safety) did this perfectly, and he gave his team a big win as a result.

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