Quarterback Clayton Tune scored the winning two-point conversion for Houston in Saturday's classic against UTSA Nov 19, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Cougars quarterback Clayton Tune (3) drops back to pass against the Memphis Tigers in the fourth quarter at TDECU Stadium. Houston Cougars won 31 to 13. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Technically, the No. 24 ranked Houston Cougars defeated the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners in the season-opening game between the two teams on Saturday. More accurately, though, the Cougars survived, prevailing 37-35 in a triple-overtime classic.

UTSA led 21-7 entering the fourth quarter. But Houston scored a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter. Then, after an interception, the Cougars tied the game on the first play of the ensuing offensive possession. Houston then forced a punt and drove to kick a field goal to go ahead 24-21, seemingly completing the comeback. In reality, the fun was only just beginning.

The Roadrunners moved down the field quickly, which gave kicker Jared Sackett a chance to send the game to double overtime with a 37-yard field goal. He did not miss.

Houston and UTSA then exchanged field goals in the first overtime. Then, after a dramatic exchange of touchdowns and two-point conversions in double overtime, the game went into triple overtime, where the game would be decided in a battle of two-point conversions.

The Cougars went first and after a false start, scored on a keeper from quarterback Clayton Tune. Officially, Tune ran for the eight yards. In reality, he flew for the final part of the play.

With that, the Roadrunners had one play to answer. The Houston defense, though, was up to the task and stopped UTSA to end the game.


The wild game captivated the college football world, who loved the intense and exciting battle between the two programs.

Time will tell if this will become a permanent rivalry — but we will get a rematch next year. The Cougars will host the Roadrunners in the first game of the 2023 season next September.

That game will have quite a contest to live up to.

[UTSA Football, Houston Football, Mr Matthew CFB]

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