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.
— UTSA Football 🏈 (@UTSAFTBL) September 3, 2022
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.
— Houston Football (@UHCougarFB) September 3, 2022
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.
HOUSTON WINS!!! pic.twitter.com/3u3gnhUXkn
— Mr Matthew CFB (@MrMatthewCFB) September 3, 2022
The wild game captivated the college football world, who loved the intense and exciting battle between the two programs.
UTSA Vs Houston game right now!! 🔥🔥🔥
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) September 3, 2022
This UTSA-Houston game is just stupid good.
— Chris Hummer (@chris_hummer) September 3, 2022
This Houston/UTSA game is absolutely bonkers.
— Big Game Boomer (@BigGameBoomer) September 3, 2022
Houston and UTSA just played the game of the week
neither team deserved a loss. Houston's quest to 12-0 will continue and we'll see how UTSA bounces back.
— The Transfer Portal CFB (@TPortalCFB) September 3, 2022
HOUSTON WINS IN TRIPLE OT! What an effort by U.H. QB Clayton Tune! He flies into the end zone for a two-point conversion. UTSA fails to match it and the University of Houston comes away with a dramatic 37-35 victory. I’m exhausted and I didn’t play a down. @UHouston #khou11
— The Bishop (@BillBishopKHOU) September 3, 2022
Hell of an effort from UTSA in the second opener vs Houston. What a wild game.
— JJ Perez (@theJJPerez) September 3, 2022
My sincere gratitude to Houston and UTSA for that game.
— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) September 3, 2022
Time to make Houston-UTSA a permanent rivalry
— Matt Brown (@MattBrownCFB) September 3, 2022
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.