Cougars overcome 17-point deficit, beat Green Wave 49-31

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Houston Cougars were playing their first game of the season. And while it showed at first, while the game went on, the team showed that they were the better team.

The Cougars had several games postponed due to the coronavirus. But they were able to overcome a deficit to the Tulane Green Wave to defeat them 49-31 on Thursday Night Football at TDECU Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Houston Cougars wide receiver Marquez Stevenson makes a reception against the Tulane Green Wave
Marquez Stevenson makes a reception against the Tulane Green Wave (Photo by Houston Cougars Athletics)

At one point in the second quarter, the Green Wave led 24-7. Then, the Cougars went on a 42-7 run to end the game.

According to the Cougars, the 17-point deficit is tied for the sixth-largest lead overcome by the football program in school history. This was the largest come-from-behind win since Oct. 29, 2016 against the UCF Knights.

Houston were able to get the win despite five turnovers, according to ESPN’s Stats and Information. Before Thursday, FBS teams were 8-223 in the past 15 seasons with they had a -5 turnover margin or worse.

In fact, teams with a 5 turnover margin or worse were 0-34 in the last 34 games.

With the win, the Cougars improved to 1-0 on the season. The Green Wave fell to 2-2.

Cougars quarterback Clayton Tune went 20 of 33 for 319 yards. He had two touchdown passes and two interceptions.

Kyle Porter had 11 carries for 57 yards and a touchdown. Marquez Stevenson had five receptions for 118 yards and a touchdown.

Green Wave quarterback Michael Pratt went 11 of 25 for 141 yards. He had one touchdown pass.

Cameron Carroll had 18 carries for 34 yards. Duece Watts had two receptions for 50 yards.

Mulbah Car had two rushing touchdowns, while Porter also had a rushing touchdown for the Cougars. Ke’Andre Street had a touchdown reception, while Stevenson had two touchdown receptions.

Pratt scored a rushing touchdown for the Green Wave. He also hit Jha’Quan Jackson for a touchdown reception.

Macon Clark scored on an interception returned for a touchdown. Jeffery Johnson also returned a fumble for a touchdown.

Merek Glover also made a 39-yard field goal.

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