By PAT EATON-ROBB, AP Sports Author
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Noel Thomas caught two touchdown passes, like a 45-yarder on a trick perform in the fourth quarter, and UConn beat No. thirteen Houston 20-seventeen on Saturday.
The Huskies held the formerly unbeaten Cougars to 318 yards of offense, nearly two hundred beneath their time average.
Houston quarterback Kyle Postma, taking part in in area of Heisman hopeful Greg Ward Jr., threw for 185 yards and a landing.
Ward, who rolled his remaining ankle a 7 days in the past towards Memphis, came in throughout Houston’s final push, but was intercepted by Jamar Summers and UConn (six-five, four-three American Athletic Meeting) ran out the clock.
Thomas’ next TD came with just under ten minutes left. Quarterback-turned-receiver Garrett Anderson took a pitch from Tim Boyle and identified Thomas driving the Houston defense.
The Cougars (ten-1, six-one, No. 19 CFP) responded immediately, with Brandon Wilson returning the ensuing kickoff 94 yards to make it 20-seventeen.
But Postma, who engineered Houston’s come-from-powering win above Memphis final week, could not do it once again in opposition to UConn. The Cougars’ up coming travel finished when his fourth-down pass from to a diving Demarcus Ayers was ruled out of bounds on a replay.
Houston hosts Navy up coming Saturday for a location in the Dec. 5 meeting championship game.
Arkeel Newsome ran for 114 yards on 32 carries for the Huskies, who grew to become bowl suitable for the initial time since the 2010 year.
Newsome carried the ball forty two yards straight up the middle on the 1st perform of the match and rushed for 68 yards in the course of the opening push. Byrant Shirreffs then rolled out and hit Thomas in the entrance correct corner of the conclude zone for a 4-yard TD go with eleven:forty still left in the 1st quarter.
It was Shirreffs’ only go of the sport. He was hurt on the Huskies’ following generate when a diving Elandon Roberts hit the quarterback as he was sliding after a operate. Roberts, the conference’s leading tackler, was strike with a concentrating on penalty and ejected.
Boyle completed twelve of 22 passes for a hundred and ten yards.
Houston received on the board on Ty Cummings’ 29-lawn field aim following a seventy two-lawn drive stalled in the 2nd quarter.
The Huskies carried a ten-3 direct into halftime soon after defensive tackle Foley Fatukasi stripped Postma to established up a twenty five-garden discipline objective for Bobby Puyol.
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