Houston Falls at Tulane, 20-17

Nov. 18, 2017

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NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Houston Football saw a late lead slip away as Tulane used a 64-yard touchdown midway through the fourth to hold on for a 20-17 win over the Cougars at Yulman Stadium in New Orleans, La.

With the loss, Houston fell to 6-4 on the year and 4-3 in American Athletic Conference play, while Tulane improved to 5-6 and 3-4 in league action.

Houston quarterback D'Eriq King passed for 225 yards on an 18-of-26 effort, while rushing for 141 yards on 10 attempts and two touchdowns.

Senior receiver Linell Bonner notched his eighth career 100+ yard receiving game and fourth of the year, tallying 100 yards on seven receptions.

Sophomore Courtney Lark finished with 62 yards receiving.

Defensively, Leroy Godfrey tied a career-best with eight tackles to lead the way. Of those eight, three came for a loss -- a career-high. Jerard Carter also had a career-high with three tackles for loss and a total of seven tackles.

Isaiah Johnson intercepted a pass and returned it for 39 yards.

Houston jumped out to a 3-0 lead when Caden Novikoff drilled a 39-yard field goal with 9:00 left in the first quarter. The Green Wave responded with a field goal of their own, a 24-yarder, to even the score at 3-3 with 1:44 left in the opening quarter.

Tulane went ahead for the first time with 7:28 left in the first half following a 16-yard rushing touchdown by Sherman Badie and with time expired, the Green Wave made it a 13-3 game in their favor with a 23-yard field goal.

With time expired at the end of the third quarter, King found the end zone for the Cougars' first touchdown of the day -- a 33-yard rushing score -- to make it a 13-10 game in favor of the Green Wave.

King's touchdown followed Houston's first defensive turnover of the game -- a 39-yard interception return by Isaiah Johnson to put the Cougars in scoring position.

On a big third down pass, senior Steven Dunbar came up huge with a 23-yard first down catch from King to extend the drive and eventually led to a 16-yard touchdown run by King to put the Cougars on top for the first time in the game.

Tulane quickly responded with a 64-yard touchdown pass from Jonathan Banks to Terren Encalade midway through the fourth to make it a 20-17 game with the Green Wave on top.

Houston will wrap up the 2017 regular season when it welcomes American Athletic Conference West Division foe Navy to TDECU Stadium on Friday, Nov. 24. Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m. CT on ESPN and KPRC 950 AM.





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