Houston Falls in Hawai'i Bowl, 33-27

Dec. 24, 2017

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HONOLULU, HI -- Houston Football saw its 2017 season come to an end as Fresno State earned a 33-27 win over the Cougars in the Hawai'i Bowl at Aloha Stadium Sunday afternoon.

With the loss, the Cougars ended the season with a 7-5 overall record, while the Bulldogs finished 10-4 with the win.

Houston quarterback D'Eriq King finished with 269 passing yards on 23-of-43 passing with one touchdown, while rushing for 38 yards on nine carries.

Steven Dunbar, the Hawai'i Bowl MVP representative for Houston, led the offensive attack with 197 yards receiving on 10 catches. The 197 yards was a career-high and the 10 receptions tied a career-best for the senior in his final game in Scarlet and White.

Linell Bonner finished with 39 yards on seven catches and a touchdown.

Defensively, Alexander Myres had nine tackles and registered a blocked field goal return of 94 yards for a touchdown. D'Juan Hines tallied six tackles, while adding an interception and forced fumble.

Matthew Adams led Houston with 12 tackles, his ninth double-digit tackle game of his career.

Caden Novikoff hit two 31-yard field goals.

Houston Football jumped out to a 7-0 lead on Fresno State with 11:35 to play in the first half sparked by a 48-yard reception by Dunbar from King. The play led to a 1-yard touchdown rush for Ed Oliver, his first career rushing attempt.

The defense opened the game with four straight three-and-out stops on the Bulldogs, highlighted by an interception from Hines, his first career takeaway.

Fresno State found the end zone on an 11-play drive that ended the first quarter and rolled into a score to open the second quarter to make it a 7-7 game.

The Bulldogs grabbed their first lead of the game following a 27-yard field goal to go ahead, 10-7 with 9:45 left in the first half.

King found Dunbar for a 50-yard first down, which set up a 31-yard field goal for Novikoff, making it a 10-10 game with 7:17 left in the second quarter.

Fresno State hit a 38-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to take a 13-10 lead into halftime.

Houston quickly responded to open the third quarter as the Cougars drove the field to set up a 31-yard field goal attempt for Novikoff, who made it a 13-13 game midway through the third.

Fresno State jumped back ahead with 4:21 remaining in the third on a 9-play, 75-yard drive as a 6-yard rushing touchdown ended the drive to make it 20-13.

After a Houston fumble, the Bulldogs attempted a 24-yard field goal, but Jeremy Winchester was credited with the blocked field goal, which was then returned by Myres for 94 yards and the touchdown to make it a 20-20 game with 2:54 left in the third quarter.

The blocked field goal return of 94 yards was the longest in Houston Football history.

Fresno State kicker Jimmy Camacho nailed his third field goal of the day, a 26-yarder, to put the Bulldogs back on top, 23-20 with 13:56 left in the game and then went on to break the Hawai'i Bowl record with his fourth made field goal -- a 33-yarder to give them a 6-point advantage.

The Bulldogs picked off a Houston pass and returned it for 44 yards to make it a 33-20 game.

Houston used a 16-play, 76-yard drive to find the end zone as King's pass to Bonner for two yards made it a 33-27 game with 45 seconds left in the game.

Fresno State quarterback Marcus McMaryion passed for 342 yards on a 33-for-48 effort.



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