Football's Late Rally Comes Up Short At Texas Bowl
Dec. 28, 2007
HOUSTON - The University of Houston football team had a late rally come up short and dropped a 20-13 decision to TCU in the 2007 Texas Bowl, Friday at Reliant Stadium.
Houston (8-5) pulled within seven after a 32-yard field goal from T.J. Lawrence with 1:57 left in the game. TCU (8-5) won its eighth-straight game over Houston, dating back to 1993.
The Cougars got the ball back with 1:32 left after a three-and-out stand by the defense and started from their own two-yard line.
Case Keenum engineered a seven-play 79-yard drive that had the Cougars at the TCU 19-yard line with 14 seconds remaining. UH had three shots at the end zone but came up short on all three.
Avery made four catches for 60 yards in the march down the field. He finished with 10 catches for 120 yards.
Keenum threw a fade into the end zone that was just over the finger tips of Jeron Harvey and couldn't connect on a jump ball to L.J. Castile. On the game's final play, Keenum was flushed out of the pocket and hit as he threw by TCU's Chase Ortiz and the ball ended up in the dirt, handing the Cougars their eighth-straight bowl defeat.
Keenum finished 23-of-38 for a career best and Texas Bowl record 335 yards and a touchdown. He was sacked five times on the night. He also set bowl records for completions (23), attempts (38) and longest touchdown pass (67 yards).
Rocky Schwartz led all players with a Texas Bowl record 16 tackles including 15 solo stops.
Leading 10-7 at halftime, the Cougars struggled offensively in the third quarter tallying 19 yards and one first down.
TCU tied things up at 10 after Chris Manfredini hit a 29-yard field goal with 4:56 left in the third quarter.
The Horned Frogs added 10 more points in the fourth quarter after a seven-yard run by Justin Watts with 14:28 left and a 36-yard field goal from Manfredini with 7:28 left in the game.
The Cougars opened up the scoring in the game late in the first quarter after Keenum connected with Andre Kohn on a 67-yard touchdown strike. The play capped a two-play drive that took just 57 seconds. It was the longest play from scrimmage in Texas Bowl history.
TCU tied things up with 10:24 left in the half after Andy Dalton called an 11-play 75-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown scamper. Dalton, the Texas Bowl MVP, finished 20-for-30 for 249 yards and an interception. He also added 14 yards rushing and was sacked twice.
Houston took a 10-7 lead on the heels of a 36-yard field goal by Lawrence with 10 seconds left in the first half.
Anthony Alridge was held to a season-low 29 yards rushing and four-yards receiving. Overall, UH was held to 32 yards rushing and no touchdowns.
Brian Bonner and Jason Phillips tallied 10 tackles apiece to lead the TCU defense. Phillips also added two tackles for a loss and a sack.
Chase Turner set three Texas Bowl punting records including the longest punt in bowl history (65 yards), highest gross punting average (50.2) and most punts (6).