Houston Holds on to Beat Army, 31-30
Houston took the lead with 1:17 remaining on Jason McKinley's touchdown pass to Brian Robinson on a fourth-and-goal play from the 9. The 2-point conversion attempt failed, and Army drove to the Houston 15 to set up Mullen's final field-goal attempt.
Joffrey Reynolds ran for 201 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries for Houston (1-2). McKinley was 29-of-47 for 336 yards with two interceptions, and Robinson had 13 receptions for 151 yards.
Michael Wallace ran for 60 yards on 19 carries and caught seven passes for 57 yards for Army (0-3). Joe Gerena was 21-of-41 for 305 yards and a touchdown.
Army jumped to an early lead, scoring 10 points in a 29-second span. Mullen kicked a 37-yard field, and Brent Dial scored on a 44-yard return after Keykowa Bell fumbled.
Houston was plagued by turnovers in the first half, losing the ball three times _ two fumbles and one interception.
In the first quarter, Andrew Burke intercepted McKinley's pass, taking the ball to the Houston 38. But three incomplete passes in a row by Joe Gerena forced Army to punt.
In the second quarter, Army recovered a fumble at the Cougars' 47. Army drove to the 14, but Gerena threw three more incomplete passes and Mullen missed a 31-yard field-goal attempt
Reynolds had a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and added a 25-yarder with 12:55 to go in the fourth quarter.
Army countered with Michael Wallace's 33-yard touchdown run, and Lyle Weaver's 54-yard interception return.
But Reynolds then scored on a 7-yard run with 7:03 left to pull the Cougars within five at 30-25.
The game was delayed 24 minutes when the lights on one side of the stadium went out with 13:30 left in the second quarter.