HOUSTON (AP) -- DeAngelo Williams rushed for 198 yards and two
touchdowns, powering Memphis to a 35-20 come-from-behind win over
Houston on Saturday.
Houston lost two fumbles in the end zone and missed a 21-yard
field goal, all in the second half, helping Memphis (3-3 overall,
2-2 Conference USA) escape with the win.
The Cougars (3-3, 2-2) trailed 21-20 and were driving for the
go-ahead score when tailback Ryan Gilbert fumbled into the end zone
with 7:37 left in the fourth quarter.
LaVale Washington recovered for Memphis, and the Tigers marched
80 yards for the game-clinching touchdown with 2:37 remaining on a
1-yard run by quarterback Maurice Avery.
Williams, who carried 33 times, added a 25-yard scoring run with
1:55 remaining to boost the Tigers' lead to 35-20. Williams is now
the No. 10 rusher in Division I history with 5,145 yards. Two-time
Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin is No. 9 at 5,177.
Houston had two opportunities to take the lead in the third
quarter but squandered both. Cougars running back Jackie Battle
fumbled out of the end zone with 8:56 left in the period, and
kicker Ben Bell missed a 21-yard field goal five seconds before the
The game began well for the Cougars, who needed just two plays
to cover 80 yards on the game's first possession. Quarterback Kevin
Kolb completed a pass in the flat to slot receiver Vincent
Marshall, who raced 79 yards before being hauled down at the
Memphis 1-yard line.
From there, running back Battle powered into the end zone to
give Houston the lead just 40 seconds into the game.
Memphis tied the score on the first play of the second quarter
when Williams scored on a 35-yard run.
Just 22 seconds after the Tigers' score, Kolb connected with
wide receiver Donnie Avery on a 63-yard touchdown pass, capping a
three-play, 65-yard drive to give Houston a 14-7 lead.
Memphis answered almost immediately when Avery threw a 66-yard
touchdown pass to receiver Ryan Scott to tie the score at 14 with
13:32 left in the second quarter.
The Tigers took the lead for good with 9:11 left in the first
half on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Avery to Scott.
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UCLA junior linebacker Myles Jack has withdrawn from school and will enter the NFL draft, making the decision just weeks after suffering a season-ending knee injury.
A judge has lifted a temporary restraining order filed against Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo after a woman he was accused of attacking said she didn't think it was necessary.
Auburn senior receiver D'haquille Williams has been dismissed from the team.
Alabama coach Nick Saban took exception with the media's outlook on his team prior to Saturday's win at Georgia, lashing out at those who "buried" the Crimson Tide.
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