Day: October 31, 2021

Houston beats No. 19 SMU on late kick return

So much for overtime.

Houston’s Marcus Jones returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown with 17 seconds left to give the Cougars a 44-37 win over No. 19 SMU. The loss knocks the Mustangs from the ranks of the undefeated and paves the way for Houston to go to the AAC title game.

SMU’s Blake Mazza kicked a game-tying field goal with 30 seconds left to seemingly send the game to overtime. But the Mustangs kicked deep and kicked it to Jones. He then ran over 100 yards for the game-winning score.

SMU had a chance to tie the game on a Hail Mary — the Mustangs already won a game with a Hail Mary earlier this year — after Houston’s squib kick was returned to the Cougars’ 34. But the pass fell incomplete.

Houston QB Clayton Tune was 27-of-37 for 412 yards and four touchdowns. His TD

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SMH at SMU; guest picker Ken Jeong gives College GameDay hangover

Welcome to the sixth edition of the 2021 report card, where you will find a more light-hearted look at each weekend in college football. Grades are handed out where it’s deemed appropriate.

There is no grading on a curve here, so failing marks have zero chance of being reversed and passing ones are handed out less frequently. (Again, reminding people that emails and complaint tweets will be deleted).

Last week’s failing grades went to Colorado State’s confused field goal unit. Passing grades went to Kansas’ shameless promotion in their near upset of Oklahoma and Mike Leach with the take of the year concerning candy corn and gummy bears.

The Week 9 analysis of how fans, teams, players and coaches fared:

Scouting report fail

Houston cornerback Marcus Jones had eight kickoff and punt return touchdowns in his career entering Saturday’s game against SMU. Everyone had to know that stat. The coaches,

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