Second Final-Minute Bomb Wins for Houston

Lyn Scarbrough

October 19, 2023 at 6:15 am.

Few games have a touchdown-bomb pass in the final minute. Even fewer have two. But, that’s just what happened in Houston on Thursday night when West Virginia played the Cougars.

With under a minute remaining, Houston led, 35-32. That’s when Mountaineers quarterback Garrett Greene completed a 50-yard catch-and-run touchdown pass to Hudson Clement. The extra point kick gave the visitors a 39-35 lead and only 12 seconds were left in the game.

An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty caused West Virginia to kick off from its own 20-yard line, so Houston started at its own 43. After an 8-yard pass completion moved the ball to the Mountaineer 49-yard line, there was time for just one more snap.

Cougar quarterback Donovan Smith threw a Hail Mary pass to the end zone that was caught by Stephon Johnson for a touchdown. The PAT try wasn’t needed. Houston had the win, 41-39.

The game-winning reception has been chosen as the U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish “Catch of the Week.”

For the game, Johnson caught four passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns. Smith completed 21 of 27 passes for 253 yards and four touchdowns and no interceptions, and ran for 34 yards and another score.

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