Third-stringer Horton leads Tulane past Houston 27-24 in OT

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Tulane running back Tyjae Spears (22) cuts back between Houston defensive backs Abdul-Lateef Audu (21) and Hasaan Hypolite (5) on a reception for a first down during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Houston. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)

HOUSTON (AP) — Third-string quarterback Kai Horton tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Tyjae Spears in overtime to give Tulane a 27-24 victory over Houston in an American Athletic Conference opener. Bubba Baxa kicked a 36-yard field goal for Houston in the opening possession of overtime.

Horton forced overtime after leading a 75-yard, 11-play drive capped by his 3-yard touchdown shuffle pass to Tyrick James that tied the game 21-21 with 39 seconds remaining.

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Horton entered having thrown just one pass this season. Clayton Tune was 22-of-33 passing for 208 yards with two touchdown passes for Houston.