TULSA, Okla. -- Damarion Williams gave Houston the lead for good with an interception return for a touchdown and the Cougars held off Tulsa 24-14 on Saturday night.
Williams intercepted Zach Smith's pass and returned it 25 yards to make it 14-7 with 1:34 left in the second quarter. Dalton Witherspoon`s 23-yard field goal made it 17-7 in the third quarter, and Marquez Stevenson returned a kickoff 94 yards to cap the scoring with 13:45 left in the game.
The Cougars (4-7, 2-5 American) were outgained 380-231, but Tulsa (3-8, 1-6) committed four turnovers compared to Houston's one.
Smith's 14-yard TD pass to Sam Crawford Jr. gave Tulsa a 7-0 lead in the middle of the first quarter. Clayton Tune`s 15-yard TD run for Houston evened the score early in the second.
Smith passed for 381 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Keylon Stokes caught nine passes for 144 yards, and Crawford caught 10 passes for 102 yards and a TD.
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