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WATCH: Houston ends SMU’s undefeated season with last-minute kickoff return for touchdown

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Houston cornerback Marcus Jones has been one of the vital harmful return males in college football in his profession — if not probably the most harmful. No. 19 SMU discovered that reality out the exhausting manner by kicking to Jones within the ultimate minute of their tied sport, which the senior returned 102 yards for a go-ahead landing in a 44-37 upset to knock the Mustangs from the record of unbeaten groups. 

A preferred choice within the CBS Sports Midseason All-America team, Jones already had two punt returns for touchdowns on the season. Nevertheless, it was his kickoff return abilities with simply 30 seconds remaining that gave Houston the gorgeous victory. Two yards deep in his personal finish zone, Jones shot up the center and evaded each sort out on his manner for the game-changing rating. 

The landing got here after SMU put collectively a prolonged drive to come back again from down 17 and tie the sport behind an amazing 46-yard area purpose from former Groza Award finalist Blake Mazza. With beneath a minute remaining, the back-and-forth sport appeared destined for extra time. Jones, clearly, had different plans. 

Even with the kick return for a landing, SMU had yet one more alternative to attain a landing of its personal earlier than the buzzer. The Mustangs received a sport towards Louisiana Tech earlier within the season with a Hail Mary and had a manageable cross from the 34-yard line on Saturday.  Nevertheless, Houston was ready for the cross, which fell harmlessly into the tip zone. 

The kick return for a landing was the sixth such play of Jones’ profession between his time at Troy and Houston, together with three punt returns for a landing. Jones additionally has earned popularity of his cornerback play, posting 48 tackles and seven cross breakups over the previous two seasons. 

Houston had misplaced three of the final 4 matchups towards the in-state Mustangs courting again to Tom Herman’s ultimate season in 2016. A win over SMU places the Cougars in line to earn a visit to the AAC Championship Sport if they will deal with a manageable November. 

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