Tune’s historic day drives football around South Florida

Clayton Tune

Joe Buvid


South Fla.

1-7, 0-4



5-3, 3-1



Score by quarter
team 1 2 3 4 F

South Fla.
14 0 7 6 27

14 14 7 7 42

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The senior signal caller surpassed 10,000 career yards in the Homecoming victory

HOUSTON – Senior quarterback Clayton Tune surpassed 10,000 career yards as Houston Football beat South Florida 42-27 on Saturday at TDECU Stadium for its third straight American Athletic Conference victory.

The Cougars (5-3, 3-1 The American) rode Tune’s career high to extend their winning streak, while the Bulls fell to 1-7 overall and 0-4 in The American. Tune finished with 31 completions for 380 yards and four touchdowns, moving into third place in program history with 10,130 passing yards, joining Case Keenum and Kevin Kolb as the only Cougar quarterbacks to accomplish the feat.

After forcing a South Florida 3-and-out on its first possession, Houston capped a 7-play drive with a 1-yard touchdown pass from Tune to wide receiver. Nathaniel Dell to strike first in the middle of the end zone for a 7-0 run. Dell finished with a game-high 112 receiving yards, his 10th career 100-yard receiving performance.

The Bulls pushed the game to the ground on their next two possessions as running back Brian Battie found the end zone twice, from 13 and 20 yards, for a 14-7 lead.

The Cougars responded on their ensuing possession with a run Stacy Sneed blasted his way into the end zone from eight yards out for his first career touchdown. Houston took advantage of a South Florida field goal as Tune found Dell down the field and in the end zone for the second time on the day, this time for 52 yards, to regain the lead at 21-14.

Houston’s defense held in the second quarter, forcing South Florida to turn the ball over on downs. The drive led to a 12-play drive capped by a 12-yard touchdown pass from Tune to wide receiver. Peyton Sawyer for his first career touchdown to double the lead at 28-14. A touchdown pass to Sawyer pushed Tune over the 10,000-yard mark.

With four first-half touchdowns, Houston scored 28 points at halftime for the first time since taking a 28-0 first-half lead in a 45-10 road win against Tulsa on Oct. 1, 2021.

South Florida cut the deficit to 28-21 after Michel Dukes found the end zone on a one-yard run midway through the third quarter. On the ensuing possession, the Cougars completed an eight-play drive when Sneed powered his way to the end zone for his second trip from 12 yards out to extend Houston’s lead to 35-21.

Early in the fourth quarter, Houston extended the lead to 21 points with a 28-yard touchdown pass on a flea flash from Tune to wide receiver KeSean Carter lead 42:21.

Tune posted a career-high 83.7 completion percentage in one game, surpassing his previous high of 80.8 against South Florida last season. In his last three games, Tune threw 88 completions for 1,007 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also scored four touchdowns in a game for the fifth time in his career, in each of the last two games.

The Cougars head up I-45 to Dallas to play SMU next Saturday at 6 p.m. The game will be the first American Athletic Conference game on the NFL Network.

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Houston won the last meeting in 2021 against SMU on a late-game Marcus Jones touchdown.

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