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Arizona Wildcats fall behind Houston 17-10 at halftime

September 10, 2017 GMT

The Arizona Wildcats trail Houston 17-10 at halftime of their game at Arizona Stadium on Saturday night.

Arizona (1-0) twice rallied to tie the score before surrendering a late touchdown.

Zach Green’s 1-yard plunge with 2:22 left in the half erased a 10-3 deficit. But J.J. Taylor did most of the heavy lifting on the drive.

Taylor showed off all his moves on a 27-yard cutback run, eluding multiple defenders after receiving a pitch to the left. Shawn Poindexter also threw a big block on the play.

The tie didn’t last long. John Leday returned the ensuing kickoff 81 yards to the Arizona 16. Four plays later, Dillon Birden scored from the 3 to give Houston a 17-10 advantage.

The Cougars had taken the lead earlier in the quarter. Kyle Allen’s 49-yard pass to Keith Corbin set up Allen’s 5-yard touchdown toss to Linell Bonner, who powered through Scottie Young Jr. into the end zone with five minutes left in the half

Arizona had a chance to go ahead on the previous possession, but Josh Pollack missed a 30-yard field goal. The absence of snapper Nick Reinhardt, who’s out because of an undisclosed injury, was apparent on that play. Brandon Rutt made the snap, and it was slightly low, leading to a low kick that hit one of Arizona’s linemen.

Taylor has 67 yards on 10 carries. Brandon Dawkins is 8 of 14 for 93 yards. Allen is 15 of 20 for 185 yards.

Houston has outgained Arizona 254-183.

FIRST-QUARTER UPDATE:

The Arizona Wildcats and Houston Cougars are tied 3-3 after the first quarter of their game at Arizona Stadium on Saturday night.

After falling behind 3-0, Arizona (1-0) drove for the tying field goal. Third-down completions by Brandon Dawkins to Shawn Poindexerter and Tyrell Johnson keyed the drive.

Earlier in the quarter, the Arizona defense again showed an ability to rise up in the red zone.

Houston advanced to the 1-yard line on its second possession. But on second and goal from the 1, Tristan Cooper forced Cougars quarterback Kyle Allen to fumble. Houston recovered but had to settle for a field goal.

Dawkins is 4 of 8 for 40 yards. Allen is 4 of 7 for 52 yards.

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