Clayton Tune and the Houston Cougars made the wait worthwhile by beating Tulane 49-31 on Saturday in the team’s season opener.
The Carrollton Hebron alum completed 22 of 33 pass attempts for 319 yards and two touchdowns to go with another score on the ground. He finished with 12 rushes for 33 yards for Houston (1-0, 1-0 American Athletic Conference).
Houston faced a 10-point deficit in the first half, but scored the final 21 points against Tulane (2-2, 0-2).
Tune’s 41-yard touchdown strike to Marquez Stevenson 57 seconds into the fourth quarter put the game out of reach.
He started the final seven games of the 2019 season and was the incumbent starter heading into 2020. Tune passed for 6,686 yards and 66 touchdowns at Hebron and rushed for 1,074 yards and 20 rushing scores.
Houston hosts No. 15 BYU (4-0) at 8:30 p.m. Friday on ESPN.