The Comebacks

The excitement of TCU's 31-point comeback victory over Oregon in the 2016 Alamo brings back memories of Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl XII where Houston overcame a 25-point deficit to defeat Pittsburgh 35-34 in regulation on January 2, 2015 at Amon G. Carter Stadium, the Horned Frogs home field in Fort Worth.

The "major" difference in the two comebacks was that TCU had two quarters to eliminate the deficit to tie the game at 31s at the end of regulation.  Houston's rally started in the fourth quarter and won the game in regulation.

  • The Cougars trailed 31-6 and scored 29 points in the final 10:43 of the contest.
  • After a Pitt field goal gave the Panthers a 34-13 lead with 6:14 remaining, Houston scored 22 points in the final 3:41 of the game.
  • Instead of electing to tie the game to force a possible overtime, Houston was successful on a two-point conversion pass with 59 seconds left in the game.
  • In the final minute of the game, Pitt completed only one of seven passes for eight yards and could only reach mid-field in its effort to win the game.

Now, that was a comeback as Houston and Pitt played outside in a light rain with the temperature at kickoff being 36°.  The Horned Frogs and Panthers played inside in ideal conditions exactly a year later, but in San Antonio.