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Houston falls to Vanderbilt; 41-24 in BBVA Compass Bowl

John O'Korn #5 of the Houston Cougars drops back to pass against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the BBVA Compass Bowl at Legion Field on January 4, 2014 in Birmingham, Alabama.
John O'Korn #5 of the Houston Cougars drops back to pass against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the BBVA Compass Bowl at Legion Field on January 4, 2014 in Birmingham, Alabama. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Despite scoring 24 points in the third quarter, the Houston Cougars could not overcome the Vanderbilt offense and fell to the Commodores by the score of 41-24 in the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday, January 4, 2014.

The Cougars fell behind 24-0 in the first half, achieving only 9 total yards of offense, but rallied back to tie the score at 28-all by the end of the third quarter.

Just as the Cougars owned the third quarter, the Commodores took command of the fourth quarter, scoring 17 additional points to take the BBVA Compass Bowl trophy back to Nashville.

Vanderbilt got on the board very quickly in the first quarter with two touchdowns and a field goal (17 points) and added another touchdown in the second quarter.

At the half, the Commodores had recorded 232 yards of total offense as opposed to a mere 22 yard for the Cougars.

Quarterback John O’Korn was limited to six yard in the air, completing only six passes, while Greg Ward Jr. completed a single pass for 10 yards.

Then the Cougars came out of the locker room after the halftime break and hit the field like a team possessed.

They cranked out 24 points in less than 10 minutes to tie the score.

Houston first got on the scoreboard on a Kenneth Farrow six-yard run, followed by a six-yard touchdown pass from O’Korn to Markeith Ambles.

Kyle Bullard split the uprights with a 30-yard field goal three minutes after Ambles touchdown to take the score to 24-17.

Three minutes later, O’Korn connected with Deontay Greenberry with a 67-yard pass to tie the score.

O’Korn finished the game completing 20-of-47 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns.

Daniel Spencer rushed for 69 yard on three carries, while Ambles and Greenberry both caught six passes for 105 and 96 yards, respectively.

Defensively, Steven Taylor had 11.5 tackles followed by Trevon Steward with nine and Efrem Oliphant with eight.

Houston ends the season with a 8-5 overall mark and a 5-3 record in The American.

The Cougars will be losing 14 seniors for next season and will next take to the field in August, 2014 when they play their first game in their new on-campus stadium.