Auburn Loses to Houston 17-13 in Birmingham Bowl, Ending Season with Five-Game Losing Streak

Tj Finley

Auburn quarterback TJ Finley (1) throws a pass against Houston during the first half of an NCAA college football game Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

For the first time in 71 years, Auburn has ended its season with a five-game losing streak after falling to No. 21 Houston 17-13 in the Birmingham Bowl.

Auburn had been ahead 13-10 until late in the fourth quarter, when Houston’s Jake Herslow caught a 26-yard, go-ahead touchdown pass from Clayton Tune with 3:27 left to take the lead.

The Cougars marched 80 yards on eight plays to cap the third season in program history with at least 12 wins. They snapped a four-game bowl losing streak.

The Tigers ended the season, coach Bryan Harsin’s first, with a 6-7 record.

Game MVP Tune completed 26 of 40 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns with an interception, while also rushing for 43 yards.

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