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UCF beat Houston thanks to this *game-winning touchback*

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One of football's most precious and totally nonsensical events.

UCF went to Houston and picked up a 17-12 conference win thanks to scoring a long touchdown (a 52-yarder from Justin Holman to Breshad Perriman), forcing a bunch of long UH field goal attempts (all of which Kyle Bullard drilled from squinting distance), and ... oh no.

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Via ESPN

That's the Cougars' backup quarterback, Greg Ward Jr., lunging for what was so nearly the go-ahead touchdown with 24 seconds left. Ward had played an admirable game (10 of 17 for 116 yards), filling in for the interception-happy John O'Korn, and almost led a full comeback from a 17-6 deficit. Instead, UCF's Brandon Alexander bashed it out just shy, the ball went out of bounds in the end zone, so therefore it's UCF's ball, and that's that.

This game was not a treasure, and it honestly could not have ended any way other than via this rule, which only makes sense because it's been part of football for a long time.

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