How Hope College football scored a rare season-opening win in the final seconds

Hope's Kenyea Houston jumps the line as she scores the go-ahead touchdown against Aurora on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, at Ray and Sue Smith Stadium.

NETHERLANDS – The season opener for the Hope College football team started out promising, looked grim, and then ended with an incredible finish.

Trailing by three possessions early in the second half, Hope never gave up, keeping the game close and Kenyea Houston leapt into the end zone in the closing seconds to give the Flying Dutchmen a thrilling 38-34 comeback over Aurora (Illinois). on Saturday afternoon at Ray & Sue Smith Stadium.

“Time (seemed) stopped. We blocked it out good and I just jumped in there,” Houston said. “It means a lot. We haven’t won a first match very often, especially at home. This gives us a boost for the season.”

It was only the second time since 2013 that Hope had won the season opener.

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Down 17 after 27 unanswered points from Aurora, a fourth-quarter spike from Hope completely changed the season opener.

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