D'Eriq King Tops Tim Tebow's FBS Record with Pass, Rush TD in 15 Straight Games

Megan ArmstrongAnalyst IISeptember 20, 2019

Houston quarterback D'Eriq King throws a pass during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Washington State, Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
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University of Houston quarterback D'Eriq King's last name just took on a more literal meaning.   

With a 35-yard touchdown run in the second quarter of Houston's Thursday night game against Tulane, the senior quarterback broke the FBS record previously held by Tim Tebow for most consecutive games with at least one passing and one rushing touchdown:

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.@UHCougarFB's D'Eriq King now has a pass TD and rush TD in 15 straight games, breaking Tim Tebow's previous record (14) for the longest streak in FBS history. No other player has an active streak longer than 3 games. https://t.co/gDhbXaPmjj

King had two touchdown passes to help give the Cougars to a 28-14 halftime lead but was kept out of the end zone in the second half as Tulane roared back for a last-second 38-31 victory.

Through four 2019 games, the 5'11", 195-pound dual-threat has six passing touchdowns and six rushing touchdowns against two interceptions. Last year, King scored 50 total touchdowns (36 passing, 14 rushing), and the only two other quarterbacks who have notched 50 are Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins (h/t CBS Sports).

Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley, who has coached the past two Heisman winners, called King "one of the best quarterbacks in the country" ahead of the Houston-OU matchup in Week 1. While the Cougars lost 49-31, King tossed two touchdowns and ran for 103 yards and another score. 

King's performance Thursday night drew a comparison to New Orleans Saints dynamic backup quarterback Taysom Hill, who excelled as both a passer and runner at BYU. The 29-year-old went undrafted but has found a unique role in New Orleans.

It's unclear what King's NFL future could hold. For now, he's making the most of his final collegiate season.