Cougars (7-2, 4-1) and Cardinals in pivotal American Athletic Conference match up
Houston (7-1, 4-0) travels to Orlando, Fla. and plays on ESPN2 on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Thursday night game broadcast on ESPN at 6 p.m.
First ever meeting between the two schools
Cougars face namesake from BYU on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Elarbee spent the 2012 season at Middle Tennessee State where his offensive line ranked second nationally in sacks allowed as his group gave up just seven sacks on 344 pass attempts. The group helped pave the way for three different 100-yard rushers.
Center Micah James received All-Sun Belt Conference honors in 2012 as the ringleader of the offensive line.
Prior to his time at MTSU, Elarbee spent two seasons at West Georgia, first as the offensive line coach in 2010 before being elevated to offensive coordinator in 2011. At UWG, wide receiver and return specialist Denarius Appling earned All-American honors in 2011 and was one of three offensive players to receive All-Conference honors. The 2010 season saw offensive tackle Brandon White named the Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Year.
The Carrollton, Ga., native has experience coaching in bowl games as he spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons as an offensive graduate assistant at Oklahoma State under Meacham and the 2007 season on the staff of an LSU squad that captured the BCS National Championship. The 2008 Oklahoma State offense ranked among the top 10 nationally in rushing, total offense, scoring and pass efficiency while the 2007 LSU team scored at least 40 points in seven games.
Elarbee spent the 2006 season as the offensive line coach at East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss., after a year as Middle Tennessee State's tight ends coach in 2005. Elarbee began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for the Blue Raiders in the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
As a collegiate offensive lineman, Elarbee played in 35 career games at Middle Tennessee, starting his final 23, and earned All-Conference honors as a junior and senior. A four-year letterman, Elarbee was a member of the program's first Sun Belt Conference Champion in 2001. He had 91 knockdowns on 735 snaps as a senior.