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.
2011-12 Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll
2013: Saw action in all 12 games as a reserve offensive lineman and a member of the team's punt team, field goal team and kickoff return team ... finished the year with 14 offensive snaps ... part of an offensive line that ranked third in The American Athletic Conference with 25 sacks given up ... team ranked second in the league with an average of 33.9 points per game.
2012: Played in all 12 games as a backup offensive lineman ... was a member of the team's jumbo package.
2011: Played in 14 games and was a regular on the UH kick-return unit ... Recovered one squib kick against Rice ... Helped UH average 22.1 yards on kick returns in 2011, including blocking for Tyron Carrier's seventh career kickoff return for a score on the game-opening kickoff vs. Rice.
High School: Competed for head coaches Ritchie Pinkard and Craten Phillips at Garrison High... 3-star recruit by ESPN ... No. 44 offensive guard by ESPN... Member of Top 100 in Texas by Fort Worth Star Telegram ... Named Second Team All-State offensive line by Texas Sports Writers Association... Class 2A Honorable Mention All- State Offensive Line by Associated Press sports editors ...Earned All-District First-Team honors as offensive lineman and All-District Second-Team accolades as defensive lineman ... Helped lead Lions to 10-3 record as a senior ... Blocked nine PATs in 10 games as a junior ... All-State Honorable Mention as a junior by LoneStarGridiron.com ... Finished sixth at the state track meet in the discus.
Personal: Full name is Austin Brady Lunsford... Born Oct. 1, 1991, in Nacogdoches, Texas ... Son of Darrell and Leasa Lunsford ... Majoring in sociology.