BBVA Compass Bowl Postgame Notes

Jan. 4, 2014

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• Houston dropped a 41-24 decision to Vanderbilt in the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Ala. on Saturday, Jan. 4 to bring its 2013 record to 8-5.

• Houston’s all-time bowl record now sits at 9-12-1 with today’s loss.

• Houston’s overall record improves to 396-346-15 all-time.

• Despite today’s loss, Houston finished with an 8-5 record and notched its 16th eight-plus win season as well as recording eight wins in six of the last eight seasons.

• The Cougars opened the 2013 season up 5-0 for just the fifth time in program history.


• 32 of Houston’s 64 scoring drives this season have lasted under two minutes, including 16 under one minute. All four of Houston’s scoring drives this game came under two minutes.

• Houston scored double digits in 18 quarters this season.

• The 24 points scored in the third quarter was the most points scored by Houston in a single quarter all season.


• Houston leads the nation in forced turnovers with 43 after collecting three Saturday (two interceptions, one fumble recovery). The Cougars’ +25 turnover margin also leads the nation.

• Houston has forced 43 total turnovers this season, which have resulted in 141 points. The Cougars scored 7 points off turnovers Saturday.

• With Tomme Mark’s forced fumble, Houston has forced multiple turnovers in 12 of the 13 games this season and 20 of the last 21 games. It is also the 10th game this season with at least three turnovers forced.

• With today’s defensive effort, Houston has recorded a turnover in now 23 straight games.  

Steven Taylor (14), Efrem Oliphant (11) and Trevon Stewart (10) all led Houston’s defense with a double-digit tackle game.

• True freshman quarterback John O’Korn finished the day with 228 passing yards, 38 rushing yards, two passing touchdowns and two interceptions.

• O’Korn notched his eighth muliple TD game this season with his two today and paces all true freshmen nationally with 28 passing touchdowns.

• O’Korn extended his program-best for completions by a Houston freshman with 259 following the 20 today.

Markeith Ambles
• Junior wide receiver Markeith Ambles made an impressive showing with career highs in receptions with six and yards with 105, tallying his first 100+ receiving game of his Houston career.

• The 100 yards receiving marked the 11th game this season Houston has had a 100-yard receiver.

• Ambles also recorded his first career touchdown on a six-yard pass from John O’Korn to pull Houston within 10 at 24-14.

Kyle Bullard
• Sophomore kicker Kyle Bullard remained perfect on the year. He is 6-of-6 on field goals and 20-of-20 on extra points this year following his two extra points and one field goal today.

Richie Leone
• Senior punter and three-time Ray Guy Award semifinalist Richie Leone had 10 punts on Saturday with an average of 43.6 yards per punt.

• Leone tied the Houston single-game bowl record with 10 punts, last coming by Lonnie Stokes vs. Boston College on Jan. 1, 1985.

• The 10 punts also tied a Houston team bowl record, last coming in the 1985 Cotton Bowl.

• The 10 punts also marked a new BBVA Compass Bowl record, surpassing seven by Spencer Lanning in the South Carolina vs. UConn game on Jan. 2, 2010.

Zach McMillian
• Senior cornerback Zach McMillian recorded his fifth interception of the year as he picked off Vandy’s pass in the endzone. The interception marked the 24th interception for the Houston Defense this season.

Daniel Spencer
• Junior wide receiver Daniel Spencer recorded Houston’s longest rush of the year - a 62-yard gain - to set up the Cougars’ second scoring drive, a touchdown by teammate Markeith Ambles.

Steven Taylor
• Redshirt freshman linebacker Steven Taylor led the Houston Defense with 14 tackles, his fourth double-digit tackle game of the season.

Deontay Greenberry
• Sophomore wide receiver Deontay Greenberry notched his team-leading 11th touchdown of the year on a 67-yard pass from John O’Korn to tie the game at 24-24 with under a minute to play in the third quarter.
• Greenberry finished the day with 96 receiving yards on six catches - the longest coming on his 67-yard catch.

Kenneth Farrow
• Sophomore running back Kenneth Farrow notched his sixth rushing touchdown of 2013 following a six-yard run to put Houston on the board.

Adrian McDonald
• Sophomore defensive back Adrian McDonald picked off his sixth pass of the season for the 25th interception of the year for the Houston Defense.

Demarcus Ayers
• True freshman wide receiver and return specialist Demarcus Ayers recorded four kickoff returns, pulling just one shy of the Houston single-game record of five, last done by Vincent Marshall on Dec. 23, 2005.

• Ayers tallied 137 yards in kickoffs today, moving him into second all-time in a single season with 1,021 total kickoff yards, surpassing Tyron Carrier’s 2009 total of 986. Ayers owns the Houston freshman record.

Trevon Stewart & Efrem Oliphant
• Sophomore safety Trevon Stewart and junior linebacker Efrem Oliphant each recorded a double-digit tackle game to accompany teammate Steven Taylor. Stewart finished the day with 10, notching his sixth of the year and Oliphant finished with 11 for his team-best eighth double-digit tackle game of 2013.


Sophomore defensive back William Jackson recorded his first career fumble recovery after teammate Tomme Mark forced the turnover to set up a Houston scoring drive.

Sophomore defensive tackle Tomme Mark notched his first forced fumble of the season, which was recoved by Houston and later turned into seven points.

All four of Houston’s scoring drives today lasted under two minutes to bring a total of 32 scoring drives this season under two minutes.

Zach McMillian recorded his fifth interception of the year and 24th for the Houston Defense in the second quarter.

Trevor Harris picked up his fifth sack of the season for a loss of four yards to force a Vandy punt out of the endzone early in the third quarter.

Today marked the 10th game this season with at least three turnovers forced.

11 different Cougars have forced a fumble this season for a total of 17 this season.

11 different Cougars have recovered a fumble for a total of 18 this season.

The Houston defense has forced multiple turnovers in 12 of 13 games this season after forcing three turnovers Saturday.

The Cougars have scored double figures in 18 quarters this season.

Kicker Kyle Bullard is 20-for-20 in extra points and 6-of-6 in field goals this season for a perfect mark in both categories.

Houston’s 24 points in the third quarter was the most points scored in a single quarter this season for the Cougars.

John O’Korn finishes his debut season as the program’s leader with 28 passing touchdowns by a Cougar freshman after recording two today.

Houston’s defense forced 43 turnovers this season - resulting in 141 points.

Daniel Spencer’s 62-yard rush was the longest of the year for Houston.

Houston scored 141 points off turnovers this season.

Houston tallied 143 yards on five kickoff returns, led by Demarcus Ayers’ 137 yards.

Today’s BBVA Compass Bowl attendance was announced at 42,717.



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