Houston Football Falls in TDECU Stadium Opener

Aug. 30, 2014

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HOUSTON - Playing in front of an attendance of 40,755, the largest on-campus crowd in school history in the inaugural game at TDECU Stadium, Houston Football wasn't able to overcome six turnovers, falling 27-7 to UTSA on Friday evening.

Despite allowing 27 points to the Roadrunners, the Cougars' (0-1) defense did extend its turnover streak to 24 straight games on an Adrian McDonald fumble recovery in the first quarter.

UTSA's David Glasco, who ran for 81 yards on 25 carries, scored on a three-yard run in the first quarter after a mishandled Houston punt gave the Roadrunners' their first opportunity in the Houston red zone. Glasco then added a two-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to extend the Roadrunners' lead to 14-0.

UTSA's Jarveon Williams' 11-yard touchdown run capped a 13-play, 60-yard drive in the third quarter, and Sean Ianno kicked a 26-yard field goal after Bennett Okotcha intercepted John O'Korn's pass in Houston territory. Ianno added a 30-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to put UTSA ahead 27-0.

The Cougars posted a fourth-quarter touchdown, on what proved to be the last drive of the game for Houston, on an eight-yard run by junior Ryan Jackson when senior quarterback Billy Cosh made his Cougar debut on the scoring drive.

Junior wide receiver Deontay Greenberry led the Cougars with six receptions for 96 yards.

O'Korn finished the night 21-of-43 for 204 passing yards.

Defensively, three Cougars tallied double-digit tackle games, led by senior Derrick Mathews, who tied his career best with 16 tackles and record his 14th career double-digit tackle effort.

Senior Efrem Oliphant finished with 14 tackles for the 10th double-digit tackle game of his career, while junior Trevon Stewart added 10 tackles for the 12th double-digit tackle game of his career.

Houston Football returns to action next Saturday when it welcomes Grambling State to TDECU Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and will be live on ESPN3 and KPRC 950 AM.

Houston fans can guarantee a place in history by purchasing season tickets for the first season in the new TDECU Stadium. Season tickets are currently on sale starting at just $140 as are Memorial Hermann Family Plan four-pack season tickets, two adult and two youth, for just $299. Lower-level reserved season tickets start at just $200.

Fans interested in purchasing Houston Football season tickets for as low as $140 for the remaining six games can contact the Ticket Sales department online or by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).

University of Houston alumni from the last five years (2010-14) can purchase season tickets for just $125 (upper levels) and $175 (lower level) in specially designated Young Alumni sections with a multiplier of four times donations to Cougar Pride giving levels for the first five years after graduation. Each ticket consists of a $25 Cougar Pride donation with the four times Young Alumni multiplier, resulting in a $100 donation credit and a Cougar Pride parking pass in the TDECU Stadium Garage. Young Alumni can purchase tickets here or by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).

Single-game group ticket sales for the inaugural season in TDECU Stadium are on sale via the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. Groups of at least 10 or more can purchase tickets starting at just $21 per person to any of Houston's seven home games, including 2014 Fiesta Bowl champion UCF, by calling the Houston Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by clicking here.

Reserved seats start at $36 per person to any of Houston's six remaining home games, including 2014 Fiesta Bowl champion UCF, and can be purchased by calling the Houston Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by clicking here.



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