GAME NOTES UTSA defeated Houston 27-7 in the opening game at brand new TDECU Stadium on Friday, Aug. 29. The Cougars are 1-1 all-time vs. the Roadrunners.
Houston falls to 397-346-15 all-time.
UH falls 35-32-2 all-time in season openers and 39-30 in all-time home openers.
UTSA won the opening coin toss in TDECU Stadium and elected to defer their decision. Houston received the opening kickoff at 8:03 p.m. Demarcus Ayers returned the kick 16 yards to the 25 yard line.
The announced crowd of 40,755 set a new Houston record for a home crowd in a game played on campus and a season home opener.
The attendance also marked the largest crowd at a Houston home game since 47,991 fans attended the Houston-Texas meeting at the Houston Astrodome on Nov. 9, 1991.
It was also the largest crowd for a Houston home opener since 42,361 were in attendance to see Houston host Texas A&M on Oct. 8, 1988.
Houston suffered just their second loss in their last nine home openers and were defeated for just the second time in the last seven overall season openers.
OFFENSE Ryan Jackson's fourth quarter touchdown kept UH's streak of 172 straight games of scoring alive dating back to 2000. Cougars have now scored in 113 straight home contests going back to 1994.
DEFENSE Houston has forced at least one turnover in 24 straight contests, as Adrian McDonald recovered a Kenny Harrison muffed punt with 10:08 to play in the first quarter.
Tonight marked the first time in four games Houston has lost the turnover battle dating back to Nov. 9, 2013 at UCF.
John O'Korn With his 43 pass attempts O'Korn moved into 12th all-time on the Houston career passing attempt list passing Nick Eddy (2001-02).
O'Korn's 204 passing yards in the game gives him 3,321 all-time passing Bo Burris (3,248 yards) for 12th all-time in school history.
Deontay Greenberry Junior wide receiver Deontay Greenberry led UH in receiving yards with 96 tonight.
Greenberry moved up three spots to 12th on the school's all-time career receiving yards list (1,867) passing Justin Johnson (1,773), Ken Hebert (1,785) and Don Bass (1,785).
Greenberry moved into sole possession of 19th place on the career receptions list with his six-catch performance. The junior wide out entered the game tied with Justin Johnson with 129. He's one catch shy from tying Brian Robinson (136) for 18th on the all-time list
Derrick Mathews Senior Derrick Mathews moved into eighth place on the all-time tackles for loss list with 40.5. Mathews entered the season tied with Glenn Montgomery for eighth on the all-time list (39).
Mathews tallied a game-leading 16 tackles to move into eighth all-time on the Houston career tackles list (364) passing Greg Brezina (350).
Mathews's 16 tackle performance tonight equals a career high. He's accomplished the feat three times, with the last time coming on Nov. 3, 2012 vs. East Carolina. Tonight also marked his 14th double-digit tackle game of his career.
Efrem Oliphant Senior Efrem Oliphant tallied double-digit tackles for the 10th time in his career. Oliphant finished the game with 14 tackles (5 solo, 9 assist).
Gavin Stansbury Senior transfer Gavin Stransbury recorded his first sack as a Houston Cougar in the first half of tonight's game.
Ryan Jackson Scored first points and first touchdown of season for Cougars with a 2-yard run with 1:04 left in the fourth quarter. Also marks first points UH has scored in TDECU Stadium.
Trevon Stewart Recorded 10 tackles tonight, marking the 12th double-digit tackle performance of his career.
Billy Cosh Made his Houston debut tonight, entering the contest late in the fourth quarter. He went 4-of-7 for 30 yards passing and led Houston to their first scoring drive.
BY THE NUMBERS
1 Tonight marked the first game played at new TDECU Stadium.
6 Ryan Jackson's 2-yard rush with 1:04 left to play in the fourth quarter marks Houston's first points of 2014 and the first UH points scored at TDECU Stadium.
24 Houston has recorded at least one turnover in 24 consecutive contests.
34 and 46 Houston will honor Sgt. 1st Class Sam Hairston Jr. and Robert Newhouse by wearing their numbers 34 and 46 on their helmets the rest of the season.
Tonight's attendance of 40,755 set a new Houston record for a home crowd in games played on campus and a season home opener.