Aug 31, 2013
With the 62-13 win over Southern, Houston moves to 389-343-15 all-time and 1-0 on the 2013 season.
Houston improved to 2-0 all-time against Southern with the lone other meeting coming in a 55-3 win over the Jaguars on Aug. 30, 2008.
Houston improved to 2-4 all-time when playing at Reliant Stadium, with the first victory coming last season in a 35-14 win over Rice.
Houston improved to 35-31-2 in season openers and 1-0 in season opening contests at a neutral site. The Cougars have won four of the last five season openers dating back to its win over Southern on Aug. 30, 2008.
Houston's 62 points were the most scored in a season opener since a 68-28 victory over Texas State on Sept. 4, 2010 and the most points scored in six contests played at Reliant Stadium. The 62 points was also the fourth-most points scored in a season opener.
The 62 points were the most scored by a Houston squad since defeating Tulane 73-17 on Nov. 10, 2011.
The Cougars racked up 372 yards on the ground, marking the most yards on the ground since rushing for 302 yards against North Texas on Oct. 6, 2012.
Houston forced four turnovers on the night and converted 17 points off of turnovers.
Houston committed zero turnovers for the first time since defeating Penn State in the Ticketcity.com Bowl on Jan. 2, 2012.
Houston played eight true freshmen in Friday's season-opening win (Tyler McCloskey, John O'Korn, Demarcus Ayers, William Jackson, Tyus Bowser, John Leday, Nick Thurman, Ty Cummings).
Sophomore running back Ryan Jackson rushed 10 times for 120 yards, marking his second-career 100-yard rushing performance and his second straight dating back to last season's finale against Tulane where he rushed for 129 yards.
Jackson scored the first points of the 2013 season for the Cougars on an eight-yard scamper at the 12:10 mark of the first quarter, and tied a career high with his second touchdown of the contest with 6:11 remaining in the first half on a 15-yard scoring rush.
Jackson has rushed for two scores in back-to-back games, finding the end zone twice in last season's finale against Tulane on Nov. 24, 2012.
Junior wide receiver Daniel Spencer set career highs in receptions (9) and receiving touchdowns (2) on Friday to go with 102 yards. The 102-yard performance was the second 100-yard game of Spencer's career, joining his 157-yard effort against Louisiana Tech on Sept. 8, 2012. Spencer also added a touchdown on the ground for three total scores.
Spencer took his first-career rushing attempt 45 yards for a touchdown just 39 seconds into the second half to push the Houston lead to 34-6.
Spencer hauled in his first receiving touchdown of 2013 and the sixth of his career midway through the third quarter on a nine-yard pass from freshman quarterback John O'Korn, which was his first-career touchdown pass.
Spencer became the first Cougar with a rushing and receiving touchdown since Charles Sims achieved the feat at SMU on Oct. 18, 2012.
Freshman quarterback John O'Korn saw his first collegiate action on Friday, going 11-of-15 for 107 yards and three touchdown passes.
O' Korn made his collegiate debut midway through the second quarter, completing his first pass attempt to Daniel Spencer for a six-yard gain. O'Korn led the Cougars on an eight-play, 71-yard touchdown drive on his first drive.
O'Korn tossed his first-career touchdown pass with 9:37 remaining in the third quarter on a nine-yard strike to junior receiver Daniel Spencer and followed up with an 11-yard fade to Spencer early in the fourth quarter for another touchdown.
O'Korn struck once more, finding fellow freshman John Leday for a nine-yard score with 2:45 remaining in the contest.
Junior quarterback David Piland went 15-of-23 for 148 yards and a touchdown in his first action of the 2013 season.
Piland tossed the first passing touchdown of the season on a 10-yard strike to sophomore receiver Deontay Greenberry with 2:34 remaining in the opening half to put Houston up 27-6.
Sophomore running back Kenneth Farrow set career highs in rushing attempts (20) and rushing yards (97), surpassing his prevous high of 15 carries against Tulsa on Nov. 15, 2012 and 85 yards against North Texas on Oct. 6, 2012.
Senior punter/place kicker Richie Leone converted the first field goal of his Houston career with 3:20 remaining in the first half, booting a 30-yarder to put Houston up 10-0. The field goal was Leone's first points of his career in his first game as a placekicker.
Leone, a semifinalist last season for the Ray Guy Award the last two seasons, added a 38-yard field goal with 14:03 remaining in the first half. Leone was perfect on the night, going 2-of-2 on field goals and 6-of-6 on extra point attempts in addition to a 47.0 average on four punts.
Sophomore wide receiver Deontay Greenberry hauled in his first touchdown of the season and the fourth of his career on a 10-yard strike from junior quarterback David Piland with 2:34 remaining in the first half to put Houston ahead 27-6. Greenberry finished the night with six catches for 70 yards.
Senior linebacker George Bamfo racked up a career-high eight tackles while also posting his first-career fumble recovery.
Bamfo recovered his first-career fumble with 2:14 remaining in the first half at the Houston 10-yard line. The fumble was forced by redshirt freshman linebacker Steven Taylor, which was also a first for his career.
Redshirt freshman linebacker Steven Taylor posted his first-career forced fumble at the 2:14 mark of the first quarter, stalling a Southern drive at the Houston 10-yard line. The fumble was recovered by senior linebacker George Bamfo, which was also the first of her career. Taylor also posted his first-career pass deflection in the fourth quarter.
Senior defensive back Thomas Bates forced his first career fumble on an open-field tackle with 1:03 remaining in the first half at the Houston 48-yard line. The fumble recovery was also a first for sophomore safety Trevon Stewart.
Junior linebacker Derrick Mathews batted his ninth-career pass deflection midway through the third quarter, leading to a Houston interception from sophomore defensive tackle Tomme Mark. Mathews tied senior defensive back Zach McMillian for the team lead with nine tackles.
Freshman wide receiver John Leday recorded his first-career reception and touchdown pass on a nine-yard strike from fellow freshman John O'Korn with 2:45 remaining in the contest.