Houston Football Shuts Out Grambling, 47-0

HOUSTON - Houston Football poured in 477 yards of offense, led by junior running back Kenneth Farrow, who ran for 130 yards and a touchdown, while the Cougars forced six turnovers en route to a 47-0 shutout win over Grambling State Saturday evening at TDECU Stadium.

The shutout win was the 38th in program history and the second in the last four games played under head coach Tony Levine. The 47 points on Saturday were the most scored since Oct. 26, 2013, at Rutgers. The total also marks the most points scored at home since Aug. 30, 2013, against Southern. 

Five different Cougars jumped in the scoring action, notching five touchdowns, while kicker Kyle Bullard contributed with a career-high 17 points for Houston on four field goals and five extra points.

Contributing to the scoring was sophomore receiver Greg Ward Jr., who notched his first career game with multiple touchdowns, tallying a receiving and rushing score to lead the Cougars. Ward finished the night with 19 yards receiving and 22 yards rushing.

Farrow and fellow junior running back Ryan Jackson each added a rushing touchdown, while senior defensive end Vincent Hall recovered a fourth-quarter fumble for a touchdown to cap the 47 points for Houston.

Farrow's 130 rushing yards marked a career-high on 13 attempts. His 55-yard rush on the game's first play was a career long, surpassing his previous long of 48 yards, which happened twice, the last coming vs. Tulane on Nov. 24, 2012.

Junior receiver Deontay Greenberry finished the night with 110 yards on five receptions including a season-long 67-yard pass from sophomore quarterback John O'Korn serving as the key play in the Cougars' second touchdown for the Cougars. Greenberry's night marked his sixth career 100-yard receiving game of his career.

O'Korn wrapped up a 14-for-25 night for 200 yards and a passing touchdown to Ward.

Houston jumped on top quickly, with Ward scoring just 48 seconds into the game on a 12-yard run - set up by a 55-yard run by Farrow.

A pair of Bullard field goals - 42 and 38 yards - made it 13-0.

Farrow then scored from two yards out, Ryan Jackson had a 12-yard run and Ward hauled in a 10-yard scoring strike from O'Korn as Houston made it 34-0 at halftime.

Bullard fired off two field goals in the third quarter to put the Cougars ahead 40-0 before a final turnover led to Houston's fifth touchdown of the game to cap the 47 points.

Defensively, Houston forced six turnovers - the most since Rutgers a year ago on Oct. 26, 2013.

Houston had three interceptions coming from juniors Adrian McDonald, William Jackson and Earl Foster, while Hall recovered two fumbles and senior Wayne Beadle added one on a kickoff return.

True freshman Matthew Adams joined Foster in forcing a fumble.
Senior Efrem Oliphant led the Cougars with 10 tackles - notching his 11th career double-digit tackle game and second of the season.

Houston Football will hit the road for the first time this season when it travels to Provo, Utah for an 8 p.m. CT contest at BYU on Thursday, Sept. 11. Game coverage will be live on ESPN and available to listen on 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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