Football Postgame Notes vs. Temple
Sep 7, 2013
With Saturday's win, the Cougars improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2011 and the fourth time in the last five years.
With the 22-13 win at Temple, Houston moves to 390-341-15 all-time and 1-0 in American Athletic Conference play. Houston is now 4-2 in its inaugural conference games and have won each of its last four games in their inaugural conference appearances.
With the win, Houston moves to 3-0 all-time against Temple with a 2-0 mark in Philadelphia. Saturday's win was the Cougars' first in Philadelphia since a 37-7 victory on Nov. 14, 1987.
Houston forced multiple turnovers for the second straight game as it picked off two passes and recovered one Temple fumble.
With Deontay Greenberry's 165 receiving yards, Houston had a 100-yard receiver for the second straight game this season after Daniel Spencer 102 receiving yards in Houston's season-opening win over Southern.
The Houston defense held Temple scoreless in the second half of Saturday's win. It was the first time Houston held an opponent scoreless in a half since a 56-0 win against Georgia State on Sept. 24, 2011, inside Robertson Stadium.
The Houston defense has held its opponents to a combined 26 points through the first two games of the 2013 season. That is the fewest points allowed by the Cougars in consecutive games since giving up a combined 23 points during the final two regular-season games of the 2011 season (W, 48-16, at Tulsa, Nov. 25, 2011; W, 37-7, vs. SMU, Nov. 19, 2011).
The 26 points allowed by the Houston defense through the first two games is the fewest allowed by any Houston Football team to open the season since the 1989 team allowed a combined 7 points (W, 69-0, at UNLV, Sept. 2, 1989; W, 36-7, at Arizona State, Sept. 23, 1989)
Sophmore wide receiver Deontay Greenberry set career highs Saturday with 14 receptions and 165 receiving yards, his first career 100-yard receiving game. Greenberry's previous highs came in 2012 with seven receptions against SMU and 97 receiving yards vs. Tulane.
Sophomore running back Ryan Jackson had a career-high 22 rushing attempts for 118 yards and a touchdown Saturday. It was the third 100-yard rushing game of his career. The Cougars improved to 3-0 when Jackson reached triple digits.
In just his second game since adding placekicking to his punting duties, senior Richie Leone finished Saturday with five field goals as he became the third kicker in Houston history with at least five field goals. Matt Hogan set the single-game record for the Houston with six field goals last season in Houston's 39-17 win over UAB. Mike Clendenen accomplished the feat twice, once each in 1984 and 1983.
Leone opened the day up with a career-long 40-yard field goal to put Houston on the board first with 6:33 remaining in the first quarter.
Leone added four more field goals, from 24 yards, 22 yards and two 19-yard kicks.
With his five field goals, Leone had multiple field goals for the second consecutive game after hitting field goals of 30 and 38 yards against Southern.
Leone's 16 points scored (5 field goals, 1 PAT) tied for the seventh-most kick scoring points in Houston single-game history. It was the most since Matt Hogan scored 16 points (4 field goals, 4 PATs) against Tulane on Nov. 24, 2012)
Junior linebacker Derrick Mathews finished Saturday's game with 13 tackles, marking his 11th career game with double-digit tackles and his first of the season after leading Houston with nine tackles in its season-opening win over Southern.
Senior wide receiver Xavier Maxwell set career highs Saturday with eight receptions and 75 receiving yards. Greenberry's previous highs came in 2012 with four receptions against Tulsa and 62 receiving yards at Marshall.
Zach McMillian picked off Temple quarterback Connor Reilly on the game's first offensive play for his first interception of the season and the seventh of his career. McMillian led Conference USA with five interceptions in 2012.
True freshman quarterback John O'Korn entered the game on Houston's opening drive of the second quarter and finished the game with 23 completions on 31 attempts for 231 yards, all career highs.
Junior linebacker Efrem Oliphant recorded his first career solo sack and first career forced fumble in the third quarter as he sacked Temple QB Connor Reilly, forcing a fumble that Trevon Stewart recovered at Temple's 8-yard line.
Sophomore safety Trevon Stewart recovered a fumble for the second straight game as he fell on a Temple fumble forced by Efrem Oliphant at Temple's 8-yard line.
BY THE NUMBERS
The number of offensive plays run by Temple before the Houston defense forced a turnover as Zach McMillian recorded an interception on Temple's opening play of the game.