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    GAME NOTES
    • With the 56-49 loss to Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Houston moves to 383-338-15 all-time and 0-2 on the year. The Cougars now lead the all-time series between the two teams, 4-3, and are 2-2 at Robertson Stadium vs. the Bulldogs. 

    • Houston tied an NCAA record with 115 total offensive plays on Saturday. The Cougars share the record with Northwestern, who recorded 621 yards on 115 plays in overtime vs. Auburn (Jan. 1, 2010), while Houston totaled 693 yards on the 115 plays in regulation. 

    • The 209 plays combined between Houston (115) and Louisiana Tech (94) break a 41-year old NCAA record for most plays by both teams. The previous regulation record of 196 was set by San Diego State (99) and North Texas (97) on Dec. 4, 1971. The overtime record of 202 was set by Kentucky (103) and Arkansas (99) on Nov. 1, 2003 (seven overtimes).

    • Houston (77) and Louisiana Tech (52) combined for 129 pass attempts without an interception, which is a NCAA record. The record of 114 was previously held by Illinois (67) and Purdue (47) in 1985.

    • Houston (53) and Louisiana Tech (34) combined for an NCAA record of most passes completed with 87, surpassing the previous record of 81 held by Houston (37) and TCU (44) in 1990. 

    The 78 combined first downs between Houston (40) and Louisiana Tech (38) break a 26-year old NCAA record for combined 1st downs. The previous record of 72 was set by New Mexico (37) and San Diego State (35) on Sept. 27, 1986.

    David Piland
    • Quarterback David Piland recorded his first career game of at least 500 yards with 580 yards on Saturday night. He surpassed his previous high of 467 yards, which came at Southern Miss in 2010. The 580 yards by Piland is a Robertson Stadium record, surpassing Case Keenum's 559-yard game against Southern Miss in 2009. 

    • Piland notched an NCAA record with 77 pass attempts without an interception in a single game with his 12-yard touchdown pass to Deontay Greenberry. That effort passed the previous NCAA record of 76, from Houston's Case Keenum (2009) and Eastern Michigan's Andy Schmitt (2008). The 77 pass attempts also broke a single-game school record, previously held by Keenum (at UTEP, 10/3/09) and David Klinger (vs. SMU, 10/20/90), who each totaled 76 pass attempts. Piland's previous high of 61 attempts came at Texas Tech in 2010.

    • Piland notched a career-high completions total with 53. He had a previous high of 32 completions in the 2010 season finale against Texas Tech. Tonight marked his third career game with at least 30 completions. The 53 completions are second-most all-time and a Robertson Stadium record. All-time, Case Keenum's 56, which came at East Carolina in 2009 leads the way in Houston history.

    • Piland's 74-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Spencer in the third quarter was a career-long for the sophomore quarterback. His previous career-long of 68 yards came at Southern Miss in 2010. 

    • Piland's 33-yard rush in the fourth quarter was a career-long rush, surpassing his previous career high of 15 yards, which came last week against Texas State. 

    Charles Sims
    Charles Sims had a career-high 32 offensive touches (21 rushing, 11 receiving), surpassing his previous high of 20, which came against Air Force on December 31, 2009. 

    • Sims also recorded a career-high 21 rushing attempts. His previous high was 15, which happened twice, the last coming against Memphis in 2009.

    • With his second rushing touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter, Sims ties his career-best of two rushing touchdowns in a single game, which has happened seven times in his career, last coming at Tulane in 2011. 

    Daniel Spencer
    Daniel Spencer recorded his third career touchdown for Houston on a career-long 74-yard pass from David Piland in the third quarter. The 74-yard reception surpassed his previous career-long touchdown grab, which was on a 41-yard reception against Marshall in 2011. 

    • Spencer tallied 157 receiving yards on seven catches for a career-high. His previous high was 61 yards on three catches against Marshall last season. 

    • Spencer (157) joined teammate Dewayne Peace (141), in recording a 100+ yard receiving game. It was the first time since Patrick Edwards (228) and Justin Johnson (148) totaled over 100 receiving yards in the win over Penn State on January 1, 2012.

    Dewayne Peace
    Dewayne Peace notched a career-high 11 receptions, which totaled a career-best 141 receiving yards. His catch for 29 yards was also a career long for the junior.

    • Peace recorded his first-career touchdown with a seven-yard pass in the fourth quarter.

    • Peace (141) joined teammate Daniel Spencer (157), in recording a 100+ yard receiving game. It was the first time since Patrick Edwards (228) and Justin Johnson (148) totaled over 100 receiving yards in the win over Penn State on January 1, 2012.

    Richie Leone
    • Punter Richie Leone recorded a career-long 77-yard punt in the second quarter, which is the fourth longest punt in school history and the longest since 1966. Alex Neveux holds the school record with a 84-yard punt against North Texas on November 12, 1949. Leone surpassed his previous long punt of 63 yards, which happened twice in his career, the last coming at North Texas in 2011.

    Ronnie Williams
    • Wide receiver Ronnie Williams tallied a career-long reception of 32 yards for Houston's first touchdown of the game in the second quarter. The touchdown was the third for Williams in his career. His previous career-long reception was for 22 yards at North Texas in 2011. 

    Deontay Greenberry
    • True freshman Deontay Greenberry tallied his first career touchdown on a 12-yard pass from David Piland. He finished with 34 yards on five catches for Houston. 

    Andrew Rodriguez
    • Freshman Andrew Rodriguez made his first career reception in the second quarter and went on to make five in the game. He accounted for 82 yards, third-best for Houston on the night.

    Chris Cermin  
    Chris Cermin recorded his second-straight double-digit tackling effort, racking up 12 tackles. His career-high came last week vs. Texas State with 13 tackles. 

    Derrick Mathews  
    Derrick Mathews also recorded his second-straight game with double-digit tackles, finishing Saturday night with a team-high 13 tackles. The 13 tackles are second most in his career as his high came last season at Louisiana Tech with 16. Tonight marked his third career game with double-digit tackles.

    Phillip Steward
    Phillip Steward led Houston with 13 total tackles to notch his second straight game with double-digit tackles. It was also his second consecutive game where he led the team in tackles as he tied with teammate Derrick Mathews for a team-best 14 tackles against Texas State last week. He recorded his ninth career game with at least 10 tackles.

    Matt Hogan
    • With his 42-yard field goal in the first quarter, Hogan notched his 15th-career game with two or more field goals made.

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    BY THE NUMBERS

    1
    Houston freshmen Deontay Greenberry and Andrew Rodriguez each recorded their first career receptions on Saturday in the second quarter for the Cougars. 

    1
    True freshman Deontay Greenberry recorded his first career touchdown on David Piland's 12-yard pass in the fourth quarter.

    5
    Five Houston defenders recorded at least 10 tackles as Derrick Mathews led the way with 13, followed by Phillip Steward (12), Chris Cermin (12), Zach McMillian (11), and D.J. Hayden (10).

    15
    Kicker Matt Hogan recorded his 15th career game with two or more successful field goals after his 42-yarder in the first quarter.  

    32
    Charles Sims' 32 offensive touches (21 rush, 11 receiving) were a career-high, surpassing his previous high of 20 back on Dec. 31, 2009 against Air Force.

    53
    David Piland had a career-high 53 completions, accounting for four touchdowns, which ties for second-most all-time in a single game and is a Robertson Stadium record. 

    74
    David Piland's 74-yard pass to Daniel Spencer for the touchdown was a career-long pass and reception for the duo. 

    77
    Punter Richie Leone recorded a career-long 77 punt in the second quarter, which is the fourth longest punt in school history and longest since 1966.

    77
    David Piland notched an NCAA record with 77 pass attempts in a game without an interception. The 77 attempts also set a Houston single-game record. 

    78
    The 78 combined first downs between Houston (40) and Louisiana Tech (38) break a 26-year old NCAA record for combined 1st downs.

    87
    Houston (53) and Louisiana Tech (34) combined for an NCAA record of most passes completed with 87. 

    100
    Teammates Daniel Spencer and Dewayne Peace became the first receiving duo to record a 100+ yard game since Patrick Edwards and Justin Johnson accomplished that feat on Jan. 1, 2012.

    115
    Houston tied an NCAA record with 115 total offensive plays on Saturday with Northwestern back in 2010. 

    129
    Houston (77) and Louisiana Tech (52) combined for 129 pass attempts without an interception, which is a new NCAA record. 

    157
    Sophomore Daniel Spencer led Houston Saturday against Louisiana Tech with 157 receiving yards, which serves as a career-best for the receiver.

    209
    Houston (115) and Louisiana Tech (94) combined for an NCAA record of 209 plays in regulation. 

    580
    David Piland notched a Robertson Stadium record 580 passing yards on Saturday, surpassing Case Keenum's 559 yard game against Southern Miss in 2009. 


     

     

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