Football Postgame Notes: BYU 33, Houston 25

Sept. 11, 2014

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• Houston was tested for the first time on the road this season, falling at No. 25 BYU, 33-25 on Thursday evening at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah in front of a nationally-televised audience on ESPN.

• Houston improves to 398-347-15 all-time.

• Houston’s 25 points were the most BYU has given up this season.

• Houston is 10-14 all-time when playing on Thursdays.

• Houston has posted a 45-32-1 all-time record in non-Saturday games.

• Head Coach Tony Levine is 4-3 during his career when playing non-Saturday games.

• Thursday’s game marks the fourth consecutive year and sixth time in the last seventh season that Houston has played at least one nationally ranked opponent. (Houston did not play a ranked opponent in 2007).

• Thursday’s game is the first time Houston has played a ranked opponent since a 20-13 loss at No. 19/13 Louisville on Nov. 16, 2013.

• Thursday’s game marks the first time that Houston has faced a ranked BYU team.

• Houston has posted an all-time record of 31-95-5 against nationally ranked opponents

• Houston has posted a 27-89-4 record against nationally ranked opponents in regular-season games.

• Houston has posted an 11-51-2 record against nationally ranked opponents on the road.

• The Houston Offense put up 25 points on BYU’s defense, the most by any team this season.

• Houston’s 17-play scoring drive that was capped by Kyle Bullard’s 29-yard field goal at the 3:12 mark of the second quarter was the Cougars’ most plays on a drive since an 18-play, 69-yard drive was capped by Matt Hogan’s 28-yard field goal against SMU on Nov. 19, 2011 at Robertson Stadium.

• Houston has forced at least one turnover in the last 26 straight contests, as Joey Mbu intercepted a throw that was batted down by teammate B.J. Singleton late in the second quarter for the first of the game.

• Houston has forced multiple turnovers in 14 of the last 16 games going back to last season.

• Mbu’s interception was joined by Adrian McDonald’s forced fumble and fumble recovery - both turnovers led to a Houston touchdown in the second quarter.

• This is the 12th time in the last 16 games the Cougars have recorded three turnovers or more in a game.

Joey Mbu
• Senior defensive tackle Joey Mbu recorded his second career interception (first coming vs. SMU (Oct. 18, 2012) on a ball that was batted down by teammate B.J. Singleton.

Daniel Spencer
• With 133 receiving yards, Spencer recorded the sixth 100-yard game of his career and his first of the 2014 season.

• Spencer moved into a tie for 13th in Houston career history with six 100-yard receiving games. He joined Brian Robinson (1999-02), Freddie Gilbert (1991-92) and Ken Hebert (1965-67) in that group.

• Houston fell to 3-3 in games in which Spencer topped 100 receiving yards.

• With 133 receiving yards,  Spencer recorded the third-highest single-game total of his career… His total trailed only 186 yards (vs. BYU, Oct. 19, 2013) and 157 yards (vs. Louisiana Tech, Sept. 8, 2012).

• With 10 receptions, Spencer moved to 24th with in Houston career history with 115 receptions.

• Spencer notched a career-high 10 receptions, surpassing his previous high of nine vs. Southern on Aug. 30, 2013.

• Senior wide receiver Daniel Spencer became the 24th player in school history to record 10+ receptions in a single game. He joined current teammate Deontay Greenberry and Kimble Anders, Donnie Avery, KeyKowa Bell, Kendal Briles, Tyron Carrier, James Cleveland, James Dixon, Patrick Edwards, Freddie Gilbert, Mark Hafner, Manny Hazard, Orlando Iglesias, Jerrian James, Justin Johnson, Michael Kinslow, Dewayne Peace, Jason Phillips, Brian Robinson, Charles Sims, Sherman Smith, Ronnie Williams and Elmo Wright

Deontay Greenberry
• Junior wide receiver Deontay Greenberry finished the night with six receptions for 74 yards and two touchdowns.

• Tonight’s muliple-touchdown game for Greenberry marked the third career game with multiple touchdowns for the junior, two coming tonight at BYU, two last year against BYU and three at Rutgers a year ago.

• Greenberry became the 11th Cougar in program history with over 2,000 career receiving yards with his 74 tonight - bringing his total to 2,051 in his three-year stint.

• With his 146 career receptions, Greenberry sits in 14th place on the career receptions list with his six-catch performance tonight. He’s seven catches shy from tying Elmo Wright (153) (1968-70) for 13th on the all-time list.

• Sophomore quarterback John O’Korn finished 30-of-52 for 307 yards, a season-high. The 30 completions marks a career-high, surpassing his previous high of 29 vs. BYU a year ago.

• O’Korn recorded his seventh career game with at least three passing touchdowns, last coming vs. USF with three on Oct. 31, 2013.

• With the three passing touchdowns, John O’Korn recorded the ninth multi-TD game of his career and his first of the 2014 season.

• O’Korn moves into a tie for ninth place in Houston career history with four 300-yard passing games. He is now tied with David Dacus (1987-88). Up next in the Houston records book is Chuck Clements, who recorded five 300-yard passing games from 1993 to 1996.

• With his 30 pass attempts tonight, O’Korn has moved into 10th all-time on the Houston career passing attempts list. He currently has 543.

• O’Korn’s 307 passing yards tonight gives him 3,828 all-time, for 11th all-time in school history.

• O’Korn’s 45-yard hail mary pass to Daniel Spencer with time expiring to end the first half brought Houston within eight at 23-15.

Efrem Oliphant
• Senior Efrem Oliphant tallied double-digit tackles (12) for the 12th time in his career and has now recorded double-digit tackles in all three games this season.

Derrick Mathews
• Senior linebacker Derrick Mathews came into the game as the nation’s active leader in career tackles and currently has 378 after his team-leading 14 total.

• Mathews’ tackles marked the 15th career double-digit tackle game of his career.

• With 14 tackles, Mathews moved into sixth in Houston career history with (385) tackles… Mathews moved past Phillip Steward (378 tackles, 2009-12) and David Hodge (376 tackles, 1975-79).

• Mathews recorded his second sack of the year for a loss of three yards to move into seventh all-time with 41.5 tackles for loss, surpassing Wilson Whitley’s 41 from 1973-76.

Trevon Stewart
• Junior Trevon Stewart notched his sixth career interception and first of the season at the 8:14 mark in the fourth quarter for the Cougars’ third forced turnover of the game.

Adrian McDonald
• Junior safety Adrian McDonald’s recorded his second forced fumble of 2014 and his second fumble recovery to set up a second-half hail mary time-expiring touchdown from John O’Korn to Daniel Spencer for 45 yards. 

• McDonald finished the game with a season-high nine tackles. 

Kyle Bullard
• Junior Kyle Bullard’s 29-yard field goal put Houston on the board with 3:12 left in the first half.

• With two field goals tonight, Kyle Bullard recorded the fourth multi-field goal game of his career and his second during the 2014 season.

Demarcus Ayers
• Sophomore Demarcus Ayers tallied 93 kick return yards in tonight’s game, moving up to seventh on the all-time list with a total of 1,215.

Steven Taylor
• Sophomore linebacker Steven Taylor notched 10 tackles for a season-high, while recording his fourth career double-digit tackle game.


Both turnovers in the second quarter (Joey Mbu - interception; Adrian McDonald - forced fumble/recovery) set up two touchdowns for the Cougars.

Deontay Greenberry tallied two touchdowns in tonight’s game for his third multiple-touchdown game of his career and first of the season.

Three Cougars (Mathews, Oliphant, Taylor) tallied at least 10 tackles. That marks the second of three games this season Houston has three defenders with a multi-tackle game.

John O’Korn notched his seventh career game with at least three passing touchdowns - tallying three tonight.

Daniel Spencer recorded a career-high 10 receptions for 133 yards.

Houston has forced 2+ turnovers in 14 of the last 16 games overall.

Derrick Mathews recorded his 15th career double-digit tackle game with a team-leading 14 tackles in tonight’s game.

Daniel Spencer became the 24th player in program history to record 10+ receptions in a single game.

Houston’s 25 points were the most given up by BYU this season.

Houston has recorded at least one turnover in 26 consecutive contests.

Houston’s Defense held BYU to a season-low 33 points this season.

Daniel Spencer recorded his sixth career 100-yard receiving game tonight.

John O’Korn notched his fourth career 300-yard passing game with a season-high 307 yards tonight.

Deontay Greenberry became the 11th receiver in program history to record over 2,000 career receiving yards.

Tonight’s attendance at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah was 57,630.



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