Sept. 16, 2012
With the 37-6 loss to UCLA on Saturday, Houston moves to 383-339-15 all-time and 0-3 on the year. The 0-3 start marks the first time the Cougars have gone winless in their first three contests since 2001.
UCLA now leads the all-time series between the two teams, 4-3, while the Cougars are now 0-3 at the Rose Bowl.
Houston is now 19-45-3 in road openers following Saturday's loss. The Cougars' previous road-opening loss also came at the Rose Bowl in 2010 in a 31-13 defeat at the hands of UCLA.
The Cougars are now 31-92-5 all-time against nationally ranked opponents and 12-48-2 all-time against nationally ranked opponents on the road.
Saturday's loss snapped Houston's six-game road winning streak, which was the fourth-longest in the nation entering the weekend. The road defeat was the first since the Cougars fell at Texas Tech on Nov. 27, 2010.
The Cougars had won four of their last five games against nationally ranked opponents prior to Saturday's loss. The defeat was the second-straight to a ranked opponent with the first coming in a 49-28 setback to #24/23 Southern Miss in the Conference USA Championship Game on Dec. 3, 2011, in Robertson Stadium. The previous wins were (W, 41-24, at #23/RV East Carolina, Sept. 27, 2008); W, 70-30, vs. #25/24 Tulsa, Nov. 15, 2008; W, 45-35, at #5/6 Oklahoma State, Sept. 12, 2009; W, 30-14, vs. #24/23 Penn State, Jan. 2, 2012, TicketCity Bowl).
Saturday's attendance of 53,723 marked the largest attendance in a Houston game since the Cougars met the Bruins in the Rose Bowl in 2010 (54,407).
Houston's defense forced five turnovers (three fumbles, two interceptions), including three in the first half, after entering Saturday's contest with only one turnover in the season's first two contests. The two teams totaled 11 turnovers in the contest.
Freshman safety Trevon Stewart tallied a team-leading 15 tackles, which were a career high.
The Patterson, La., native was also making his first-career start at safety against the Bruins.
Junior punter Richie Leone booted five of his nine punts for 50 yards or more for a 48.6 average. Three of the nine punts also pinned the Bruins inside their own 20-yard line.
Leone's nine punts were a career high, surpassing his previous high of seven set against Louisiana Tech and Southern Miss during the 2011 season.
Senior cornerback D.J. Hayden snagged his first interception of the season on the first play of the second quarter at Houston's nine-yard line to end UCLA's scoring threat. The interception was Hayden's third-career pick as a Cougar.
Hayden also forced a fumble midway through the second quarter for the Cougar defense's second turnover of the game. The forced fumble was Hayden's first of the season and the sixth of his career at Houston.
Redshirt junior cornerback recovered a UCLA fumble midway through the second quarter, which was forced by D.J. Hayden in Houston territory. The fumble recovery was the first of Bates' career at Houston.
Redshirt junior safety Colton Valencia recovered a fumble late in the second quarter for Houston defense's third turnover of the game. The fumble recovery was the first of Valencia's career at Houston.
Senior linebacker Phillip Steward forced a fumble late in the second quarter in Houston territory that was recovered by Colton Valencia. The forced fumble was the second of the season for Steward and the third of his career.
In the third quarter, Steward recovered a backwards pass for a fumble, marking the fourth turnover of the night for the Houston defense. The fumble recovery was Steward's first of the season and third of his career.
Steward also tallied a sack for a loss of nine yards in the opening half for his second of the year and the sixth of his carerer.
For the third-straight game, Steward racked up double-digit tackles with 11.5.
Redshirt sophomore quarterback David Piland pushed his streak of pass attempts without an interception to 131 before tossing a pick late in the second quarter. The 131 attempts without an interception ranks 10th in program history and is the longest of Piland's career. Piland set an NCAA record formerly held by Houston great Case Keenum in last week's loss to Louisiana Tech, throwing 77 passes without a pick.
Piland busted loose for an 86-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter, marking the longest run from scrimmage for a Cougar since Anthony Alridge rumbled for an 87-yard touchdown against Tulane on Sept. 9, 2006.
Piland's 71 yards rushing surpassed his previous career best of 14 yards against Rice during the 2010 season.
Piland failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time in his career, totaling 10 games dating back to the 2010 season.
Piland's five interceptions tied a career high, matching the previous of five against Tulsa during the 2010 season.
Sophomore linebacker Derrick Mathews posted a sack on UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley for a loss of eight yards to push the Bruins out of field goal range as time expired in the first half. The sack was Mathews' third of the season and the fourth of his career.
Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Mbu notched his first-career sack for a loss of three yards late in the third quarter to force the Bruins to a field-goal attempt. Mbu also made the first start of his career against the Bruins.
Freshman wide receiver Deontay Greenberry posted a career-high 60 yards receiving and matched a career best with five catches against the Bruins. The California native's first reception of the game went for a career-long 26 yards in the first quarter.
Redshirt freshman Kenneth Farrow toted a career-best 13 carries for 74 yards on Saturday. Farrow also busted loose on a 38-yard run early in the fourth quarter, marking the longest rush of the season for the Cougars until Piland's 86-yard scamper later on in the fourth quarter.
Senior cornerback Zach McMillian tallied a fourth-quarter interception in the Houston endzone for the Cougars' fifth forced turnover of the contest. The interception was McMillian's second of his career.
BY THE NUMBERS
David Piland pushed his streak of passes without an interception to 131 before his second-quarter pick, which ranks as the 10th longest streak in program history.
Junior punter Richie Leone boomed five punts for 50 yards or longer on Saturday.
Houston's defense forced five turnovers (three fumbles, two interceptions) after entering Saturday's contest with only one forced turnover.
Kenneth Farrow broke loose for a 38-yard gain early in the fourth quarter, marking the second-longest rush of the year for the Cougars.
Saturday's attendance of 53,723 marked the largest crowd in a Houston game since the Cougars played in the Rose Bowl in 2010 (54,407).
Freshman safety Trevon Stewart tallied a team-leading and career-best 15 tackles in his first-career start on Saturday.
Phillip Steward has racked up double-digit tackles in each of the season's first three contests after an 11.5-tackle effort Saturday.