Postgame Notes: Houston 47, UNLV 14

Sept. 20, 2014

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• Houston improved to 2-2 on the season with a 47-14 win over UNLV in the Cougar's last non-conference game of the season.

• In back-to-back home games, the Cougars have put up 47 points against their opponents while also outscoring the last two home opponents 94-14.

• Houston improves to 399-347-15 all-time.

• Houston is now ranked 10th nationally with 45 1,000-career yard rushers.

• Tonight's game marked the first time since Sept. 29, 2011 vs. UTEP (Charles Sims, Michael Hayes) that Houston had two 100-yard rushers (Ryan Jackson, Kenneth Farrow) in the same game.

• Five Cougars scored a touchdown against UNLV tonight (Kenneth Farrow, Javin Webb, Daniel Spencer, John O'Korn, Ryan Jackson). Four different Cougars scored a rushing touchdown (O'Korn, Spencer, Farrow, Webb).

• Houston totaled 399 rushing yards on 52 rushing attempts marking the first time the Cougars recorded a 300+ rushing yard game since Aug. 30, 2013 vs. Southern... one yard shy of the first 400-rushing yard game since Sept. 28, 1985 vs. Louisville (496 rushing yards).

• Houston has forced at least one turnover in the last 27 straight contests, as Eiland notched the Cougars first forced turnover of the game with his interception and 7-yard return.

• With Missouri not forcing a turnover in its game Saturday, Houston moved up to second in the nation for the most consecutive games with at least one forced turnover behind Louisiana-Monroe at 29 straight games.

• Houston has forced multiple turnovers in 23 of the last 25 games going back to last season.

• This is the 13th time in the last 17 games the Cougars have recorded three turnovers or more in a game.

• Houston Defense held UNLV senior wide receiver Devante Davis to one reception for zero yards. The last time Davis was held to one reception in a game was against Western Illinois on Sept. 21, 2013 and the last time he was held without a receiving yard was against TCU on Dec. 31, 2011. Junior cornerback William Jackson was tasked as the main defender against Davis in man coverage.

• Two of the three turnovers tonight resulted in a score totaling 10 points.

Daniel Spencer
• Senior wide receiver Daniel Spencer's 35-yard rushing touchdown is the second of his career. Both of his rushing touchdowns have been over 30 yards including his first rushing touchdown, a 45-yard rush against Southern Aug. 30, 2013.

• This game marked the second time Spencer notched a rushing and receiving touchdown in the same contest. The last time the senior accomplished this was Aug. 30, 2013 vs. Southern, where he had two receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdown.

• Spencer has notched a receiving touchdown in back-to-back games (UNLV, at BYU) for the second time in his career after having back-to-back receiving touchdown against Memphis and BYU in 2013.

Ryan Jackson
• Junior running back Ryan Jackson's 55-yard rush in the fourth quarter is a season long. Tonight marks his fourth career 100-yard rushing game and first of the season.

• Jackson's 26-yard reception was his first receiving touchdown of the season and fourth of his career. This marks the junior's longest reception of the season.

• The 147 rushing yards tonight was a career high, surpassing his previous high of 129 vs. Tulane on Nov. 24, 2012.

• Jackson eclipsed the 1,000-career yard mark Saturday night. With that, he became 45th in Cougar history following teammate Kenneth Farrow with his 21-rushing yards against UTSA (Aug. 29, 2014).

Adrian McDonald
• Junior Safety Adrian McDonald notched his second interception of the season and 10th of his career, last coming against Grambling State (Sept. 6, 2014). McDonald has now recorded a turnover in seven straight games, dating back to the Cincinnati game on Nov. 23, 2013.

John O'Korn
• Sophomore quarterback John O'Korn's 1-yard rushing touchdown is the second of his career and shortest. The first rushing touchdown of his career was a 24-yard run at UCF (Nov. 9, 2013).

• With two passing touchdowns, O'Korn recorded the 10th multi-TD game of his career. This marks the second straight game to have multiple touchdowns in a game.

• O'Korn's 135 passing yards tonight gives him 3,963 all-time, remaining 11th all-time in school history. He is just 132 passing yards from tying Gary Mullins' (1969-71) 4,095 yards.

Eric Eiland
• Eiland notched the Cougars first forced turnover of the game with his interception and 7-yard return. WIth that interception, Houston has forced a turnover in 27 consecutive games.

• That interception resulted in a Houston touchdown and was the first of the season for Eiland and only the second of his career, first coming on Nov. 24, 2012 vs. Tulane.

Derrick Mathews
• Senior linebacker Derrick Mathews came into the game as the nation's active leader in career tackles and currently has 392.

• With seven tackles tonight, Mathews moved into fifth in Houston career history with (392) tackles... Mathews moved past Mike Parker (1994-97).

Kenneth Farrow
• Junior running back Kenneth Farrow finished the night with 114 yards on 14 rushing attempts, a season high, surpassing his previous high of 13 attempts vs. Grambling State.

• The 114-yard game marked Farrow's second career 100-yard rushing game, both coming this season - last vs. Grambling State (Sept. 6, 2014) where he had 130 yards on 13 attempts.

Trevor Harris
• Senior defensive end Trevor Harris' 7-yard sack for loss was his first of the season and fourth of his career which helped force a UNLV punt to open the second quarter.

Tyler McCloskey
• Senior fullback Tyler McCloskey picked up his first career offensive touch with a 9-yard pass from O'Korn coming with 11:00 left in the second quarter.

Efrem Oliphant
• Senior Efrem Oliphant tallied double-digit tackles (11) for the 13th time in his career and has now recorded double-digit tackles in all four games this season.

Demarcus Ayers
• With his 55-kick return yards tonight, sophomore Demarcus Ayers moves into sixth all-time on the program's kick return yards list and is just 12 yard shy of passing Donald Moffett's (1992-93) 1,282 kick return yards for fifth all-time.

Javin Webb
• Redshirt freshman Javin Webb picked up his first career touchdown with his 11-yard touchdown pass from John O'Korn.

Kyle Bullard
• Tonight's game marked the first in junior kicker Kyle Bullard's career to have two 40-yard field goals.

Howard Wilson
• True freshman Howard Wilson picked off his first career interception.


Redshirt freshman Javin Webb recorded his first career touchdown.

Houston had two 100-yard rushers in the same game in Kenneth Farrow and Ryan Jackson.

Junior kicker Kyle Bullard put up two 40+yard field goals.

Four different Cougars scored a rushing touchdown (O'Korn, Spencer, Farrow, Webb).

Houston Offense was 6-for-6 in redzone scoring chances.

Safety Adrian McDonald recorded a turnover for the seventh straight game.

Quarterback John O'Korn's two touchdowns marked his 10th career multi-TD game.

Houston Defense has recorded at least three turnovers or more in a game in 13 of the last 17 games.

Houston has forced 2+ turnovers in 23 of the last 25 games overall.

Houston has recorded at least one turnover in 27 consecutive contests.

Ryan Jackson recorded a career high of 147 rushing yards tonight.

Linebacker Derrick Mathews is still the nation's active leader in career tackles with 392.

Houston Offense recorded 399 total rushing yards against UNLV.



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