Houston Football Earns 47-14 Win over UNLV

Sept. 20, 2014

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HOUSTON - Houston Football used 399 rushing yards on 52 attempts and saw five different Cougars score a touchdown en route to a 47-14 win over UNLV at TDECU Stadium on Saturday evening.

The win improved to the Cougars' record to 2-2 on the year and 2-1 at home in Houston's last non-conference game of 2014.

Houston's offensive effort was highlighted by two 100-yard rushers as juniors Ryan Jackson (147) and Kenneth Farrow (113) combined for 260 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown from Farrow in the win. Jackson also added a 26-yrd receiving touchdown.

Five different Cougars in Farrow, Jackson, Daniel Spencer, John O'Korn and Javin Webb scored a touchdown, including four with a rushing touchdown.

The 399 rushing yards marks the first time a Houston team has accomplished 300+ rushing yards in a single game since the Aug. 30 game vs. Southern a year ago. The Cougars were just one yard short of notching their first 400-yard rushing game since 1985.

The Houston Defense continued its dominance, forcing three turnovers to extend its turnover streak to 27 straight games, good for second best nationally. Junior Adrian McDonald led the attack with his second interception of the year - extending his turnover streak to now seven games, dating back to Cincinnati on Nov. 23, 2013.

UNLV jumped out to a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter, but the Cougars held the Rebels scoreless until the 2:52 mark late in the third quarter.

Houston quickly answered UNLV's first scoring drive with a 1-yard rush by O'Korn to make it a 7-7 game.

Less than two minutes later, the Cougars used a 35-yard rush by Spencer to cap an 5-play, 75-yard drive in just 57 seconds and take a 13-7 lead, which held until the second half.

Less than 30 seconds into the second half, Houston used a 26-yard pass from O'Korn to Ryan Jackson to take a 20-7 lead. Spencer than added his second touchdown of the game on a 16-yard pass from O'Korn to extend the lead to 27-7 with 11:47 left in the third quarter.

Junior kicker Kyle Bullard provided six points for Houston in the second half on two 41-yard field goals, the first time in his career he has notched two 40+ scores in the same game to give the Cougars a 33-14 lead.

Farrow added to the offensive action with his 1-yard rushing touchdown early in the fourth quarter, which then gave way to a 11-yard rush by Webb, who notched his first career touchdown to put Houston up 47-14 and close out the night's scoring.

Ryan Jackson's 147 rushing yards led the Cougars and was a career-high for the running back. With that total, Jackson eclipsed the 1,000 career-rushing yards mark, becoming the 45th Cougar in program history to accomplish that feat and joining Farrow on the list.

Saturday night marked Jackson's fourth career 100-yard rushing game and first of the season for the junior, while teammate Farrow rushed for 113 yards on a career-high 14 attempts, notching his second career 100-yard rushing game.

O'Korn finished the night 12-of-27 with 135 passing yards and two passing touchdowns, while rushing for 27 yards on 10 attempts and one touchdown.

Spencer notched two rushing and receiving touchdowns in the same game for the second time in his career - last coming Aug. 30, 2013 vs. Southern.

Defensively, senior linebacker Efrem Oliphant led the Cougars with 11 tackles for his 13th double-digit tackle game of his career and fourth this season.

Linebacker Derrick Mathews finished with seven tackles bringing his career total to 392, moving the senior into fifth all-time in program history.

UNLV's leading receiver and Biletnikoff Watch List member Devante Davis was held to just one reception, resulting in no yards on the night as junior cornerback William Jackson was tasked as the main defender against Davis in man coverage.

Houston Football will return to action when it hosts UCF on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. inside TDECU Stadium for the first American Athletic Conference contest for the Cougars. The game will be televised live on ESPN and available to listen on KPRC 950 AM.

University of Houston alumni from the last five years (2010-14) can purchase season tickets for just $125 (upper levels) and $175 (lower level) in specially designated Young Alumni sections with a multiplier of four times donations to Cougar Pride giving levels for the first five years after graduation. Each ticket consists of a $25 Cougar Pride donation with the four times Young Alumni multiplier, resulting in a $100 donation credit and a Cougar Pride parking pass in the TDECU Stadium Garage. Young Alumni can purchase tickets 
here or by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).

Single-game group ticket sales for the inaugural season in TDECU Stadium are on sale via the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. Groups of at least 10 or more can purchase tickets starting at just $21 per person to any of Houston's four remaining home games, including 2014 Fiesta Bowl champion UCF, by calling the Houston Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by clicking here.

Reserved seats start at $36 per person to any of Houston's four remaining home games, including 2014 Fiesta Bowl champion UCF, and can be purchased by calling the Houston Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by clicking here.





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