Sep 21, 2013
HOUSTON (AP) - Freshman quarterback John O'Korn threw for 281 yards and three touchdowns, and Houston (3-0) overcame a slow start to survive Rice 31-26 on Saturday afternoon.
Alex Lyons returned a blocked field goal 61 yards for a touchdown with 2:19 to go in the game to get Rice close, but the Owls missed on the two-point conversion.
Rice recovered the ensuing onside kick at its 47-yard line but was unable to score.
Deontay Greenberry and Ryan Jackson each caught a touchdown in the second half to help lead the Cougars.
Greenberry finished with 146 yards receiving on six catches for his second-straight game over 100 yards, including a 61-yarder from Korn in the first quarter to set up Houston's first score.
Jackson also rushed for 87 and a touchdown on 19 carries.
It was the first game in Jackson's career he caught and rushed for a score.
Freshman Greg Ward, Jr. entered the game at quarterback in the second quarter and rushed for nine yards on his first snap. The Tyler, Texas, native finished the day 3-for-3 passing for 48 yards and rushed for 80 yards on nine carries.
High school teammate of Ward, Tyus Bowser, made a major impact on the defensive line as the fellow freshman made seven tackles, 2.5 for a loss, one sack and an interception.
Steven Taylor led the Cougars with 11 tackles and joined Bowser as they combined for their first career sack in the first quarter.
Safety Adrian Mcdonald was second on the team with 10 tackles and made it two straight games with a turnover as he recovered a fumble in the first half.
Houston caused two turnovers as they made it three straight games this season and 11 overall with multiple turnovers in a game. The last time UH didn't force two turnovers was against Rice in 2012.
Senior Taylor McHargue went 21-for-36 for 232 yards, and Turner Peterson finished with 102 yards and a touchdown on five catches for the Owls (1-2).