Sept. 23, 2004
2004 HOUSTON COUGAR FOOTBALL
2004 Administaff Bayou Bucket
Houston Cougars (0-1, 0-0 C-USA) vs. Rice Owls (1-0, 0-0 WAC)
Sunday, September 5, 2004 * Reliant Stadium * Houston, Texas
** The 10 points allowed by the Cougars were the fewest allowed by a UH defense since a 27-10 win over Conference USA rival Louisville in the season finale on Nov. 30, 2002... The Cougars also held Rice to only 10 points in the season opener that season on Aug. 31 at Rice Stadium.
** With no points in the first half, the Cougars were shut out in the opening half of a game for the first time since trailing 38-0 at the halftime break against Conference USA rival Memphis on Oct. 18, 2003.
** The Cougars' seven points scored against Rice tied the team's all-time low against the Owls... UH scored seven points during losses in 1993, 1980 and 1975.
** The Cougars' eight rushing yards was the fewest by a Houston team since UH rushed for -6 yards on 16 carries against Conference USA rival UAB on Nov. 17, 2001.
** With his interception in the end zone around the 11-minute mark of the first quarter, safety Will Gulley recorded his first interception of the 2004 season and the fifth of his career.
** With his 33-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Vincent Marshall with nine seconds remaining in the game, quarterback Kevin Kolb has thrown at least one touchdown pass in each of his last five games... However, Kolb saw his streak of throwing at least TWO touchdown passes end at four consecutive games.
** Quarterback Kendal Briles recorded his first career rushing attempt as a collegian (at Texas and UH) around the 14-minute mark of the second quarter... Later, he recorded his first career pass receptions as a collegian (at Texas and UH) around the 1:30 mark of the second quarter.
** Wide receiver Donnie Avery hauled in his first career reception around the 1:50 mark of the second quarter.
** Wide receiver Perry McDaniel made his first career reception around the 12-minute mark of the fourth quarter.
** Linebacker Ashley Subingsubing made his first career fumble recovery at the 14:44 mark of the third quarter.
** CONSECUTIVE STARTS STREAKS: Defensive tackle Kade Lane made his 25th consecutive start, dating back to Aug. 31, 2002, at Rice.
** FIRST CAREER STARTS: Strong safety Rocky Schwartz, linebacker Ashley Subingsubing, wide receiver Donnie Avery, center Sterling Doty and right guard Byron Alfred made their first career starts against Rice.