Sept. 23, 2004
2004 HOUSTON COUGAR FOOTBALL
#4 Miami Hurricanes (3-0, 1-0 ACC) at Houston Cougars (1-3, 1-0 C-USA)
Thursday, September 23, 2004 * Reliant Stadium * Houston, Texas
** Miami extended its winning streak against the Cougars to six consecutive games, dating back to a 14-7 win at the Astrodome on Sept. 20, 1980... Cougars last enjoyed a win over the Hurricanes with a 21-16 win at the Astrodome on Dec. 4, 1976 in the regular-season finale.
** Cougars have lost 15 consecutive games against nationally-ranked opponents dating back to the 1997 season... The last Cougar win over a nationally-ranked opponent was a 56-49 win in overtime against #20 Southern Miss on Nov. 9, 1996.
** Cougars are 5-9 (.357) all-time in games played on Thursday... Cougars have lost six consecutive games on Thursdays... Last win on Thursday was a 51-35 win at Texas Tech on Sept. 13, 1990... Cougars are 71-82-4 (.465) in all-time games played during the month of September.
** Cougars are 21-17-2 (.550) against teams from the state of Florida... Cougars are 27-15-4 (.630) against current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
** Tavares Gooden's recovery of a blocked Justin Laird punt in the end zone was the first blocked punt returned for a touchdown against the Cougars since Rice's Justin Vanover recovered a blocked Mike Clark punt in the end zone on Sept. 2, 2000.
** Baraka Atkins' fumble return for a touchdown was the first since Southern Miss' John Eubanks returned a fumble 27 yards for a score on Nov. 18, 2003.
** With 84 rushing yards on 26 carries, running back Ryan Gilbert set new personal single-game highs in both categories... Gilbert's previous bests were nine rushes (at Oklahoma, Sept. 11; vs. Army, Sept. 18) and 54 rushing yards (at Oklahoma, Sept. 11).
** With Kevin Kolb's 6-yard rushing touchdown at the 0:12 mark of the second quarter, the Cougars scored the first offensive touchdown against Miami since the 8:41 mark of the second quarter during a 16-14 win over Florida State at the 2004 FedEx Orange Bowl... That is a span of more than 12 quarters or 187:07.
** Wide receiver Donnie Avery's 49-yard kickoff return around the 8:54 mark of the third quarter was a personal career best and a season best for the Cougars.
** Kicker Dustin Bell's 27-yard field goal at the 6:29 mark of the third quarter was his second of the game, giving him the 11th multi-field goal game of his career... It also was his second consecutive game with two field goals after booting two against Army in the Conference USA opener on Sept. 18.
** With seven points scored (two field goals, one PAT), kicker Dustin Bell moved past Ketric Sanford (1996-99) and Chip Browndyke (1985-87) into seventh place in UH career scoring history with 184 points... Up next in the UH records book is Manny Hazard (1989-90), who scored 192 points during his career.
** With seven points scored (two field goals, one PAT), kicker Dustin Bell moved past Chip Browndyke (1985-87) into third place in UH career KICK scoring history with 184 points... Up next in the UH records book is Mike Clendenen (1981-84), who scored 207 points during his career.
** Tight end/wide receiver Blade Bassler made his first career reception midway through the second quarter... Bassler joined the Cougar team in 2001 as a quarterback.
** Linebacker Brendan Pahulu made his first career fumble recovery around the 1:07 mark of the second quarter.
** Offensive lineman John Harrell played defensive tackle against the Hurricanes... It was his first appearance on the defensive line since last season.
** CONSECUTIVE STARTS STREAKS: Defensive tackle Kade Lane made his 28th consecutive start, dating back to Aug. 31, 2002, against Rice at Rice Stadium... However, Lane made his first career start at right defensive end.
** FIRST STARTS: Junior defensive lineman Kade Lane made his first career start at right defensive end... Junior defensive lineman D.J. Johnson made his first career start at left defensive tackle... True freshman SirVincent Rogers made his first career start at right tackle... Freshman running back Harold Taylor made his collegiate debut as a reserve running back.