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POSTGAME NOTES: Houston 59, Texas State 14

Sept. 26, 2015

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BY THE NUMBERS

2
Number of head coaches in Houston history, now including Tom Herman, who have started their UH careers 3-0

4
Houston defense forced four Texas State turnovers for the second consecutive game

4
Greg Ward Jr. threw a career-high four touchdown passes

9
Ward Jr. now has nine wins as the Cougars starting quarterback

29
The Cougars second scoring drive of 29 seconds is the quickest drive of the season

42
The Cougars scored 42 points in the first half, the most since 2010

126
Junior wide receiver Demarcus Ayers posted a career-high 126 yards

274
Number of passing yards for Greg Ward Jr. in Saturday's win over Texas State

366
The Cougar offense combined for 366 rushing yards

689
Houston posted 689 total offensive yards in tonight's win

35,257
Attendance of Houston-Texas State game inside TDECU Stadium

GAME NOTES

• Houston improves to 407-351-15 all-time.

• With Saturday's win, Head Coach Tom Herman became only the second head coach in Houston history to win the first three games of his career. He joined John Jenkins (8-0 in 1990) as the only Houston head coaches to accomplish that feat.

• Saturday's attendance was 35,257.

• Texas State won the toss and deferred to the second half. Senior running back Kenneth Farrow, tackle Alex Cooper, defensive back Adrian McDonald and linebacker Elandon Roberts were all named captains for the game.

• Houston improves to 359-318-14 when playing on Saturdays.

• Houston improves to 99-95-3 when playing in the month of September.

SERIES vs. TEXAS STATE
• Houston improves to 2-4 all-time against Texas State. Saturday's game was the first meeting between the teams since a 30-14 Texas State win on Sept. 1, 2012. Houston ties up the series 2-2 at home.

• Prio to Saturday night's game, the last time the Cougars defeated the Bobcats was Sept. 4, 2010 at Robertson Stadium.

UP NEXT for HOUSTON
• The Cougars open American Athletic Conference play next weekend as they travel to Tulsa on Oct. 3. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. CT on CBS Sports Network and KPRC 950 AM in Houston.

OFFENSE
• With 59 points, the Cougars have now scored in 188 consecutive games. Houston has not been shut out since a 48-0 loss to Texas on Sept. 23, 2000.

• The Cougars have scored touchdowns on their opening drives in all three games this season. Houston opened the 2015 season with an 8-play, 56-yard touchdown drive that was capped by Ryan Jackson's 1-yard run. The Cougars opened the Louisville game with a 6-play, 51-yard drive that was capped by Greg Ward Jr.'s 29-yard touchdown pass to Steven Dunbar. Houston opened the Texas State game with a 5-play, 85-yard drive that was capped by Ward Jr's 35-yard touchdown pass to Chance Allen, marking Allen's first career touchdown at Houston.

• Houston's second scoring drive of the game marked the longest pass play of the season (65-yards) and was the eighth scoring drive of the season less than two minutes. The Cougars opening drive lasted 1:49 marking the seventh scoring drive of the season under two minutes.

• The Cougars' 29 second, 75-yard drive at the end of the first quarter is the shortest scoring drive of the season.

• Saturday night's four touchdown passes is the most in a game for the Houston offense since John O'Korn vs. Rutgers on Oct. 26, 2013.

• Houston's 42 points scored in the first half is the most scored since the 2010 season when the Cougars put up 54 points over Texas State on Sept. 4, 2010. The 42-7 lead in the first half is the most points scored in a half against an FBS opponent since Nov. 28, 2009 when the Cougars led Rice 59-0.

• The Cougars combined for 366 total rushing yards, marking the first 300+ yard rushing game since Houston put up 399 rushing yards on UNLV (Sept. 20, 2014).

DEFENSE
• With four turnovers forced (2 fumbles, 2 interceptions), the Cougars have forced multiple turnovers in 30 of their last 37 games.

• Houston defenses have forced 82 turnovers over the last two seasons.

• With 10:23 left in the first quarter, senior safety Adrian McDonald forced the sixth fumble of his career. Senior cornerback William Jackson III recovered the fumble for the third time in his career.

• McDonald recovered a fumble for the sixth time in his career to end Texas State's fifth drive of the game during the second quarter.

William Jackson's interception return for a touchdown to end the first half was Houston's eighth defensive touchdown since 2013. The play marked Jackson's second career interception return for touchdown and marked Houston's 24th non-offensive touchdown since a 96-yard return during the 2013 season vs. UTSA (Aug. 28, 2013).

Greg Ward Jr.
• Junior quarterback Greg Ward Jr., made the 11th start of his collegiate career. He moved into a tie for 13th in Houston career history with nine wins matching Chuck Clements (93-96) and Billy Rolland (61-62).

• Ward Jr. is responsible for 10 touchdowns, 611 passing yards in three games played including four touchdowns and 365 total offensive yards in Saturday's game over Texas State.

• With 274 passing yards vs. Texas State, Ward Jr. moved into 14th place in Houston career history in passing yards. Ward finished the game with 3,105 career passing yards. He moved past Lionel Wilson (3,049, 1980-1983) and Nick Eddy (2001-02) 3,077 yards. Up next in the Houston history books in Bo Burris who threw for 3,248 yards between 1964 to 1966.

• With the 11th start of his career, Ward Jr. became eligible to rank among the Cougars' all-time career leaders in winning percentage as a starting quarterback. He ranks second in school history with an .818 (9-2 record) winning percentage as a starter. Gary Mullins holds the school record with a .833 percentage (25-5 record) from 1969 to 1971.

• Ward Jr. threw a career-high four touchdown passes against Texas State. His previous best was three touchdowns in a game, which he last recorded in the Cougars' 35-34 win against Pittsburgh at the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl on Jan. 2, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. He also had three touchdown passes in the 34-31 win over Louisville.

• Ward Jr.'s 1-yard TD rush extended the Cougars lead 21-7 with 12:05 left in the second quarter, marking his third rushing TD of the season and 11th of his career.

• With four touchdown passes, Ward Jr. recorded the sixth game of his career with multi-touchdown passes. It was his second consecutive multi-TD game of the season.

• With 274 passing yards, Ward Jr. recorded the eighth 200-yard passing game of his career. He posted five 200-yard passing yard games in 2014 and has thrown for 200+ yards in all three games in 2015.

Demarcus Ayers
• Junior wide receiver Demarcus Ayers recorded his fifth career touchdown with a 3-yard pass from Greg Ward Jr. in the first half. This is the second straight game Ayers has recorded a touchdown.

• With his 126 yards vs. Texas State, Ayers recorded his second career 100-yard game and his second of the season. The 126 yards in a new career high for the senior.

• With less than nine minutes left in the third quarter, Ayers recorded a career long 53-yard reception.

Tyus Bowser
• With his sack late in the first half, junior outside linebacker Tyus Bowser now has 10.5 sacks during his career.

• Bowser has recorded a sack in all three games this season and has now recorded a sack in each of the last five games dating back to 2014. Bowser posted a 4-yard sack at Cincinnati (Dec. 6, 2014) and recorded a 2-yard sack against Pittsburgh during the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas (Jan. 2, 2015).

Steven Dunbar
• Sophomore wide receiver Steven Dunbar gave the Cougars a 14-7 lead with a career long 65-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. Dunbar has scored a touchdown in both games this season. The catch was also his second career TD reception.

• Dunbar has reached a season high of 80 reception yards in a single game.

Adam Schulz
• Senior transfer quarterback Adam Schulz entered the game with 4:01 left in the third quarter. He went 1-for-3 with a career high 49 yards.

Chance Allen
Chance Allen marked his first career touchdown as a Cougar with a 32-yard touchdown reception to open the game.

William Jackson III
• Senior cornerback William Jackson III recorded his third career fumble recovery in the first quarter.

William Jackson's interception return for a touchdown to end the first half was Houston's eighth defensive touchdown since 2013. The play marked Jackson's second career interception return for touchdown and marked Houston's 24th non-offensive touchdown since a 96-yard return during the 2013 season vs. UTSA (Aug. 28, 2013).

Adrian McDonald
• With 9:50 left in the first half, senior safety Adrian McDonald recovered his sixth fumble of his career. With that, McDonald is now tied for fifth in history for fumble recoveries.

• McDonald's 10 tackles tonight marked his fifth double-digit tackle game of his career.

Howard Wilson
• Sophomore cornerback Howard Wilson picked off Texas State for the fourth interception of his career and his first of the season. Wilson's INT was the second pick of the night for the Cougar Defense.

Kyle Bullard
• With another field goal Saturday night, senior kicker Kyle Bullard booted the 26th field goal of his career. He jumps Mike Clark (1999-00) into eighth place in Houston career history with 25 field goals. Up next in the Houston records book is Sebastian Villarreal who booted 31 field goals from 1995 to 1997.

• Bullard is now 26-44 on field goals during his career.

Trevon Stewart
• Senior free safety Trevon Stewart forced the second Texas State fumble marking the eighth of his career and second of the season.

Elandon Roberts
• Senior linebacker Elandon Roberts recorded 10 tackles, marking his second double-digit tackles game of career and season.

Javin Webb
• Sophomore running back Javin Webb recorded a career high 15 carries and career high of 90 rushing yards.

KYLE POSTMA
• Sophomore quarterback/wide receiver Kyle Postma tallied a career long reception of 49 yards.

Hunter McCoy
• Junior quarterback Hunter McCoy entered the game late in the fourth quarter to lead the Cougars to a 7-play, 57-yard drive capped by a 25-yard TD pass to Ryan Jackson.

Ryan Jackson
• Senior running back Ryan Jackson posted a season long rush of 25 yards to add to Houston's lead late in the fourth quarter. The rushing touchdown was the senior's second of the season and 16th of his career.

Emeke Egbule
• Freshman linebacker Emeke Egbule recorded his first career sack during the fourth quarter.



 

 

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