Houston fell 2-3 on the season with a 17-12 loss to UCF in the first American Athletic Conference game of the 2014 season. Houston is now 0-1 in conference play.
Houston falls to 399-348-15 all-time.
Junior kicker Kyle Bullard scored all 12 points tonight for the Cougars. This game marked his second consecutive game with two or more 40-yard field goals.
Houston led the possession time battle, 32:17-27:43.
Houston has forced at least one turnover in 28 straight contests, as Efrem Oliphant notched the Cougars first fumble recovery of the game in the first quarter.
Houston Defense held UCF scoreless in the first and the fourth quarter.
Kicker Kyle Bullard leads the American Athletic Conference with 47 points scored this season. Thursday night also marked his sixth multi-field goal game of his career. He is now perfect in all attempts this season (12-for-12).
Bullard's 51-yard field goal at the 11:06 mark in the fourth quarter is a career long for the junior. That kick is tied for the fifth longest kick in school history. It was also the first 50-yard field goal since Matt Hogan (52) on Oct. 13, 2012 vs. UAB.
Thursday night marked Bullard's second consecutive game with two 40-yard field goals.
Bullard becomes the ninth Cougar in school history to kick a 50-yard field goal and is the first 50-yard FG in TDECU Stadium.
Bullard has made 18-straight field goals dating back to last season. His streak breaks the program record, passing Matt Hogan's 16-straight field goals (2009-2010).
This game marked the second time this season Bullard has kicked four field goals this season, last coming against Grambling State (Sept. 6, 2014). His performance is tied for fifth most FGs in a game in school history.
Bullard ranks 15th in school history for FGs in a single season (12).
GREG WARD, JR.
Sophomore quarterback Greg Ward, Jr., recorded career highs in three categories tonight vs. UCF. He threw 10 complete passes on 17 attempts for 116 yards. Ward's previous career highs of five completions on nine attempts and 74 yards were set vs. Cincinnati (Nov. 23, 2013).
With his 81-kick return yards tonight, sophomore Demarcus Ayers moves into fifth all-time on the program's kick return yards list passing Donald Moffett's (1992-93) 1,282 kick return yards.
Ayers' 90 receiving yards Thursday night is a career high, surpassing his previous of 32 yards set Oct. 26, 2013 at Rutgers.
O'Korn's 98 passing yards gives him 4,061 all-time, remaining 11th all-time in school history. He is just 34 passing yards from tying Gary Mullins' (1969-71) 4,095 yards.
O'Korn is the 11th Cougar to reach 4,000 career passing yards and was the third fastest to reach the mark.
BY THE NUMBERS
Kyle Bullard kicked all four field goals Thursday night for the Cougars.
Efrem Oliphant has recorded double-digit tackles in all five games this season.
John O'Korn became the 11th Cougar in school history to reach the 4,000 passing yard mark.
Efrem Oliphant has recorded double-digit tackles in 14 games in his career.
Kyle Bullard has made 18 straight field goals dating back to last season.
Houston has recorded at least one turnover in 28 consecutive contests.
Rowdy Harper made his 44th consecutive start. He leads the nation in career starts by a lineman.
Ty Cummings has averaged 62.5 yards per kickoff.
Linebacker Derrick Mathews is still the nation's active leader in career tackles with 397.