Oct. 6, 2012
With the 44-21 non-conference win over North Texas, Houston moves to 385-339-15 all-time and 2-3 this season. The Cougars and Mean Green are now tied at 7-7 in the all-time series as Houston has won the last four dating back to Sept. 27, 1980 in the Astrodome.
For the first time this season, Houston scored on its opening drive on a 5-yard touchdown run by Charles Sims. The drive consisted of seven plays for 75 yards in one minute and 15 seconds.
Houston tallied 17 points for the most points scored in a first quarter this season, surpassing the previous high of 10 against Texas State on Sept. 1, 2012.
With the win, Houston head coach Tony Levine notched his second regular season victory of his career and improved to 3-3 at the helm of the Cougars.
Houston recorded three scoring plays under two minutes in tonight's win. The third scoring play under two minutes came on a Kenneth Farrow touchdown run (1:24) to mark the 13th time this season the Cougars have notched that feat.
Houston totaled 31 points in the first half for the most points scored in a first half this season and most since scoring 31 points in the opening half in a 73-17 win at Tulane on Nov. 10, 2011.
Houston improved to 5-0 all-time when running back Charles Sims records 100+ rushing yards. Today, Sims rushed for 210 yards, a career-best.
Houston's 424 yards of total offense was the most in the first half this season and most since totaling 465 yards in the first half of the 73-14 win vs. Rice on Nov. 28, 2009.
The 424 yards in the first half was the most in any half since totaling 432 yards in the second half in a 49-42 win at UTEP on Sept. 29, 2011.
For the third game this season, Houston recorded at least 600 yards of total offense and the third time in the last four games, finishing with 623 yards.
Houston totaled 302 total rushing yards, which is the most since rushing for 308 yards in a 54-24 win vs.UTEP on Sept.10, 2010.
In the four games since Travis Bush has taken over the Houston offensive play-calling duties, the Cougars have totaled 2,312 yards of total offense for an average of 578.0 yards per game.
Sophomore quarterback David Piland threw for his seventh career 300-yard game and third of the year. He finished the day with 321 yards on a 31-of-41 effort with two touchdowns.
When throwing for at least 300 yards, Piland is now 2-5 in his career. The wins have now come in back-to-back games.
Piland recorded the 10th multi-touchdown game of his career. This game marked the second straight and third of the season.
Tonight's win marked the first career win for Piland in Robertson Stadium. Piland's overall record is 4-9. He has now recorded back-to-back wins for the second time in his career, last coming against SMU and Memphis in 2010.
Charles Sims' five-yard touchdown run on Houston's opening drive was his sixth rushing touchdown this season and 24th of his career to move him into sole possession of sixth place all-time.
Sims recorded his second career 200-yard rushing game and the first this season. Sims finished the night with 210 rushing yards.
His 210 rushing yards is a career best, surpassing his previous high of 207 at Tulane on Nov. 10, 2011.
Sims has now notched over 100 yards in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. Sims totaled 158 yards against Rice on Sept. 29, 2012.
His 27-yard catch from Piland in the second quarter was his first receiving touchdown catch of the season and sixth of his career.
For just the third time in his career and first by any Houston player this season, Sims tallied a receiving and rushing touchdown in the same game.
Sims' 53-yard run midway through the third quarter was a season-long rush for the running back.
With 210 rushing yards, Sims became the seventh player in school history with multiple 200-yard games during his career. Sims now has two 200-yard games during his career.
Sims joined Anthony Alridge (4, 2005-07), Robert Newhouse (4, 1969-71), Paul Gipson (4, 1967-68), Jim Strong (3, 1968-69); Joffrey Reynolds (2, 1999-02) and Chuck Weatherspoon (2, 1987-90) with multiple 200-yard games in their career.
Sims notched his 13th career game with at least five receptions and second this season. He finished with five in tonight's game and 11 against Louisiana Tech on Sept. 8 of this year.
With 368 total rushing yards in the last two games with 210 against North Texas and 158 yards in the win over Rice on Sept. 29, Sims has recorded the best two-game total since Jim Strong totaled 449 yards (230 vs. Arizona on Oct. 11, 1969 and 219 vs. Ole Miss on Oct. 29, 1969).
Junior Dewayne Peace tallied his second receiving touchdown of his Houston career, both coming this season, with his 16-yard touchdown catch from David Piland for the Cougars' second touchdown of the game.
Redshirt freshman Kenneth Farrow notched a career-long 48-yard rushing touchdown, surpassing his previous long of 38 yards at UCLA on Sept. 15, 2012.
Farrow recorded a career-high 85 rushing yards in the win. His previous high of 74 yards came at UCLA on Sept.15, 2012.
Junior Kent Brooks recorded his second forced fumble of the season and fifth of his career with 5:10 left in the first quarter to force a North Texas punt.
Brooks made his third career interception and first this season at the 12:14 mark in the fourth quarter.
Junior Xavier Maxwell made his first catch in a Houston uniform on an eight-yard catch for a first down in the first quarter.
Senior Marcus Williams made his first catch of the season on an eight-yard catch from Piland for a first down in the second quarter.
Junior Shane Ros tallied his first catch of the season midway through the first quarter and tallied a career-best four receptions for 61 yards for an average of 15.3.
True freshman Deontay Greenberry notched career bests in receptions with six and receiving yards with 71, surpassing previous highs of five receptions and 60 receiving yards, both coming at UCLA on Sept. 15, 2012.
Senior Phillip Steward led Houston with his 11th career multi-tackle game, tallying 12 total stops in tonight's game to accompany senior Everett Daniels to pace the squad. He has now totaled double-digit tackles in four of the five games this season.
Senior Chris Cermin recorded his first career interception at the 1:04 mark in the fourth quarter for a gain of 11 yards.
Senior Matt Hogan recorded his 16th career game and third this season with at least two field goals.
He also notched his second 50-yard field goal of the year and third of his career.
Hogan went on to record his third-career game with at least three field goals.
BY THE NUMBERS
Houston scored for the first time all season on its opening drive of the game, which came on a five-yard touchdown run by Charles Sims.
Xavier Maxwell, Shane Ros, and Marcus Williams all recorded their first catch of the season.
Charles Sims notched his third career game with a rushing and receiving touchdown.
Kicker Matt Hogan notched his third career game with at least three field goals.
Houston had four defensive players record at least 11 tackles in Everett Daniels (12), Phillip Steward (12), Derrick Mathews (11) and Colton Valencia (11).
Houston improved to 5-0 all-time when Charles Sims records at least 100 rushing yards.
Houston has had at least seven different players with a reception in every game this season.
David Piland notched his 10th multi-touchdown game of his career and third of the season.
Houston's 17 points in the first quarter were the most points scored by the Cougars in the opening 15 minutes this season.
The 27-yard touchdown catch by Charles Sims in the second quarter was the first receiving touchdown this season for the junior.
Houston totaled 31 points in the opening half, the most scored in the first 30 minutes, since scoring 31 in a 73-17 win at Tulane.
Redshirt freshman Kenneth Farrow recorded a career-best 85 rushing yards for second-most on the team.
Charles Sims recorded his second 200-yard rushing game of his career and first this season with 210 total rushing yards.
David Piland has notched his seventh career 300+ yard game and third this season with 321 total yards.
Charles Sims has recorded a two-game total of 368 rushing yards after tonight's 210-yard effort and the 158-yard performance vs. Rice on Sept. 29.
Houston totaled 424 yards of total offense in the first half for the most this season and most in the first half since totaling 465 yards in a 73-14 win vs. Rice.
For the third game this season, Houston recorded at least 600 yards of total offense and third time in the last four games, finishing with 623 yards.
In the last four games under new offensive play caller Travis Bush, Houston has totaled 2,312 total yards of offense for an average of 578.0 per game.
Tonight's attendance was 25,476.