Oct. 12, 2013
Houston earned a 25-15 win over Memphis to improve to 5-0 on the year and 2-0 in American Athletic Conference play.
With the win, Houston improved to 13-9 all-time vs. Memphis and 6-4 at home vs. the Tigers.
The 5-0 start marks the fifth time in program history the Cougars have opened the year with five straight wins.
The win also improved Houston's overall record to 393-341-15 all-time.
Houston has scored in all 20 quarters this season and now has 27 straight quarters with a score, dating back to Nov. 17, 2012 at Marshall.
Houston's defense held Memphis without a touchdown, marking the first time this season the Cougars have held an opponent without a touchdown and first time since holding East Carolina to just a field goal in a 56-3 win back on October 8, 2011.
The Cougars notched their 13th straight game dating back to 2012 with multiple turnovers.
Houston has forced 18 total turnovers this season, which has resulted in 58 points.
Houston forced four turnovers in today's game. This marks the third time in five games this season the Cougars have forced an opponent into four or more turnovers.
Sophomore running back Kenneth Farrow put Houston up 18-15 wtih his third career rushing touchdown and first of the season in the third quarter. Farrow also went on rush for the two-point conversion following a shovel pass by John O'Korn.
Farrow went on to record his second rushing touchdown on a six-yard run in the fourth quarter to put the Cougars up by 10.
The multiple rushing touchdown game marked the first time Farrow has recorded two rushing touchdowns in a single game in his career.
True freshman quarterback John O'Korn is now 3-0 this season in his first three starts as Houston's quarterback.
O'Korn finished the day with 198 yards on a 13-of-30 effort with one touchdown (now 11 this season).
O'Korn rushed for 22 yards - a career-high for a first down under the two-minute mark in the first quarter.
Sophomore running back Ryan Jackson recorded a career-long 44-yard reception from John O'Korn early in the fourth quarter to set up Houston's next scoring drive, which came on a Kenneth Farrow rushing touchdown.
Junior wide receiver put Houston on the board early with his third career receiving touchdown and second of the season for 17 yards from John O'Korn.
Senior punter Richie Leone drilled four of his six punts inside the 20-yard line for average of 47 yards.
Junior linebacker Derrick Mathews recorded his first career forced fumble on Memphis' first scoring drive of the game. He went on to recover that forced fumble - his first of the season and fifth of his career. The Cougars went on to score following that Memphis turnover.
Mathews later recovered his second fumble of the day, which resulted in a fied goal for Houston to put the Cougars up 10-6 midway through the second quarter.
Redshirt freshman linebacker Steven Taylor tallied his first fumble recovery in the second quarter.
Sophomore defensive back Trevon Stewart recorded his first career forced fumble for the Cougars' fourth strip of the game. Stewart went on to recover the fumble for his third career.
Junior linebacker Efrem Oliphant notched his second straight double-digit tackle effort and fifth of his career with 13 tackles in today's game to lead the Houston defense.
Oliphant forced his second career fumble for the third forced turnover by Houston. His fumble was recoverd by teammate Steven Taylor.
Junior defensive end Trevor Harris forced Memphis to punt on the third down following his second sack of the season.
Freshman wide receiver Demarcus Ayers recorded a career-long 45 yard kickoff return to open the third quarter for the Cougars.
Freshman defensive end Tyus Bowser now has 2.5 sacks this season following his sack with 2:07 left to play in the game for a loss of seven yards.
BY THE NUMBERS
Houston held Memphis without a touchdown for the first time this season and first since Oct. 8, 2011 in a 56-3 win vs. East Carolina.
Sophomore running back Kenneth Farrow tallied two rushing touchdowns - his first of the year and ran for the two-point conversion.
Junior linebacker Derrick Mathews recorded his first two career fumble recoveries after forcing his first fumble of the season.
Sophomore running back Kenneth Farrow recorded his first multiple rushing touchdown game of his career with two scoring drives today.
Daniel Spencer put Houston on the board first with his 17-yard touchdown reception - marking his third career receiving touchdown and second of the year.
Houston forced four turnovers in today's game - the third time in five games this season.
Junior Derrick Mathews notched his 12th career double-digit tackle game with his 10 tackles this afternoon.
Houston's defense was led by junior Efrem Oliphant's 13 tackles and second straight multi-tackle game of the year.
Houston has forced opponents into 18 turnovers this season (4 today), which has resulted in 58 total points (10 today).
Houston has scored in 27 straight quarters, dating back to last season - including in all 20 quarters this season.
Freshman wide receiver Demarcus Ayers notched a career-long 45 yard kickoff return to open the third quarter.