Oct. 13, 2012
With the 39-17 Conference USA win over UAB, Houston moves to 386-339-15 all-time and 63-35 in Conference USA play. The Cougars improve to 3-3 this season and 2-0 in league play. Houston has now won the last three contests over the Blazers and four of the last five.
Houston improved to 5-4 all-time over UAB, marking the first time in series history the Cougars have a winning record over the Blazers after opening the series 0-3 with their first meeting back in 1999.
For the second straight game, Houston scored on its opening drive after not scoring a single point on any opening drive during the first four games. The Cougars took the lead on a David Piland pass to Shane Ros for a 25-yard touchdown after 10 plays on 56 yards in just under three minutes.
Houston also scored a touchdown to open the second half, marking its second straight game to score on its second-half opening drive and first time this season to record a touchdown.
With the win, Houston head coach Tony Levine notched his third regular season victory of his career and improved to 4-3 at the helm of the Cougars.
Houston recorded its fifth 100-yard rushing and third 100-yard receiving game of the season with 186 total rushing yards and 380 total receiving yards for 566 total yards of offense.
Houston improved to 6-0 all-time when running back Charles Sims records 100+ rushing yards. Today, Sims rushed for 133 yards, his third straight 100-yard rushing game.
Houston has won each of its last three games by an average of 21 points (39-17 - UAB, 44-21 - North Texas, 35-14 - Rice).
Houston's defense recorded a season-high eight sacks in the win. The Cougars came into today's game with just 12 through the first five games. Those eight sacks are the most in a single game since Houston totaled nine against East Carolina on Oct. 8, 2011.
In the five games since Travis Bush has taken over the Houston offensive play-calling duties, the Cougars have totaled 2,878 yards of total offense for an average of 575.5 yards per game.
He also notched his third 50-yard field goal of the year and fourth of his career.
With six field goals and three extra points today, Hogan totaled a career-best 21 points for the Cougars. His previous high of 16 points (4 field goals, 4 extra points) came in the win at Tulsa on Nov. 7, 2009.
Hogan's 52-yard field goal in the third quarter in today's win was a career long, surpassing his previous best of 51 yards, which came as the game winner at Tulsa on Nov. 7, 2009.
Hogan's six field goals (previous career-best four at Tulsa) set a Houston school record, previously held by Mike Clendenen with five field goals against Texas Tech on Nov. 19, 1983. With 21 total points, Hogan also surpassed Clendenen's school record 19 total points (5 field goals, 4 extra points) set in the same contest.
The six field goals made in today's game by Hogan also broke the Conference USA single-game record, previously held by 11 other players, most recently by Southern Miss' Danny Hrapmann vs. UCF on Nov. 12, 2011.
Redshirt sophomore quarterback David Piland threw for his eighth-career 300-yard game and fourth of the year. He finished the day with 362 yards on a 32-of-44 effort with one touchdown.
When throwing for at least 300 yards, Piland is now 3-5 in his career. The wins have now come in three straight games.
Piland recorded his fifth highest passing yardage total of his career with 362 passing yards.
Ros recorded a career high in yardage and receptions with 114 yards on seven catches.
For the first time in his career, Ros recorded a 100+ yard receiving game with 114 yards to lead Houston. Ross become the fifth Cougar this season to catch for 100+ yards.
Steward recorded his team-best 2.5 sacks in today's win. He now totals 6.5 on the season and 10.5 in his career.
Steward tallied his fifth double-digit tackle game of the season and 12th of his career with a team-best 13 stops in today's win.
Steward notched a career-high four tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks, surpassing his previous high of three tackles for loss and two sacks, which both came in the 35-14 win against Rice on Sept. 29, 2012.
Sims became the first Houston player to rush for 100 yards in three straight games (158 vs. Rice, 210 vs. North Texas, 133 - UAB) since Bryce Beall accomplished that feat in 2008 (at SMU - 105, vs. UAB - 107, at ECU - 132).
Redshirt freshman Kenneth Farrow recorded his second-career touchdown on a 1-yard run for the first score for Houston in the second half. Farrow finished the day with five rush attempts for 18 yards.
Jeremiah Farley & George Bamfo
Redshirt sophomore Jeremiah Farley notched his first career sack in the first quarter for a loss of four yards. He teamed up with redshirt junior George Bamfo, who now has 3.5 career sacks and his first of the season.
William Moore & Trevon Stewart
Sophomore William Moore and freshman Trevon Stewart teamed up to record their first career sacks on a fourth and nine play for a loss of eight yards at the 5:14 mark in the first quarter.
Senior Ameen Behbahani notched his first sack of the season, bringing his career total to two following a 1.5 sack effort in 2009. He teamed up with Phillip Steward for a loss of seven yards on a crucial fourth and goal.
Senior Chris Cermin recorded his first career forced fumble on UAB's second down with 6:41 left in the third quarter. On that play, senior teammate D.J. Hayden recovered the forced fumble.
Redshirt freshman quarterback made his collegiate debut in the fourth quarter.
BY THE NUMBERS
Junior wide receiver Shane Ros recorded his first career touchdown to give Houston a score on the opening drive of the game.
For the second straight game, Houston scored on its opening drive on a Shane Ros touchdown.
Phillip Steward led Houston with 2.5 sacks on the day as the Cougars posted a season-best eight total sacks as a team.
Kicker Matt Hogan notched his fourth- career game with at least three field goals.
Matt Hogan broke a Conference USA and Houston school record with six made field goals in a single game.
Houston improved to 6-0 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.
Houston's defense recorded a season-high eight sacks in the game. The Cougars entered today's game with just 12.
Phillip Steward led Houston with 13 tackles for his fifth double-digit tackle game of the season.
Houston has won each of its last three games by an average of 21 points.
Matt Hogan broke the Houston single-game record with 21 points scored by a kicker following six field goals and three extra points.
Houston's defense held UAB to just 35 rushing yards on the day.
Matt Hogan notched a career-long 52-yard field goal, surpassing his previous high of 51 yards, which came as the game winner at Tulsa in 2009.
David Piland notched his eighth career 300+ yard game and fourth this season with 362 total yards.
In the last five games under new offensive play caller Travis Bush, Houston has totaled 2,878 total yards of offense for an average of 575.5 per game.
Today's attendance was 25,242.