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POSTGAME NOTES: Houston 38, Tulsa 31

Oct. 15, 2016

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BY THE NUMBERS

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Head Coach Tom Herman is now 2-0 against Tulsa during his career with the Cougars

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Houston improves to 3-1 in American Athletic Conference play

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Sophomore linebacker Emeke Egbule’s fumble recovered for a touchdown accounted for Houston’s third defensive touchdown this season

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This marked the third time in senior quarterback Greg Ward Jr.’s career he has thrown for at least 200 yards and rushed for at least 100 yards in the same game

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With 396 yards of total offense, senior quarterback Greg Ward Jr., passed David Klingler (9,327 yards; 1988-91) to move into third on the Houston career total offense chart with 9,357 total yards

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Houston improves to 6-1 overall on the season

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Houston held their opponent under 100 yards rushing for the sixth time this season

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Tackles for sophomore safety Garrett Davis, setting a career high

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Head Coach Tom Herman is 11-0 in games played at TDECU Stadium

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Tackles for freshman defensive lineman Ed Oliver, setting a career high

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Head Coach Tom Herman is now 19-2 during his career with the Cougars

21-2
Houston Football’s record during its last 23 games

23-18
Houstonall-time series record against Tulsa

24-3
Senior Greg Ward Jr.’s career record as the Cougars starting quarterback

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Sophomore linebacker Emeke Egbule’s fumble recovered for a touchdown is Houston’s 38th non-offensive touchdown since 2010 moving them into a tie for Utah for second in the NCAA during that span

117
Total number of turnovers Houston has forced since 2013

GAME NOTES
• The Cougars are 423-353-15 all-time.
• Houston is 6-1 overall and 3-1 in American Athletic Conference play this year.
• Tonight’s attendance was 38,221.
• Houston returns to action at 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, when it faces American Athletic Conference rival SMU inside Gerald J. Ford Stadium Stadium in Dallas. That game will be shown on ESPN and can be heard on 950 AM KPRC.
• Tulsa won the toss and elected to defer. Houston elected to receive the opening kickoff. Seniors Brandon Wilson, Cameron Malveaux, Tyler McCloskey and Greg Ward Jr., were captains.
• Houston is 21-2 in its last 23 games.
• With six wins, Houston becomes bowl eligible for a fourth straight year.
• Houston has now scored in 206 straight games dating back to at No. 15 Texas in Austin on Sept. 23, 2000.

HOUSTON as a RANKED TEAM
• This marked the 191st week that Houston was ranked in the Associated Press poll. It also marked the 16th consecutive week in which Houston was ranked in at least one national poll.
• Houston improved to 111-39-3 all-time when ranked.
• Saturday’s game was the first time that Houston competed as the No. 13 team in the Associated Press poll since a 20-17 loss to UConn on Nov. 21, 2009, in East Hartford, Conn.
• Houston is 8-2 when competing as the No. 13 team in the Associated Press poll. The Cougars pick up their first win as the No. 13 (AP) team since a 46-45 win at Tulsa on Nov. 7, 2009.

HEAD COACH Tom Herman
• Herman is 19-2 during his Houston career.
• Herman is 2-0 against Tulsa during his career.
• Saturday’s game marked the first time Herman faced Tulsa inside TDECU Stadium in Houston.
• Herman is 11-0 in games played at TDECU Stadium.
• Herman is 13-2 when playing games on Saturday.

SERIES vs. TULSA
• Houston is 23-18 in the all-time series against Tulsa.
• The Cougars have won the last three games and four of the last five against the Golden Hurricane. Only a 41-7 setback inside Robertson Stadium in Houston on Nov. 10, 2012, prevents a longer Houston winning streak.
• Houston is 14-9 against Tulsa in games played in Houston.
• Houston is 2-0 against Tulsa in games played inside TDECU Stadium in Houston.

BY DAYS
• Houston is 369-320-14 all-time when playing games on Saturday.

BY MONTHS
• Houston is 143-128-6 all-time when playing in October.

OFFENSE
• Houston set new seaon highs for its longest drive in both length of time and total plays with a 7:50, 18-play scoring drive in a drive that started in the third quarter and ended in the fourth quarter.

DEFENSE
• Sophomore linebacker Emeke Egbule’s fumble recovered for a touchdown is Houston’s 38th non-offensive touchdown since 2010 moving them into a tie for Utah for second in the NCAA during that span. Egbule’s score is Houston’s 16th defensive scoring play since 2013 and fouth score this season.
• With 96 rushing yards by Tulsa, it marked the sixth time this season Houston has held an opponent under 100 yards rushing.
• With two forced turnovers against Tulsa, Houston now has 117 takeaways since 2013, the most in the NCAA.
• The Cougars tallied five tackles for loss against Tulsa. Houston now has 51 team tackles for loss on the season and entered the contest tied for 12th in the nation in the category.

Greg Ward Jr.
• Senior quarterback Greg Ward Jr., finshed the contest with a season-high 142 yards rushing on 25 carries. That marks the fifth time in his career he has carried the ball for more than triple digits.
• Senior Greg Ward Jr., improved to 24-3 as the Cougars’ starting quarterback. He continues to hold Houston’s career record with a .889 winning percentage and is the only starting quarterback in school history with a perfect season after going 13-0 in 2015.
• With 254 passing yards, Ward recorded the 21st game of his career with 200+ passing yards in a game.
• The contest marked the third time in Ward’s career that he has thrown for at least 200 yards and rushed for at least 100 yards in the same game.
• With 396 yards of total offense, Ward passed David Klingler (9,327 yards; 1988-91) to move into third on the Houston career total offense chart. Ward now has 9,357 total yards in his career. He stays on par with his average of 391.2 yards of total offense per game, which ranked fifth in the nation and first in the American Athletic Conference entering the weekend.
• None of Houston’s opponents have been able to completely lock down both elements of Ward’s game during the last two seasons. With 254 passing yards and 142 rushing yards against Tulsa, Ward has recorded at least 200 passing yards OR 100 rushing yards in every full game in which he has competed during the last two years, missing parts of two games with injury.
• With 142 rushing yards, Ward posted a season high. Saturday’s total topped his previous season high of 94 yards at Navy on Oct. 8
• Ward has shown success rushing against the Golden Hurricane in past. He rushed for a career-high 182 yards at Tulsa Oct. 3, 2015.

Linell Bonner
• Junior wide receiver Linell Bonner established a new career high in receptions with 13 catches against Tulsa. Bonner’s previous high was 12 receptions recorded against UConn on Sept. 29.
• With 13 receptions, Bonner recorded his second game this season with double figure receptions and third consecutive with at least nine catches.

Dillon Birden
• Junior running back Dillon Birden found the end zone from 17 yards out on the Cougars’ first offensive drive of the game. The score for Birden was his fourth of the season, and he now has a rushing score in each of the last four games.
• The 17-yard run for a score is the longest rush of Birden’s career.
• Birden finished the contest with 82 yards, marking a new career high.
• Birden found the end zone on the ground again in the second half, punching it in from six yards out. The multi-touchdown game is the first of Birden’s career.
• Birden’s third score of the game came with 8:29 remaining in the ballgame to make the score 31-17. He is the 55th player in program history to have three rushing touchdowns in a game. The three touchdowns in a game also matches the American Conference season best.

Mulbah Car
Mulbah Car scored a 6-yard touchdown early in the second half to extend the Cougar lead to 17-3. The score for Car was the second of his career.
• Car’s second score of the season makes him the fifth Cougar to have multiple rushing touchdowns this season.

Howard Wilson
• Sophomore cornerback Howard Wilson intercepted his fourth pass of the season on a Tulsa drive early in the second quarter. The pick was the eighth of Wilson’s career.
• Wilson’s fourth interception moves him into a tie with Jordan Wyatt and Horace Richards of SMU for the conference lead.

Ty Cummings
• Senior kicker Ty Cummings drilled a 33-yard field goal with 1:54 remaining in the first quarter to make the score 10-3 Houston. The successful try for Cummings moved him to 9-of-11 on field goals attempts in 2016 and 17-of-19 during his career.
• With his 33-yard field goal, Cummings is now 15-of-17 on field goals under 40 yards for his career.

Ed Oliver
• Freshman defensive lineman Ed Oliver recorded a career-high 12 tackles. His previous high was 11 at Navy on Oct. 8
• With his double-digit tackling effort, freshman defensive lineman Ed Oliver recorded his second-consectuve 10+ tackle game.
• Oliver also matched a career-best in pass breakups, knocking down two of Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans’ throws. Oliver also had two against UConn on Sept. 29.
• Oliver recorded two tackles for loss. He entered the game tied for 26th in the nation with 7.5 tackles for loss on the season.

Garrett Davis
• Sophomore safety Garrett Davis recorded a career-high 10 tackles. His previous high was seven at Texas State on Sept. 24.
• Late in the fourth quarter, Davis sacked Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans and forced a fumble at the Tulsa 25 yard line.

Emeke Egbule
• Late in the fourth quarter, sophomore linebacker Emeke Egbule recovered a fumble and returned it 24 yards for his first career touchdown to put Houston up 38-31 with 1:21 to play.

Austin Robinson
• With Tulsa driving in the Houston red zone, junior safety Austin Robinson tackled Jesse Brubaker at the Cougar one yard line as time expired to seal the 38-31 victory. The stop was his only snap played on defense of the night.



 

 

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