BY THE NUMBERS
Wide receiver Demarcus Ayers became the first player in Houston history to record kickoff return and punt return touchdowns during his career
Tom Herman is one of only two head coaches in Houston history who started their careers 6-0 (John Jenkins, 1990)
Houston improved to 3-0 in American Athletic Conference play
Houston enjoyed its fourth game scoring 40+ points in 2015
Houston claimed its fourth win by 21+ points of the season. The Cougars joined NC State, Baylor, Michigan and Western Kentucky as the only FBS teams to accomplish that feat
Houston’s 2015 team is only the fifth in school history to start a season 6-0
With Greg Ward, Jr.’s 49-yard touchdown pass to Chance Allen on the Cougars’ first play from scrimmage, Houston’s offense has scored touchdowns on all six opening drives in 2015
Houston won its sixth straight game, the program’s longest streak since starting the 2011 team started 12-0
3-and-outs forced by the Houston defense against the Green Wave
Greg Ward Jr. leads the nation with 14 rushing touchdowns entering this weekend’s games
Greg Ward Jr. has 12 wins as the Cougars starting quarterback
Junior quarterback Greg Ward Jr., has been responsible for a touchdown in 14 straight games for Houston
Houston’s national ranking in the latest Associated Press poll
All-purpose yards (175 punt return, 93 receiving, 15 rush) by Demarcus Ayers, the 12th-highest total in Houston single-game history
Friday’s attendance inside Yulman Stadium
• Houston improved to 410-351-15 all-time.
• With Friday’s win, Head Coach Tom Herman remains only the second head coach in Houston history to win the first six games of his career. He joined John Jenkins (8-0 in 1990) as the only Houston head coaches to accomplish that feat.
• With Friday’s win, the Cougars moved to 6-0 for the first time since the 2011 team started 12-0. The 2015 squad became the fifth team in school history to start 6-0, joining (started 12-0); (started 8-0); 1979(started 8-0) and 1973(started 6-0) teams.
• With Friday’s win, the Cougars moved to 3-0 in American Athletic Conference play. It is the first time since 2013 that the Cougars started 3-0 in league play. The 2015 Cougars are the 10th team to start 3-0 in conference play, joining (The American, started 3-0); 2011(C-USA, started 8-0); 2008 (C-USA, started 3-0); (SWC, started 6-0); (SWC, started 3-0); 1979 (SWC, started 5-0); 1979 (SWC, started 6-0); (SWC, started 3-0); (MVC, started 4-0) and 1952(MVC, started 3-0).
• Houston improved to 29-12 when playing on Fridays. Tonight’s game was the Cougars’ first Friday game since a 35-34 win over Pittsburgh in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl on Jan. 2. The Cougars have won their last four Friday games and seven of their last eight. Only a 27-7 loss to UTSA on Aug. 29, 2014, in Houston prevents a longer winning streak.
• With 42 points, the Cougars posted their fourth game this season with 40+ points.
• With Friday’s win, the Cougars posted their fourth victory of the season by 21+ points. Houston joined NC State, Baylor, Michigan and Western Kentucky as the only FBS teams to accomplish that feat in 2015.
• Houston improved to 4-3 when playing on ESPNU.
• Houston moved to 140-127 when playing in the month of October.
AS A RANKED TEAM
• Friday’s game was the first time the Cougars were ranked nationally since finishing the 2013 season at No. 18 in the Associated Press and No. 14 in the USA TODAY Coaches poll. Houston entered Friday’s game ranked No. 24 in the latest Associated Press poll.
• With Friday’s win, Houston improved to 98-36-3 when ranked in the AP poll. Houston moved to 2-0 when ranked No. 24 in the AP poll. Friday’s game was the first time the Cougars played at No. 24 in the AP poll since a 37-9 win against UNLV on Sept. 8, 1990.
SERIES vs. TULANE
• Houston improved to 15-5 in the all-time series against Tulane.
• Houston has won 11 of the last 12 games against Tulane. Only a 31-24 loss on Nov. 8, 2014, prevents a longer Houston winning streak.
• The Cougars have scored at least 34 points in nine of their last 10 games against Tulane. Only a 31-24 loss at TDECU Stadium on Nov. 8, 2014, prevents a longer Houston streak.
• Houston improved to 7-2 against Tulane in New Orleans. The Cougars have won five consecutive games against Tulane in New Orleans. Houston’s last loss to the Green Wave in New Orleans was a 41-23 setback on Nov. 4, 2000.
UP NEXT for HOUSTON
• The Cougars continue American Athletic Conference play when they meet UCF at 11 a.m. (CST), Oct. 24, in Orlando.
• The Cougars return to the friendly confines of TDECU Stadium when they play host to Southeastern Conference foe Vanderbilt on Oct. 31... It will be the Cougars’ final regular-season non-conference game of the year.
• With 42 points, the Cougars have now scored in 191 consecutive games. Houston has not been shut out since a 48-0 loss to Texas on Sept. 23, 2000.
• The Cougars have scored touchdowns on their opening drives in all six games this season.
– Quarterback Greg Ward Jr. hit Chance Allen on a 49-yard touchdown strike on the Cougars’ first play from scrimmage against Tulane (Oct. 16).
– Houston opened the SMU game (Oct. 8) with a 4-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a Ward 1-yard rushing TD.
– The Tulsa game (Oct. 3) began with a 9-play, 75-yard drive over 2:26 and ended in a Ward 3-yard rush for the score.
– Houston opened the Texas State game (Sept. 26) with a 5-play, 85-yard drive that was capped by Ward’s 35-yard touchdown pass to Chance Allen, marking Allen’s first career touchdown at Houston.
– The Cougars opened the Louisville game (Sept. 12) with a 6-play, 51-yard drive that was capped by Greg Ward Jr.’s 29-yard touchdown pass to Steven Dunbar.
– Houston opened the 2015 season against Tennessee Tech (Sept. 5) with an 8-play, 56-yard touchdown drive that was capped by Ryan Jackson’s 1-yard run.
• Houston’s offense now has 12 scoring drives of two minutes or less this season
• Tulane’s 262 yards of total offense (150 pass, 112 rush) was a season low for the Houston defense. It was the fewest yards allowed by the Cougars since giving up 223 yards (78 rush, 145 pass) against SMU on Nov. 28, 2014.
• Houston defenses have forced 85 turnovers over the last two seasons.
Greg Ward Jr.
• Friday’s game marked the third straight game in which junior quarterback Greg Ward, Jr. rushed for at least three touchdowns. That ties as the third-longest streak in FBS during the last 10 seasons.
• With three rushing touchdowns, Ward recorded his 12th, 13th and 14th rushing touchdown of the season to extend his school single-season record for a quarterback.
• Wth 14 rushing touchdowns in 2015, Ward moved into a tie for second with Kenneth Farrow (2014), Anthony Alridge (2007) and Antowain Smith (1996) in Houston single-season history. Running back Jackie Battle set the UH single-season record with 15 rushing touchdowns in 2006.
• Ward now has 22 rushing touchdowns in his career. That mark ties with Anthony Alridge (22, 2005-07) as the 10th-highest total in Houston career history. Up next in the Houston records book are Joffrey Reynolds (1999-02) and Gene Shannon (1949-51), who each rushed for 23 touchdowns during their careers.
• With three rushing touchdowns, Ward posted his fifth multi-rushing TD game of the season.
• With 77 rushing yards, Ward set a Houston career record by a quarterback with 1,380 rushing yards. He moved past Lionel Wilson, who previously held the UH record with 1,338 rushing yards from 1980 to 1983.
• Ward now has 22 rushing touchdowns during his career. He joined Case Keenum (23, 2006-11) and Kevin Kolb (21, 2003-06) as the only Houston quarterbacks to reach that total during their careers.
• With his 49-yard touchdown pass to Chance Allen on the Cougars’ first play from scrimmage, Ward has been responsible for a touchdown in 14 straight games dating back to the Memphis game on Nov. 11, 2014.
• With 299 yards of total offense (77 rush, 222 pass), Ward moved into eighth place in Houston career history with 5,224 yards of total offense (1,380 rush, 3,844 pass). Up next in the Houston records book is Gerald Landry, who compiled 5,829 yards of total offense (1,317 rush, 4,512 pass) from 1983 to 1986.
• Ward’s interception at the 0:22 mark of the second quarter ended a streak of 103 consecutive passes without an interception. Ward’s streak began in the third quarter at Louisville (Sept. 8).
• Ward improved to 12-2 as Houston’s starting quarterback. Ward moved into a tie with David Klingler (1990-91) for 12th in Houston career history with 12 victories.
• With three rushing touchdowns Friday, Ward took the nation’s lead in that category with 14 rushing scores. He moved past LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Boise State’s Jeremy McNichols, who each have 12 rushing scores in 2015.
• Demarcus Ayers became the first player in Houston history to record punt return and kickoff return touchdowns during his career. he returned a 95-yard kickoff for a touchdown against BYU (Oct. 29, 2013)
• Ayers’ 73-yard punt return for touchdown at the 0:10 mark of the third quarter was the first of his career.
• With his 73-yard punt return for touchdown, Ayers became the first Cougar to return a punt for a score since Damian Payne (76 yards) and Patrick Edwards (70) each accomplished the feat at Tulane on Nov. 10, 2011.
• Wide receiver Ayers set several career highs in punt returns. His eight returns topped his previous high of three punt returns set against Tennessee Tech (Sept. 5).
• His 175 punt return yards was a personal best, surpassing his previous high of 25 against Tennessee Tech (Sept. 5).
• Ayers’ 37-yard return around the 10:30 mark of the first quarter was a career long. It topped his previous best of 22 yards against Tennessee Tech (Sept. 5)
• Ayers’ 15-yard rushing touchdown at the 1:46 mark of the second quarter was the first rushing score of his career.
• Ayers’ 175 punt return yards was the second-highest total in Houston single-game history. It trailed only the 199 yards set by Don Bean against Tulsa on Nov. 5, 1966.
• Ayers finished Friday’s game with 283 all-purpose yards (175 punt return, 93 receiving, 15 rush). That ranks as the 12th highest total in Houston single-game history.
• With 77 rushing yards, senior running back Kennth Farrow moved past Alois Blackwell (1975-77) into eighth place in Houston career history with 2,519 rushing yards. Up next in the Houston records book is Anthony Alridge (2005-07) who rushed for 2,594 yards during his career.
William Jackson III
• Senior cornerback William Jackson III recorded four pass breakups against Tulane. It was the second time this season Jackson broke up at least three passes in a game. His total topped his previous high of three breakups set at Tulsa (Oct. 3).
• Jackson’s four pass breakups tied as the fifth-highest total in Houston single-game history. It was the most pass breakups by a Cougar since Thomas Bates broke up four passes against USF on Oct. 31, 2013.
• With his 52-yard punt around the 5:15 mark of the second quarter, senior punter Logan Piper recorded his fifth 50-yard punt of the season. He added his sixth 50-yard effort with a 51-yard punt late in the third quarter.
• Friday’s game was the first time this season that Piper booted two 50+-yard punts in a game.