Oct. 19, 2013
• Houston dropped its first game of 2013, falling 47-46 to BYU.
• Houston moves to 5-1 on the season. Today’s game marked the first meeting between Houston and BYU all-time.
• Houston’s overall record falls to 393-342-15 all-time.
• Houston has scored in all 24 quarters this season and now has 31 straight quarters with a score, dating back to Nov. 17, 2012 at Marshall.
• The combined 72 points during today’s first half is the second-most points combined during a first half in program history, trailing the 73 points scored in a 59-14 first-half effort vs. SMU on Oct. 21, 1989.
• Houston’s 38 points (on 38 plays) is the most BYU has allowed in the first half since Colorado State scored 41 at BYU on Oct. 9, 2003 in 58-13 CSU win.
• The Cougars notched their 14th straight game dating back to 2012 with multiple turnovers.
• Houston recorded its first safety since Oct. 24, 1992 at Texas when Derrick Mathews had back-to-back sacks for a loss of 15 yards late in the third quarter.
• For the first time this season, Houston has at least three Cougars record double-digit tackles with six notching at least 10, led by Efrem Oliphant’s 16 tackles.
• Houston has forced 21 total turnovers this season, which has resulted in 65 points.
• Houston recorded 10 tackles for loss for a total of 69 yards. Derrick Mathews led the charge with four tackles for loss for 25 yards, followed by Efrem Oliphant’s two tackles for loss for 18 yards - which ties a career-best - vs. Rice this season.
• Houston finished the day with eight sacks - a season-high, led by Derrick Mathews’ three.
• Houston defense recorded 10 total tackles for loss for a combined 69 yards, led by Derrick Mathews’ four and Efrem Oliphant’s two.
• The Cougars tallied a season-best 117 tackles, surpassing the previous high of 87, which came vs. Southern.
• True freshman quarterback John O’Korn notched a career-high in passing yards with 363 yards on a career-best 29 completions on 45 attempts.
• O’Korn notched his fourth game with multiple passing touchdowns after recording two today.
• O’Korn’s 74-yard pass to teammate Daniel Spencer was a career long and marked the longest pass play given up by BYU this entire season.
• Freshman wide receiver Demarcus Ayers recorded a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to put Houston on the board in the first quarter for the second score by the Houston Special Teams unit this season.
• The touchdown return marked the first kickoff return by a Houston Cougar since Tyron Carrier notched a 100-yard kickoff return back on Oct. 27, 2011 vs. Rice.
• The 95-yarder by Ayers was the eighth longest kickoff return for a touchdown in program history.
Greg Ward Jr.
• True freshman quarterback Greg Ward Jr. notched his first passing touchdown of his career with a career-long 69 yard pass to teammate Xavier Maxwell for Houston’s second score of the game.
• Senior wide receiver Xavier Maxwell recorded his third career receiving touchdown and first since the win at UTSA on a 69-yard reception from freshman quarterback Greg Ward Jr.
• Maxwell finished the day with a career-high in receiving yards with 136 yards on five receptions, surpassing his previous high of 75 yards at Temple (Sept. 7) this season.
• Junior linebacker Derrick Mathews notched his first interception of the year and fourth of his career on a pick-6 for the Cougars’ third touchdown of the first quarter.
• Mathews’ pick-6 was the first since William Jackson’s interception return for a touchdown at UTSA and marks the second straight game Mathews forced a turnover with his forced fumble vs. Memphis last week.
• Mathews recorded three sacks today for 10 career sacks - including back-to-back sacks, which led to a loss of 15 yards and a safety for Houston for the Cougars’ only score of the third quarter.
• Mathews had 12 tackles - 10 of which were solo - for his 13th career double-digit tackle game.
• Sophomore wide receiver recorded his fourth game this season with a touchdown on a six-yard pass from true freshman quarterback John O’Korn in the second quarter.
• Greenberry tallied his second receiving touchdown of the game on a 10-yard pass from O’Korn in the fourth quarter to give Houston the lead at 46-41.
• Junior wide receiver Daniel Spencer recorded his sixth career touchdown at Reliant Stadium in just four games played when he put Houston up 38-31 near the end of the second quarter.
• Spencer records his second 100-yard receiving game of 2013 to mark the fifth game this season the Cougars have had a 100-yard receiver.
• Spencer notches a career-high 186 yards receiving on his seven receptions with one touchdown.
• Senior kicker/punter Richie Leone tallied eight punts during today’s game, which included a 61-yarder.
• Leone finished with four punts inside the 20-yard line, which ties a career-high. That marks the third time in his career, last coming vs. Memphis last week.
• Leone finished with three of his eight punts over 50 yards.
• Freshman defensive end Tyus Bowser collected his second solo sack of his short career for a nine-yard loss with under a minute to play in the second quarter to move his total to 2.5 sacks.
• Redshirt freshman linebacker Steven Taylor notched a career-high 15 tackles for his second double-digit tackle game of his short career.
• Junior linebacker Efrem Oliphant notched his third straight double-digit tackle effort and sixth of his career with a career-high 16 tackles in today’s game to lead Houston’s defense.
• Oliphant surpassed his previous high in tackles of 15, which came vs.Tulsa in 2010.
• Oliphant continued the sack game for Houston with his second career sack (both coming this season) to force a punt by BYU late in the game.
Trevor Harris & Tomme Mark
• Junior defensive end Trevor Harris and sophomore defensive tackle Tomme Mark combined for a sack to force the third straight punt by BYU for a loss of seven.
• Senior cornerback Thomas Bates recorded Houston’s second interception in the first quarter for the Cougars for his fourth career and first since 2011.
• Bates went on to pick off another BYU pass for his second career game with two interceptions - last coming vs. Louisiana Tech in 2011.
• Redshirt freshman defensive tackle B.J. Singleton notches his first sack of his career in the fourth quarter.
• Sophomore defensive back Adrian McDonald recorded a career-high 13 tackles - 10 of which were solo - for his third career double-digit tackle effort, last coming vs. Marshall in 2012 with 11.
• Sophomore defensive back Trevon Stewart had 10 tackles - all solo for his seventh career double-digit tackle game.
• Senior cornerback Zach McMillian had 10 tackles - seven solo - for his third career double-digit tackle game.
BY THE NUMBERS
Houston scored on offense, defense and special teams in the first quarter for the first time since the Nov. 28, 2009 game vs. Rice.
After Deontay Greenberry’s second quarter touchdown, the wide receiver now has a touchdown in four of Houston’s six games this season.
True freshman quarterback John O’Korn has recorded his fourth multiple-touchdown this game.
Houston defense had six players reach double-digit tackles, led by Efrem Oliphant’s 16 tackles today.
Houston finished with eight sacks (a season-high) today - led by Derrick Mathews’ three.
Houston recorded 10 tackles for loss for a total of 69 yards today, led by Derrick Mathews’ four for 25 yards.
Houston has recorded multiple turnovers in 14 straight games dating back to 2012.
Houston’s defense was led by junior Efrem Oliphant’s 16 tackles, a career-high, for his third straight double-digit tackle effort.
Houston has forced opponents into 21 turnovers this season (3 today), which has resulted in 65 total points (7 today).
Houston has scored in 31 straight quarters, dating back to last season - including in all 24 quarters this season.
Houston’s 38 points in the first half was the most points allowed by BYU in a first half since Colorado State scored 41 at BYU in 2003.
The combined 72 points in the first half is the second-most in program history behind 73 points (59-14) vs. SMU on Oct. 21, 1989.
Freshman wide receiver Demarcus Ayers recorded a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown - the most recent since Tyron Carrier’s 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in 2011.
Today marked the first time this season Houston finished with two 100-yard receivers as Daniel Spencer finished with 186 yards, followed by Xavier Maxwell’s 136 yards.
Houston defense totaled 117 tackles, surpassing the previous high which was 87 vs. Southern in the home opener.
Today’s attendance inside Reliant Stadium was 33,115.