BY THE NUMBERS
Fumble forced by junior linebacker Matthew Adams
Passing touchdowns by senior quarterback Greg Ward Jr.
Losses for Houston Football when competing as the No. 11 team in the Associated Press Poll.
Games with at least five receptions for senior wide receiver Chance Allen
Career multi-touchdown games by senior quarterback Greg Ward Jr., with five in 2016
Rushes of 10 yards or more for senior quarterback Greg Ward Jr., in 2016
Career games for senior quarterback Greg Ward Jr., with 200 passing yards or more
Career touchdown passes for senior quarterback Greg Ward Jr., tied for sixth all-time at Houston
Passing yards moved senior quarterback Greg Ward Jr. into sixth all-time with 7,327 for his career
Head Coach Tom Herman record with the Cougars
Houston Football’s record during its last 24 games
Senior Greg Ward Jr’s, career record as the Cougars starting quarterback
• The Cougars are 423-354-15 all-time.
• Houston is 6-2 overall and 3-2 in American Athletic Conference play this year.
• Houston won the toss and elected to defer. SMU to receive. Seniors Brandon Wilson, Cameron Malveaux, Tyler McCloskey and Greg Ward Jr., were captains.
• Houston is 21-3 in its last 24 games.
• Houston returns to action at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, when it faces American Athletic Conference rival UCF inside TDECU Stadium in Houston. That game will be shown on ESPNU and can be heard on 950 AM KPRC.
• That UCF game will be the first of three straight regular-season home games inside TDECU Stadium. Following the UCF game, the Cougars play host to Tulane for Homecoming on Nov. 12 and wrap up their non-conference schedule against No. 7/7 Louisville at 7 p.m., Nov. 17.
HOUSTON as a RANKED TEAM
• This marked the 192nd week that Houston was ranked in the Associated Press poll. It also marked the 17th consecutive week in which Houston was ranked in at least one national poll.
• Houston is 111-40-3 all-time when ranked.
• Saturday’s game was the first time Houston competed as the No. 11 team in the Associated Press poll since a 37-7 win over SMU in Houston on Nov. 19, 2011.
• Houston is 6-4-1 when competing as the No. 11 team in the Associated Press poll. The Cougars had won their last five games as the No 11 (AP) ranked team. The loss marked the first for Houston as the No. 11 (AP) team since a 26-17 setback at Oklahoma State on Sept. 26, 1970.
HEAD COACH Tom Herman
• Herman is 19-3 during his Houston career.
• Herman is 1-1 against SMU during his career.
• Saturday’s game marked the first time Herman faced SMU in Dallas.
• Herman is 13-3 when playing games on Saturday.
SERIES vs. SMU
• Houston is 20-11-1 in the all-time series against SMU.
• Houston is 9-5 when playing at SMU in Dallas.
• The Cougars had won their last three games and nine of their last 10 games against SMU entering Saturday.
• Houston is 369-321-14 all-time when playing games on Saturday.
• Houston is 143-129-6 all-time when playing in October.
• Houston recorded its second safety of the season when SMU snapped the ball out of the back of the end zone on a punt attempt in the fourth quarter. The first safety of 2016 came at Cincinnati on Sept. 15.
Greg Ward Jr.
• Senior Greg Ward Jr., is 24-4 as the Cougars’ starting quarterback. He continues to hold Houston’s career record with an .857 winning percentage and is the only starting quarterback in school history with a perfect season after going 13-0 in 2015.
• Ward recorded two touchdowns through the air. He first found junior wide receiver Steven Dunbar with a 5-yard strike at the 7:59 mark of the second quarter. Ward later hit senior tight end Tyler McCloskey with a 2-yard pass at the 7:52 mark of the third quarter.
• With two touchdown passes, Ward recorded his 13th career game and his fifth in 2016 with 2+ touchdown
• With two touchdown passes, Ward tied Chuck Clements (1993-96) for sixth all-time with 43 career touchdown passes.
• With 241 passing yards, Ward moved into sixth all-time with 7,327 career passing yards, passing Chuck Clements (7,112 yards; 1993-96).
• With 241 passing yards, Ward recorded the 22nd game of his career with over 200 yards through the air.
• Ward recorded rushes of 10, 19 and 20 yards. The three runs give him 20 rushes of 10 yards or more for the season.
• Ward broke for a 20-yard run in the third quarter, marking his fourth rush of the season of at least 20 yards.
• After missing three games, sophomore running back Duke Catalon recorded back-to-back runs of 11 and 12 yards on his first carries of the game.
• Catalon's 51-yard catch in the fourth quarter was a career high reception, while the 51 yards also marked a career high in total reception yards. The reception topped a 15-yard grab and the yardage bests his previous high 29 yards with both coming against No. 3/3 Oklahoma on Sept. 3.
• Catalon finished with 54 yards on 17 carries, adding 66 yards on four receptions.
• Junior linebacker Matthew Adams recovered a fumble, forced by freshman defensive tackle Ed Oliver, and returned it 13 yards to the SMU 10-yard line. The recovery was the first of his career.
• With a 5-yard touchdown reception at the 7:59 mark of the second quarter, junior wide receiver Steven Dunbar recorded his fourth touchdown of the season and seventh overall of his career.
• Senior wide receiver Chance Allen recorded his sixth catch of at least 20 yards with a 21-yard reception late in the second quarter.
• With five catches, Allen has five games with at least five receptions in 2016.
• Allen finished with a team-high 84 yards on five receptions.
• With a 2-yard touchdown reception at the 7:52 mark of the third quarter, senior tight end Tyler McCloskey recorded his third touchdown of the season and fourth overall of his career.