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POSTGAME NOTES: Houston 59, UCF 10

Oct. 24, 2015

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BY THE NUMBERS

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QB Kyle Postma threw his first career touchdown pass to connect with Linell Bonner

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Tom Herman is one of only two head coaches in Houston history who started their careers 7-0 (John Jenkins, 1990)

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Houston improved to 4-0 in American Athletic Conference play

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Houston’s 2015 team is only the fourth in school history to start a season 7-0

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Houston enjoyed its fifth game scoring 40+ points in 2015

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Houston won its seventh straight game, the program’s longest streak since starting the 2011 team started 12-0

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Greg Ward Jr. has 13 wins as the Cougars starting quarterback

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Greg Ward Jr. leads the nation with 15 rushing touchdowns

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Junior quarterback Greg Ward Jr., has been responsible for a touchdown in 15 straight games for Houston

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Houston’s national ranking in the latest Associated Press poll

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Kenneth Farrow posted a career-high 167 rushing yards, his 10th career 100-yard game

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Saturday’s attendance inside Bright Houst Stadium

GAME NOTES

• Houston improved to 411-351-15 all-time.
• With Saturday’s win, Head Coach Tom Herman remains only the second head coach in Houston history to win the first seven games of his career. He joined John Jenkins (8-0 in 1990) as the only Houston head coaches to accomplish that feat.
• With Saturday’s win, the Cougars moved to 7-0 for the first time since the 2011 team started 12-0. The 2015 squad became the fourth team in school history to start 7-0, joining 2011, 1990, and 1979 teams.
• With the 52-10 win, The Cougars pick up the program’s second win over UCF in series history. The last time Houston defeated UCF, 51-31, on Oct. 28, 2006 at Robertson Stadium.
• Houston record 4-3 when playing on ESPNews.
• Houston moved to 141-127 when playing in the month of October.
• UCF won the toss and elected to receive the ball. Senior running back Kenneth Farrow, offensive tackle Alex Cooper, safety Adrian McDonald and linebacker Elandon Roberts were captains.

AS A RANKED TEAM
• Houston entered Saturday’s game ranked No. 21 in the latest Associated Press poll and No. 22 in the USA TODAY Coaches poll. The Cougars entered the rankings at No. 24 last week.
• With Saturday’s win, Houston improved to 99-36-3 when ranked in the AP poll.

OFFENSE
• The Cougars have now scored in 192 consecutive games. Houston has not been shut out since a 48-0 loss to Texas on Sept. 23, 2000.
• Saturday’s game was the first time this season the Cougars didn’t score on their opening drive.
• Houston’s offense now has 17 scoring drives of two minutes or less this season. All three scoring drives today were one minute or under marking the seventh, eighth and ninth of the season.
• With 59 points vs. UCF, the Houston offense has posted 30+ points in each of its last 11 games, the first streak of its length since scoring 30+ in the first 12 games of the 2011 season.
• Saturday’s win also marked the third 50+ point win this season and the fifth 40+ point game and third straight.
• Houston is the only team in The American to defeat five different opponents by 21+ points. The Cougars are one of three undefeated teams nationally with at least four wins of 21 points or more (Baylor, Ohio State).
• Three different Cougars (Ward, Farrow, Jackson) recorded a rushing TD for the second time this season. The last time the Houston offense reached that feat was in the 2015 season opener vs. Tennessee Tech (Ward, Jackson, Webb).

DEFENSE
• With four turnovers in Saturday’s game (1 Fumble, 3 Interception), Houston defenses have forced 89 turnovers over the last two seasons.
• With Brandon Wilson’s fumble recovery for a TD in the first quarter, the Cougar Defense has now scored twice this season. William Jackson III returned an interception for a 35-yard TD vs. Texas State.

Greg Ward Jr.
• Junior Quarterback Greg Ward, Jr. led the Cougars with 210 passing yards and 46 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown.
• Wth 15 rushing touchdowns in 2015, Ward ties the single-season record joining running back Jackie Battle (2006).
• Saturday’s game broke the streak for three rushing TDs in a game.
• Ward now has 23 rushing touchdowns in his career. That mark ties Joffrey Reynolds (1999-02) and Gene Shannon (1949-51), who each rushed for 23 touchdowns during their careers.
• With 46 rushing yards, Ward extended the Houston career record by a quarterback with 1,426 rushing yards.
• Ward now has 23 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 67-yard touchdown pass to Demarcus Ayers in the third quarter and his 3-yard TD run with 50 seconds left in the half, Ward has been responsible for a touchdown in 16 straight games dating back to the Memphis game on Nov. 11, 2014.
• Ward improved to 13-2 as Houston’s starting quarterback. Ward moved into a tie with Gerald Landry (1983-85), Lionel Wilson (1981-83) and Bo Burris (1964-66) for ninth in Houston career history with 13 victories.
• With one rushing touchdown Saturday, Ward took the nation’s lead in that category with 15 rushing scores. He moved past LSU’s Leonard Fournette who has 14 rushing scores in 2015.

Kenneth Farrow
• With a career-high of 167 rushing yards, senior running back Kennth Farrow moved past Anthony Alridge (2005-07) into seventh place in Houston career history with 2,686 rushing yards. Up next in the Houston records book is Paul Gipson (1966-68) who rushed for 2,769 yards during his career.
• Farrow recorded his third 100-yard game of the season and 10th of his career. He matches Gene Shannon (1949-51) for eighth most 100-yard games in school history.
• Farrow scored Houston’s first offensive TD of the game with 2:27 to go in the first half. With his three rushing TDs this game, Farrow marked his sixth and seventh score on the ground this season and moves into a tie for third all-time for career rushing TDs (29), matching Charles Sims (2009-12).
• Saturday’s game marked the senior’s third game this season with multiple rushing TDs. He ran in three TDs vs. SMU (Oct. 8) and two at Tulsa (Oct. 3).

DEMARCUS AYERS
• Senior wide receiver Demarcus Ayers recorded his fourth touchdown of the season with a 67-yard TD pass from Greg Ward, Jr.

Brandon Wilson
• Junior cornerback Brandon Wilson’s strip and score for 85 yards on UCF’s opening drive was his third career touchdown and second of the season. Wilson had a 101-yard kickoff return at Louisville (Sept. 12) and his first career TD came at UTSA in 2013 when Wilson blocked a field goal for 78-yards.
• The turnover marked Wilson’s first fumble recovery and third forced fumble of his career.

Ryan Jackson
• Senior running back Ryan Jackson posted his third rushing touchdown of the season and 17th of his career.

Matthew Adams
• Sophomore linebacker Matthew Adams recorded his first sack of the season and third of his career.

Elandon Roberts
• Senior linebacker Elandon Roberts tallied his second sack of the season and third of his career.

Adrian McDonald
• With his 16th career interception, senior safety Adrian McDonald tied Cornelius Price (1988-89) for the the school record.

William Jackson III
• Senior cornerback William Jackson III’s interception with 1:37 left in the first half marked the second this season and fifth of his career.

KYLE POSTMA
• Sophomore quarterback Kyle Postma entered the game in the final quarter. He completed a career high four of his five passing attempts, threw for 24 yards and rushed 36 yards.
• Postma connected with Linell Bonner on a 6-yard touchdown pass for his first career passing touchdown

Linell Bonner
• Sophomore wide receive Linell Bonner notched a career-high five receptions for 71 yards on the day including a career long 37-yard reception.

• Bonner caught a 6-yard pass from QB Kyle Postma to record his second career touchdown, both coming this season. His previous was against Louisville.

OTHER CAREER HIGHS
Kaliq Kokuma: career high 10 rushing attempts for 43 yards which ties his career high.
Khalil Williams: first career interception and returned it for 49 yards to set up the Ty Cummings field goal
Ty Cummings: In his first career attempt, drained a 34-yard field goal to send the Cougars into halftime with a 24-10 lead.



 

 

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