PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - Freshman John O'Korn threw for career bests of 364 yards and five touchdowns and Houston forced a season-high six turnovers in routing error-prone Rutgers 49-14 on Saturday.
Sophomore receiverDeontay Greenberryalso had a career day for Houston (6-1, 3-0 American Athletic Conference), catching eight passes for 168 yards and three touchdowns, with the yardage and TDs being personal bests.
O'Korn came into the game leading all true freshmen with 14 touchdown passes and he added to the total, hitting 24 of 30 attempts to help Houston rebound from its first loss of the season. His scoring passes covered 10, 83 and 5 yards to Greenberry, 26 to Demarcus Ayersand 2 yards toAaron Johnson. Ayers' touchdown reception was his first career catch for the freshman.
Justin Goodwin ran for 161 yards and two touchdowns for Rutgers (4-3, 1-2), which suffered its worst loss since a 56-5 setback to Louisville in 2005.
Houston forced a season high of six turnovers with five coming off interceptions. Adrian McDonald and Turon Walker, who earned his first start of his career, both picked off a pair of passes. Fellow defensive back Trevon Stewart grabbed one interception and recoverd another fumble that he forced.
The Cougars never turned the ball over as they improved on their NCAA-leading turnover margin from +2.3 to +2.9 per game.
For the second time this year, Houston's defense shutout the opposing offense in the second half. The Cougars held Rutgers scoreless the final 37:03 as they outscored RU 35-0 down that stretch.