Oct. 27, 2012
With the 45-35 Conference USA win over UTEP, Houston moves to 387-340-15 all-time and 64-36 in Conference USA play. The Cougars improve to 4-4 overall and 3-1 in league play this season.
With the win, Houston improves to 6-4 all-time over UTEP and 4-0 at Robertson Stadium.
Houston has now won six of its last seven meetings with UTEP.
Five of Houston's six offensive scoring drives came under two minutes in today's game. Two of the five came under 16 seconds.
With D.J. Hayden's interception in the first quarter, Houston has now recorded a pick in the last four games. In those four games, the Cougars have six interceptions.
Mark Roberts' blocked field goal in the first quarter to keep UTEP off the board was Houston's first blocked kick of the season.
Houston's four interceptions today was the most since picking off four against East Carolina on Oct. 18, 2011.
Houston forced UTEP into six turnovers. The last time the Cougars forced an opponent into at least six turnovers was back on Nov. 26, 2005 in a 35-18 win over Rice.
Houston has scored at least 35 points in five straight games this season, dating back to the Sept. 29 game vs. Rice. It is just the third time in school history that the program has notched five straight games with at least 35 points. The other two times in history came in 2011 where the team opened the year with 12 straight games for a 12-0 record, while the first time came in 1989 when the team finished the year with six straight and a 5-1 record.
Sophomore David Piland became the 8th passer in Houston history to throw over 5,000 yards in his career. He now totals 5,079 after 174 yards in today's win.
Junior Charles Sims notched his 11th rushing touchdown of the season and 29th of his career with a 1-yard run in the third quarter to move him into sole possession of third place all-time in rushing touchdowns. He surpassed Ketric Sanford's 28, which came from 1996-99.
With Sims' second rushing touchdown of the game, he now has recorded his fourth multi-rushing touchdown game of the season and 10th of his career.
Sims' also notched his fifth game of the season with multiple touchdowns and 13th of his career.
Sims' three rushing touchdowns in today's win ties his career-high in rushing touchdowns in a single game, which also happened in the 35-14 win over Rice on Sept. 29.
Senior D.J. Hayden recorded his second straight game with an interception returned for a touchdown. The 97-yard interception return for a touchdown was the second longest return in school history, three yards shy of Frank Ditta's 100-yard return back in 1971.
The interception return was Hayden's third of his career and second of the season.
The cornerback notched his fourth interception of the season and sixth of his career and finished the day with two picks for the Cougars.
Hayden notched his first multi-interception game of his career.
Senior Matt Hogan broke a Conference USA record with 373 total scoring points in his career, totaling 214 PATs and 53 field goals. Hogan finished the day with six PATs and one field goal. He surpassed Stephen Gostkowski of Memphis' 369 points scored (2002-05) (70 FG, 159 PATs).
Hogan also became the all-time extra points leader in Houston history with 214 extra points, surpassing previous leader Roman Anderson's 213 set back in 1988-91.
Freshman Larry McDuffey recorded his third career touchdown on a 24-yard catch from David Piland in the second quarter.
Sophomore Derrick Mathews notched his fifth sack of the season (6th of career) and first forced fumble (third of career) of the year at the 1:10 mark in the first quarter to force a third and 18, which eventually led to a punt.
Mathews has tallied his fourth game this season with double-digit tackles, finishing the afternoon with 13 for second best on the team.
Freshman Deontay Greenberry recorded his second career touchdown on a 9-yard catch from David Piland with under five minutes to play in the first quarter.
Senior Phillip Steward notched his fourth forced fumble of the season and fifth of his career.
After 1.5 sacks in today's game, Steward now has 8.5 sacks this season and 12.5 in his career. His solo sack came with 4:18 left in the first half and his second came when teaming up with Desmond Pulliam late in the fourth quarter.
Freshman Trevon Stewart has recorded at least 10 tackles for the third time in his career. The defensive back finished the afternoon with a team-leading 15, one shy of his career high.
Stewart recorded his first career sack at the 9:30 mark in the fourth quarter for a loss of 10 yards.
Senior Radermon Scypion recovered teammate Phillip Steward's forced fumble for his second fumble recovery of his career.
Sophomore William Moore tallied his second sack of the season and first forced fumble of his career late in the second quarter.
Freshman Tomme Mark notched his first career fumble recovery following the sack and forced fumble by teammate William Moore late in the second half.
Junior Zach McMillian recorded his second interception of the season and third of his career. The interception came at the 13:05 mark in the third quarter.
Redshirt freshman Desmond Pulliam teamed up with Phillip Steward for his first career sack for a loss of three yards.
Freshman defensive back Adrian McDonald made his first career start for Houston.
McDonald made his first career interception at the 12-minute mark in the third quarter on UTEP's third down.
McDonald notched a career-high in tackles with seven.
Junior Richie Leone now has 12 punts inside the 20-yard line and eight punts inside the 10-yard line this season after finishing with two punts at the six and five-yard lines.
Leone also notched his 13th 50-yard punt of the year.
BY THE NUMBERS
Mark Roberts' blocked field goal in the first quarter was the first blocked field goal by any Houston player this season.
Adrian McDonald made his first career start and recorded his first career interception.
D.J. Hayden recorded his first multi-interception game of his career. He finished the day with two.
D.J. Hayden has recorded an interception return for a touchdown in back-to-back games.
Houston has now recorded a pick in the last four games.
Houston has four interceptions; the most since picking off four against East Carolina last season.
Houston improved to 4-0 against UTEP at Roberson Stadium.
Houston forced UTEP into six turnovers, which is the most since forcing Rice into six back on Nov. 26, 2005.
David Piland becomes the 8th passer in Houston history to throw for at least 5,000 yards in his career.
Richie Leone now has 12 punts inside the 20-yard line this season after totaling three in today's win.
There were just 25 seconds elapsed between the first two Houston touchdowns for the shortest time elapsed between two touchdowns this season.
Houston has now scored at least 35 points in at least five straight games for just the third time in school history (2011-12; 1989-6).
D.J. Hayden's 97-yard interception return for a touchdown was the second longest in school history.
Charles Sims led the Houston offense with 119 rushing yards on 12 carries and three touchdowns.
Matt Hogan became the all-time leader in extra points in Houston history with 214 extra points, surpassing previous leader Roman Anderson's 213 back in 1988-91.
Kicker Matt Hogan broke a Conference USA scoring record with 373 points on 53 FG and 214 PATs.
Today's attendance was announced as 27,433.