TAMPA, Fla. - Houston Football held USF to its lowest scoring output of the season en route to an impressive 27-3 road win, its third straight win, Saturday afternoon at Raymond James Stadium.
The Cougars improved to 5-3 and 3-1 in American Athletic Conference play with the win, while USF fell to 3-6 and 2-3 in league action.
The 3-1 record places Houston in a five-way tie atop The American stands halfway through league play.
Houston used a 112-yard rushing day from junior running back Kenneth Farrow on a career-high 22 carries including a one-yard touchdown. The game marked the third 100-yard rushing game of the season for Farrow, who also notched an eight-yard receiving touchdown.
Fellow junior running back Ryan Jackson rushed for two scores and 73 yards on 14 carries.
Sophomore quarterback Greg Ward Jr. finished the afternoon 15-of-19 for 89 passing yards and a touchdown.
McDonald's interception kept Houston's turnover streak alive as it improved to a nation's best 31 straight games forcing a turnover.
Houston held USF scoreless in the first half, marking a second first half shutout this season, the first vs. Grambling back on Sept. 6.
The Cougars jumped on board early with a 1-yard touchdown run by Farrow with 2:54 left in the first quarter. They then added another score with 7:38 left in the third when Jackson ran in for a 1-yard rush.
Down 14-0, USF kicker Marvin Kloss was able to put the Bulls on the board with a 33-yard field goal with 1:52 left in the third.
Houston used an 8-yard pass from Ward to Farrow with 9:34 remaining to go ahead 20-3 and then added a 24-yard run by Jackson with 5:27 left to put the game out of reach at 27-3.
SINGLE GAME TICKET INFORMATION
Single-game ticket sales for the inaugural season in TDECU Stadium start at $36 per person for reserved seats and $25 for general admission at any of Houston's seven home games, including 2014 Fiesta Bowl champion UCF, and can be purchased by calling the Houston Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by clicking here.
YOUNG ALUMNI TICKET INFORMATION
University of Houston alumni from the last five years (2010-14) can purchase season tickets for just $125 (upper levels) and $175 (lower level) in specially designated Young Alumni sections with a multiplier of four times donations to Cougar Pride giving levels for the first five years after graduation. Each ticket consists of a $25 Cougar Pride donation with the four times Young Alumni multiplier, resulting in a $100 donation credit and a Cougar Pride parking pass in the TDECU Stadium Garage. Young Alumni can purchase tickets here or by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).
GROUP TICKET INFORMATION
Single-game group ticket sales for the inaugural season in TDECU Stadium are now on sale via the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. Groups of at least 10 or more can purchase tickets starting at just $21 per person to any of Houston's seven home games, including 2014 Fiesta Bowl champion UCF, by calling the Houston Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by clicking here.