Nov. 3, 2012
With the 48-28 loss to ECU, Houston moves to 387-341-15 all-time and 64-37 in Conference USA play. The Cougars fall to 4-5 overall and 3-2 in league play this season.
With the win, ECU extended its series lead to 7-5, including a 3-3 mark in Greenville, N.C.
With three passes over 40 yards, Houston now has seven completions this season over 40 yards.
Houston's first two scoring drives both came in under a minute while its third and fourth came under two minutes. Houston now has 24 scoring drives under two minutes and seven under one minute.
With Phillip Steward's interception in the second quarter, Houston has now recorded a pick in the last five games. In those five games, the Cougars have seven interceptions.
With two turnovers forced Saturday, the Houston defense has forced multiple turnovers in six games this season, including the last four.
Daniels recovered his first career fumble in the third quarter as Houston would convert the turnover into its second touchdown.
Daniels finished the game with 10 tackles, his fourth game this season with at least 10 stops.
Sophomore linebacker Derrick Mathews finished the game with 16 tackles, his fifth game this season with at least 10 tackles. Mathews and Phillip Steward are now tied for the team lead this season for double-digit tackle games.
Mathews forced his second fumble this season and fourth of his career in the third quarter. The fumble was recoverd by Everett Daniels as Houston would convert the turnover into its second touchdown.
With the touchdown reception, McDuffey scored for the second consecutive game becoming the first Houston player to accomplish the feat this season.
With 22 completions on Saturday, sophomore David Piland moved to seventh on the Houston career completions chart with 441. Piland passed Jimmy Klingler (1991-93) who had 428 career completions.
With 341 passing yards on Saturday, sophomore David Piland moved to seventh on the Houston career passing yards chart with 5,420 yards. Piland passed Jimmy Klingler (1991-93) who had 5,243 career yards.
After throwing four touchdowns on Saturday, Piland now has three games this season with at least three touchdown passes (Louisiana Tech - 4, SMU - 3).
With 341 yards Saturday, David Piland threw for his ninth career 300-yard game and fifth this season.
Roberts hauled in his first career touchdown to pull Houston within 34-21 in the fourth quarter.
Senior linebacker Phillip Steward picked off his 10th career pass and the second of the season in his own endzone to end ECU's fifth drive of the day. Steward became the third Houston player this season with multiple interceptions joining D.J. Hayden (4) and Zach McMillian (2).
Steward moved into fifth all-time on Houston's career tackles-for-loss chart with his fourth-quarter sack. Steward now has 43.5 tackles for loss in his career and passed the 43 of Joe Clay (2001-04). Sammy Brown (2010-11) is fourth on the list with 50 career TFLs.
Saturday's game marked Stewart's fourth this season with at least 10 tackles.
Stewart leads all true freshmen nationally this season with 94 tackles.
Isaiah Sweeney Senior receiver Isaiah Sweeney made his season debut after missing the first eight games of the year with an injury and promptly hauled in a 34-yard touchdown pass on his first play of the year. The touchdown marked his first since scoring against Mississippi State in 2010.
Sweeney finished the day with three receptions for a career-high 93 yards and one touchdown.
BY THE NUMBERS
Senior receiver Isaiah Sweeney hauled in a 34-yard TD reception on his first play of the year after missing the first eight games with an injury.
With Phillip Steward's second-quarter interception, the Houston defense has picked off opposing quarterbacks in five straight games.
Houston had four players finish with at least 10 tackles including a career-high 21 tackles from Trevon Stewart.
With three completions of at least 40 yards, Houston now has seven completion this season over 40 yards.
Phillip Steward moved to fifth all-time at Houston with his 43.5 career tackle-for-loss with a fourth-quarter sack.
Houston's first two scorings drive lasted a combined 50 seconds (43 & 7 seconds). UH has seven scoring drives under a minute this season.
Saturday's announced attendance was 45,455, the second-largest crowd Houston has played in front of this season behind the 53,723 at UCLA.