Football Postgame Notes at No. 19/13 Louisville

    Nov. 16, 2013

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    BY THE NUMBERS
    1
    Sophomore Kyle Bullard drilled his first career field goal attempt - a 46-yarder to put Houston on board in the second quarter.

    1
    True freshman Greg Ward Jr. made his first career reception for a first down to extend the drive as Houston went on to drill a FG.

    9
    Sophomore Trevon Stewart continues to lead the nation with a combined nine interceptions and fumble recoveries after recording his fifth recovery of the season.

    21
    Houston's defense held Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater without a passing touchdown, snapping a 21-game streak.

    33
    Houston has forced opponents into 33 turnovers this season (1 today).

    110
    Houston has now recorded 110 points off turnovers this season after tallying its 33rd of the year.

    854
    Demarcus Ayers moves into fourth all-time with 854 kickoff return yards in a single season after tallying 120 tonight.

    2,473
    John O'Korn moves sits third all-time for Houston freshmen with 2,473 total passing yards following 121 tonight.

    GAME NOTES

    • Houston fell to No. 19/13 Louisville, 20-13 to drop to 7-3 on the year.

    • That marked the second American Athletic Conference loss of the year for Houston, falling to 4-2.

    • Houston's overall record improves to 395-344-15 all-time.

    OFFENSE
    • Houston has outscored opponents 264-63 in the second half as opposed to outscoring the opposition just 185-136 in the first half.

    DEFENSE
    • Houston leads the nation in forced turnovers with 33 after collecting one tonight (1 fumble recovery). The Cougars' 22+ turnover margin also leads the nation.

    • Houston has forced 33 total turnovers this season, which has resulted in 110 points. The Cougars scored 3 points off turnovers today.

    • The Houston defense has surrendered 136 first half points this season as opposed to only giving up 76 second half points.

    • Houston's defense snapped Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's 21-game streak with a passing touchdown.

    John O'Korn
    • True freshman quarterback John O'Korn finished the night with 121 yards on a 16-of-35 effort and no interceptions.

    • O'Korn sits third all-time for Houston freshmen with 2,473 total passing yards after his 121 tonight and sits just 168 passing yards behind David Piland's 2,641 in 2010 for second all-time by a freshman quarterback.

    Derrick Mathews
    • Junior linebacker Derrick Mathews recorded his sixth sack of the year for a loss of eight yards. He finished the night with seven tackles.

    Trevon Stewart
    • Sophomore safety Trevon Stewart recovered a fumble following a muffed punt return. The recovery is his fifth of the year. He continues to lead the nation with a combined nine interceptions and fumble recoveries with four and five, respectively.

    • The fumble recovery by Stewart moves him into a tie for third all-time with six other Cougars with five career recoveries and in a tie for first with Chuck Weatherspoon's (1988) five in a single season.

    • Stewart tallied 12 tackles, 10 of which were solo to mark the fifth double-digit tackle game of the year to remain tied for the team lead with Efrem Oliphant, while also notching his 11th of his career.

    Steven Taylor
    • Redshirt freshman linebacker Steven Taylor notched his fourth sack of the year for the second sack of the game for the Cougars.

    Demarcus Ayers
    • Freshman wide receiver Demarcus Ayers recorded his third straight game with a kick return of 40 yards or more when he opened the game with a 65-yard kickoff return.

    • Ayers moves into fourth all-time with 854 kickoff return yards in a single season after tallying 120 tonight. He trails James Dixon's 903 yards in a single season back in 1987.

    Kenneth Farrow
    • Sophomore running back Kenneth Farrow notched his fifth rushing touchdown of the year and seventh of his career on a four-yard run to even the score at 10-10 in the second quarter.

    Greg Ward Jr.
    • Freshman quarterback/receiver Greg Ward Jr. made his first career catch for a first down on a third down and seven play to extend Houston's drive late in the second quarter to set up a field goal score for the Cougars.

    Efrem Oliphant
    • Junior linebacker Efrem Oliphant finished the night with a team-high 13 tackles, 10 of which were solo for his eighth career double-digit tackle effort and fifth of the season to remain tied for the team lead with Trevon Stewart.

    • Oliphant (now with 2.5 sacks) teamed up with Joey Mbu (0.5) for a sack, the third of the night for Houston, to force a punt after a loss of six yards on third down.

    Kyle Bullard
    • Sophomore kicker Kyle Bullard drilled a 46-yard field goal attempt for his first career field goal attempt to put Houston on board with three in the second quarter.


     

     

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