Nov. 17, 2012
With the 44-41 loss to Marshall, Houston moves to 387-342-15 all-time and 64-38 in Conference USA play. The Cougars fall to 4-7 overall and 3-4 in league play this season.
With four sacks Saturday, the Houston defense has now produced at least three sacks in six games this season.
With Zach McMillian's first quarter interception, Houston picked off its opponent for a seventh straight game. In its last seven games, the Houston defense has accumulated 13 interceptions.
With two turnovers forced Saturday, the Houston defense has forced multiple turnovers in eight games this season, including the last seven.
Houston had two scoring drives under two minutes on Saturday, both under one minute. For the season, Houston has 27 scoring drives under two minutes and nine under one minute.
Junior Kent Brooks finished the game with 11 tackles, his second game this season with at least 10 stops.
Senior Everett Daniels finished the game with 12 tackles, his sixth game this season with at least 10 stops.
Daniels set a career high with two sacks.
Redshirt-freshman Kenneth Farrow took an Aaron Johnson lateral on a kickoff return back a career-long and Houston season-best 61 yards to set up Houston's third touchdown of the day in the third quarter.
True freshman Deontay Greenberry
made his third career touchdown catch to tie the game up at 38 with 10:47 left in the game.
True freshman Ryan Jackson had a career-long 18-yard run on Houston's first scoring drive. Prior to the run, Jackson had a previous long of 10 yards, which he had covered three times.
Jackson had a career-long 59-yard kickoff return in the second quarter. It was Jackson's second kickoff return over 30 yards as the freshman had a 35-yard return against Texas State.
Senior quarterback Crawford Jones made his first career start Saturday and finished the game with 316 yards and five touchdowns on 31-of-44 passing, all career highs.
Jones finished with a career-high five passing touchdowns in his second career game with multiple passing touchdowns after throwing for three against SMU.
Sophomore Derrick Mathews finished the game with 13 tackles, his team-leading seventh game this season with at least 10 stops.
Junior Xavier Maxwell made his first career TD reception at Houston as he hauled in a four-yard pass from Jones with 6:47 left in the third quarter. Maxwell made his second career TD with a career-long 58-yard TD reception with 14:38 left in the fourth quarter.
True freshman Adrian McDonald made his second career interception to end a Marshall drive in the third quarter. Houston would turn the interception into a touchdown on the following offensive drive. The Lawton, Okla., native had previously picked off a pass in Houston's win over UTEP on Oct. 27.
McDonald finished the game with 11 tackles, topping his previous career high of seven set against UTEP.
Zach McMillian picked off his fourth pass of the season to end a second-quarter Marshall drive. With the pick, McMillian moved into a tie with injured Cougar, D.J. Hayden, for the team lead this season. The interception was McMillian's fifth of his career.
McMillian finished the game with 11 tackles, his second game this season with at least 10 stops.
Junior wide receiver Shane Ros made his second career touchdown reception and the second of the season with a three-yard TD reception to get Houston on the board. Ros scored Houston's first touchdown in its 39-17 win over UAB on Oct. 13, a 25-yard catch-and-run.
Ros hauled in his third career TD reception, a 19-yard strike, with 2:12 left in the third to pull Houston within 38-24.
Phillip Steward moved into a tie for 11th on the Houston chart for single-season sacks with his 10th of the season early in the first quarter.
Steward finished the game with 16 tackles, his team-leading seventh game this season with at least 10 stops.
True freshman Trevon Stewart finished the game with 12 tackles, his sixth game this season with at least 10 stops.
BY THE NUMBERS
Senior quarterback Crawford Jones made his first career start on Saturday, finishing with 316 yards on 31-of-44 passing.
Two different receivers finished with two touchdowns as Xavier Maxwell and Shane Ros both found the end zone two times Saturday.
Houston was 4-for-4 on fourth-down conversions in the game.
Crawford Jones finished with five passing touchdowns Saturday, his second game this season with at least three passing TDs after throwing for three at SMU.
The Houston defense has now picked off its opponent in seven straight games after Zach McMillian ended a Marshall drive in the second quarter of Saturday's game.
Houston had seven players finish with at least 10 tackles led by Phillip Steward with 16 tackles.
Saturday's announced attendance was 18,831.