BY THE NUMBERS
Houston is the only team to defeat two Top-5 teams in 2016
Houston only committed one penalty against Louisville
Career multi-touchdown game for Duke Catalon with a rushing and two receiving touchdowns
Career pass completion for freshman punter Dane Roy
Team to hold Louisville scoreless in the first half in 2016
Wins over a Top-3 opponent this season (Oklahoma, Louisville)
All-time wins over the No. 3 (AP) team
Consecutive wins over Top 10 ranked teams
Times the Houston defensive has shutout the opponent in the opening quarter
Straight wins win playing on Thursday
All-time wins when hosting Louisville
Consecutive wins over Power 5 opponents
Greg Ward Jr., is 6-0 as the starting quarterback under ranked opponents
Consecutive wins over Top 25 ranked teams – all under Head Coach Tom Herman
Punts by the Louisville offense, a season high
Freshman Ed Oliver recorded his seventh and eighth pass breakup of the season, a mark that leads all defensive linemen
Career-high in receptions for running back Duke Catalon
Houston improved to 9-2 overall
All-time against Louisville
Sacks by the Houston defense against Louisville and quarterback Lamar Jackson
Record for Head Coach Tom Herman inside TDECU Stadium
All-time wins when playing on Thursday
All-time wins inside TDECU Stadium
Career wins for Head Coach Tom Herman at Houston
Wins for Houston in last 27 games
Career wins for senior Greg Ward Jr., as Houston’s starting quarterback
For the fifth time this season, the Cougars scored at least 28 points in the first half
Houston scored 31 points in the first half – the most surrendered by Louisville in the first half in 2016
All-time wins against ranked opponents
Career passing touchdowns for senior quarterback Greg Ward Jr.
Houston’s defense held Louisville to 101 rushing yards - the fewest by the Cardinals all season
All-time wins when playing in November
Career wins for Houston Football
Average TDECU home attendance in 2016
Combined TDECU home attendance in 2016
Attendance from Thursday’s 36-10 win over Louisville - a TDECU Stadium record
• The Cougars are 426-354-15 all-time.
• Houston is 9-2 overall this year.
• Houston won the toss and elected to defer until the second half. Louisville chose to receive. Seniors Brandon Wilson, Cameron Malveaux, Tyler McCloskey and Greg Ward Jr., were captains.
• Attendance was 42,822, which marked the largest attendance in TDECU Stadium history.
• Houston is 24-3 in its last 27 games.
• Houston became the first program nationally to defeat two top-5 teams in 2016.
• With Thursday’s contest against No. 3/3 Louisville, Houston became the eighth team nationally to play multiple top-5 teams and the only to play multiple Top-5 teams in non-conference action.
• The Louisville game marked the final of three straight regular-season home games inside TDECU Stadium and served as Senior Day for 16 Cougars. The senior class is the winningest class in Houston program history after claiming its 37th win on Nov. 12 against Tulane. The group is the only senior class in The American with at least 20 conference wins with 23 since 2013 and will look to become the first in UH history to win three bowl games as it is the fourth with four straight bowl trips.
• Houston returns to action on Friday, Nov. 25, when it visits Memphis. Chosen for a six-day selection by ABC and ESPN, the game will kick off at either 11 a.m. CT on ABC or ESPN or at 2:30 p.m. CT on ABC.
vs. RANKED OPPONENTS
• Thursday’s game marked the first time in school history that Houston faced multiple top-3 opponents in the same season and the Cougars collected wins in each of those contests. The Cougars knocked off No. 3/3 Oklahoma 33-23 on Sept. 3 in the Advocare Texas Kickoff inside NRG Stadium in Houston.
• Houston is 37-95-5 all-time against ranked opponents in its history.
• Houston is 4-2 all-time against the No. 3 (AP) team in its history.
• Houston is 4-9 all-time against top-3 (AP) teams in its history.
• Thursday’s win marked the sixth straight win over a Top 25 ranked opponent, all coming under Tom Herman.
• Thursday’s win also marked the fourth consecutive win over a Top 10 ranked opponent, three of which have been under Tom Herman.
• Thursday’s victory over #3/3 Louisville was the highest ranked opponent that the Cougars have defeated in their home stadium since a 15-14 win over No. 5 Georgia on November 4, 1967.
• Following the win over #3/3 Louisville, Houston has now secured a win in six straight games over Power 5 opponents.
HEAD COACH Tom Herman
• Herman is 22-3 during his Houston career.
• Herman is 2-0 against Louisville during his career.
• Thursday’s game marked the first time Herman faced Louisville in Houston.
• Herman is 14-0 in games played inside TDECU Stadium.
• Head Coach Tom Herman is 5-0 in games played on Thursdays.
• Herman is 7-0 in games played on non-Saturdays.
TDECU STADIUM HISTORY
• Houston has posted an 18-3 all-time record in games played at TDECU Stadium.
• The Cougars have won their last 15 games played inside TDECU Stadium. Houston has not lost at home since a 31-24 setback against Tulane on Nov. 8, 2014.
SERIES vs. LOUISVILLE
• Houston is 9-8 in the all-time series against Louisville. Prior to Thursday’s 36-10 win, the Cougars also defeated the Cardinals, 34-31, on Sept. 21, 2015, at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Ky. – Lamar Jackson’s first start at quarterback for Louisville.
• Houston is 5-3 when hosting Louisville.
• Thursday’s game marked the first time Houston hosted Louisville at TDECU Stadium.
• Houston is 15-15 all-time when playing on Thursday.
• Houston has won its last five games played on Thursdays. The Cougars’ last Thursday loss was a 17-12 setback to American Athletic Conference rival UCF on Oct. 2, 2014, inside TDECU Stadium.
• Houston is 141-110-5 all-time when playing in November.
• Thursday’s attendance of 42,822 set a TDECU Stadium record. It topped the previous record of 42,159, set in a 35-34 win against Memphis on Nov. 14, 2015.
• With Thursday’s attendance of 42,822, the Cougars finished the 2016 regular season with a combined home attendance of 233,716. That total ranks as the fourth highest single-season home attendance in Houston history. It also ranks as the second-highest 6-game attendance figure.
• The Cougars finished the 2016 regular season with an average attendance of 38,953 per game. That total ranks as the fifth highest in Houston single-season history.
• With their participation Thursday, Tyler McCloskey and Cameron Malveaux became the 31st and 32nd players in school history to compete in 50+ games during their careers.
• Senior defensive tackle B.J. Singleton became the 21st player in school history to compete in 51+ games during his career.
• Houston took one play and 13 seconds to find the end zone on their first drive of the game, marking fastest drive for the Cougars in 2016.
• With the score 31-0 at the end of the first half, the Cougars have scored at least 28 points five times in the first half this season. The previous games were Lamar (28), Texas State (43) and UConn (28).
• With both teams scoring, each team has put up points in 210 consecutive games dating back to 2000.
• With 31 points scored in the first half, Houston scored the most points against Louisville in the first half in 2016. The previous high was 28 points when the Cardinals visited then-No. 3 Clemson on Oct. 1.
• Houston recorded a season-high 11 sacks and is an American Athletic Conference record. The previous high was five against then-No. 3 Oklahoma on Sept. 3 in the Advocare Texas Kickoff inside NRG Stadium in Houston.
• Houston’s 11 sacks ties Utah for the most recorded in the country in 2016. The Utes posted 11 sacks at Arizona State on Nov. 10. The 11 sacks also ranks second all-time in program history for the Cougars. The previous No. 2 mark against SMU on Oct. 19, 1991. Houston’s single-game record for sacks is 16 set against No. 10 Wyoming on Nov. 12, 1988.
• Houston became the first team to hold Louisville scoreless through the first half this season.
• For the fourth time in 2016 Houston shutout its opponent in the opening quarter. The previous three came against Lamar (W, 42-0; Sept. 10), at Texas State (W, 64-3; Sept. 24) and against UConn (W, 42-14; Sept. 29).
• Houston held Louisville to 10 points, which was the fewest points scored by the Cardinals since Oct. 8, 2011, in a 14-7 win over North Carolina.
• Houston’s defense held Louisville’s offense to a season-low 101 yards rushing. The Cardinals’ previous low was on October 29, 2016, at Virginia when they were held to 147 yards.
• Houston’s defense held quarterback Lamar Jackson to 33 rushing yards – the fewest allowed by an opponent this season. His previous low was 62 yards at Marshall on Sept. 24.
• Houston forced Louisville into a season-high seven punts. The previous was five at Virginia on Oct. 29, 2016.
• Houston forced and recovered three fumbles by Louisville on the night.
• With only one penalty for five yards, the Cougars set a TDECU Stadium record for fewest penalties and penalty yards. They topped the previous lows of two penalties for 20 yards against UConn on Sept. 29, 2016.
Greg Ward Jr.
• With the win over #3/3 Louisville, Greg Ward Jr., is now 6-0 all-time vs. ranked opponents and 4-0 against ACC opponents.
• With a win Thursday, Greg Ward Jr., broke his tie with Kevin Kolb for second place in Houston history with 27 wins during his career. Kolb posted a 26-24 record from 2003 to 2006. Case Keenum holds the school record with a 37-14 tally from 2006 to 2011.
• Senior Greg Ward Jr., is 27-4 as the Cougars’ starting quarterback. He continues to hold Houston’s career record with a .871 winning percentage and is the only starting quarterback in school history with a perfect season after going 13-0 in 2015.
• Ward found sophomore running back Duke Catalon with a 13-yard strike at the 14:49 of the opening quarter. The touchdown pass marked the 47th of Ward’s career, moving him passed Jason McKinley (1997-00) for fifth all-time on the Houston career chart.
• Ward and Catalon reconnected for another touchdown on 13-yard pass at the 12:18 mark of the second quarter.
• With two passing touchdowns, Ward recorded his sixth multi-TD passing game of 2016 and 15th of his career.
• Ward finished 25-of-44 with 233 yards.
• Junior running back Dillon Birden recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff to give Houston the ball at the Louisville 13-yard line five seconds into the game. The fumble recovery was the second of Birden’s career.
• Sophomore running back Duke Catalon got Houston on the board with a 13-yard touchdown reception from senior quarterback Greg Ward Jr., at the 14:49 of the opening quarter.
• Catalon refound the end zone at the 12:18 mark of the second quarter on a 13-yard, deflected ball off senior tight end Tyler McCloskey to put the Cougars up 17-0. The touchdown was the third of his career through the air.
• Catalon recorded his third touchdown of the game with a 2-yard run at the 6:53 mark of the second quarter. With two receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdown, Catalon recorded his first career game with touchdowns both through the air and on the ground. The score also marked his third rushing touchdown of the season.
• He finished with a career-high nine receptions for a career-high 68 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
• Catalon tied the TDECU Stadium record with two touchdown receptions, a mark that has been achieved four previously, with two by Cougars and two by opponents. Catalon equaled the mark set by Linell Bonner against No. 16/15 Navy on Nov. 27, 2015, and by Demarcus Ayers against Texas State on Sept. 26, 2015. Catalon became the first running back to record two touchdown receptions in TDECU Stadium history.
• Senior cornerback Brandon Wilson recorded his second career sack, dropping Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson for a 1-yard loss midway through the first quarter. Both of Wilson’s sacks have come in 2016.
• Freshman defensive lineman Ed Oliver stripped Louisville running back Brandon Radcliff of the ball late in the first quarter to force his third fumble of the season.
• Oliver dropped Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson for a 9-yard loss in the second quarter to record his fourth career sack.
• With two pass breakups, Oliver took over the national lead among all defensive lineman with eight total in 2016.
• With three tackles for loss, Oliver leads all defensive players with 19.5 in 2016. The multi-tackle-for-loss performance is the third straight for Oliver and seventh overall on the season.
• With six tackles, Oliver leads all defensive lineman with 61 total tackles in 2016.
• Senior defensive end Cameron Malveaux recovered a fumble forced by freshman defensive lineman Ed Oliver late in the first quarter. The fumble recovery was Malveaux’s second of 2016 and third overall of his career.
• With a 25-yard reception late in the first quarter, senior wide receiver Chance Allen recorded his 12 catch of the season of at least 20 yards.
• Allen recorded his fourth touchdown of the season and 10th overall of his career with a 50-yard catch and run from junior wide receiver Linell Bonner at the 5:13 mark in the second quarter to put Houston up 31-0.
• Allen finished with four catches for 105 yards. The 105 yards ties his career high set at UConn on Nov. 21, 2015, and marks his second career 100-yard game.
• Senior kicker Ty Cummings connected on a 33-yard field goal with 49 seconds left in the first quarter to put Houston up 10-0. The field goal is the 11th of the season for Cummings and 19th of his career.
• Cummings went on to drain a 46-yard field goal with 5:57 left in the game to give Houston the 36-10 lead.
• With the 46-yarder, Cummings is 3-for-4 from 40+ yards in his career.
• Freshman punter Dane Roy recorded the first career pass completion for an Australian in Houston history, connecting on a 15-yard pass to junior tight end Byron Simpson on a fake punt early in the second quarter.
• Roy finished with seven punts for 299 yards and a 42.7 average. Two of his punts pinned Louisville inside their own 20-yard line.
• With a 20-yard reception in the second quarter, junior wide receiver Linell Bonner recorded his 10th catch of at least 20 yards in 2016.
• Bonner recorded his first career passing touchdown connecting with senior wide receiver Chance Allen for a 50-yard strike at the 5:13 mark in the second quarter to put Houston up 31-0.
• With eight receptions, Bonner recorded his seventh game with at least five catches in 2016. He finished with 67 receiving yards.
• Senior outside linebacker Steven Taylor sacked Louisville’s quarterback Lamar Jackson for a 7-yard loss late in the second quarter.
• Taylor and junior defensive lineman Nick Thurman combined another sack in the fourth quarter for a six-yarder.
• Taylor added another sack late to give Houston its 10th of the game. Taylor finished with 2.5 sacks for a loss of 15 yards vs. Louisville. He now has 25.5 overall in his career and 8.5 this season.
• On a Jackson rush late in the third quarter, Taylor popped the ball loose to force his second fumble of 2016 and seventh overall of his career.
• With seven career fumbles, Taylor tied Adrian McDonald (2012-15) and Steve Bradham (1977-80) for fifth all-time at Houston.
• Sophomore safety Garrett Davis sacked Louisville’s quarterback Lamar Jackson for a 7-yard loss in the closing minutes of the second half. The sack was Davis’ third of his career, all coming in 2016.
• Junior linebacker Matthew Adams dropped Louisville’s quarterback Lamar Jackson for a 4-yard loss early in the third quarter. The sack was the second of the season for Adams and sixth of his career.
• Sophomore cornerback Jeremy Winchester sacked Louisville’s quarterback Lamar Jackson for a 11-yard loss midway through the third quarter. The sack was the first of Winchester’s career.
• Junior defensive lineman Nick Thurman sacked Louisville’s quarterback Lamar Jackson for a 7-yard loss late in the third quarter.
• Thurman and senior outside linebacker Steven Taylor combined another sack in the fourth quarter for a six-yard. The half sack gives Thurman 2.0 sacks in 2016 and 3.0 for his career.
• Senior outside linebacker Tyus Bowser recorded a sack in the end zone with 3:55 left in the game, which resulted in a safety for Houston. He now has 7.5 sacks in 2016 and 20.5 for his career.