HOUSTON - Junior running back Kenneth Farrow became the first Cougar since 2010 to record four rushing touchdowns in a game as he helped lift Houston Football to a 38-28 win over Tulsa in its home finale inside TDECU Stadium Saturday.
With the win, the Cougars became bowl eligible for the second straight season as their record improved to 6-4 and 4-2 in American Athletic Conference play.
Farrow finished the afternoon with 116 rushing yards and a career-best four touchdowns en route to his fourth career 100+ yard rushing game. The Cougars are 4-0 in games Farrow runs for over 100 yards.
Ryan Jackson finished the day with his fifth career 100-yard rushing game, logging 103 yards on the ground.
Saturday also marked the second game this season Houston had a 100-yard rusher and a 100-yard receiver in the same contest as true freshman Steven Dunbar notched a career-high 150 yards receiving on seven receptions.
Sophomore quarterback Greg Ward Jr. finished the day 16-of-21 for 227 passing yards and one touchdown, while rushing for 37 yards on eight carries.
Defensively, the Cougars continued their turnover dominance, tallying three interceptions to extend their turnover streak to 33 straight games, dating back to 2012.
True freshman Howard Wilson recorded his third interception of the season to open the day's turnover total.
Notching a season high and tying a career-best with 16 tackles in the win, senior linebacker Efrem Oliphant recorded his 17th career double-digit tackle game and eighth of the season.
Wilson added 15 tackles for his first career double-digit tackle game, surpassing his previous high of three, which has happened twice and last vs. Tulane.
Sophomore Steven Taylor became the third Cougar to notch at least 10 tackles in the win with a season-high 13 tackles, surpassing his previous high 10 at BYU on Sept. 11.
Houston opened the day with a 10-play, 78-yard drive capped by a Farrow 1-yard run on fourth-and-goal. The drive was sparked by a career-long 40-yard third down reception by Dunbar to move into Tulsa territory.
The Cougars scored on their second drive of the game when Farrow again capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. Farrow's junior backfield mate Ryan Jackson opened the drive with a season-long 56-yard run.
Tulsa cut the Houston lead in half with 4:36 left in the second quarter when Dane Evans scored on a 3-yard run to cap a two-play, 41-yard drive.
The Golden Hurricane tied the game on the first drive of the second half when Zack Langer rushed up the middle for a 2-yard touchdown as Tulsa took 8:07 off the clock on the 15-play, 75-yard touchdown drive.
Farrow would set his career-best on Houston's first drive of the second half as he rushed for a 45-yard touchdown on the fourth play of the drive as the Cougars covered 82 yards in 1:25 to make it 21-14 in favor of Houston.
Tulsa evened the score with 2:36 remaining in the third as Evans hit Keyarris Garrett for a 17-yard strike to finish off an eight-play, 70-yard drive.
Senior Markeith Ambles would give Houston a 28-21 lead with 1:19 remaining in the third quarter when he got behind the Golden Hurricane defense for a 25-yard touchdown pass from Ward. The scoring drive was the second straight under two minutes as Houston covered 58-yards on four plays in 1:17.
A 1-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal would even the score as Evans hit Zach Epps to finish off a 10-play, 79-yard drive with 7:10 left in the game.
Farrow gave Houston its final lead of the game with 3:06 left on a 10-play, 89-yard scoring drive that was capped by the running back's fourth rushing touchdown of the afternoon.
Junior kicker Kyle Bullard iced the lead with a 35-yard field goal with 1:16 left to give Houston the 38-28 win.
Houston Football will hit the road for its final two regular-season games when it travels to Dallas next Friday, Nov. 28 for an 11 a.m. kickoff at SMU. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.