Senior wide receiver Donnie Avery
Nov. 24, 2007
HOUSTON - The University of Houston scored on its first seven possessions and never looked back, rolling to a 59-6 non-conference win over Texas Southern in cold, damp conditions at John O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium. With the win the Cougars finished the 2007 regular season with an 8-4 mark and 6-2 in Conference USA play. Houston was the Co-Champions of the C-USA West Division, but lost out on the tiebreaker to Tulsa to represent the division in the C-USA Championship game on Dec. 1.
Texas Southern finished the season winless at 0-11 and 0-9 in Southwestern Athletic Conference action.
In the first-ever meeting between the two neighborhood schools, the Cougars set the tone on their first drive, marching 57 yards in just three plays with senior running back Anthony Alridge capping the drive with a 52-yard touchdown sprint. In less than a half of play, Alridge finished the evening with 157 yards and two touchdowns on just 11 carries.
After forcing at Texas Southern punt, the Cougars pushed its lead to 14-0 when quarterback Case Keenum hooked up with wide receiver Donnie Avery from 24 yards out. Like Alridge, Avery had a short evening, but still responded with 143 yards on six receptions.
The Cougars wrapped up the first quarter with another score, this time Keenum kept from one-yard out to push the Houston lead to 20-0. Keenum finished the day 121 yards and one touchdown passing and tacked on an additional 11 yards rushing.
Houston increased its halftime lead to 47-0 with a scoring flurry in the second quarter. Sophomore backup quarterback Blake Joseph started the frenzy with a four-yard touchdown run, the first rushing score of his career. Then, redshirt freshman running back Andre Kohn blasted his way from four yards out, and that score was followed by a one-yard touchdown by freshman Terrance Ganaway. Alridge capped the quarter with a 35-yard scamper to give UH the insurmountable lead.
Ganaway posted the first 100-yard rushing game of his career, rushing for 122 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries. He and Alridge became the first 100-yard rushing tandem since late last season, when Alridge and Jackie Battle teamed up for century performances against SMU.
With all the starters on the bench to start the second half, Ganaway scored the second touchdown on the evening. Houston drove 65 yards in seven plays, with Ganaway cutting inside for the six-yard score.
The defense posted the final score of the game. Early in the fourth quarter senior defensive end Fred Agho tipped a pass by TSU's Cornelius Harmon that sophomore Mamoon Barbandi picked out of the air and raced untouched 41 yards for the final score.
TSU tacked on a late score, when Harmon hooked up with William Osborne for a 49-yard score.
The Cougars generated 664 yards of total offense, including a remarkable 377 yards on the ground. Houston held the Tigers to just 179 yards of total offense, including a mere 60 yards in the first half.
The Cougars are bowl eligible for the fourth time in the last five years. Houston should know its bowl future in the next few days.