Football Postgame Notes
Nov. 24, 2012
With the 40-17 win over Tulane, Houston moves to 388-343-15 all-time and 65-39 in Conference USA play. The Cougars finish 2012 with a 5-7 overall and 4-4 mark in league play this season.
With the win, Houston improved to 14-4 all-time against Tulane and 7-2 all-time at Robertson Stadium against the Green Wave.
Houston's all-time record at Robertson Stadium finished at 72-44-1.
With Phillip Steward's interception in the first quarter, Houston recorded a pick in the last eight games. In those eight games, the Cougars have accumulated 17 interceptions.
Today marked the sixth game this season with multiple interceptions for Houston. The Cougars finished with four.
Houston's nine-yard touchdown run at the 6:11 mark in the fourth quarter by Ryan Jackson was the 30th time this season the Cougars recorded a drive under two minutes. The drive finished in 38 seconds.
With today's 591 yards, Houston marked the sixth game this season with at least 500 yards.
Dewayne Peace's 101-receiving yard game marked the seventh time this season a Houston receiver has totaled more than 100 receiving yards in a single game.
For the third time this season, Houston won the time of possession battle, topping Tulane with 30:13 to 29:47.
Houston's four interceptions ties a team-high this season, last coming against UTEP on Oct. 27.
Senior quarterback Crawford Jones notched his second 300+ yard game, finishing with 368 on the day. Today's performance followed a 316-yard effort at Marshall.
With his 368 yards, Jones (2) joins sophomore quarterback David Piland (5) for the seventh 300+ game this season by a Houston quarterback.
In just his second career start, Jones put Houston on board early with a 22-yard pass to senior Ronnie Williams for his 10th touchdown of the season at the 14:09 mark.
Jones went on to fire a 9-yard strike to Williams for his second touchdown of the day and 11th of the year with 9:24 left in the first quarter.
Today's game marked the second straight game and third of his career that Jones had a multi-touchdown performance. He finished with two in today's win.
Senior wide receiver Ronnie Williams notched a career-high 10 receptions, surpassing his previous high of seven, which came against Louisiana Tech on Sept. 8.
Williams also recorded a career-high two receiving touchdowns. His previous high of one, came three times in his career and last against Louisiana Tech.
Williams also finished the game with a career-high 73 receiving yards, surpassing his previous high of 68 against Louisiana Tech.
Senior kicker Matt Hogan finishes his four-year career ranked No. 2 all-time in career scoring with 405 points (228 PAT, 59 FG), 18 points behind all-time scoring leader and former kicker Roman Anderson (1988-91) with 423 points (213 PAT, 70 FG). Hogan is just the second player in Houston history to record over 400 career points.
Hogan finished today with a 4-for-4 effort in field goals and tallied his 19th career game with multiple field goals.
Hogan became just the 10th kicker in NCAA history to notch over 400 career points and ranks ninth all-time with 405 points and becomes the second Cougar on the list.
Senior linebacker Phillip Steward recorded his third interception of the season and 11th of his career, eventually leading to a 14-0 lead for Houston in the opening quarter.
True freshman wide receiver Deontay Greenberry notched a career-long 61-yard reception early in the second quarter, surpassing his previous long of 26 yards, which came at UCLA on Sept. 15.
Greenberry recorded a career high in receiving yards with 97, surpassing his previous high of 94 yards at SMU on Oct. 18.
Junior defensive back Zach McMillian notched his third straight game with an interception.
McMillian's pick with 4:31 left in the first half was his fifth of the year and sixth of his career.
True freshman Adrian McDonald recorded his first forced fumble and finished with two and first fumble recovery of his career with one minute left in the first quarter.
Junior wide receiver Dewayne Peace finished the evening with 101 receiving yards on seven receptions for his third 100+ yard receiving game of the season.
Peace also notched a career-long 48 yard reception in the third quarter, surpassing his previous high of 30 coming at UCLA on Sept. 15.
True freshman running back Ryan Jackson recorded a career-long 72 yard touchdown run, surpassing his previous high of 18 yards at Marshall last week, to give Houston a 27-10 lead with 4:32 left in the third quarter.
Jackson notched a career high 16 rushing attempts and 129 rushing yards, surpassing his previous highs of nine attempts vs. UTEP (Oct. 27) and 23 rushing yards vs. Louisiana Tech (Sept. 8).
Jackson finished with 129 rushing yards and two touchdowns to mark the fifth time this season a Houston player has notched 100+ yards and first player other than Charles Sims.
Junior cornerback Thomas Bates tied a career high in tackles with 11, surpassing his previous high of eight, which came in last week's game at Marshall.
Junior punter Richie Leone broke the Houston single-season highest average per punt record with a 2012 average of 45.6 (60-2,735), surpassing previous leader Chase Turner's 45.5 (41-1,864) in 2008.
Leone was tagged with his fourth punt over 60 yards this season when he notched fired a 62-yarder with 8:10 left in the first half.
Leone recorded his 20th punt over 50 yards this season in today's win. He went on to finish the season one shy of the single-single Houston record of 21 punts of 50 yards held by Robert Myers in 1985.
Senior linebacker Everett Daniels more than doubled his career number in pass breakups with five in today's game. He entered today's contest with four in his career, three coming this season. He finishes his career with nine.
The five pass breakups by Daniels is the most since Willie Gaston totaled six at UTEP on Sept. 16, 2005.
True freshman defensive back Trevon Stewart recorded his first career interception and returned it for 53 yards with 9:15 left in the game.
True freshman defensive back Eric Eiland recorded his first career sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery and interception in today's win.
Sophomore linebacker Derrick Mathews finished 2012 with 80 assisted tackles (six today) for third-best all-time on the single-season record list behind leader Frank Ditta (90, 1970) and Wade Phillips (81, 1967).
Mathews notched his eighth double-digit tackle game and 10th of his career with 11 tackles in today's win.