Houston Wraps Regular Season with Win

Nov. 24, 2017

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HOUSTON -- Houston Football held Navy to just 79 second-half yards of offense en route to a 24-14 win over the Midshipmen, wrapping up the regular season and finishing second in the American Athletic Conference West Division.

With the win, Houston moved to 7-4 overall, while Navy fell to 6-5.

The Houston offense put together a 380 yard day, which featured 277 in the air by sophomore quarterback D'Eriq King. King finished 21-of-27 with one touchdown, a 61-yard pass to senior receiver Steven Dunbar.

King also led the rushing attack with 57 yards on 16 carries and two scores.

Dunbar notched his sixth career 100+ yard receiving game, tallying 142 yards on eight catches with one score. The 100-yard game was his second straight inside TDECU Stadium.

Fellow senior Linell Bonner finished with 98 receiving yards on eight catches before being sidelined late due to injury. Senior Derek McLemore came in off the bench to tally 27 yards receiving on two catches.

Junior Duke Catalon rushed for 27 yards on seven carries.

Defensively, Houston held Navy to just 79 second-half yards of offense and scoreless in the final two quarters of the game.

Sophomore defensive tackle and Nagurski and Outland Trophy finalist Ed Oliver led all defenders with a career-high 14 tackles. He added two sacks for a loss of seven yards and 3.5 tackles for a total loss of eight yards.

He was joined by senior D'Juan Hines with 11 tackles and 2.5 tackles for a loss of three yards.

Senior Alexander Myres came up big late with a fourth-quarter interception plus a return of 13 yards to kill the Navy drive -- his first of his short UH career. He added eight tackles, a career-best and 1.0 tackle for loss.

Houston jumped on the board early with a first-quarter score as King found the back of the end zone on a 9-yard rush.

Navy took its first and only lead of the game with back-to-back second quarter touchdowns, a 12-yard run and a 13-yard run, to make it 14-7 with 6:00 left in the first half.

The Cougars came out of the break to score with 3:27 left in the third on King's second rushing touchdown of the day, a 2-yard run.

Tied at 14-14 heading into the fourth, King found Dunbar for a 61-yard pass completion to put the Cougars ahead for good at 21-14.

Junior Caden Novikoff drilled a 35-yard field goal midway through the fourth to seal the 10-point victory for the Cougars.

Navy used two quarterbacks in the game as starter Zach Abey was 2-for-4 with 45 yards and Garret Lewis was 1-for-4 with 29 yards and an interception.

Malcolm Perry rushed for 82 yards on 15 carries with one score to lead the Midshipmen offensive attack.

Up Next: Houston will learn its bowl on Sunday, Dec. 3.




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