Football Postgame Notes

    Nov. 29, 2013

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    True freshman QB Greg Ward Jr. is the first Cougar to rush for a touchdown, receive a touchdown and throw for a touchdown since 2007.

    Zach McMillian recorded two interceptions today - the fourth different Cougar to accomplish that feat in a single game this season.

    Four different Cougars scored a touchdown in today’s win as Spencer, Brooks, Ward and Jackson all scored.

    The Houston defense has forced multiple turnovers in 11 of 12 games this season after forcing three turnovers Friday.

    12 of 14 receptions by Andrew Rodriguez this season have been for first downs - the only two receptions today were for first downs.

    16 Cougars (14 seniors/2 juniors) were honored during pregame ceremonies for their contributions to the Houston Football program on Senior Day.

    Kicker Kyle Bullard is 17-for-17 in extra points and 5-of-5 in field goals this season for a perfect mark in both categories.

    Greg Ward’s 19-yard reception was good for the Cougars’ third scoring play of the game - and marked Ward’s first career receiving TD.

    Richie Leone placed all four of his punts today inside the 20-yard line for an average of 44.2 yards.

    John O’Korn became the program’s leader with 26 passing touchdowns by a Cougar freshman after recording two today.

    Houston’s defense has forced 40 turnovers this season - resulting in 134 points.

    Eric Eiland’s 62-yard fumble return was the longest for the Cougars this season.

    John O’Korn’s 67-yard pass to Daniel Spencer for the Cougars’ first touchdown was the third longest pass of the year for O’Korn and second longest reception for Spencer in 2013.

    Daniel Spencer notched his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the year and fifth of his career after tallying 100 yards today.

    John O’Korn surpassed Kevin Kolb’s 220 completions by a Houston freshman QB with his 25 today - totaling now 239.

    John O’Korn sits second all-time for Houston freshmen with 2,889 total passing yards following 245 Friday.


    • Houston earned a 34-0 victory over SMU to improve to 8-4 and 5-3 in The American Athletic Conference.

    • Houston’s record over SMU improves to 18-10-1 all-time and today’s shuout marked the first by the Cougars over the Mustangs.

    • Houston’s overall record improves to 396-345-15 all-time.

    • With today’s eighth win of the year, Houston now has 16 eight-plus win seasons in program history. It is also the sixth time in the last eight seasons the Cougars have notched at least eight wins.

    • With a bowl win later this year, Houston would notch the program’s 13th nine-plus win season.

    • Today’s shutout marked the first shutout since a 56-0 win vs. Georgia State on Sept. 24, 2011 and first conference shutout since a 64-0 victory over Rice on Dec. 2, 1989.

    • 28 of Houston’s 60 scoring drives this season have lasted under two minutes, including 14 under one minute. It’s quckest lasted just four seconds on a one-yard rush by Kent Brooks following a fumble recovery in today’s game.

    • Houston has scored double digits in 17 quarters this season.

    • The first four scoring drives in today’s game all lasted under three minutes, marking the first time this season.

    • Houston leads the nation in forced turnovers with 40 after collecting four Friday (three interceptions, one fumble recovery). The Cougars’ +25 turnover margin also leads the nation.

    • Houston has forced 40 total turnovers this season, which have resulted in 134 points. The Cougars scored 10 points off turnovers Friday.

    • With Zach McMillian’s interception in the endzone, Houston has forced multiple turnovers in 11 of the 12 games this season and 19 of the last 20 games.

    • Eric Eiland’s 62-yard fumble recovery drive was the longest of the season.

    Adrian McDonald (13), Efrem Oliphant (12) and Derrick Mathews (11) each recorded double-digit tackles to lead the Houston defense.

    • True freshman quarterback John O’Korn notched his 25th and 26th passing touchdown of the season to take over the program record for passing touchdowns by a freshman, surpassing Kevin Kolb’s 25 (2003). He finished the day with two (Daniel Spencer - 67 yards / Greg Ward, Jr. - 19 yards)

    • The 67-yarder to Spencer was the third longest pass (10 seconds) of the year for O’Korn for the third fastest scoring drive of the season.

    • O’Korn notched his seventh muliple TD game this season with his two today and continues to pace all true freshmen nationally with 26 passing touchdowns.

    • With 25 completions Friday, John O’Korn became the program’s leader for completions by a Houston freshman with 239. O’Korn entered the game with 214, just six shy of Kevin Kolb’s 220 set in 2003. He went on to complete 25 for 239.

    • O’Korn sits in second place just 242 passing yards behind Kevin Kolb’s 3,131 passing yards in a single season by a Houston freshman quarterback after recording 245 in today’s win to bring his 2013 total to 2,889.

    Eric Braswell
    • Junior defensive end Eric Braswell notched his second career forced fumble (in back-to-back weeks) for a loss of nine following his fourth career sack, third of the year.

    Kyle Bullard
    • Sophomore kicker Kyle Bullard remained perfect on the year. He is 5-of-5 on field goals and 17-of-17 on extra points this year following his four extra points and two field goals today.

    Richie Leone
    • Senior punter and three-time Ray Guy Award semifinalist Richie Leone had four punts Friday with an average of 44.2 yards per kick.

    • Leone placed all four of his punts inside the 20-yard line.

    Adrian McDonald
    • Sophomore strong safety Adrian McDonald picked off his fifth pass of the season midway through the opening quarter to mark the second straight game with an interception for McDonald. The interception led to three Houston points.

    • McDonald’s team-leading 13 tackles today marked his fourth double-digit tackle game of the year and fifth of his career.

    Zach McMillian
    • Senior cornerback Zach McMillian recorded his third and fourth interception of the year with his first coming in the endzone for Houston’s fourth pick in the endzone this year.

    • McMillian’s picked off his second pass of the game. He is the fourth Cougar this season to record two interceptions in a single game.

    Greg Ward Jr.
    • In his third straight game seeing action at receiver, true freshman quarterback Greg Ward Jr. notched a career-high five receptions for 48 yards.

    • Ward pulled in a 19-yard recepiton for his first career receiving touchdown from John O’Korn to put Houston up 17-0.

    • Ward is the first Cougar to rush a touchdown, receive a touchdown and throw for a touchdown in a single season since Anthony Aldridge in 2007.

    Daniel Spencer
    • Junior wide receiver Daniel Spencer recorded his sixth receiving touchdown of the season on a 67-yard reception to open the game from freshman John O’Korn. The 67-yarder was the second longest reception for Spencer this season, seventh longest play and third fastest by the team this year.

    • Spencer notched his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the year and fifth of his career following his 100-yard performance today.

    Derrick Mathews
    • Junior linebacker Derrick Mathews recorded his seventh sack of the year and his 39th career tackle for loss (loss of seven yards) to move into a tie for eighth with Glenn Montgomery (1985-88).

    • Mathews finished the day with 11 tackles, third-most on the team, to record his fourth double-digit tackle game of the season and team-leading 14th career.

    Kent Brooks
    • Senior running back Kent Brooks notched his first career rushing touchdown to put Houston up 24-0 following Eric Eiland’s 62-yard gain after his fumble recovery.

    • Brooks’ touchdown was a four-second, one-yard drive to notch the shortest and quickest scoring drive of the season.

    • Brooks recorded a career-high with eight rushing attempts and 33 rushing yards, surpassing his previous highs coming at Rutgers.

    Eric Eiland
    • Sophomore defensive end Eric Eiland recorded his second career fumble recovery and took it back 62-yards for the team’s longest fumble recovery of the year.

    Ryan Jackson
    • Sophomore running back Ryan Jackson recorded his sixth rushing touchdown of the season and ninth of his career on his 37-yard rush for a touchdown - second longest rushing TD of the year for Jackson.

    Efrem Oliphant
    • Junior linebacker Efrem Oliphant recorded 12 tackles today for his team-leading seventh double-digit tackle effort of the year and 10th of his career.



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