BY THE NUMBERS
Houston finished the season with a 7-5 record.
Houston fell to 433-361-15 all-time.
Fresno State won the toss and elected to defer. Houston chose to receive and defended the south end zone. Junior safety Garrett Davis, senior linebacker Matthews Adams, senior running back Dillon Birden and senior wide receiver Steven Dunbar were captains.
Attendance was 12,187.
Houston is 11-14-1 all-time in bowl games.
Sunday's appearance in the Hawai'i Bowl marked the 26th bowl game in program history.
Houston's 2017 Hawai'i Bowl appearance marked the fifth straight season and the 11th time in the last 13 years the Cougars have competed in a bowl game.
Houston's five straight bowl berths represent the second-longest active streak in the American Athletic Conference and only the second time the Cougars have accomplished the feat.
HAWAI'I BOWL HISTORY
Sunday's game marked the third time Houston has competed in a bowl in Hawai'i and second in the Hawai'i Bowl. The Cougars dropped a 54-48, triple overtime game to Hawai'i in the 2003 Hawai'i Bowl and a 24-22 decision to Washington State in the 1988 Aloha Bowl.
HEAD COACH Major Applewhite
Applewhite fell to 7-6 during his Houston career.
Applewhite fell to 4-4 in day games.
Applewhite fell to 0-2 in bowl games.
Applewhite fell to 0-1 in games played on Sundays.
Applewhite fell to 0-1 against Fresno State during his career.
FRESNO STATE SERIES HISTORY
The Hawai'i Bowl marked the first meeting between Houston and Fresno State.
Houston fell to 25-17-1 in games played during the month of December.
Houston fell to 4-4 in games played on Sunday. The Hawai'i Bowl marked Houston's first Sunday game since a 30-14 win over No. 24/23 Penn State in TicketCity Bowl in Dallas on Jan. 1, 2013.
With 269 yards passing, sophomore quarterback D'Eriq King (1,260) joined senior quarterback Kyle Postma (1,125) in passing for over 1,000 yards on the season. Houston finished with two 1,000 yards passers in the same season for the first time since Case Keenum (2,259) and Blake Joseph (1,324) each passed the millennium mark in 2007.
With a one-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter from sophomore defensive end Ed Oliver, Houston has now scored in 224 consecutive games dating back to a 48-0 loss at No. 15 Texas on Sept. 23, 2000. Major Applewhite split repetitions at quarterback for the Longhorns in the game.
The Houston defense shutout Fresno State in the first quarter. The Cougars held opponents scoreless in the opening quarter of eight games in 2017.
With two turnovers forced, Houston now has 147 since 2013, the most among FBS schools.
Houston has forced multiple turnovers in 50 of its last 72 games.
Houston forced three three-and-outs across Fresno State's first four drives. On the other drive, the Cougars recorded an interception.
Junior cornerback Alexander Myres returned a blocked field goal 94 yards for a touchdown at the 2:54 mark of the third quarter. The score is Houston's first touchdown on special teams in 2017 and first blocked field goal returned for a touchdown since Brandon Wilson returned one 78 yards at UTSA on Sept. 28, 2013.
The 94-yard touchdown is the longest blocked field return in program history.
Sunday's game marked sophomore D'Eriq King's fourth career start at quarterback.
With his first completion, a 13-yard connection with senior receiver Linell Bonner, King eclipsed 1,000 passing yards for the season. He finished the season with 1,260 yards passing.
King finished 23-for-43 passing for 269 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
King's 23 completions are a career high. His previous high was 21 against Navy on Nov. 24, 2017.
On the ground, King finished with 38 yards on nine carries.
Consensus All-American and Outland Trophy winner, sophomore defensive end Ed Oliver recorded a pair of tackles for loss in the game including one on Fresno State's second play from scrimmage. The tackles for loss give Oliver 39.5 for his career in only 25 games.
Oliver recorded his first career touchdown with a one-yard punch in at the 11:35 mark of the first quarter.
With two tackles for loss, Oliver has recorded multiple TFLs in 13 career games.
With two tackles for loss, Oliver moved up to ninth on the Houston career TFLs chart with 39.5, passing Reggie Burnette (38; 1988-90), Lance Everson (38; 2002-05) and Glenn Montgomery (39; 1985-88).
Senior receiver Steven Dunbar pulled in a 48-yard reception from quarterback D'Eriq King off a flea flicker early in the first quarter.
Dunbar later connected with King for a 50-yard reception in the second quarter. The reception was Dunbar's fifth of at least 40 yards on the season.
Dunbar recorded six receptions in 10 of 12 games in 2017.
Dunbar finished with 197 yards receiving on 10 catches. The 197 yards are a career high, while his 10 receptions ties his career high.
The 100-yard receiving game is Dunbar's fourth of the season and seventh overall of his career. Dunbar finishes 14th on the Houston 100-yard receiving games chart.
With 197 yards, Dunbar moved up to 10th all-time on the career receiving yards list, passing Jason Phillips (2,319; 1987-88) and Linell Bonner (2,324; 2014-17).
Dunbar's 197 receiving yards rank third all-time in a single bowl game at Houston, passing Donnie Avery (120; Texas Bowl vs. TCU, Dec. 28, 2007), Justin Johnson (148; TicketCity Bowl vs. No. 24/23 Penn State, Jan. 1, 2013) and Vincent Marshall (157; Hawai'i Bowl vs. Hawai'i, Dec. 25, 2003).
Dunbar's 197 receiving yards in the Hawai'i Bowl gives him 265 for his bowl career. His 265 bowl receiving yards rank third all-time at Houston, passing Jeron Harvey (107; 2005-07), Tyron Carrier (124; 2008-11), Don Bass (125; 1974-77), Demarcus Ayers (125; 2014-15), Eddie Foster (149; 1973-77), Markeith Ambles (173; 2014-15), Deontay Greenberry (181; 2014-15) and Donnie Avery (263; 2005-07).
Following the contest, Dunbar was named Houston's team MVP.
Senior linebacker D'Juan Hines intercepted quarterback Marcus McMaryion just before the 10-minute mark of the first quarter. The interception is the first of Hines' career.
Hines forced a fumble on the first drive of the second half. The forced fumble is his third of his career, all coming in 2017.
With his fourth reception of the game, a six-yard catch from sophomore quarterback D'Eriq King, senior wide receiver Linell Bonner recorded his 200th catch of the season, the ninth player in Houston history to accomplish the feat.
Bonner found the endzone with a two-yard touchdown reception with 45 seconds left in the game. The score was Bonner's 13th career touchdown and fifth of the season.
With seven receptions, Bonner moved up to eighth all-time with 205 career catches, passing Deontay Greenberry (201; 2012-14).
With 39 yards, Bonner moved up to 11th all-time on the career receiving yards list, passing Jason Phillips (2,319; 1987-88).
Junior kicker Caden Novikoff converted a 31-yard field goal to make it a 10-10 game with 7:17 left in the second quarter.
Novikoff added another 31-yard field goal with 7:57 left in the third quarter. The field goal is Novikoff's 12th of the season.
With two field goals made, Novikoff recorded his second multi-field goal game of the season and tied his career high. Novikoff also made two field goals in Houston's American Athletic Conference opener at Temple on Sept. 30, 2017.
Senior linebacker Matthew Adams dropped quarterback Marcus McMaryion for a seven-yard loss in the third quarter. The sack gives Adams 1.5 for the season and 7.5 for his career.
Adams finished with 12 tackles, including two for loss. The double-digit tackle performance is Adams' ninth of his career and third in 2017.
Junior cornerback Alexander Myres returned a blocked field goal 94 yards for a touchdown at the 2:54 mark of the third quarter.
Myres finished with a career-high nine tackles. His previous high was eight against Navy on Nov. 24, 2017.