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    Dec. 29, 2007

    Recap |  Final Stats |  Texas Bowl Photo Gallery 

    2007 Houston Cougars Football Postgame Notes
    2007 Texas Bowl
    Houston Cougars (8-5, 6-2 C-USA) vs. TCU Horned Frogs (8-5, 4-4 MWC)
    Friday, Dec. 28, 2007 * Reliant Stadium * Houston, Texas

    BOWL NOTES
    ** This marked the third consecutive season that the Cougars competed in a bowl game... It was the first time that the Cougars competed in three straight bowl games since UH competed in four straight from 1978 to 1981.

    ** This marked the fourth time in the last five seasons that the Cougars competed in a bowl game... It was the first time since 1977-81 that the Cougars have accomplished that feat.

    ** The Cougars have lost their last eight bowl games dating back to 1981... The Cougars have not won a bowl game since a 35-0 win over Navy on Dec. 22, 1980 during the Garden State Bowl, a span of 9,867 days.

    TEAM NOTES
    ** Friday's attendance of 62,097 was the second-largest crowd to watch the Cougars during the 2007 season... The 2007 attendance season high was 92,138 at Alabama on Oct. 6, 2007.

    ** The Cougars' 13 points tied for the fewest points scored by UH during a bowl game... It equaled the 13 points scored by the Cougars in a 42-13 loss against Kansas on Dec. 23, 2005, at the Fort Worth Bowl.

    ** The Cougars fell to 119-66-4 (.640) all-time in domed stadiums... The Cougars fell to 0-4 all-time at Reliant Stadium after previously playing Rice (Sept. 5, 2004), Miami (Fla.) (Sept. 23, 2004) and Oregon (Sept. 1, 2005) in that facility.

    ** The Cougars finished the season with an 8-5 overall record and their second straight winning season... This marked the first time since 1989-90 that UH posted consecutive winning seasons.

    ** The Cougars fell 23-11-1 (.671) all-time when playing in the month of December.

    ** Friday's game was the first time in school history that the Cougars competed on Dec. 28.

    ** The Cougars fell to 129-117-9 (.524) all-time against teams from the state of Texas.

    ** The Cougars fell to 33-24-1 (.578) all-time when playing on days other than Saturday.... The Cougars fell to 20-9 (.690) all-time when playing on Fridays.

    ** With 13 points, the Cougars scored in their 93rd consecutive game... The Cougars have not been shut out since a 48-0 loss at Texas on Sept. 23, 2000.

    ** With seven points in the first quarter, the Cougars scored in the opening period for the 11th time in 13 games this season.

    INDIVIDUAL NOTES
    ** Senior wide receiver Anthony Alridge, senior linebacker Trent Allen, senior wide receiver Donnie Avery, junior offensive guard Michael Bloesch, senior wide receiver Jordan Brown, senior offensive guard Dustin Dickinson, junior strong safety Kenneth Fontenette, senior wide receiver Jeron Harvey, junior defensive end Phillip Hunt, junior long snapper Norbie Juist, junior linebacker Cody Lubojasky, senior wide receiver Perry McDaniel, junior linebacker Ernest Miller, senior linebacker Brendan Pahulu, junior linebacker Chris Pilot, junior defensive tackle Cody Pree, junior linebacker Rodney Rideau, junior cornerback Quinte Williams and senior cornerback Kellen Yancy each competed in the third bowl game of their respective careers... Prior to Friday's game, only 30 players in UH history had played in at least three bowl games during their careers.

    ** With a bowl appearance in 2008, junior offensive guard Michael Bloesch, junior strong safety Kenneth Fontenette, junior defensive end Phillip Hunt, junior long snapper Norbie Juist, junior linebacker Cody Lubojasky, junior linebacker Ernest Miller, junior linebacker Chris Pilot, junior defensive tackle Cody Pree, junior linebacker Rodney Rideau and junior cornerback Quinte Williams will join an exclusive group of Cougar players who have competed in four bowl games during their careers... Donnie Love (1979-81) and Lonell Phea (1979-81) are the only Cougar players to date who have played in four bowl games during their careers.

    ** Senior wide receivers Donnie Avery and Perry McDaniel competed in their 50th consecutive games... That mark tied the UH record held by quarterback Kevin Kolb (2003-06) and wide receiver Vincent Marshall.

    ** Senior wide receivers Donnie Avery and Perry McDaniel competed in the 50th game of their careers... That total tied with Kevin Kolb (2003-06) and wide receiver Vincent Marshall (2003-06) for the second-highest total in UH career history... Running back/defensive back Roshawn Pope holds the school record with 51 games from 2002 to 2006.

    ** Redshirt freshman running back Andre Kohn's 67-yard touchdown catch at the 0:08 mark of the first quarter was the first receiving touchdown of his career and the longest catch of his career... His catch topped his previous long of 13 yards set against Texas Southern during the regular-season finale on Nov. 24, 2007... His catch also was the longest play from scrimmage in the two-year history of the Texas Bowl.

    ** With 10 receptions, senior wide receiver Donnie Avery set a UH single-game bowl record... His total topped the previous record of nine catches by Vincent Marshall against South Carolina during the AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Dec. 29, 2006.

    ** With 10 receptions, senior wide receiver Donnie Avery ends his collegiate career with at least one reception in 34 consecutive games, the 10th-longest streak among active NCAA players... Avery has not played a game without recording at least once reception since facing Tulane on Oct. 8, 2005.

    ** With 120 receiving yards, senior wide receiver Donnie Avery posted his seventh 100-yard receiving game of 2007 and the 11th of his career... The Cougars fell to 4-7 (.363) during games in which Avery reached triple digits in receiving yards.

    ** With 11 100-yard receiving games, senior wide receiver Donnie Avery tied with Brandon Middleton (1999-03) and Jason Phillips (1987-88) for fourth most in UH career history.

    ** With 335 passing yards, redshirt freshman quarterback Case Keenum threw for the second most passing yards in UH bowl history... His total trailed only the 386 yards by Kevin Kolb during the AutoZone Liberty Bowl against South Carolina on Dec. 29, 2006.

    ** With 335 passing yards, redshirt freshman quarterback Case Keenum recorded the first 300-yard passing game of his career... The Cougars fell to 0-1 in games in which Keenum reached the 300-yard mark... His total topped his previous high of 298 yards against Conference USA rival Marshall on Nov. 17, 2007.

    ** With two field goals, senior kicker T.J. Lawrence tied a UH single-game bowl record... His total equaled the previous high by Dustin Bell at Hawai'i during the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl on Dec. 25, 2003, and by Kenny Hatfield against Notre Dame on Jan. 1, 1979, during the Cotton Bowl.

    ** With two field goals, senior kicker T.J. Lawrence recorded his fifth multi-field goal game of the 2007 season and his career.

    ** With two field goals, senior kicker T.J. Lawrence tied his career high... He equaled his mark set against Marshall (Nov. 17, 2007), at UTEP (Oct. 27, 2007), at Tulane (Sept. 15, 2007) and at Oregon (Sept. 1, 2007).

    ** With his 65-yard punt around the 2:40 mark of the first quarter, sophomore punter Chase Turner set a personal single-game high and set a Texas Bowl record in that category... His total topped his previous best of 62 yards at Tulsa on Nov. 10, 2007.

    ** Sophomore punter Chase Turner's 65-yard punt around the 2:40 mark of the first quarter was the second-longest kick in UH bowl history... His kick trailed only Simon Rodriguez' 70-yard punt against Washington State on Dec. 25, 1988, during the Aloha Bowl.

    ** With a punting average of 50.1 yards, sophomore punter Chase Turner set a UH single-game record in that category... His total topped the previous record of 46.6 yards (5-233) set by Jimmy McClary at Hawai'i during the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl on Dec. 25, 2003.

    ** Redshirt freshman running back Jessie Harrison competed in his first game of the 2007 season on special teams.

     

     

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