Senior linebacker Efrem Oliphant
March 29, 2014
HOUSTON -On a picture-perfect day, the University of Houston Football team held its second scrimmage of the spring season on Saturday morning at the team's Practice Facility. Competing for about an hour, the Cougars worked through various down-and-distance situations across the field in front of fans.
While the offense shined in the first scrimmage of the spring campaign, it was the Houston defense that was the star of the show Saturday. The Houston defense forced their offensive counterparts into three turnovers (2 INTs, 1 fumble) with four sacks and allowed only 168 yards of total offense on 50 plays.
Junior defensive end Trevon Randle posted a scrimmage-high seven tackles, including two sacks for a loss of seven yards, and broke up a pass, while senior linebacker Efrem Oliphant and junior safety Eric Eilandfinished with four tackles apiece.
Senior defensive tackle Eric Braswell intercepted a pass and posted a 4-yard sack, while junior defensive back Tyler White picked off a pass of his own. Sophomore defensive tackle B.J. Singleton finished with three tackles and a 5-yard sack, and sophomore defensive back Steven Aikensadded two tackles and a pass breakup.
Offensively, senior quarterback Billy Cosh led the Cougars, throwing for 56 yards on 3-of-6 passing and a touchdown. The Annapolis, Md., native accounted for the only aerial touchdown of the day, connecting on a 14-yard strike with senior receiver Wayne Beadle, who made a dazzling, diving, one-handed catch in the end zone.
Sophomore quarterback John O'Kornthrew for 31 yards on 4-of-9 passing but was the victim of several drops by his receivers during his time on the field.
Sophomore fullback Tyler McCloskey led the team with seven rushes for 17 yards and added a 2-yard touchdown run. Hollimon added a 7-yard touchdown run, and sophomore Justin Hicksposted a 2-yard touchdown scamper of his own.
Beadle led the wideouts with three catches for 18 yards and a touchdown, while junior Hayden Daniels topped the Cougars with a 37 yards total on a single catch late in the scrimmage. Redshirt freshman Donald Gage III hauled in two catches for 25 yards, while sophomore Greg Ward, Jr., and senior Randall Hollimonhauled in two receptions apiece.
On the special teams side, sophomore kicker Ty Cummings nailed a 22-yard field goal and was perfect on both of his PAT attempts. Junior Kyle Bullard also nailed both of his PAT attempts in the scrimmage.
Wayne Beadle 14 pass from Billy Cosh (Ty Cummings kick)
Tyler McCloskey 2 run (Kyle Bullard kick)
Randall Hollimon 4 run (Ty Cummings kick)
Justin Hicks 2 run (Bullard kick)
Cummings 22 field goal
Tyler McCloskey 7-17, 1 TD
Randall Hollimon 7-15, 1 TD
Kenneth Farrow 2-15
Daniel Spencer 1-11
Greg Ward Jr. 1-7
Justin Hicks 6-5, 1 TD
Billy Cosh 2-1
Hunter McCoy 3-(-2)
John O'Korn (3-(-5)
Bear Fenimore (2-(-5)