April 7, 2007
HOUSTON - The University of Houston football wrapped up the spring season with the annual Red-White Game Saturday with frigid temperatures under rainy skies at the Carl Lewis International Track and Field Complex.
The two-hour controlled scrimmage was sloppy at times with a number of dropped balls and footing hard to come by thanks to the slick surface. Despite the weather, head coach Art Briles was upbeat about the results of the session.
"We feel real good about where we are at," head coach Art Briles. "It's going to an adjustment offensively. We might need to say four words instead of two to our quarterback to explain a little further into the system. We need to be patient, but it will all work out."
Blake Joseph and Case Keenum both saw time at quarterback, as the battle to replace four-year starter Kevin Kolb continued. Both signal-callers saw time with the first-team offense with Keenum throwing a pair of touchdowns.
Joseph finished 16-for-23 for 148 yards and no touchdowns. He completed his first five passes and had two balls that were dropped in the endzone.
Keenum was 4-for-9 for 143 yards with two touchdowns. Keenum's touchdowns came on a 44-yard strike to Chris Gilbert and a 60-yard deep ball to Donnie Avery. Gilbert finished with three catches for 60 yards and the score. Avery's catch and score was his only reception of the day.
L.J. Castile made three catches for 42 yards after making the transition from quarterback to receiver this spring.
The running game looks to be in good order as both Anthony Alridge and Randall Antoine had solid efforts. Antoine saw the lion's share of the carries on the morning. He rushed for 98 yards on 18 carries with a touchdown coming on the final play of the game. He also made five catches for 27 yards. Alridge had eight carries for 56 yards and Jessie Harrison finished with 35 yards on seven carries.
The Cougar defense had a nice showing on the day, closing out the session with six sacks, two interceptions and a touchdown. C.J. Cavness led all defensive players with seven tackles and a pair of sacks. Raymond Alake finished with six tackles while Matt Nicholson tallied five tackles and an interception, which was returned for a score. Teric Williams recorded the defense's other pick. Broderic Bean also had three tackles, including the hit of the day as he flattened Brennan Gleason after a catch over the middle.
"The defense is going to have to carry us a little bit until we get right offensively," Briles said. "We'll get there. We've been here four years and the worst we've finished nationlly in total offense is 35th. We've been in the top-10 twice."
Houston, the defending Conference USA champion, will report in for fall practice in early August. The 2007 campaign is scheduled to kick off on Sept. 1 at Oregon. The Cougars open C-USA play two weeks later in the Superdome against Tulane. UH's home opener is slotted for Sept. 22 against Colorado State.
Rushing: Antoine 18-98 TD; Alridge 8-56; Harrison 7-35; Joseph 10-16, Keenum 6-2
Passing: Joseph 16-23-0, 148 yards; Keenum 4-9-2, 143 yards, 2 TD
Receiving: Avery, 1-60 TD; Gilbert 3-60 TD; Castile 3-42; Antoine 5-27; Gleason 2-16; Stolt 1-11; Gilmore 1-10; Rodriguez 1-10; Harvey 2-8; Alridge 3-7