HOUSTON -- The Houston offense (Red Team) claimed a 51-33 win over the defense (White Team) Saturday in the 2017 Red-White Game at TDECU Stadium.
The game was scored using a modified scoring system in an offense vs. defense format with four 12-minute quarters and a running clock.
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The game’s first touchdown came courtesy of a 10-yard pass from junior quarterback Kyle Allen to sophomore receiver Keith Corbin in the back corner of the east end zone. Dalton Witherspoon tacked on a PAT.
Sophomore running back Patrick Carr, who sat out last season after transferring from Colorado, punched in a six-yard rushing score before sophomore running back Kevrin Justice added a one-yard run in the third quarter and sophomore running back Josh Burrell closed out the day with a one-yard score.
The Red team was led on the ground by Carr, who finished with 122 yards on 15 carries. Burrell was second in rushing on the day with 38 yards on seven carries.
On the receiving end, senior Derek McLemore led the way with nine receptions for 44 yards while sophomore Keith Corbin had three receptions for 21 yards. Passing wise, Allen had 62 yards on 12-of-18 passing while junior Mason McClendon had 27 yards on 6-of-14 passing.
The Houston defense got off to a strong start with Jeremy Winchester picking off a Kyle Allen pass on the first play of the game. It was one of three interceptions for the defense as Isaiah Johnson and Javian Smith picked up interceptions on the day as well.
Senior linebacker Cameron Doubenmier paced the defense with seven tackles while senior linebacker Austin Robinson and redshirt-freshman cornerback Patrick Rosette had six stops each. Doubenmier and Robinson also had the day’s lone sacks.
Prior to the game, news on four significant injuries within the program was announced. Senior tight end Alex Leslie (leg), junior center Will Noble (leg) and junior defensive end Jerard Carter (foot) are all expected back for summer workouts while sophomore wide receiver Marquez Stevenson will unfortunately miss the 2017 season with a torn ACL.
Saturday’s Red-White Game marks the completion of the 2017 spring session for the Houston Football program. Houston returns to action this fall when it travels to San Antonio to open the 2017 season vs. UTSA on Saturday, Sept. 2. Following a Sept. 9 trip to Tucson, Ariz., to face Arizona, the Cougars open up their home slate vs. Rice on Saturday, Sept. 16 at TDECU Stadium.
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