Football Announces Starting Time for Season Opener vs. Texas State

June 7, 2010

HOUSTON - With the season opener drawing closer, the University of Houston football program will kick off its 2010 season at 7 p.m., Sept. 4, when it plays host to Texas State on John O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium.

Houston Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades announced the starting time for the season opener Monday evening.

That game will be the first of six regular-season home contests for the Cougars in 2010. From there, the team meets UTEP (Friday, Sept. 10), Tulane (Sept. 25), Mississippi State (Oct. 9). UCF (Friday, Nov. 5) and Tulsa (Nov. 13).

The Cougars bring a 15-game winning streak on their home field into the Texas State game. That ranks as the fourth-longest active streak among all NCAA Division I-Football Bowl Subdivision schools.

Now entering his third season at Houston, head coach Kevin Sumlin has posted an 18-9 record during his career and is the only coach in school history to lead his team to back-to-back bowl appearances during his first two years.

With the Cougars' 34-28 win against Air Force during the 2008 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, Sumlin guided Houston to its first bowl win in nearly three decades.

Leading the way offensively is senior quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Case Keenum. In 2009, Keenum led the nation with a school-record 5,671 passing yards and 44 touchdowns, becoming only the second player in NCAA Division I-FBS history to enjoy multiple 5,000-yard passing seasons during his career.

Linebacker Marcus McGraw returns for his junior season after leading the Cougars and ranking among the national leaders in tackles for the second straight season. A year ago, the Arlington, Texas, native posted 156 tackles, including a team-best 75 solo stops, with four sacks, three forced fumbles and six pass breakups.



To order tickets, fan can visit the Athletics Ticket Office (located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center, 3100 Cullen Blvd.), or call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Fans always can purchase tickets to UH events, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the Tickets link.

Fans are encouraged to buy early with tickets being sold at a record pace.

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