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    Sept. 1, 2012

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    GAME NOTES
    • With the 30-13 loss to Texas State, Houston moves to 383-337-15 all-time. The Cougars fell to 34-31-2 all-time in season openers and 38-29 all-time in home openers with the loss. Houston now trails Texas State, 4-1 all-time and is 1-2 at Robertson Stadium vs. the Bobcats.

    • Saturday night's season-opening attendance of 32,207 was a sellout. The crowd ties the Nov. 19, 2011 game vs. SMU as the second largest Robertson Stadium crowd in school history. It ranks first all-time among home-opener crowds, surpassing the previous high which came against Texas State back on Sept. 4, 2010 with a crowd of 32,119. 

    • Prior to Saturday night's loss, Houston had not lost a home opener at Robertson Stadium since 2002, which was a 10-game winning streak to date.

    • Six Houston players recorded their first career starts, four on offense and two on defense. Ralph Oragwu, Deontay Greenberry, Daniel Spencer and Chance Blackmon on offense, while Everett Daniels and Chris Cermin made the start on defense. 

    Derrick Mathews
    Derrick Mathews recorded a career-high two sacks after entering the game with only one career sack.

    • Mathews tied with Phillip Steward for the team lead with 14 tackles, the second most of his career behind the 16 last season against Louisiana Tech.

    Matt Hogan
    • Kicker Matt Hogan tallied his second career 50-yard field goal to put Houston on the board first in the opening quarter. His first 50-plus yard kick came on Nov. 7, 2009 with a game-winning 51-yard field goal at Tulsa. 

    • Hogan became just third player in school history to record two 50-yard field goals in his career. The only other two Cougars to accomplish this feat were Roman Anderson and Chip Browndyke. Hogan's successful attempt was the 11th 50-yard field goal in school history by any player. 

    • With his 37-yard field goal in the third quarter, Hogan notched his 14th-career game with two or more field goals made.

    Larry McDuffey
    • True freshman wide receiver Larry McDuffey made his first career catch with 3:09 remaining in the second quarter resulting in a 64-yard touchdown for Houston. 

    Lloyd Allen
    Lloyd Allen's sack early in the third quarter brought his career sack total to 4.5. His sack was one of four by the Houston defense on the night.

    Chris Cermin
    • In his first career start, senior Chris Cermin finished third-on the team with a career-high 13 tackles. The 13 surpassed his previous high of three, which came against Rice in 2009. Prior to tonight, Cermin had only recorded five career tackles. 

    • Prior to Saturday's start, head coach Tony Levine announced that Cermin and senior teammates Ameen Behbahani, Crawford Jones and Braxton Welford were honored with scholarships are spending their previous seasons as walk-ons.

    Phillip Steward
    Phillip Steward made one sack and 14 tackles to tie teammate Derrick Matthews for the team high. The 14 tackles were second-best total by Steward in a single-game as his career-high of 16 came on Nov. 13, 2010 vs. Tulsa. Tonight was Steward's eighth career game with 10 or more tackles.

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    BY THE NUMBERS
    1
    True freshman wide receiver Larry McDuffey recorded his first career catch, which resulted in his first career touchdown.

    3
    Linebacker Derrick Mathews had three sacks in the game to improve his career total to four.

    3
    Kicker Matt Hogan became the third Houston player all-time to record two 50-yard field goals in their career. 

    6
    Houston had six players (Oragwu, Greenberry, Spencer, Blackmon, Daniels and Cermin) record their first career starts.

    14
    Kicker Matt Hogan recorded his 14th career game with two or more successful field goals after his 37-yarder in the third quarter.  

    46
    Kicker Matt Hogan (46) was chosen as Houston's special teams captain of the week. Each week, Houston will choose a special teams captain based on the previous week's performance. 

    32,207
    Saturday night's attendance of 32,207 ties the Nov. 9, 2011 game vs. SMU  for the second-largest crowd in Robertson Stadium history with the and ranks as the largest home-opening crowd all-time at Robertson. 


     

     

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