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    HOUSTON (Sept. 21) -- With a much more focused attitude, the University of Houston football team held their final practice before the Texas game outdoors despite rain showers before and during their workout.

    "We were focused much better today than we were last Thursday as we prepared to play Army," said Houston head coach Dana Dimel.

    "I think our team learned how important Thursday's practice is when heading into a ball game two day later. Practicing in the rain might have helped us bear down even more while we were trying to polish some things before this week's game."

    Dimel also thought that practicing in the rain could help Houston later this season.

    "Practicing in the rain also helps you prepare for playing in some of the elements you may encounter later in the season," said Dimel.

    When the Cougars travel to Austin, Texas to play 15th-ranked Texas at Memorial Stadium on Saturday night, Dimel is hoping for a little different start from the Cougars' first three games.

    "It will be very important for us to play well early and gain some confidence," said Dimel. "We need to jump out to an early lead instead of having to come from behind and overcoming mistakes like we have so far this season."

    Despite the outcome, Dimel thinks that Houston's non-conference schedule will help the Cougars when they play their remaining six Conference USA games.

    "When we play another league game, we will have played in front of 90,000 fans at LSU and 80,000 fans at Texas," said Dimel. "In addition, Rice can be a tough place to play.

    "Playing those games will help us because I firmly believe that it will be critical that we play well on the road in conference play if we are going to enjoy a successful season."



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