Oct. 2, 2013
When Houston receiver Shane Ros tore his ACL last spring, he knew he wouldn't be able to play this fall. That didn't change Ros' influence with the team, however, as he remains a constant presence around practice and Houston games, home and away. While he's around the program, Ros will provide an inside look and player's perspective of the program to UHCougars.com.
The Alamodome was rocking Saturday afternoon as the Houston Cougars took on the UTSA Roadrunners. Competing outside of the city of Houston for just the second time this season, the Cougars found themselves caught in a tough battle for win number four.
With a raucous home crowd behind them and a veteran quarterback at the helm, the Roadrunners lit up the scoreboard early and often, taking the Cougars to halftime all locked up at 21. But just as it has been the case all season, the boys from Houston refused to panic and came out ready to compete in the second half.
In most football games the outcome is decided on a handful of plays. Saturday proved to be no different. Clinging to a 24-21 second half lead, the Cougars stalled a Roadrunner drive deep in Houston territory. As UTSA lined up to kick the game tying field goal, no one could have predicted what happened next. As soon as the ball was snapped, redshirt freshman B.J. Singleton burst through the line of scrimmage and right into the path of the kick. The ball bounced off of Singleton’s hand and took a Houston hop right into the waiting arms of fellow redshirt freshman and Louisiana native Brandon Wilson. Once the ball was in his possession, the former running back knew exactly what to do as he showed off his speed in route to a momentum-swinging touchdown. From there on out it was all Cougars as the defense forced five second-half turnovers en route to a 59-28 victory.
It’s amazing what winning does to a three-hour bus ride, as the ride home was far more enjoyable than the trek there. Not only did the Cougars return to Houston with a win, they carried home some individual hardware as well. For the first time in American Athletic Conference history, three players from the same team swept the player of the week honors. John O’Korn took home Offensive Player of the Week honors following a gutsy four touchdown performance, William Jackson was named Defensive Player of the Week after an electrifying 96-yard interception return for a touchdown, and Brandon Wilson claimed Special Teams Player of the Week following his momentum swinging return. All three phases of the game were critical for this hard-fought win and the rewards reveal what a total team effort it was.
The Cougars now have a bye week before returning to action against the Memphis Tigers on October 12th at 11 a.m. Be sure to set your alarm for the early start and help us Paint Houston Red as the Houston Cougars hunt for victory number five.
Shane Ros #19