Final score: Houston 39, UAB 17. The Cougars improve to 3-3 overall and 2-0 in Conference USA play.
Bram Kohlhaussen makes his collegiate debut.
UAB adds a touchdown on the reserve defense with 4:37 left in the game.
Today's attendance is 25,242.
Crawford Jones makes his first appearance at quarterback this season. Piland's day is done on 32-of-44 with 362 yards and two touchdowns.
Ameen Behbehani with the sack on fourth down after Desmond Pulliam applies the hurry and Derrick Mathews cleans up the sack to make it third and goal from the 16. Three sacks on that series - great effort from the defensive line and linebackers, just flying all over the place.
Eight sacks on the day - season high for the Cougars.
Steward and Mathews have combined six TFL - total of 34 yards loss.
Eric Braswell registers his first career sack, sixth sack of the game for the Cougars.
Matt Hogan breaks the school and Conference USA record with his sixth field goal of the game. 6-for-7 today with makes of 23, 27, 23, 29, 52 and 26.
End of the third quarter. Houston has scored 20 unanswered points to pull away. Driving with the ball at the Blazers 38.
Phillip Steward picks up the 5th sack of the game for Houston on third down, second of the game for Steward. 49 yard punt nets only 21 yards after Peace returns it 29 yards.
Matt Hogan drills a 52-yarder for a career long and also makes it five field goals on the afternoon - another career mark.
Five field goals made in a game ties a Conference USA record.
UAB tries a fake punt and UH was never fooled - kept their defense on the field and made the stop. Third time UAB has turned it over on downs today.
Ryan Jackson scores his first career touchdown from 10 yards out on third and 1. 9 play 67-yard drive taking 2:43 off the clock.
Chris Cermin forces a fumble and D.J. Hayden recovers. First turnover for the Blazers of the day, first and 10 from the UH 33 for the Cougars.
Three more points for Houston and Matt Hogan with his 29-yard FG. He's 4-for-5 on the day, tying a career high with four makes.
Shane Ros goes over 100 yards receiving and Sims goes over 100 rushing yards on back-to-back plays. Piland pushes past 300 yards passing as well.
5th 100 yard receiving effort for a UH WR, and third straight game 100+ rushing yards for Sims.
Kenneth Farrow punches it in from one-yard out to give Houston the 23-10 lead.
Second straight game UH has scored on the opening second half drive. Also scored a touchdown on the opening drive of this game.
Houston opens the first half with four straight first-down plays.
Houston outgaining UAB 318 to 172 in the first half. Three red-zone field goals being the difference in this game so far. Cougars need to get the running game - just 56 yards on 24 attempts before the trick play to Sims.
Hogan's 48-yarder into a strong breeze is no good. End of the first half.
Houston uses a little trickeration as the first half winding down. Cougars look to kneel the ball and let the clock run out but Piland hands off to Sims who sprints 29 yards and then Spencer draws a defensive pass interference giving Houston the ball on the UAB 31 with :06 left in the half.
Phillip Steward with the 14-yard sack on second and down to force the third and goal from the 24-yard line. UAB kicks a field goal to cut lead 16-10.
Houston has four sacks in the first half.
Piland hits Sims on a 36-yard wheel route but offense can't find the end zone. Hogan hits his third field goal of the day, this one from 23.
Fourth career game with 3+ field goals for Hogan.
UAB tries some razzle-dazzle and Phillip Steward makes his first interception of the year, giving UH the ball on their own 26. 6:41 left in the first half.
Trevon Stewart getting helped off the field with a leg injury - Chris Cermin replacing the freshman. Zach McMillian with one of the hits of the year on the following play to break up a UAB passing first down. Two pass breakups by the DL
Matt Hogan hits his second field goal of the day, from 27-yards. 2-for-2 on the day so far. Running game hasn't been able to get going yet, Cougars stopped short on 3rd and 1.
15 play 70 yard drive - 5:00.
End of the first quarter. Piland has connected on passes to six different receivers (10-12, 119 yards 1 touchdown) - zero drops so far.
Matt Hogan connects on a 23-yard field goal to cap eight play, 53 yard drive in 1:39.
Shane Ros already tied career high with four receptions and broke career mark with 68 yards. Great article this week on the junior by John Brannen link.
Defense holds strong after the turnover - William Moore and Trevon combine on the sack on 4th-and-9. 5:14 left in the first quarter.
Charles Sims fumbles on the second play on Houston's second drive. Blazers' ball on the UH 34.
UAB answers with an eight-play 75-yard touchdown drive. Wide open Blazer WR in the end zone. And now two straight ball-fall-off-the-tee for the UAB kicker. Not an official stat.
After a personal foul and negative pass play, Houston scores after having it 2nd-and-31. Piland passes to five different receivers on the opening score and Shane Ros hauls in a 25-yard touchdown catch to cap the drive.
Second-straight game Houston has scored on their opening drive.