Oct. 28, 2013
HOUSTON -Houston's Trevon Stewart was named The American Athletic Conference's Defensive Player of the Week Monday after his performance in UH's 49-14 win over Rutgers. In addition to Stewart's honor, Houston quarterback John O'Korn was named the to the league's weekly honor roll.
Stewart tied teammate Steven Taylor for a game-high 10 tackles at Rutgers, but the sophomore was also responsible for two of Houston's six turnovers. Stewart snuffed out Rutgers' third drive of the game with an interception at Houston's 47-yard line with the ensuing drive resulting in Houston's first of seven touchdowns.
Stewart also forced and recovered a fumble in the second quarter, a turnover that resulted in Houston's fourth touchdown and a 28-14 halftime lead. Stewart leads the American and is second nationally with four fumble recoveries this season.
O'Korn connected on 80 percent of his passes (24-of-30) for a career-high 364 yards and a career high five touchdowns in the UH win. O'Korn now has at least three passing touchdowns in five games this season and leads all true freshmen nationally with 19 passing touchdowns and in passing efficiency with a rating of 159.0.
Stewart, O'Korn and the rest of the Cougars return to action Thursday night at 6 p.m. as they host USF at Reliant Stadium in a game that will be nationally televised on ESPN.
The Houston program unveiled alternate black uniforms for the Halloween game Sunday evening, one of several promotions planned for the game that also include costume contests, trick-or-treating, Halloween inflatables and student contests.
For Houston fans in eighth grade or below, a Halloween Costume Contest will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. in the UH Athletics KidZone, located behind section 140 in Reliant Stadium, with the top five finalists invited to the field for recognition on the Reliant Stadium video board. Winners of the contest will receive gift cards to Barnes and Noble.
Trick-or-treating for Houston's younger fans will also be available in the KidZone, and an inflatable Halloween maze will be located for Houston fans on the stadium's east side near the Amegy Bank Gate.
University of Houston students, who receive free admission to the game, will have an opportunity to win a number of prizes throughout the game including Beats by Dre headphones, $100 Visa Gift Cards, Apple TVs, iPad minis and $1,000 to their organization.
The first 1,000 students in attendance will receive a free gameday t-shirt while all students in attendance can sign up for a chance to win Beats by Dre headphones (one winner), $100 Visa Gift Card (two winners), Apple TV (three winners) or an iPad mini (one winner). To enter to win, students must sign up inside the student entrance at the BHP Billiton Gate and have a valid UH student ID.
The student section will also feature a $1,000 challenge for Greek organizations and for residence halls. For the Resident Life Challenge, the dorm with the highest attendance percentage, measured by the percent of residents who attend the game and sign in at the student entrance, will be awarded $1,000.
A total of $1,000 will be awarded to the winners of Thursday night's Greek Challenge with $850 going to the winning Greek organization with 25 or more members and $250 awarded to the winning Greek organization with less than 25 members.
Greek challenge winners will be determined by highest attendance percentage and social media impact. The highest attendance percentage will be measured by the percent of an organization's members who attend the game and sign in at the student entrance at the BHP Billiton gate. Students must be signed in by halftime to count towards their organization's total.
Social media impact will be measured by the following:
Twitter: use of @UHCougarSports and #FootballFrightNight.
Facebook: likes and shares of football-related and event-related posts.
Instagram: likes and use of #FootballFrightNight.
Social media engagement from both personal and organization accounts qualify and competitors are asked to include their organization's name or letters if posting from a personal account to receive credit for their organization.
Houston fans can purchase three-game mini-plan packages for just $95. Fans can purchase a mini plan for a ticket to three remaining home games -Oct. 31 vs. USF, Nov. 23 vs. Cincinnati and Nov. 29 vs. SMU.
To purchase tickets, fans can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Fans can also purchase season tickets online by clicking here.