Cougar Football Notes
Nov. 2, 2006
Houston - When the University of Houston plays Tulsa this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on John O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium this Saturday at 2:30 p.m., there will be a special atmosphere on the University of Houston campus.
First, the game matches the two top teams in the West Division of Conference USA as Houston enters the game with a 6-3 overall record and are stand second in the league's West Division standings with a 4-1 mark. Tulsa, 7-1 overall, leads the West Division with a 4-0 C-USA record.
"The game itself is exciting enough," Houston head coach Art Briles said. "It is a game we have put ourselves in a position to win the West Division. That is something we haven't done in my previous three years here. I am proud that our players have kept fighting, grinding and believing in themselves this entire season."
There is also the fact that this weekend, the game is Houston's annual Homecoming game and the final regular season game for the Cougars' senior class.
"Homecoming is a special time to a lot of people who hold the University of Houston close to their heart," Briles said. "It gives them a chance to come back and enjoy the atmosphere surrounding the game and the festivities."
The game also is the final regular season game for 17 senior members of this year's Cougar team. They are Ricky Barela, Jackie Battle, Sterling Doty, Biren Ealy, Willie Gaston, Will Gulley, Rodney Hannah, L.C. Kirkpatrick, Wade Koehl, Kevin Kolb, Justin Laird, Scott Lee, Marquay Love, Steven Maki, Vincent Marshall, Roy Otis and Roshawn Pope.
"This is always a special time for the seniors and their players," Briles said. "It will have a special emphasis for them. This all adds up to being one big exciting atmosphere on the University of Houston campus."
The game can be heard live on 790 AM the Sports Animal. The pre-game show begins one hour before kickoff. Tom Franklin will handle the play-by-play duties, while former record-setting UH quarterback David Klingler will provide color analysis. Former All-Southwest Conference center Chuck Brown serves as the sideline reporter. All Cougar Football games can be heard live on the Internet by logging onto www.UHCougars.com.
Saturday's game also will be televised live on CSTV (DirecTV Ch. 610 and Dish Network Ch. 152) with Carter Blackburn calling the play-by-play action and Brian Jones as the color analyst.