The University of Houston football team returned to practice on Tuesday (November 7) in preparation for this Saturday's Conference USA contest at East Carolina. Though the team has six losses and is no longer eligible for a bowl game, Cougar head coach Dana Dimel listed two key goals to be met in the following weeks.
"If we win these last two games our seniors will have had a combined winning record for their final two years and that would be the first time that has happened for a UH senior class since 1990," Dimel said. "Secondly, it also would give us a winning record in conference and would be something to help us build. This was only our first year of our new administration. We're determined to continue working hard for this year and next year."
Dimel stated that there would be a some new faces seeing considerably more playing time this week against the Pirates. Redshirt freshman Heard Robinson (Houston/Aldine Nimitz HS) will start in the secondary and sophomore safety Greg Holte (Bradenton, FL) will also see more action. Senior quarterback Jason McKinley will make his 40th career start but Dimel said redshirt freshman Bubba Teague (Houston/Cy Fair HS) will play in series with the first string. In two games this year after redshirting last season, Teague is 4-of-8 passing for 8 yards.
The Cougars hope the pattern of the Houston-ECU series holds for Saturday. In three career meetings since 1997, the visiting team has won each time. Houston dropped a 19-3 decision in Robertson Stadium last season but won a 34-31 thriller in 1998.
The game has been selected as the Conference USA Game of the Week and
will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net. Kickoff from Dowdy-Ficklen
Stadium in Greenville, North Carolina, will be at 11:00 a.m. Central Time.