Saturday, August 30, 2014

Houston Football Falls in TDECU Stadium Opener

Playing in front of an attendance of 40,755, the largest on-campus crowd in school history in the inaugural game at TDECU Stadium, Houston Football wasn't able to overcome six turnovers, falling 27-7 to UTSA on Friday evening.

Despite allowing 27 points to the Roadrunners, the Cougars' (0-1) defense did extend its turnover streak to 24 straight games on an Adrian McDonald fumble recovery in the first quarter.

UTSA's David Glasco, who ran for 81 yards on 25 carries, scored on a three-yard run in the first quarter after a mishandled Houston punt gave the Roadrunners' their first opportunity in the Houston red zone. Glasco then added a two-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to extend the Roadrunners' lead to 14-0.

UTSA's Jarveon Williams' 11-yard touchdown run capped a 13-play, 60-yard drive in the third quarter, and Sean Ianno kicked a 26-yard field goal after Bennett Okotcha intercepted John O'Korn's pass in Houston territory. Ianno added a 30-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to put UTSA ahead 27-0.

The Cougars posted a fourth-quarter touchdown, on what proved to be the last drive of the game for Houston, on an eight-yard run by junior Ryan Jackson when senior quarterback Billy Cosh made his Cougar debut on the scoring drive.

Junior wide receiver Deontay Greenberry led the Cougars with six receptions for 96 yards.

O'Korn finished the night 21-of-43 for 204 passing yards.

Defensively, three Cougars tallied double-digit tackle games, led by senior Derrick Mathews, who tied his career best with 16 tackles and record his 14th career double-digit tackle effort.

Senior Efrem Oliphant finished with 14 tackles for the 10th double-digit tackle game of his career, while junior Trevon Stewart added 10 tackles for the 12th double-digit tackle game of his career.

Houston Football returns to action next Saturday when it welcomes Grambling State to TDECU Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and will be live on ESPN3 and KPRC 950 AM.

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