Sunday, September 7, 2014

Houston Football Shuts Out Grambling, 47-0

Houston Football poured in 477 yards of offense, led by junior running back Kenneth Farrow, who ran for 130 yards and a touchdown, while the Cougars forced six turnovers en route to a 47-0 shutout win over Grambling State Saturday evening at TDECU Stadium.

The shutout win was the 38th in program history and the second in the last four games played under head coach Tony Levine. The 47 points on Saturday were the most scored since Oct. 26, 2013, at Rutgers. The total also marks the most points scored at home since Aug. 30, 2013, against Southern.

Five different Cougars jumped in the scoring action, notching five touchdowns, while kicker Kyle Bullard contributed with a career-high 17 points for Houston on four field goals and five extra points.

Contributing to the scoring was sophomore receiver Greg Ward Jr., who notched his first career game with multiple touchdowns, tallying a receiving and rushing score to lead the Cougars. Ward finished the night with 19 yards receiving and 22 yards rushing.

Farrow and fellow junior running back Ryan Jackson each added a rushing touchdown, while senior defensive end Vincent Hall recovered a fourth-quarter fumble for a touchdown to cap the 47 points for Houston.

Farrow's 130 rushing yards marked a career-high on 13 attempts. His 55-yard rush on the game's first play was a career long, surpassing his previous long of 48 yards, which happened twice, the last coming vs. Tulane on Nov. 24, 2012.

Junior receiver Deontay Greenberry finished the night with 110 yards on five receptions including a season-long 67-yard pass from sophomore quarterback John O'Korn serving as the key play in the Cougars' second touchdown for the Cougars. Greenberry's night marked his sixth career 100-yard receiving game of his career.

O'Korn wrapped up a 14-for-25 night for 200 yards and a passing touchdown to Ward.

Houston jumped on top quickly, with Ward scoring just 48 seconds into the game on a 12-yard run - set up by a 55-yard run by Farrow.

A pair of Bullard field goals - 42 and 38 yards - made it 13-0.

Farrow then scored from two yards out, Ryan Jackson had a 12-yard run and Ward hauled in a 10-yard scoring strike from O'Korn as Houston made it 34-0 at halftime.

Bullard fired off two field goals in the third quarter to put the Cougars ahead 40-0 before a final turnover led to Houston's fifth touchdown of the game to cap the 47 points.

Defensively, Houston forced six turnovers - the most since Rutgers a year ago on Oct. 26, 2013.

Houston had three interceptions coming from juniors Adrian McDonald, William Jackson and Earl Foster, while Hall recovered two fumbles and senior Wayne Beadle added one on a kickoff return.

True freshman Matthew Adams joined Foster in forcing a fumble.
Senior Efrem Oliphant led the Cougars with 10 tackles - notching his 11th career double-digit tackle game and second of the season.

Houston Football will hit the road for the first time this season when it travels to Provo, Utah for an 8 p.m. CT contest at BYU on Thursday, Sept. 11. Game coverage will be live on ESPN and available to listen on KPRC 950 AM.

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